“If you’re invested in security and certainty,
you are on the wrong planet.” 
– Pema Chödrön


Relationships – Intimacy in the Dharma, Part 2 of 3 – René Rivera

Jul 16, 2023

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After first exploring intimacy with ourselves in Part 1, we now look at how the dharma informs all our relationships:
Intimate, friends, family, colleagues, society, and even the natural and unseen world – ancestors, guides and deities.

In this talk, René Rivera reminds us that we can become more grounded in our relationships using the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, which are awareness of:

  1. The physical body
  2. Feelings and sensations
  3. Thoughts and consciousness
  4. The dhammas – phenomena and the nature of existence


René Rivera is a meditation teacher, restorative justice facilitator, and leader, working and learning in all the spaces in-between race, gender, and other perceived binaries, as a queer, mixed-race, trans man.

René teaches heart-centered, trauma-informed meditation, at the East Bay Meditation Center and other meditation centers. He has co-led the first residential meditation retreats for transgender, nonbinary, and gender-expansive people. René is a restorative justice facilitator for the Ahimsa Collective, working to heal sexual and gender-based violence.