For forty-four years, the Bodhi Manda Zen Center has been a place for spiritual seekers to unwind and reconnect--a rustic sanctuary where we could remember our deepest truths. For twenty-five of those years, the center has also been a safe haven and refuge for gay, bi sexual, and transgender men. It has been a seasonal home for organizations such as Men In Touch, Spirit Journeys, Body Electric, and other leaders of the GBQT community. Throughout this relationship, the surprised and delighted residents of the Bodhi became our audience for fashion shows catwalks, and lots of naked men in their hot springs. And, they became our teachers in the finer points of laundry, vegetable chopping, chicken chasing, and sitting still. Over the years many from our community have returned to the Bodhi to study with Hosen--the beloved Abbess. For decades Hosen has served as our inspiration, guide, and advocate.
After all these decades , our relationship with the Bodhi is only beginning! In the last few years the Bodhi has witnessed, as an organization, its own huge transformation and the continuing need for repair and, re-visioning of its facility. In gratitude for all the Bodhi community has given our community, we are organizing a Men’s Retreat and Fun-Raiser over Labor Day Weekend, September 1-4, 2017. Specifically, the funds we raise together will support phase one of a much more comprehensive redesign and restoration of the property; this phase will address the Zendo’s roof restoration and building remodel.
Whether you are new to the Bodhi or an old friend, we invite you to join us and the incredible lineup of teachers, yogis, shamans, tantrikas, and mystics from the organizations mentioned above. Gather with GBQT men to celebrate and support the Bodhi as we enjoy the rushing Jemez river, the soaring red-rock canyon walls and the vast New Mexican skies. Make heartfelt connections with friends old and new as we join in the center's morning Zen Practice, unwind with yoga, breathwork, erotic touch, group ceremony and dancing. Or, join in on a hike through green alpine valleys, or a stargazing soak in the Bodhi's traditional Japanese hot springs. The retreat will also include entertainment by the cello and vocal duo-- Branden & James, a wine reception, plus, an overview of long-range plans and development of the Bodhi.. All activities are optional!