Magical Realism


tumblr_p8rfuiu8B81qhttpto3_1280.jpgMAGICAL REALISM is the alchemical transformation of self, subject and society through shared cultural practice and conscious awakening in all forms of embodiment.

Magical Realism: Spirituality as Poetic Naturalism.

Queer Dharma Circle, in one of its manifestations, blends Buddhist and Yoga Dharma with Radical Faerie culture and ecological spirituality.

We interpret the queer spiritual life as a mytho-poetic experience. We interpret mythical spiritual beings—gods, goddesses, buddhas, bodhisattvas, dakinis, nagas, etc.—as archetypes that reflect our consciousness and awakening, our relationship to the natural world.

Our interpretation of the Buddhist canon of scripture and practice emphasizes a literary aesthetic approach, using narrative and metaphor to create a Beautiful Buddhism.

The Buddhist practice of mindful equanimity supports our ability to engage interpersonal difference—with regard to race, sexuality, age, and ability and other aspects—with equality, compassion and respect.

From the Yoga and Hindu traditions, we cultivate an awakening around gender and sexuality. The Yoga-Hindu tradition has always elevated feminine deities (Devi) and bi-gendered deities (Shiva/Shakti) and feminine cosmology. It has openly honored sexuality and homosexuality in sacred art. It has always recognized Third Gender persons (trityapakriti) and provides a sacred and communal role for Third Gender persons. So in our practice, we cultivate the feminine and gender non-conformity.

Radical Faerie culture is a living spiritual tradition that valorizes and cultivates the spirituality of queer people. While other religions ‘tolerate’ or ‘allow’ queer people, Radical Faerie is a living tradition that understands what it is about being queer that is spiritual and centralizes that experience.

Both Yoga and Buddhist cultural legacies have recognized and honored different embodiment: deities in animal embodiments (Ganesha, Hanuman), sacred healing in plant embodiments (Ayurveda, Bodhi Tree), and our connectedness to all forms of living embodiment in the process of evolution (karma/rebirth).

Through ecological spiritual practice, we recognize and honor Gaia as our living earth body. We awaken through the dharma knowledge and practice of deep ecology, systems theory, and eco-spirituality. This grounds our spiritual practice in the natural world, yielding a Poetic Naturalism.

We practice ritual as mytho-poetic enactment. Using the tactile and sensual materials of the earth, we practice ritual connection with the Earth and with each other. On the Farm and in our cultural practice, we work to end the ecological harm that privileges one species, human beings, over all other living species, and work toward the regeneration of the biosphere.

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