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Taking Your Practice Off the Cushion – Daigan Gaither

Jul 31, 2022

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Why do you practice? In this talk, Daigan begins with the inward awareness for practice and transitions to taking the Dharma with you during your day. 

He shares about shining The Light Within and interacting with others in a skillful manner bringing more intimacy to the present moment. He also talks about the habit of mind and sense of self. This talk is strongly grounded in Zen and the teachings of Dogan, the founder of Soto Zen. ____________ 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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