6 Transcendent Practices – Concentration

The July 6 session is postponed a week because of the holiday weekend. The final session is Wisdom, on July 13, which is a quick overview of what we mean when we say, “emptiness.”

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Insight and Zen Groups Practice

Boise Insight Sangha on Tuesdays

Boise Insight Sangha is primarily focused on insight meditation (Vipassana) and the liberation teachings of the Buddha.

The sessions are 6 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, with an occasional Dharma talk. We always start and end the session with sitting meditation. In between the sittings we do one of the following: walking meditation, dharma discussion, podcast listening.

We often have practice days at BIBS on Saturday once a month. The day includes alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation with some guided meditation and practice discussion. To contact us: either come along to one of our Tuesday evenings or email us at boiseinsight@gmail.com

Empty Gate Zen Ongoing Sitting

The Empty Gate Zen Center meets at the BIBS Center every Monday at 5:30 p.m. under the guidance of Clinton Smith, a senior student of Zen Master Bon Soeng.

Floating Clouds Meet Weekly

Another Zen Group, The Floating Clouds, have been practicing for many years in the Capitol City. They meet at various members’ homes and are let by Brian Goller, who has lay ordination in the Suzuki Roshi, Soto Zen Tradition. He is a student of many roshis, lamas and other enlightened beings. To more information or to be put on their email list, contact Brian directly at bgoller@gollerpublishing.com.

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Six Transcendent Attitudes (Perfections)

The Mahayana’s Six Transcendent Attitudes (Perfections)
Buddhist View 200

  • Have a perfect summer – The Mahayana’s Six Transcendent Attitudes
  • Presented by Institute director Dan Black
  • Sundays from 11 to 12:15 
  • May 25 to July 13 

The Buddha’s “Perfection Vehicle” embraces a truly magnificent motivation.  This motivation creates the conditions for success along the path toward complete enlightenment. As a bonus, the journey includes some incredible sight-seeing along the way, such as deepening compassion for one’s self and others, dealing well with difficult emotions and freeing one’s self from stubborn delusions.

All are welcome – Questions? Contact Dan at BIBScenter@yahoo.com

  • May 25 – First, let’s get grounded in the Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind.
  • June 1 – Generosity – Giving in itself is the ultimate treasure, bringing a sense of abundance, charity and harmony.
  • June 8 – Patience – The armor of Patience inoculates from anger, and lets good qualities grow unimpeded.
  • June 15 – Joyous Effort – Good cheer is good karma! Celebrating good works aligns our minds with virtue.
  • June 22 – Ethics – Personal restraint and integrity are the foundations for a spiritual lifestyle. Become a refuge to ourselves and others.
  • June 29 – Concentration – Using the antidotes to wandering and dullness, we build stability and clarity. Shamatha training gives stable key to all other mental trainings.
  •  July 6 – (break)
  • July 13 – Wisdom – Realizing emptiness frees us from self-centered attitude and illuminates reality as it is. The emptiness of self, of phenomena, even of all the Six Perfections allows us to transcend every obstacle along the path of the Bodhisattvas.
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