Lama Jhampa April 3-12 in Boise

TVDF 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.

  • Friday, April 3  –  Teaching on the topics of Buddhist Vows and Commitments, 7 to 8:30 p.m.  What it means to be a Buddhist, and how to practice: at the BIBS Center, 660 N. 9th Street. (Open to the public).
  • Saturday, April 4 –  Eight Mahayana Precepts at 5:30 a.m. at BIBS. (Should have refuge vows – this ceremony includes a fast and other restrictions, email for details)
  • April 4 – Leading the half-day meditation retreat at BIBS, 9 a.m. to noon. Topic is “Calm Abiding” (Open to Public)
  • 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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Meditation Opportunities

Meditation, Lightly-Guided Continues on Sundays in April, except April 12

DSCN4378Sundays, 1-2 p.m. continues into April. (with Dan Black) Sharing techniques passed on from his teachers. This includes two, 24-minute sessions that are guided to practice developing stability, clarity and vigilance. The April 12 session will be canceled. Dan is on retreat. Many students are at Lama Jhampa’s teachings.

Reflecting Gems: Half-day Meditation Retreat with Jhampa Shaneman

April 4, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 – Lama Jhumpa leads short meditation sessions with instructions on how to develop Calm Abiding, along with associated practices. Open to all. Bring layers for warmth and water bottle.

Buddhist View: 100 – Foundations

Explores the Four Noble Truths and Noble Eightfold Path. With Dan Black and Rev. Michele Tae.

  • Mondays, 7 to 8:15 p.m. (10 weeks) Drop-ins welcome.
  • Feb. 16 – First Noble Truth                                     DAN
  • Feb. 23 – Second Noble Truth                                DAN
  • March 2 – Third Noble Truth                                  M’TAE
  • March 9 – Fourth Noble Truth                                DAN
  • March 16 – Noble Eightfold Path (1&2)                 MTAE
  • March 23 – (3&4)                                                        DAN
  • March 30 – (5&6) Right Action, Right Diligence – CHIA
  • April 6 – (7&8)                                                             MTAE
  • April 13 – Conventional truth, skillful means,       MTAE
  • April 20 – Ultimate truth, emptiness                       DAN

Regularly meeting at BIBS are:

  • Treasure Valley Dharma Friends Vajrayana group
  • Beginners Mind Sangha Book Study
  • Boise Insight Group
  • Refuge Recovery
  • Open Gate Zen Group
    - Check calendar for details -
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I (HEART) February – Foundation Course Begins

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Buddhist View 100: Four Noble Truths and Noble Eightfold Path

Mondays 7 to 8:15 p.m. – Starting Feb. 16 (10 weeks)

Taught by Dan Black and Rev. Michele Tae, this BIBS foundation course gives a personal introduction to the profound foundations of the Buddhist worldview and practice. This course covers Buddha’s core teachings, with practical instructions on meeting the challenges of today’s world.

Class materials: The Noble Eightfold Path by Bhikkhu Bodhi; and The Heart of the Buddha’s Teachings by Thich Nhat Hahn (Students are asked to get the books on their own).

Rev. Michele Tae, M’tae, is a Buddhist chaplain ordained at the Upaya Institute and Zen Center. She is also a member of the Order of Interbeing and is a longtime student in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. She has been an active member of Beginner’s Mind Sangha for nearly 20 years. Her teaching style is direct, gentle, and full of appreciation the miracles we find in the present moment.

Dan Black has studied with lamas in all four schools in the Tibetan tradition for over 20 years and applies a non-sectarian approach toward the Buddha’s teachings. Dan began leading Buddhist book groups in the late 1990s and he co-founded the Treasure Valley Dharma Friends in 2001, where he led classes for more than a decade. Dan is the current director of the Boise Institute for Buddhist Studies. His teaching style aims to empower people to chart a deliberate lifestyle.

Homage to Tara the Liberator Vajrayana Practice Ceremony

Sunday, 11 a.m. to noon – Feb. 15

Chanting praises and meditation – Tara is a female Buddha, whose power and purity create  the causes for happiness and overcoming obstacles.
BIBS Center, 660 N. 9th Street
Co-led by Dan Black and BIBS Sangha

Meditation, Lightly-Guided, with Dan Black

Sundays through February, 1 to 2 p.m.

