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Celebrating Our LGBTQIA+ Pride and the Courage of our Hearts

Residential Program
Dates: Jun 21, 2024 - Jun 25, 2024
Days: Friday - Tuesday
Number of Nights: 4 nights

Instructor(s): Madeline Klyne

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On this LGBTQIA+ program during the Pride Month of June, we come together to celebrate and delight in our communities, and in the courage of our hearts to be who we truly are. We come together to practice turning inward, caring for ourselves, each other, and all that matters in our lives.

During this program, we will explore the Buddha’s foundational teachings of kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity. Known as the Brahma Viharas, or Divine Abodes, these inner qualities of heart and mind can be cultivated amidst all the conditions and events of our lives, the delightful, the difficult, the uncertain. These teachings are so needed for our LGBTQIA+ communities! 

This program is an invitation to explore and nurture what already lies in each of our hearts. For while the Brahma Viharas are natural human capacities, if cultivated they can support us when most needed. Over the course of the program, each of us will be invited to make kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity the home of our hearts. We will develop these inner qualities in our formal meditation practice and investigate them together in dialogue. 

Courage of the heart teaches us that each moment of our precious LGBTQIA+ lives is an opportunity to cultivate inner clarity, ease, and freedom. The Brahma Viharas can help us face the many difficulties of our world in a more skillful, spacious way. This is an extraordinary way of living our lives, here and now. 

Everyone is welcome whether these teachings are brand new for you, or not. People who have practiced the Brahma Viharas before are encouraged to participate in this program as they grow deeper and more profound with practice, and within our LGBTQIA+ community.


Noble Silence:
This program includes dedicated periods of both wise speech and noble silence. Some contemplative exercises may involve mindful speaking and listening. Noble silence is to be upheld at all other times.

Experience Level:
Suitable for beginning and experienced practitioners.

Cancellation Policy:
This policy applies to all residential and Path programs. Please note cancellation fees are at most $50 for those receiving financial assistance. Prior to six weeks before the program start date, cancellation fees are $50 for all programs more than two nights and $25 for programs two nights or less. 50% of your deposit is forfeited if you cancel between two and six weeks of the program start date. 100% of your deposit is forfeited if you cancel less than two weeks before the program start date.

Covid-19 Safety Protocol:
Please review our Covid-19 Safety Protocols here: https://www.buddhistinquiry.org/covid-19/.

DEI:
As we work to become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, we invite feedback/suggestions you may have regarding ways that we can make participation in the program more accessible and welcoming. Please email us at contact@buddhistinquiry.org.
    About the Instructor(s):
  • Madeline Klyne has loved the dharma since 1986. She is the resident teacher at Cambridge Insight Meditation Center, a visiting teacher at Insight Meditation Society, and a co-founding teacher at South Shore Insight Meditation Center. Madeline teaches retreats for LGBTQIA+ communities at Garrison Institute and other dharma centers. She has also taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in MA prisons. Madeline delights in exploring practice in daily life with all who are interested.