Dharma is a Sanskrit word that speaks to the essential truths of existence as taught by the Buddha. Through meditative awareness grounded in body and breath, we awaken our capacity to clearly see these essential truths and in turn to alleviate our own stress and suffering. Dharma study and meditation offers a way to come into a more genuine alignment with both ourselves and life as a whole. The goal of our community is to explore our capacity to awaken to the true nature of life and to find space for the sharing and understanding of our personal stories and individual life experiences.
We are here in part because we are tired of trading the brilliant complexity and wholeness of our true nature for the slivers of being that cis-heteropatriarchy affords us. And we are tired of trading our direct experience, and hence our wisdom and ease, for the stories spun by oppression.
We want to live in truth, wisdom, and compassion. We want to live deeply rooted in our own direct experience, our individual ancestral heritage, Earth, Nature, and the Sacred Feminine. And we want to live in true relationship with other womxn.
We are here to explore our true place in the cosmos. To align with genuine power and authority. We want to know softness, ease, and sensitivity not as liabilities, but as strength, as attunement, as a deep connection to all of life.
We practice dharma and meditation primarily in the Ajahn Chah/Thai Forest lineage of Theravada Buddhism, but are exploring the essential teachings at the core of all Buddhist traditions. While Buddhism carries its own thread of patriarchy, womxn have been on the path of awakening since the time of the Buddha. The Therigatha, or poems of enlightened nuns, are the oldest womxn’s spiritual literature in the world.
The intention of our community is fourfold:
1 – To provide a space that is deeply nurturing and empowering, giving womxn a rare opportunity to be in spiritual community together.
2 – To provide space and resources to learn and practice dharma and meditation with a focus on learning from both historical and present-day womxn practitioners & teachers.
3 – To provide a safe space for womxn to explore their individual identity and personal truths within the framework of Buddha dharma.
4 – To actively cultivate community that acknowledges and seeks to reduce the harm caused by racism, cis-heteropatriarchy, and oppression in all forms. And to in turn resource ourselves through truth, wisdom, compassion, relationship to nature, and refuge in the Sacred Feminine.
We chose the word “womxn” to be clear that transwomen and genderqueer people are an intrinsic part of the womxn identity. We use an intersectional lens, working for gender justice, racial justice, disability justice, and trans justice at once.
We respectfully take the name of one of the first enlightened Buddhist womxn to acknowledge the beautiful relationship between monastic and lay practitioners in keeping the dharma alive and in supporting the aspiration for the liberation of all beings.