Dharma Night: Exploring Truth+ Justice+ Power

July 17th—November 20th

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    Room: Portland
    "Dharma Night: Exploring Truth+ Justice+ Power"
    hosted by Portland Shambhala Center
    Every 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the Month
    (Starting July 17th, 2019)
    6:30pm to 8:30pm
    JULY 17th TOPIC: "Exploring Maleness"
    Maine Shambhala invites you to join us in exploring the intersection of male identity, spirituality, truth, and equality. In addition to meditation, we'll present a variety of simple tools to access the body's wisdom. A discussion will follow on the fluid redefinitions of maleness that come from our inner world, family, and cultural interactions where, in the words of Rebecca Solnit, "...the only legitimate use of privilege is to try and dismantle the inequalities and unfairness of privilege."

    Frank Sanfilippo enjoyed and felt the friction of living with five male siblings. The refrain from people hearing that he was one of seven males (father included) was often, "Your poor mother." For the last three decades, he has worked the teachings of Buddhism into his personal and work lives. He currently identifies as a musician, a practitioner of the Maine Shambhala sangha, and a Social Worker who wishes to witness all sentient beings, in this lifetime, forever feel the truth and warmth of inseparability.

    Todd Glacy is an Enlightenment Advocate, Empowerment Educator, and Instigator of Joy. He travels extensively as a speaker, musician, facilitator, educator and admirer of Life. He is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, has a Master's Degree in Counseling, and is ordained as an Interfaith Minister through the Chaplaincy Institute of Maine (ChIME). He finds his greatest fulfillment usually involves Nature, Music, Relationships, Silence, Curiosity, Gratitude, Wonder and Love for All That Is.
    Noah Krell grew up in rural Maine and has struggled with societal constructs of "maleness" since elementary school. For 2 decades he created visual art to mine representations of masculinity and explore the complexities of human relationality. While he has always drawn profound meaning from authentic human connection, his experiences as a Buddhist practitioner over the last 12 years fostered a desire to be of more direct service, culminating in a career change to social work. Krell holds a MFA in photo, video, and performance, as well as a master's degree in social work. He currently lives in Portland with his spouse, Lia, and toddler, Ara.   
    (Please Note: Doors open at 6:15pm and lock at 7:00pm)
    Located in Woodfords Church @ 202 Woodford Street, 2nd Floor in Portland
    The intention of this event is to bring community together to engage in the practice of sitting meditation, to explore issues of identity, culture, and spirituality, and to address personal and systemic harm and injustice, both in our spiritual communities and in society at large.

    The hope is to host speakers representing varied identities, cultures, or communities, invited to speak on their personal experience of identity, of inequity or injustice, and of practices of spirituality, liberation, or empowerment. The essential questions for speakers will be: Who am I? What is my personal truth? What is my spiritual, universal, or higher truth? And how does society either support or deny these truths?

    Possible topics will include:
    Identity + Culture + Meditation + Buddhadharma + Religion + Spirituality + Gender + Race + Sexuality + Class + Age + Work + Wealth + Relationships + Family + Politics + Economics + Health + Arts + Well-Being + Privilege + Access + Power + Society

    6:30pm Meditation Instruction & Sitting
    7:10pm Guest Speaker(s), Discussion, Q&A
    8:10pm Tea & Socializing

    All are welcome. We are a community committed to realizing inclusive and just spaces with respect to gender, race, sexuality, ability, class, age, religion, education, and other forms of identity and culture.

    All experience levels are welcome. Instruction on the Buddhist practice of shamatha meditation will be offered at the start of each meeting.

    If you are interested in speaking at an upcoming gathering, please contact Roland Mendiola at [email protected].