Something for Everyone!

With several programs going simultaneously, there is something for every level of practitioner to make this a glorious December.

- Beginner Meditation 050, Saturdays 2-3 p.m., in December.
Meditation Lightly Guided, Sundays 1-2 p.m. in December.
Reflecting Gems: 1/2 Day Practice. First Sat, of each month (Jan. 3).  9 a.m.- noon, meditate and practice together.
Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind, Sundays 11-12:15 in December.
Holiday/ Solstice Party – Open House  3 – 5 p.m. Dec. 21.
Four Thoughts 1/2 Day Tibetan-style Practice – Jan 4, 9-noon.
New Year’s Day Purification- Jan. 1, 11 – 12:15

See more details below and also on the Calendar Page. Please register except for “050” and “Meditation, Lightly Guided.” Donations are entirely up to the attendee, and all classes offered freely. Teaching and organizing is voluntary by some nice Buddhist folks who have been at it a while. Thanks for your great support! Questions, registration, class requests, concerns, contact Dan at


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December Class on Sundays

Buddhist View 128 “The Four Thoughts: General Preliminaries to Mahamudra”

These are the foundational practices that motivate and sustain a Buddhist during a progressive process of awakening. Dan Black will present these as taught in the Tibetan tradition. [Precious Human Rebirth, Impermanence, Suffering, Karma]  Appropriate for beginners and regular practitioners. (4 weeks) The same topics for meditation will be covered in the half-day sitting (9-12) on Jan. 3.
Please register to either or both by email to
Sundays, 11 to 12:15 p.m., (Dec. 7, 14, 21, 28)
BIBS center, 660 N. 9th Street

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Holiday/Solstice Open House!

In the holiday spirit, we invite you to the BIBS Holiday/Solstice Open House on Sunday, Dec. 21, from 3 to 5 with hors d’ourves, cider and good cheer. It’s a great opportunity to see some people we might not have seen for a while and meet some other fellow Buddhists. Bring the whole family and celebrate our shared dedication to peace and common welfare.

(Bring a snackable if you like! For instance, those famous holiday cookies, or humus, or a bag of chips).

Dec. 21
3 to 5 p.m.
BIBS center, 660 N. 9th Street
(downstairs from the street level to a courtyard)


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BMS starts book study

Beginners Mind Sangha will begin a new book group meeting Sunday November 23rd, 9:30 to 10:30. The book is Transformation at the Base or Understanding Our Mind”  at BIBS 660 N 9th street, walk downstairs from the street to the sunken courtyard.

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Introducing ‘Reflecting Gems’

Announcing a monthly, half-day sitting at BIBS! It will rotate among various teachers and senior students in the area every first Saturday of the month. This opportunity allows you to learn about the Dharma – to see how other local groups practice. There is a sutra that says the teachings are like a web with gems at every intersection. All the gems are reflected in each other.

First session Dec. 6
9 a.m. to noon
at the BIBS center
M’tae and Scott Woodbury will present the practices of the Beginners Mind Sangha.

The Beginners Mind Sangha (BMS) of Boise is a community of people who practice mindfulness and meditation inspired by the Buddha Dharma in the Mahayana Zen tradition of the Venerable Thich Nhat Hahn.  BMS offers activities that encourage living fully in the present moment with love and compassion.  This morning session at BIBS will provide meditation practice and an introduction to and demonstration of some of the distinguishing features and practices of BMS, i.e. the sounding of  bells, bowing, sitting, walking, and the Ethical Precepts.

Michele Tae is a Buddhist Chaplain, a member of Thich Nhat Hahn’s Order of Interbeing, and a member of the BMS Practice Council. Scott Woodbury is a member of Beginners Mind Sangha and is a Board Member of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship and the Boise Institute of Buddhist Studies.

BMS meets Wednesday evenings on the Bench and Tuesday mornings in East Boise. For more information, go to

January 3, 2015
9 a.m. to noon
at the BIBS center

This half-day sitting will feature Tibetan-style Medicine Buddha practice and in-depth contemplation of the classic foundational teachings known as: “Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind” which are the general preliminaries for Mahamudra meditation. They sustain a practitioner day after day to keep practicing – even though meditation is sometimes difficult, the Four Thoughts refresh a person’s motivation, priorities, and enthusiasm. Appropriate for beginners and those who are already practicing. Taught by Dan Black

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