Jay joins us to speak about being trans in dharma community.

There is a seeming disparity between the Buddhist concepts of not self, and being comfortable in one’s identity. We sometimes hear the criticism of meditation groups for people of color or for those of particular orientations that they reify ideas of self, rather than disassembling them. Or we could look at this as compassionately giving support to our fellow dharma practitioners in the way that best supports their journey, their safety, and creates the conditions for the growing of wisdom.

Jay is a consultant, coach, and mindfulness facilitator. His work focuses on using Buddhist principles to support individuals as they seek to reduce suffering in their lives and find their own meaningful path. Jay came to Buddhist practice in 2009 and completed Meditation Instructor and Group Facilitator training with Noah Levine at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society in 2011. He is particularly interested in working with people in recovery and members of the LGBTQ community.

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice lavender mint tea.



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  1. Jennifer Hawkins on November 20, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    I didn’t know Ted had such an interview lined up. I’m really glad I got to listen to this. Jay made me realize one or two things that I didn’t realize before – specifically how different things like a body scan or similar meditation might be for a trans person. I’m glad he found peace and acceptance in his communities and even from his partner (vis-a-vis transition). It’s also good to hear about cases where someone isn’t trans, so much as they aren’t “traditionally” masculine or feminine as society defines it. That’s something I’ve thought about but couldn’t express. Just so much learned. Thank you for taking the time to teach it, Jay!

  2. Michael Finley on November 21, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Thanks for this.

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