Zen Master from Empty Gate July 29-30

Zen Master Bon Soeng will return to Boise to give a Dharma Talk on 7 p.m. on Friday, July 29, at the BIBS Center, 660 N. 9th Street, Boise. He will then offer a half-day Zen Meditation Retreat from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 30.

Beginners are welcome. Pre-registration requested. Information: (208) 661-6277, emptygateboise@gmail.com, http://www.facebook.com/Emptygatezenboise

Zen Master Bon Soeng received Inka (teaching authority) from Zen Master Seung Sahn in 1992 and became a Zen Master in 2001. He has been practicing Zen since 1975 and has practiced with Zen Master Seung Sahn since 1979. He is the Guiding Teacher of Empty Gate Zen Center in Berkeley, and the Boise Sitting Group. He is also a licensed psychotherapist in private practice specializing in the integration of Zen Buddhism and Western Psychotherapy.

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75th Japanese Obon Festival June 25

Idaho Oregon Buddhist Temple is having its 70th Japan Nite/Obon Festival on Saturday, June 25th in Ontario, Oregon. There will be having short presentations in the altar area—temple history, an overview of the altar and symbolism of the items in the altar, and Buddhist fundamentals.

There will also be food and Obon dancing.  Obon is a time when we remember those who came before us and made our lives possible.  The dancing is a way to step away from your ego self and dance for joy.  The dances have simple repetitive patterns so you can just follow along and join in, or just make up your own steps!

Obon poster

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Webcast Lovingkindness practice retreat with Noah Levine tomorrow

  • Last minute online retreat opportunity!
  • Come practice with a live webcast from San Francisco of a
  • Loving Kindness retreat with Noah Levine
  • Saturday, April 23rd at BIBS
  • 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM

If you want to participate in the retreat from another location you can obtain a login at the following link:


This same link contains more information about the retreat. This retreat is suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators. Meditation instructions will be offered in both sitting and walking awareness practices. Feel free to drop in at BIBS during any portion of the retreat. The schedule was not made available online so you may end up arriving in the middle of a Dharma talk or Meditation period. Please maintain silence in the meditation area. The Online Retreat actually goes till 5:00 PM, but we will need to log off early so that the regularly scheduled Refuge Recovery meeting can meet at 4:30 PM.

If you choose to attend at BIBS rather than obtain your own login via the link above the suggested donation of $15 – $35 goes to the Against the Stream Meditation center. You can donate by going to http://www.againstthestream.org/support-2/.

– Josh Rychert a member of the Refuge Recovery group will be handling the technical arrangements.

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Peace Pagoda in Disrepair

The Open Path invites the community to learn about the Universal Peace Pagoda north of Boise and to contribute toward its rehabilitation. The Open Path is launching an online fundraising campaign. Learn more here: Pagoda

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Lama Jhampa Shaneman Returns to Boise April 1-3

Treasure Valley Dharma Friends welcomes back Lama Jhampa, who will teach on the topic of Refuge in the Three Jewels. This topic speaks to what it means to be a Buddhist.

Lama Jhampa has taught in Boise regularly for more than 15 years, and taught on a wide variety of topics – from mindfulness and breathing meditation to formal meditation instruction techniques associated with Deity Yoga and other forms of Vajrayana. Jhampa studied closely under the tutors of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. Jhampa lived in Dharmsala, India, as a monk for 14 years.  He now lives in Mexico, where he leads regular retreats for Buddhists there. Jhampa used to tour and teach in many cities, but in recent years only he has chosen Boise to keep on his schedule.

Lama Jhampa has offered to give the vows in a formal ceremony on Sunday. He will say much more about that at the Friday and Saturday teachings.

More details are Here:Jhampa Flyer 4-2016 c1

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Floating Cloud Moves to 7th Street Zendo

Weekly sitting group Floating Clouds Sangha
will now meet Tuesday evenings 7:30 – 9 p.m.
for zazen & discussion at the 7th St. Zendo, 917 7th St.

The Zendo is located one block east of the Boise Coop on 7th St. south of Union St.  This block of 7th St. is a dead end.  Please do not park in this block of 7th St. and  be sensitive where you park in the neighborhood.

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Open Path Study Group Resumes

Starting April 4
A Year to Live by Stephen Levine
Mondays at BIBS
660 N 9th Street

More info: Open Path Resumes Book Study


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Meet & Visit: Lama Lama Jhampa March 30

Come for some informal discussion and snacks at Leaf Tea House from 6 to 8 p.m.,
212 N 9th Street, Boise

Poster PDF

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Consecration at Heart of the Dharma on March 9

Adam Thubten Rinpoche will conduct a consecration ceremony for the Compassion & Insight Center/Heart of the Dharma on Wednesday, March 9. Everyone is welcome to attend. The program starts promptly at 5 p.m. Please arrive by 4:45.  The best place to park is in the US West Bank parking lot facing Orchard.  Details are here: Consecration1.

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Ven. Karma Namgyel Rinpoche March 7-8

A Bhutanese monk will be visiting Baker City, Oregon on March 4-6, and Eagle, Idaho March 7-8, 2016. These events will take place at a private residence, but the public is invited. See the complete schedule: BAKER CITY AND EAGLE IDAHO ITINERARY Mar 2016

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