Convert Buddhism has a class problem: it appeals mostly to a narrow demographic of well-off college graduates. Buddhist scholar Ann Gleig offers some class consciousness to help Buddhism drop the barriers and benefit many more people.
Rima Vesely-Flad reports on Deep Time Liberation, a retreat that takes African American meditators into the heart of slavery’s past so they can free themselves from its legacy of trauma.
“Creating Joy In Community,” the first residential retreat for transgender people, welcomes members of the transgender, gender nonconforming, genderqueer, and non-binary community to join together and cultivate “trans joy.”
Andrew Holecek offers some practical advice for anyone considering a long-term retreat.
Many practitioners can’t afford to go on retreats. Pamela Ayo Yetunde says it’s time we start thinking about how to make the practice less exclusive.
Is Buddhism a transcendent path to enlightenment or a practical aid to everyday life? The Way cannot be divided like that, Joan Sutherland tells us. LIke the water system of the high desert, it flows in every direction and is found wherever we decide to tap into it.
This collection of retreat advice and personal stories will help you prepare and be realistic about what to expect on a Buddhist retreat.
It takes courage to undertake a retreat, says Andrew Holecek. But in that container, we find freedom.
Karen Maezen Miller with tips on preparing for a retreat.
A teaching on fear and street retreats by Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara.