Out of compassion, the Buddha taught the way to the end of suffering. In today's world, boys and men embody and perpetuate a significant proportion of our cultural suffering and now–as much as ever–we need healing and compassionate spaces to be with other men to build toward a wholesome collective masculinity. This daylong workshop invites people across the gender spectrum who identify as men to spend the day practicing together, sharing wisdom and offering mutual support across generations and life experiences.
We'll explore the ways we inherit patriarchal conditioning, how it can be expressed toxically (knowingly and unknowingly) and how it can be transformed. We will use meditation, contemplative inquiry, and the teaching of the Dharma to strengthen compassion, sharpen investigation, and build community. The schedule will include several periods of silent sitting meditation and walking meditation to nourish our contemplative exploration.
For men, coming together in community to explore our gendered experience in the world is often a rich, challenging, meaningful opportunity. As a group we will aim to create an inclusive environment for all people whether they are new to this exploration or experienced in reflecting on gender. Men of all ages–older and younger–are warmly welcomed. Some previous experience with insight meditation is required.
Matthew Hepburn is a CIMC Core Teacher and has been offering meditation instruction at CIMC since 2012. Beyond CIMC, he has taught meditation in prisons, in schools and as a trainee at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA where he is currently a participant in the 2017-2021 Teacher Training Program.