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Events for week of April 18, 2021
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For the next six months the Guiding Council will be leading the Sangha in an examination of the basics of Dharma.
April marks the beginning of our focus on the Paramitas, six profound areas of practice that we are invited to contemplate and develop on the path of freedom.
On February 28, 2021, the last class to be held at Insight Community of the Desert’s longtime meeting space on Tahquitz Way came to a graceful and grateful close, led over Zoom from the beloved Dharma hall by Guiding Council member Jokai Blackwell, Sensei.
Daylong Retreat: The Three Tenets of Zen Peacemaking with Jokai Blackwell
Saturday May 15, 2021 @ 9 am – 3 pm
Cost: $45 with sliding scale
The Three Tenets: Not-Knowing, Bearing Witness and Taking Action serve as a catalyst for transformative engagement in the world.
April Book Club Meeting
Love and Rage: The Path of Liberation Through Anger
Lama Rod Owens’s voice is a distinct coming together of streams of identity that pour forth an ocean of wisdom that is relevant to anyone that has ever experienced anger. He speaks with a rawness and candor that is both disarming and invitational, creating space for the whole of who you are to enter fully into – regardless of race, religion, sexual identity, body type or ability. Drawing equally on the endless suffering of peoples and bodies marginalized and oppressed, and the timeless wisdom that lies beyond identity and circumstance, he asks that we fiercely honor and hold the complexity of it all to heal ourselves to become the ancestors in training we are meant to be. His language draws from Buddhism, experience from Blackness, and he beckons toward a wide path of Love that has room for everyone.
Recognizing the importance of the subject, the challenge of diving into it, and the opportunity and need to explore our own experience and responses, we will be discussing only Chapter 5, “Embodiment”. While not wanting to limit the exploration or discussion, we felt that some people who may want to participate may not have the time and/or resources to commit to the...