Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, practice has been suspended at the center, but practice for most groups are continuing online with Zoom

Empty Gate Zen Center

Morning Meditation

-Monday – Thursday 6:30AM – 7:30AM

Join URL: https://zoom.us/j/586485258  

Evening Meditation

-Thursday 7PM – 8PM

Join URL: https://zoom.us/j/769259158

Recovery Dharma

-Wednesday 5:30PM – 6:30PM

Join URL: https://zoom.us/j/964488793 

-Saturday 4:30PM – 5:30PM

Join URL: https://zoom.us/j/964488793  

-Sunday 4:30PM – 5:30PM

Join URL: https://zoom.us/j/964488793  

Sunday Guided Meditation

-Sunday 11:15AM – 12:15PM

Join URL:  https://zoom.us/j/5595754476

Boise Insight Sangha

Online every weekday morning and on Tuesday and Friday evenings, please email boiseinsight@gmail.com 

Monthly Events:

Meditation and Non-dual Inquiry

 – 7pm April 10, 2020 Update 

-Please email Vincent Fortunato (vinjishuryu@gmail.com) if you are interested in attending Satsang via Zoom on 4/10/20. 

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Suspending All Live Sessions

Due to Statewide Stay-Home Order

All sessions have been suspended until April 15th

We are currently working on Live Streaming many sessions and will post the links to the Streaming sites once available.

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Sunday Guided Meditation live streaming

For the next two Sundays — March 22 and March 29, the 11:15 Guided Meditation will be live streamed with (free) Zoom. Send email to Robert at jaludorje@yahoo.com for Zoom instructions and helpful tips. Free account limits us to 40 minutes so we will start promptly at 11:15 each time. https://us04web.zoom.us/j/5595757746 is the connection URL

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Meditation and Non-dual Inquiry

Satsang with Vincent J. Fortunato
Second Friday of each month: 7pm to 8:45pm

Satsang is a Sanskrit term meaning “gathering together for the truth,” or, more simply, “being with the truth.” It is used to refer to a group of like-minded people who engage in spiritual inquiry, meditation, and dialogue.
Each monthly Satsang will open with a brief introduction and a facilitated or silent 15-minute period of meditation. Meditation will be followed by a talk, interactive inquiry, and a second 15-minute period of meditation.
The interactive inquiry portion is a time for participants to bring forward heart-felt questions, concerns about practice, and areas where further clarity and guidance are needed.

Satsang begins promptly at 7pm, so please arrive early to settle in silently.

2020 Spring Schedule

  • April 10 – Please email Vincent Fortunato (vinjishuryu@gmail.com) if you are interested in attending Satsang via Zoom on 4/10/20
  • This Satsang will be free of charge. However, donations are still welcome to support both Dragon’s Pearl Sangha and the Boise Institute for Buddhist Studies: to donate, please visit Dragon’s Pearl Sangha at https://www.dragonspearl.org/dragonspearlsangha.
  • May 8
  • June 12

Recommended Donation: $20 per meeting

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Non-duality and the Living Method of Awakening

Satsang with Vincent J. Fortunato

A monthly Friday evening series beginning September 13th, 2019

Satsang is a Sanskrit term meaning “gathering together for the truth,” or, more simply, “being with the truth.” It refers to a group of like-minded people who engage in a spiritual dialogue. 

Non-duality has its roots in Advaita Vedanta (non-dual knowing or just “not-two”) and the earliest of the Upanishads. Recently however, the non-dual approach has experienced a resurgence of popularity beginning with the early-mid 20th century teachings of Ramana Maharshi and Nisargadatta and is now an approach adopted by many contemporary spiritual teachers of different religious backgrounds. 

Non-duality is a non-sectarian approach that points directly to your true nature much like the teachings and practices of Buddhism, but without the various cultural contexts that one often finds with different schools of Buddhism.  

Each month, we will provide you with an opportunity to realize your true nature directly. Meetings will consist of a brief talk, a demonstration of the Living Method of Awakening, and time for questions and answers.

