Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What style of meditation does the Lotus Sisters practice?
A: We practice meditation in the Theravadan tradition, which originated in Burma. It is a style of silent meditation where the practitioner chooses an object for meditation, usually the breath, body sensations, or emotions, and directs attention to that object, as a means of better understanding the way things are in the present moment.
Q: Why has Lotus Sisters been an LBTQ women's sangha?
A: We believe that having created a safe space where lesbian, bisexual and transgender women can explore meditation and the dharma has encouraged more LBTQ women to do so. We also sponsor events for the queer community and for the general public.
Q: Why has Lotus Sisters transitioned to an LBTQI gender fluid-nonconforming sangha?
A: The queer and gender identity movements have evolved since we were formed in 1997. In the last 10 years, more space and recognition has been gained by and for trans people, as well as the recognition of gender as non binary and a spectrum. We are changing to grow and create connections intergenerationally and create greater understanding and support for all of us in our different expressions of sexuality and gender. Above all we are deepening our practice for all of us and hopefully extending our safe space to embrace our rich queer community as lesbians and dykes, and trans men and women, and bisexual women and intersex folks and non binary folks in the genderfluid-nonconforming spectrum.
Q: What is a Day of Mindfulness?
A: A Day of Mindfulness is an all day meditation and exploration session. It usually is conducted mostly in silence and involves periods of sitting and walking meditation, mindful movement, a question and answer session and a talk on Buddhist principles.