The next gathering of this group will take place off-site at the Dharma Den at 530 State Street, Apt 2, Brooklyn, NY. Also, please note that this gathering will take place from 4 to 6 p.m., instead of the usual 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. schedule.
Undoing Patriarchy and Unveiling the Sacred Masculine is a monthly group of Zen practitioners who identify, or are identified, as male coming together to explore the construct of patriarchy, its impact on our lives, our communities, and to work towards developing our sacred masculine identities; those dynamic and restorative aspects of masculinity that strengthen our ability to cultivate wisdom, compassion and community. Together, we will contemplate what the cost of patriarchy has been for the lives of everyone along the gender spectrum: How does patriarchy obstruct the expression of a sacred masculine identity? Could the expression of a sacred masculine identity lie at the heart of undoing the violence of patriarchy in our sanghas and communities?
Through a variety of practices including meditation, group dialogue, personal storytelling, journaling and ritual, we will unpack how patriarchy has shaped our expressions of masculinity and the self. We will take up a dharmic lens to examine our relationship to violence and domination, power, femininity, love and sexuality along a path to unveiling and honoring non-patriarchal expressions of who we are as human beings. Our hope is that these efforts will further our own liberation and strengthen a process of cultivating balanced spiritual and secular communities.