Practicing meditative concentration and insight through deep relaxation and sustained, even attention.
BIBS Center, 660 N. 9th Street

– All BIBS classes are offered freely. Donations, or dana, are welcome and help support the center.

And around town…

Boise Dharma Center – Dzogchen Lineage Purification Workshop

Learn the techniques and practices for purifying negative karma – Feb. 21, 22


Boise Dharma Center – Dzogchen Lineage Beginner Buddhism Course

Tuesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. – Starting Feb. 24 (4 weeks)

Info at the Boise
and at: beginner2015winter

At the Floating Clouds Zen Group

March 7, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Zen Meditation with Leslie James from Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery

At Komyozan Dojo, Call for details, contact


At Beginners Mind Sangha

March 19-22; Michael Ciborski Retreat

Details at


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Zen Master Bon Soeng

Boise’s Empty Gate Zen Center
Presents Zen Master Bon Soeng
For a Talk and Meditation Retreat

The presenter is the guiding teacher at Empty Gate Zen Center and psychotherapist in Berkeley. Join us for a Dharma Talk on Friday 7 p.m. on Feb. 6 at the BIBS Center. On Saturday, Feb. 7, he will lead a half-day (8 a.m. to noon) meditation retreat as part of BIBS “Reflecting Gems” series on the first Saturday of each month. Empty Gate meets at BIBS on Thursday nights, 7 to 8 p.m.

Info at
Poster: 2015 Meditation Retreat

Refuge Recovery: A new way
unfolds with Buddhist view

The Dharma-inspired addiction recovery group will meet at BIBS on Saturdays from 1 to 2 p.m. starting on January 31. Refuge Recovery is a peer led recovery path founded by Noah Levine, a Dharma teacher working worldwide to help people through the addiction recovery process. More info at

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Classes, book study, new times

025 Introduction to Buddhism

Wednesdays, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. starts Jan. 14 (5 sessions)
at BIBS center, no registration required.
Paul Dragone leads this gentle interaction to the ideas and practices behind Buddhism. Perfect for the complete beginner.

Empty Gate Zen Moves to Thursdays

Beginning January 8, Empty Gate Zen will now meet on Thursdays from 7 to 8 p.m. at the BIBS center, 660 N. 9th Street. Practice includes chanting and meditation presented in the Korean zen tradition. This is followed by a short reading and discussion. All are welcome.

Heart of Dharma Starts Discussion Group

On Sundays beginning Jan. 11 Scott Goolsby of the Heart of Dharma sangha will offer a discussion group on “The Heart of Compassion: The Thirty-seven Verses on the Practice of a Bodhisattva” at 1 p.m. at Heart of Dharma. Download the Flier – HOC

TVDF’s New Book: ‘Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions

On Saturdays, beginning Jan. 10, at the Vietnamese Temple, 2312 W. Overland Rd., all are welcome to join in prayers, meditation, and mindful conversation exploring our rich spiritual path. The authors are Venerable Thubten Chodron and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Ven. Chodron has a special connection to Boise as a major inspiration for TVDF, and because she lived here for nearly a year in the early oughts. She eventually found land to build a full-fledged monastic abbey, which thrives in Eastern Washington. She has long collaborated with the Dalai Lama on preserving and supporting the female monastic traditions.


Meditation Lightly Guided Continues in January and February

Sundays, 1-2 p.m. (with Dan Black) Two sessions with a brief break between – topics include tips for stabilizing attention, vipassana, and loving-kindness

All classes offered freely. Donations are entirely up to the attendee, and thanks for all your great support. All teachings and events are powered by volunteers. General Contact: or call or leave message for Dan at 371-0614.

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BMS book study

Beginners Mind Sangha holds a book study from 9:30 to 10:30 on Sunday mornings. The book is “Transformation at the Base or Understanding Our Mind”  –   at the BIBS center, 660 N 9th street, walk downstairs from the street to the sunken courtyard.

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