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LGBTQIA+ Insight Meditation Retreat within the Theravada Tradition

Online Program
Dates: May 23, 2024 - May 26, 2024

Instructor(s): bruni dávila

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Program Description:
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A silent insight (vipassana) retreat for the LGBTQIA+ community. This is an opportunity to come together in the safety of beloved community, embracing all of ourselves, as we cultivate the wholesome and loving qualities of our hearts and minds. 

We will start with meditation practices to cultivate an embodied and kind presence, and to gather/stabilize attention. Then as a momentum of awareness is cultivated, we could be more receptive to allow and contemplate whatever experience is obvious for us in the present moment. There will be alternating sitting and walking meditation, instruction, dharma talks and questions/responses with the teacher.


Experience Level:
Suitable for beginning and experienced practitioners.

Prerequisites:

This is an affinity program for individuals who self-identify as LGBTQIA+; in order to cultivate a safe and spacious container for exploration, reflection, and practice, all participants must self-identify as LGBTQIA+.


Online Schedule:
This program is hosted on Zoom and closed captions are available. You can check the time of the group sessions in your timezone here: https://www.worldtimebuddy.com. The schedule of Zoom meetings for this program (shown in US Eastern Time) is as follows:

OPENING DAY: Thursday, May 23

4:00 pm Opening circle on Zoom

5:15 pm Dinner (independent practice at home)

7:30 pm Formal opening: Meditation and teaching on Zoom

9:00 pm Sleep or open practice session (independent practice at home)

FULL DAYS: Friday, May 24 and Saturday, May 25

6:00 am In stillness/sitting meditation on Zoom

6:30 am Daily life meditation with morning activities on Zoom

7:00 am Breakfast (eating meditation, independent practice at home) 

7:45 am Walking/movement meditation or daily life activities meditation (independent practice at home)

8:30 am Daily life meditation (independent practice at home)

9:00 am Morning meditation instructions (everyone please attend) on Zoom

10:00 am Walking/movement meditation on Zoom

10:45 am In stillness/sitting meditation on Zoom

11:30 am Q&A on Zoom

12:00 pm Lunch (eating meditation, independent practice at home)

2:00 pm In stillness/sitting meditation on Zoom

2:45 pm Walking/movement meditation on Zoom

3:30 pm In stillness/sitting meditation on Zoom

4:00 pm Dharma talk on Zoom

5:00 pm Daily life meditation on Zoom

5:30 pm Dinner (eating meditation, independent practice at home) 

7:00 pm Metta meditation on Zoom

8:00 pm Walking/movement meditation on Zoom

8:30 pm In stillness/sitting meditation on Zoom

9:00 pm In stillness/sitting meditation with Reflections on Zoom

9:30 pm Sleep or further practice (independent practice at home)

FINAL DAY: Sunday, May 26

6:00 am In stillness/sitting meditation on Zoom

6:30 am Daily life meditation practice with morning activities on Zoom

7:00 am Breakfast (eating meditation, independent practice at home) 

7:45 am Walking/movement meditation or daily life activities meditation (independent practice at home)

8:30 am Daily life meditation practice with personal morning activities (independent practice at home)

9:00 am In stillness/sitting meditation on Zoom

9:45 am Meditation space cleaning on Zoom

10:30 am Meditation on Zoom

11:00 am Closing circle, Q&A on Zoom

12:00 pm End


Please note that sessions will not be recorded.

Cancellation Policy:
Registration fees for all online programs are nonrefundable after the program start date. Cancellations prior to the program start date incur a $25 cancellation fee. Application-based and online path programs incur a $100 cancellation fee.

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):
  • bruni dávila began insight and zen meditation in 1995, and recently graduated from the 4-year Teacher Training Program at Insight Meditation Society (IMS). She has been guided and supported by many wonderful teachers and sanghas, her ancestors of Puerto Rican heritage, and all her relations. Bruni is drawn and inspired by long retreat practice, by recognizing that every aspect of daily life and Dharma practice are inseparable, and by the fruits of peace, contentment and ease that can be cultivated and experienced in our lives through the buddhist teachings. Bruni continues her practice in the Theravada tradition under the guidance of Gil Fronsdal and Andrea Fella.