Dharma Weather Prediction – Clear Skies, Rain

Zen Master Returns to Boise

Aug. 1 – Zen Master Bon Soeng returns to Boise on Friday, July 31, at 7 p.m., in the BIBS Shrine Room. And on Saturday, on Aug. 1, from 9 a.m. to noon, he will lead a ½ -day retreat. He is the Guiding Teacher of Empty Gate Zen Center in Berkeley, Calif., and the Boise Sitting Group; has practiced Zen since 1975 and was given teaching authority in 2001 from Zen master Seung Sahn. More info: 2015 Meditation Retreat.

Meditation, Lightly Guided

with Dan Black returns for the next three months. Held in the Shrine Room, we start with basic technique for stabilization, then progress on to other Buddhist topics such as impermanence, compassion, love and wisdom. Dan shares the techniques learned from his Tibetan Buddhist masters.

Mindfulness Camping Trip

On Aug. 28 & 29, Treasure Valley Dharma Friends’ will hold a mindfulness and nature camping trip at the Upper Payette Campground. Details will be posted at TVDF’s Facebook page.

Tulku Damcho Returns to Boise

On Sept. 25 – 27, a shining star among a new generation of Tibetan masters from Nepal and India, returns to Boise. Tulku Damcho Rinpoche is again hosted by the Treasure Valley Dharma Friends. There will be a Chenrezig initiation ceremony on Sunday. He will teach the “Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind.” He is a senior lama under Thrangu Rinpoche, More information will be announced later in the summer.

Lessons on How to Die with Robina Courtin

Venerable Robina Courtin – A powerful voice of the Dharma returns to Boise upon the completion of her new book project, “How to Help Your Loved Ones Enjoy Death and Go Happily to Their Next Rebirth: A Handbook by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, which can be downloaded for Free. Mark your calendar for a three-part workshop that will advise us on “How to Die,” over three successive evenings, Oct. 13, 14, 15. Location announced soon.

Dalai Lama in Salt Lake City

Also, Check for His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s schedule for events in Salt Lake City on Oct. 17 & 18. http://www.dalailama.com/teachings/schedule

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In the Shrine Room …

“Meditation, Lightly Guided” with Dan Black returns on Sunday, July 5 at 11 a.m. in the Shrine Room and continues on Sundays for about three months. We start with the most basic techniques. Dan repeats key instructions he has learned from Alan Wallace, Khenpo Tsultrim Gymatso, Thrangu Rinpoche, Khensur Rinpoche, Tenzin Palmo, and others.

– There is no “Reflecting Gems” half-day meditation on July 4.
– The August “Reflecting Gems” is presented by the Treasure Valley Dharma Friends, introducing meditations on The Progressive Stages to the Path, or Lam Rim. Led by senior students at TVDF. Saturday, Aug. 1, from 9 a.m. to noon. All are welcome!
– Thanks to Chia Wood who taught the BIBS Precepts class! The Emptiness class ends this week, and thanks to all for making it fun and interesting!

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Mandala in Baker City

Don’t miss this opportunity to witness Tibetan Buddhist monks create the Beautiful Chenrezig Mandala, July 17-26, in Baker City, Oregon. This is a sand painting associated with the Buddha of Compassion. The monks’ stay will include several talks and events. Check out the flier here: Mandala list of events2

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Ani Zamba Chozom

Heart of Dharma Presents a Special Weekend with the Venerable Master Ani Zamba Chozom, a Western nun in the Vajrayana tradition.

7 p.m. Friday, June 19 – 2015

Making Sense of the Confusion in Our Life

10 to noon, 2 to 5 p.m. , Saturday, June 20, 2015

Utilizing Appearances in Daily Life as the Path to Awakening

Download the flier HERE. or check www.heartofdharma.org/retreat

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Groundbreaking for New Vietnamese Temple

The entire Buddhist community is welcome to attend the Wesak Celebration and Groundbreaking Ceremony of the new Linh Thuu Temple on Sunday, June 14, at 8813 Ardene Street, Boise, Idaho. (West of intersection of Overland and Maple Grove).

  • 9 a.m. to 11 a.m – Introduction of Vietnamese monastic community
  • 11 a.m. to noon – Commemorative service of Lord Buddha’s 2559 Anniversary
  • Noon – Groundbreaking ceremony
  • 1 p.m. – Vegetarian lunch and entertainment
  • 4 p.m. – Service for hungry ghosts

All are welcome!

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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 BIBScenter@yahoo.com 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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