Suggested Donation: $20

Upcoming (tentative) Fall Schedule (2nd Friday of each month)

Friday, September 13: Introduction to non-duality and the Living Method of Awakening

Friday, October 11: Neti Neti: What you are not

Friday, November 8: Alive, Alert, and Aware: What you are

Friday, December 13: Post Awakening: Common pitfalls and misunderstandings

Doors open at 6:30 and Satsang begins promptly at 7pm. Tea and cookies will be available before and after Satsang. For more information, contact Vincent at vinjishuryu@gmail.com or visit www.dragonspearl.org.

Vincent J. Fortunato is the guiding teacher of Dragon’s Pearl Sangha and has practiced Zen Buddhism and non-duality for over 30 years. He meets privately with individuals to assist them in waking up to their true nature and then stabilizing in that awareness.

Flyer: Non-duality Satsangs v2

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Buddhism in Boise – Free Event – Public Talk and Open House

Event Flyer: Zen Teacher and Open House

7:30 PM Friday August 9

Learn About Zen: Dharma Talk with Zen Master Bon Soeng

Saturday August 10.

9:30AM – 12:00PM Open Meditation

1:00PM – 2:00PM Grand Opening Ceremony

2:00PM – 4:00PM Food and Music

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Beginners Mind Sangha’s New Home

NOTICE…. Beginning July 3, 2019, Beginners Mind Sangha Wednesday night practice will be at its new home, the Boise Buddhist Center, where BIBS meets regularly for Sunday book group and Sunday Sangha: 901 N. 15th St., Boise 83702 ( corner of 15th and Fort). Practice times will remain the same: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. The space is available to BMS beginning at 6:45 pm. We look forward to seeing you and sharing community practice in this peaceful center. Further notice will be given for Morning Mindfulness Saturdays as we return to meeting in BMS members’ homes. Please watch the website—beginnersmindsangha.org—for further information.

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The journey to inner freedom is the moment by moment practice of working with
our mind. Without the ability to transform our relationship to our thoughts and
emotions we get caught in the turbulence of confusion. Wisdom, love and
compassion become the expression of the mind when we live in awareness.
Through training, we see our true nature and experience inner freedom.

JUNE 22 AND 23, 10:00AM – 5:00PM


Partial scholarships are available. To apply, please email greg@meritprogram.net.
Register to ensure a spot for the retreat at http://www.heartofdharma.org/retreat/.
Questions?  Email boisesangha@gmail.com.





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Dharma Talk and Zen Meditation Retreat With Zen Master Soeng Hyang

Dharma Talk:

Friday April 26th, 7pm – 8:30pm

Zen Meditation Retreat:

Saturday April 27th, 9am – 1:30pm


Boise Buddhist Center

901 N 15th St

Beginners Welcome!  Pre-registration requested.

Information: (208) 661-6277, emptygateboise@gmail.com




2019 Meditation Retreat_April26.doc

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Lama Jhampa Shaneman At the LTTT Buddhist Temple April 12-April 14, 2019

Where Did My Enthusiasm Go?

How do we maintain consistency through a lifetime of practice? Jhampa Shaneman, a renowned Buddhist teacher in the Tibetan tradition, will present a weekend of teachings on how to keep a sense of freshness and appeal in our daily practice. These teachings will follow the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and focus on the paramita of “Joyous Effort”. This is an excellent opportunity for beginning students to get started with valuable basic techniques and for more advanced students to sharpen their skills.

Dates and Times:

April 12, 2019 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
April 13, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
April 14, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Potluck lunch to follow.


LTTT Buddhist Temple at 8813 W. Ardene Street

April 12 and 13 teachings will be at the LTTT Buddhist Temple at 8813 W. Ardene Street, Boise.  The location of the April 14 teachings and potluck lunch will be announced.

Requested donation of $15.00 per session or $60.00 for the entire weekend. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

See attached flyer for more details

Lama Jhampa Flyer


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