Exploring the Reality of Gender

A Half Day with Eloise Luke Mayton and JoAnna Harper

August 6, 2016

10am – 1pm 

Santa Monica 


This interactive workshop will explore our ideas, perceptions, and lived experiences of gender through meditation practice, group exercises, and discussion. There will be opportunity to explore our own experiences of gender and to investigate how the reality of gender plays out in the culture around us. We will look at how supporting and understanding the experiences of transgender and gender non-conforming people in sangha can deepen our understanding of ourselves, each other and this world.

What does it mean to embody our intersecting identities in light of the Buddha’s teachings on conditioned arising and the changing, impersonal nature of experience? How can we can we engage with gender in a way that supports us on the path to freedom?

This event is open to people of any and all identities and experiences. Anyone who is interested is encouraged to attend.

Cost: Sliding Scale: $25-$60 and the offering of dana to the teacher. Please click here for information on the tradition of dana. Scholarships and work-study are available. No one is ever turned away for lack of funds.

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Eloise Luke Mayton (they/them), is a meditation teacher who is in the training process with Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. Eloise is also an organizer with the Transbuddhist Collective.

JoAnna Harper- Guiding Teacher Los Angeles, has been exploring and practicing multiple traditions since 1999. In 2005, her focus landed on Buddhism and Vipassana meditation, which is the premise for most of her current teaching. She teaches; adult and teen weeklong silent retreats, day longs and weekly classes, and works with at risk youth and non at risk youth in institutional and school settings. Helping communities and individuals that don’t typically have access to the traditional dharma settings and building multicultural community is top on her list of priorities. She is an empowered teacher in the Spirit Rock, IMS lineage. She is the grateful mother of CJ and Harris – her main inspirations.

This daylong will be held at 1001a Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, CA. Click on the address for info on parking around the Santa Monica Center.