Since I arrived in New York a little over year ago, Buddhist Insights (http://buddhistinsights.com/) has been my Dhamma home (and frequently my actual home!)
Buddhist Insights captivated and amazed me because they offered Theravada style residential weekend retreats in New York City for free. That means everyone has access to the Dhamma in a place it’s so desperately needed.
As Sister Soma says…
“In the past three years we have opened our doors to everyone who was interested in practicing the Dharma. Gay, straight, queer, trans, bi, lesbian, cis-gender or non-binary, you name it. About half of our attendees identify as people of color, and 75% are below the age of 40. We are not a wealthy organization, but we try our best to do what we can with the few donations that are offered by individuals like you…”
I’m sure some of those details will amaze those of you familiar with the American Dharma scene.
Started by Bhante Suddhaso (formerly of Abhayagiri and Bhavana Society and Sister Soma (Giovanna) Buddhist Insights is looking for a new home that will provide space for more retreatants, lay residents, and monastics.
They have found an amazing Catholic monastery to convert but need to raise the down payment! Can you or your community help?
This organization is so close to my heart, it would be incredible to see it grow to meet the demand and need for it!
See the fundraiser on Facebook or on their website!