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Buddhism and the Feminine Principle: A Four Class Series

with Gayle Hanson

November 24 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Mother, lover, friend, and fierce protectors – Invoking the feminine in Buddhism

with Gayle Hanson

FREE for Open Heart Project Sangha members.

Deep within our lineage is a living, breathing feminine principle that often goes unnoticed, partly because it is mostly male teachers who are given voice and partly because the feminine principle itself is elusive, un-graspable; more ambient than solid.

We’ve long wanted to look more closely at it all and there is no better guide for this exploration than Gayle Hanson. Some of you may know her from various gatherings and, if so, you know she is deeply trained, fiercely open-hearted, and wildly creative. If not, you will find out! She is an amazing teacher who goes beyond knowing the history and meaning of this topic to embody it, which could not be more in keeping with this precious topic.

Please join her for four 90-minute sessions beginning October 13. Sign up even if you’re not sure you can attend live as you will have access to the recording of each class.

Class 4: November 24

Bringing it all back home. We will review what we’ve discovered. We will share our finished
mandala/lineage trees, writings, and songs in celebration of our journey.


  • Notebook and pen: We will be doing guided writing exercises.
  • Media for artmaking: colored markers, pencils and pens, watercolors, gouache, or poster paints, glitter, fabric scraps, beads, etc. for mandala collage making. Elmers Glue. Calligraphy markers in black and red if desired. It would be helpful if participants had markers in the colors of the five buddha families: white (or silver), blue, yellow, red, and green. Magazines. Scissors.
  • Paper: standard letter 8.5 x ll and larger, 11×17, or even bigger…white and other colors.
  • A variety of black and white selfies.

About Gayle:

Gayle Hanson loves to practice, study and explore the dharma. A writer and editor by trade, she took refuge with Ani Pema Chodron in 1995 and after attending seminary became a meditation teacher in 2001. Gayle has taught meditation and contemplative arts in the US and Mexico and loves to gather with people wherever she travels to practice and explore questions large and small. Empowered in Chod practice by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche in 2005, Gayle has a particular affinity for Ekajati, the great Nyingma protector. She has a warm and wicked sense of humor, loves the songs of Milarepa and was a founding member of Baltimore’s proto-riot grrrl band Shop Girls and the dharma punk band Curious Thumb. She has worked as a community mentor and hospice volunteer. In the spring of 2022 she will take Jukai vows in the Zen Peacemaker lineage with Roshi Joan Halifax in preparation for chaplaincys.


Use this time zone converter to help figure out what time the live session will be where you live. You can use Boston as the course city.

Once you have registered for the course, you will be signed up for all 4 classes.



Free Registration for OHP Sangha Members Here


November 24
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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