New BIBS Classes!

The Thangka that hangs in the BIBS Center.

The Thangka that hangs in the BIBS Center.

June 7 – Intro to Emptiness

Buddhist View: 125 – Taught by Dan Black, of Treasure Valley Dharma Friends
11 – noon, Sunday, June 7 (4 weeks)
at the BIBS Center, 660 N. 9th. Street.

This course examines central questions about how self, labels and appearances exist. Tibetan Buddhist view of emptiness as presented in the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism. Register to for text.

June 6 – Reflecting Gems ½ Day Retreat

9 a.m. to noon. At the BIBS center, 660 N. 9th Street.
Led by Scott Woodbury of Beginners Mind Sangha, this half-day practice is devoted to meditation. We will have short stretching breaks and some walking meditation.

June 3 – The Precepts, A Source of Joy bigstock-closeup-of-the-fingers-of-budd-48810572

Starts Wednesday, June 3 (4 weeks)
7 to 8:30 p.m. at the BIBS Center
Buddhist View 125: Refuge

A class for those eager to roll up their sleeves and get to work.  The precepts articulate Buddhist ethics, and we vow to keep them as a source of guidance.  But they are also a source of great joy.  Taught by Chia Wood, this class introduces the precepts with an emphasis on using them in your own life, in your own way.

Class materials: The Mind of Clover by Robert Aitken.  Bring pencil and paper to class.

With a background in Zen, and input from other schools, Chia Wood has spent 30 years practicing Buddhism.  She found inner peace by resolving inner conflict, and discovered that ethical living is more fun than Disney Land.  Her goal is to help others do the same.

May 16 morning zazen at BIBS

Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon, the Floating Cloud Sangha is hosting morning zazen, We especially welcome Peter van der Sterre from San Francisco. Peter is a frequent visitor to Boise and a zen priest and student of Norman Fisher.  The event is open to anyone who would like to join us.


Weekly Meetings at BIBS

The BIBS Center is proud to host weekly meetings by Buddhist groups in the area.

Beginners Mind Sangha Book Study –
Saturdays, 9- 10:30 a.m.

Refuge Recovery – Addiction Recovery/ Dharma Group
Saturdays, 1 -2

Empty Gate Zen
Thursdays, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Boise Insight Sangha
Tuesdays, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Treasure Valley Dharma Friends Vajrayana Practice
Sundays, 4 – 5:30 p.m.

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For Beginners


A quiet stretch of the Snake River gives inspiration for a still, calm mind.

Buddhist Meditation 050 – Learn basic meditation technique for the very beginner, including how to sit, how to develop mindfulness, alertness and deep relaxation. All are welcome. You need not be a Buddhist or even intend on becoming a Buddhist. Starts Sunday, May 3, at 11 a.m. to noon at the BIBS Center, 660 N. 9th Street. Repeats 4 times, each time learning a few more tips, and having short practice sessions. Taught by Dan Black.

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Prayers for Nepal

The BIBS Facebook page has some photos with brief description all about the earthquake in Nepal.

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Mantra – Using Sound to Develop Wisdom, Compassion

Buddhist Meditation: 153: Mantra – 7 p.m. on Mondays, starting on April 27, and runs for 4 weeks. Taught by Paul Lingard of the Open Path, this class will explore Buddhist practices associated with mantra and visualization of the Buddha of Compassion. Appropriate for beginners or experienced practitioners.

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April Showers Bring New Classes

Wesak – Wednesday, April 29, 5 to 8 (1)
Boise’s Buddhist Celebration – This is the day celebrating the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and paranirvana. In Boise, this is a chance to see tables from nine different Buddhist groups and we get to visit with those interested in Buddhism. Boise Senior Center, 690 Robbins Road. More details here: Wesak2015-FullVersion.

Buddhist Meditation 050 – Starts May 3. This class is a gentle introduction to learning meditation from the very beginning. Afflicted by a very busy mind that just won’t settle? These mindfulness techniques help the mind settle into a clear state of contentment and serenity without becoming sleepy. Starts Sunday, May 3, from 11 a.m. to noon. 4 weeks, taught by Dan Black

Reflecting Gems – May 2. This half-day mini-retreat includes several short meditation sessions in the style of the leader’s selection. This allows for stability and mindfulness to grow as we set aside regular activities for introspection. Leaders rotate among senior students.

Buddhist View 125 – Starts June 7. An introduction to emptiness of self, labels, projections. This class follows the Buddhist technique for developing insight, or Vipassana. Appropriate for those who are familiar with the Four Noble Truths. Starts Sunday, June 7, from 11 a.m. (4 weeks), taught by Dan Black.

Meditation, Lightly Guided – Is canceled on April 12, but continues on Sundays at 1 p.m. until April 26, which is the last day.

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Lama Jhampa April 3-12 in Boise

jhampa 2012TVDF Presents Lama Jhampa Shaneman
Twelve Links of Dependent Arising
and Vajrayana Guidance – April 3-12

The Twelve Links of Dependent Arising helps explain how events come into being at the most subtle and profound levels. How is it that our consciousness flows from one moment into the next, then one life to the next, and where does the wisdom of being self aware play a role? These questions and others are explained through the Twelve Links of Dependent Arising, one of the Buddha’s most famous teachings.

  • April 4 – Part One of Yamantaka Initiation and teaching, 7 to 8:30 p.m. At BIBS. (Initiation by permission only. Inquire about requirements at
  • Sunday, April 5 – Part Two of Initiation, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

  • Friday, April 10 – Twelve Links of Dependent Origination, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Vietnamese Temple. (All of these teachings are appropriate for beginners)
  • Saturday, April 11 –  Twelve Links of Dependent Origination 10 a.m. to noon at Vietnamese Temple.
  • April 11 – Twelve Links of Dependent Origination, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Vietnamese Temple.
  • Sunday, April 12 – Twelve Links of Dependent Origination 10 a.m. to noon at private residence.
  • April 12 – Potluck, noon to 1 p.m.
  • April 12 – Twelve Links of Dependent Origination 1 to 3 p.m. at private residence

Jhampa Shaneman studied Mahayana Buddhism in Dharamsala, India from 1971 until 1984, a time in his life when he was an ordained monk, doing long retreats and receiving teachings and doing translation for many learned lamas. He continued to teach the Dharma in Canada and Mexico.

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A call for tolerance

We, the undersigned supporters of religious tolerance in the state of Idaho urge Sheryl L. “Sherry” Nuxoll, Idaho Senator from Cottonwood, to offer a formal apology for her reported statement: “Hindu is a false faith with false gods”.
Such intolerance and ignorance cannot be left unchallenged. Ms. Nuxoll might not know that Hinduism is the third largest religion of the world with about a billion adherents, some in Idaho. If she were to examine the faith with an open mind she would find a rich philosophical and theological tradition.
Although we, the undersigned belong to a variety of faiths, we still respect Hinduism as a major world religion and love our Hindu brothers and sisters as easily as we love those of our own faith.
Being a public official, it was highly inappropriate and insensitive for Ms. Nuxoll to call a major religion “false.” There are about three million Hindus in United States, including hundreds in Idaho.
To show responsibility, respect and understanding that her words were hurtful to the Hindu community, Ms. Nuxoll should apologize.

Rev. Kathleen Rose, (Buddhist Chaplain), Alejandro Anastasio, Paul Lingard,  Dana Marsh, Terry Rudolph, Scott Woodbury, (Board of Buddhist Peace Fellowship),  Rev. Michele Tae, (Buddhist Chaplain), Dan Black, (Boise Institute of Buddhist Studies).

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