To All Seeking Refuge

To All Seeking Refuge

In this time of challenge and heightened uncertainty, we invite and welcome every person seeking refuge in the ancient teachings of wisdom and compassion to practice with our Sangha.

If you are black or brown, white or any other race or color, you are welcome here.

If you’re Asian, Latino, Middle Eastern, Native American, or any other nationality or ethnicity, you are welcome here.

If you’re Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Jain, Pagan, Wiccan, Atheist, or other, you are welcome here.

If you’re a citizen or a resident, documented or undocumented, a refugee, you are welcome here.

You are welcome if you’re liberal, conservative, or apolitical.

You’re welcome if you’re gay or straight, bisexual, trans, queer or undefined.

You’re welcome if you’re cis gender or gender non-conforming.

If you’re rich or poor, big or small.

If you’re sixteen, thirty-five, sixty-five or eighty, you are welcome here.

People of all abilities are welcome. Please talk to us if you need accommodation.

When we see expressions of bigotry, hatred, oppression and ill-will in our own minds and interpersonally—both in our community and in the world—we vow, as individuals and as a sangha, to respond with skillful and loving thoughts, words, and actions, in order to put an end to the suffering caused by them.

May we, together, alleviate the fear, hatred, selfishness and delusion in our world.