How do find our home in the world? What sustains us – what are we embodying and offering to others? Do we intuit the innate sacredness of life yet often find ourselves feeling separate, distracted, overwhelmed, out of whack with our bodies, communities, and world? This is everyone’s starting point.
In these monthly meetings, open to all and facilitated by experienced practitioners of Tantric Buddhism, guided meditations and teachings will be offered, and space will be held for an exploratory, mutually respectful group conversation about compassion, devotion, and what’s called ‘sacred outlook’ in the Tantric tradition.
Tantric practices include a vast wealth of inviting resources. We give ourselves permission to experience the innate purity and divinity of our nature. We open our hearts in devotion to sources of support. We may choose to enact a ritual, or enter ‘fires,’ opening to things we normally push away. We might also work with contradictions and conflicts we’ve encountered in navigating this powerful tradition, or explore how sacred outlook intersects with identity, power, and agency in a multitude of ways.
In these Tantric conversations, we hope to develop a community of like-minded practitioners and see what evolves.
Julie Barker Gillette is a student of Tibetan Buddhism, meditation teacher, and manager of the Buddhist Ministry Initiative at Harvard University. After completing a masters degree in Buddhist studies in 1998, Julie devoted much of the next 15 years to formal Buddhist retreat practice and good works in the nonprofit world. In 2012 she returned to Harvard to help create the Buddhist Ministry Initiative, which supports students preparing for work in applied Buddhism and ministry and chaplaincy incorporating Buddhist perspectives and insights. Julie lives west of Boston with her husband and three young children, who accompany her in the challenging and joyful practice of family life.
Kate Lila Wheeler is a US-based Dharma teacher, fiction writer and journalist. She carries teaching authorizations from Insight Meditation lineages, Thai and Burmese Vipassana, the Advaita master Poonja-ji, plus encouragement to share Vajrayana and Dzogchen approaches from Dza Kilung Rinpoche, Nyoshul Khenpo, and Lama Surya Das. Kate Lila is a coordinator of the 2016-2020 retreat teacher training program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and is a member of the Teachers Council. She's also revising a novel, Red Lotus, about a fictitious female guru.