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.

Patron Price: $356
This price covers 100% of Karmê Chöling's operational cost for the program. If you are able to pay the full price, please consider doing so as it will allow us to offer financial assistance to participants who truly cannot otherwise afford to attend.

Base Price: $300
This cost covers 80% of operating costs for the program reflecting Karmê Chöling's commitment to keeping programs affordable. We fundraise to cover the remaining program costs.

Please Note:
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.

Online registration is not currently open.


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 serious 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

Eve Rosenthal has been a meditator in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition since 1973. She holds a doctorate in Computer Science, is the founder of Shambhala Online, and has worked in technology on Wall Street as well having been a university professor (in technology!). She travels widely to teach on meditation and Shambhala principles and is a long time practitioner and instructor of Tai Chi Chuan. Eve lives in Nova Scotia with her spouse, Basia.

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