Confidence and Compassion: An LGBTQ Weekend
with Acharya Eric Spiegel and Acharya Eve Rosenthal
September 7 - 9, 2012
"From the very beginnings of the gay movement there have always been spiritual aspects of the community. In fact, whenever people are slightly out of the mainstream, that sense of 'fitting in' is a wonderful gateway to the dharma." - Acharya Eric Spiegel
As LGBTQ practitioners, we can often feel that we stand outside the norm. But all beings possess confidence and compassion, noble qualities inherent in each of us regardless of sexual orientation. In this retreat we will come together both as LGBTQ individuals and as a larger community. Through meditation, tai chi and yoga, discussion and celebration, we will reveal and explore our basic qualities, connecting to naturally wakeful minds and hearts. This program, open to all, is an opportunity for the LGBTQ community to come together and practice the dharma in a safe, supported, and beautifully enriching environment.
The program begins Friday evening with an opening talk and finishes Sunday mid-to-late afternoon.
Repeater Fee: $275
Karmê Chöling offers 2 price options for this program.
Please choose the option that works best for you.
Full Program Fee: $356
This price covers Karmê Chöling's actual operational cost for the program. By choosing to pay this price, you extend your generosity to Karmê Chöling and the other participants. Thanks to you, we can make more scholarships available and continue to enrich Karmê Chöling.
Discounted Program Fee: $300
This price reflects Karmê Chöling's commitment to keeping programs affordable. The operational costs for this program not covered by program fees come from donations.
Price includes meals but not accommodations.
It is traditional for students to offer a monetary gift to the teacher in appreciation for receiving the teachings, and in recognition of the years of training and understanding the teacher has cultivated. There will be an opportunity to offer a teaching gift at the program.
Scholarship and Financial Aid resources are available to make dharma accessible to people in all circumstances. We offer different ways for overcoming financial obstacles here.
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About Acharya Eric Spiegel
Acharya Eric Spiegel has been teaching in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition for over 30 years. In addition to a 22 year career on Wall Street, Eric is known for his work with people with HIV and other life-threatening illnesses. He is interested in exploring the nature of mind and meditation as not separate from the hard complexities of "real life": work, relationships, health, aging.
He served as the Warrior of the New York Shambhala Center for many years and is a founding member of the Council of Warriors, which works to bring the Shambhala Dharma into the mainstream of our community's wisdom.
About Acharya Eve Rosenthal
Acharya Eve Rosenthal has been a member of the Shambhala community since 1973. She was Resident Director of Shambhala Training in New York City in the mid-80s. She has taught many Shambhala and Buddhist programs in North America and Europe. In recent years, she was on the faculty of the 2004 and 2005 Vajrayana seminaries, and has worked with the Shambhala International Office of Practice and Education on special projects including the commentary for the Rigden ngondro and Turning the Mind into an Ally Teacher Gatherings. Since 1990, she has been living in Halifax, Nova Scotia where she is an Associate Professor of Information Technology at Mount Saint Vincent University. Eve is also a long time practitioner and instructor of tai chi chuan.