New at BIBS, ‘Just Sit’ Wednesday nights

7 to 9 p.m., every Wednesday
at BIBS Center, 660 N. 9th Street

Every Wednesday starting next week BIBS will host “Just Sit,” folks who like to sit but are unaffiliated with any one tradition or lineage. This is Zen-style practice, which involves a 30-40 minute period of sitting, a 10-min walking meditation (Kinin), followed by a second 30-40 minute period of sitting.  Afterwards, questions, discussion, book reading, or  dharma talk.  Questions, contact Vince at or (208) 570-three-997.

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‘Seven-Point Mind Training’ in October

BIBS presents Buddhist View 275, a look at the classic Tibetan Buddhist teaching by Atisha known as the Seven-Point Mind Training.

Seven-Point Mind Training in the Dzogchen Tradition
Sundays, beginning Oct. 1, 2017
2 – 3 p.m. at BIBS; 660 N. 9th St.
Please RSVP to dalerb@cableone(dot)net

The class will explore the highly pragmatic Mind Training tradition or lojong, a 1,000-year-old series of short points of view or instructions, designed to dismantle our flawed behavioral tendencies, and engender the awakening of compassion. We will attempt to cover one point each week, with an introduction on week one. The text for this class will be following Alan Wallace’s  published commentary Buddhism with an Attitude. Students are encouraged to get the text.

This topic is appropriate for anyone wishing to put Buddhist principles into action, whether a complete beginner or experienced practitioner.

Presenter Dale Bowden is a longtime student of B. Alan Wallace and recently completed a two-month retreat with him in Italy. He received these teachings from B. Alan Wallace and Michael Conklin.

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‘Video Yogis’ on hold until winter

These presentations of world-class Buddhist teachers will resume in the fall after the conclusion of the Seven-Point Mind Training class taught in person by Dale Bowden.

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Thai nun to visit Boise, talk about Dharma education

An educator from Thailand known for designing and running a free school for at-risk girls will give a public talk at the Linh Thu Temple on 7 p.m. Saturday, September 9, 2017. (Day corrected from previous post) Details are on this poster: nun visit.

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Zen Master Returns

Zen Master Bon Soeng from Empty Gate Zen Center in Berkeley, CA will be giving a Dharma Talk Friday August 4 at 7 p.m. and guiding a half-day Zen Meditation Retreat on Saturday August 5 at the BIBS Center, 660 N. 9th Street.  Private interviews with the teacher will be offered during the retreat on Saturday. Please RSVP to or if you have any questions.

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Buddhist Meditation 270

Taking the Mind’s Nature as the Path
An Introduction to Mahamudra
Friday evenings, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Weekly, starting June 30 to Aug. 25
with Robert Sperry, from the Tibetan tradition
At the BIBS Center, 660 N. 9th Street
Please RSVP to

BIBS is offering an eight-week book study on Fridays at 6:30 pm, working with the book Mind at Ease by Traleg Kyabgon. Attendees should have a copy of the book; selected sections are to be assigned as reading homework. There will be a meditation session at the start of each class.

“Mahamudra uses the expression ‘ordinary mind’ (thamal gyi shepa in Tibetan) to describe the nature of the mind as the mind we already have. The nature of the mind is not lurking somewhere underneath our normal empirical consciousness. Rather, we gain insight into the nature of the mind by gaining insight into this ordinary mind.”
from Mind at Ease “What is Mahamudra?”

The first evening’s class will draw from Chapter 1, the beginning of Chapter 2, and the first twelve pages of Chapter 5, so if you are preparing in advance those are the sections to have read.

Robert Sperry began his study of Buddhism in 1969 guided by a Sri Lankan scholar in the Theravada tradition. In the ensuing years he studied and practiced in the Zen and Vajrayana traditions primarily, and performed the Chenrezi sadhana of Thangtong Gyalpo for the major part of a decade, during which time he assisted Tibetan refugees in the Tibetan Resettlement Project. In 2001 he had the exceptionally good fortune of receiving instruction from the Dzogchen master Namkhai Norbu. In 2008 he began Mahamudra practice as a student of Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche and has continued that practice without interruption. He has no credentials in the Dharma but sincerely encourages others to explore how it might relate to their own lives.


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Boise Buddhist Celebration June 17

Various representatives from different Buddhist groups have come together again to present a celebration honoring the Buddha’s birthday, his death, and his enlightenment. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday, June 17, this family-friendly celebration will be open to everyone.
– Vietnamese food
– short presentations from local teachers
– chanting
– food truck
– Tour Vietnamese Temple
– fruit smoothies
– music
– bagpipes
– kid’s corral & art station


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Zen Master on May 19, 20, 2017

Jason Quinn, the Vice Abbott of Empty Gate Zen Center in Berkeley
Will give a Dharma talk at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 19
And a 1/2 Day Meditation from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 20
at the Boise Institute for Buddhist Studies

Jason has trained as a monk for nine years, during which time he sat many long summer and winter retreats around the world, including Korea, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Mexico.


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Morning practice at BIBS

BIBS will now offer morning practice Monday -Thursday
from 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.
Guided by Clinton Smith of Empty Gate Zen Center.
Morning practice will consist of bows and morning chanting from 6:30 a.m. -7 a.m.
and sitting meditation from 7 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.


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Mindfulness All Year Long

Secular Mindfulness
1 – 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017
BIBS presents this stand-alone introduction to mindfulness, which includes step-by-step instructions for cultivating mindfulness without the Buddhist religious context. BIBS will repeat this class on the fourth Sunday of each month in 2017, with rotating instructors. The presenters are all senior students who can share decades of experience practicing mindfulness. On February 26 the session will be led by Josh Rychert. On March 26, it will be led by Chris Slymon.

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