Real Refuge: Building Inclusive and Welcoming Sanghas

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Date Teaching Length
Mon, 08/05/2013 Seeing the Unseen 17:24
Mon, 08/12/2013 Our Stories Do Matter Tricycle Sustaining or Supporting Member Only 17:24
Mon, 08/19/2013 Bias and Privilege Tricycle Sustaining or Supporting Member Only 12:30
Mon, 08/26/2013 Real Refuge Tricycle Sustaining or Supporting Member Only 11:58

A refuge is a protected place, a haven in a storm. As Buddhist practitioners, we go for refuge to the Buddha, dharma, and sangha (The Three Jewels). Most people want their sangha, or their spiritual community, to be a place where they feel respected, welcomed, and safe enough to thrive spiritually. How accessible and culturally supportive are our sanghas for people of color, members of the LGBTQI community, people with disabilities, and people of all income levels and ages seeking the dharma? In this retreat with East Bay Meditation Center's Mushim Patricia Ikeda, we’ll explore key practices that can help us build multicultural sanghas where we can all take refuge.

Retreat begins August 5th


Mushim (Patricia) Ikeda is a Buddhist teacher, author, mentor, and community activist. She teaches meditation retreats for people of color, women, and social justice activists nationally. She is a core teacher at East Bay Meditation Center near where she lives in Oakland, California.

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    Mushim commented on
    September 22, 2013, 4:07 pm

    Hello Tova, I'm so happy that you are inquiring into hearing the unheard in your own Sangha. Something that I find...

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    September 17, 2013, 3:58 pm

    I see so many parallels to homilies from pioneer tales from all over the world, really. This one could have been...

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    Mushim commented on
    September 9, 2013, 5:20 pm

    Hello workbc9, thank you very much for adding your comments and question to this online retreat. Diversity,...

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    Mushim commented on
    September 6, 2013, 5:56 pm

    Hello Kigen, yes, I love big questions! -- and pushing my own envelope in practice of the Brahmaviharas, including...