Q Sangha* became part of the ministry at Metropolitan Community Church in 2002, facilitated by Ji-Sing Norman Eng, a teacher of the engaged "Unified Buddhist" tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.
In 2011 Q-Sangha was re-commissioned with a new teacher, Junsei Jana Drakka, a lineage holder in the Soto Zen Tradition brought to America in the late 50's by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi.
The kind of Buddhist spirituality espoused by Q-Sangha is ecumenical, nonsectarian and for the equal benefit of Buddhists, Christians and those of other faiths as well as the non-religious. Mindfulness is not limited to one religion, it is a spiritual practice and a way of life that can benefit anyone and everyone.
Sangha evenings are open to all, regardless of religious affiliation or meditation experience.
A typical evening includes 25 minutes of sitting meditation, 10 minutes of walking meditation, a dharma talk with group discussion and a closing well-being ceremony. Many have found the simple way of Zen to be profoundly heart healing and to be a helpful guide to daily living.
Junsei Jana Drakka is a fully ordained Zen monk who left the monastery three years ago to continue working on the streets of San Francisco with low-income and homeless folks. Rev. Jana travels widely sharing the benefits of meditation, based in Harm Reduction principles with diverse audiences.
Rev. Jana is the teacher of Q-Sangha and the Zenkei Sangha and hosts sitting groups all over the city. For more info on Rev. Jana, visit www.janadrakka.com.
*The "Q" in Q Sangha refers to Queer, which includes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their friends. Sangha is the Buddhist term for spiritual community.