While most religions speak of faith, Buddhism usually centers on practice – sitting down, getting quiet and asking "Is this really true? What results when I do X, Y or Z?"
In this talk, Daigan shares that we are not asked to rigidly adhere to the precepts, but consider how they orient our lives in a particular direction. Rather than being asked to believe certain things blindly, we practice to cultivate our belief based on our own experience.
Rev. Daigan Gaither (he/him) began Buddhist practice in 1995 in the Vipassana (Insight) tradition, and then began to study Zen in 2003. He received Lay Ordination in 2006 where he was given the name Daigan or “Great Vow,” and received Priest Ordination in July 2011. Daigan speaks internationally on a variety of topics particularly around gender, sexuality, social justice, and their intersections with the Dharma. He also sits or has sat on a number of boards and committees that serve community needs and further social justice causes.
Daigan has a BA in Philosophy and Religion from San Francisco State University, and an MA in Buddhist Studies (with a chaplaincy certificate and a certificate in Soto Zen Buddhism) from the Graduate Theological Union and the Institute of Buddhist Studies. You can find out more via his website queerdharma.net. He lives in San Francisco, CA and identifies as a disabled, queer, white, cis male.
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