Contemplative Circle for People Identifying as Men: A Buddhist Perspective- ONLINE

with Frank Sanfilippo & Shastri Christopher St. John

October 21st—November 11th

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Room: Zoom Online

Contemplative Circle for People Identifying as Men: A Buddhist Perspective

Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 pm

October 21, 28. Nov. 4, 11, 2020  on Zoom

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“My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.” - Archbishop Desmond Tutu

“As stars, a fault of vision, as a lamp, a mock show, dew drops, or a bubble, a dream, a lightening flash, or a cloud, so should you view what is conditioned.” -Diamond Sutra

If we are to see the world as our self, we must look beyond the library of layers of “what is conditioned.” When we stop this frenzy of doing, we experience the clarity of the conditioned that has been superimposed on us, as if we can finally see the costumes we've been wearing; then, our shared humanity comes into focus. 


Please join us in sifting through the ideas of maleness. We will practice listening to one another, without judgment, "for we can only be human together." We intend to explore our grief and gratitudes, as we allow silence, writing and discussion turn our pain and fear into tenderness and trust.


The fruition of our gathering is to co-create a space that reveals the encoded messages of maleness, for better or worse, that have impacted one another, our children, and the environment we depend on. We all lose if we don’t take the opportunity to explore what the many generations of stories we've inherited has to tell us about how we see ourselves.

Frank has been a participant and co-facilitator of mens groups. He has also worked in the mental health field since 1993 and is currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who works with young and older adults. He has been a Shambhala practitioner since the early 1990's when he learned how to sit from a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

Shastri Christopher (“Kit”) St. John was a founding member of the Brunswick (ME) Dharma study group in 1985 and attended Vajradhatu Seminary  in 1990. He was appointed  Shastri  by the Sakyong in 2016. He participated in men’s groups in the 1970s.