Lama Jhampa Shaneman – Taming the Mind

Treasure Valley Dharma Friends is pleased to present

Lama Jhampa Shaneman

September 24 – September 26, 2021

How to calm your mind in meditation and everyday life.

Jhampa Shaneman, a renowned Buddhist teacher in the Tibetan tradition, will lecture on “Taming the Mind” a Buddhist practice both indispensable for attaining liberation and important to a peaceful life.  These teachings are foundational practices suitable to individuals that are new to Buddhism.  For experienced students, this is a great opportunity to refine and deepen one’s practice of calm abiding. 

Dates and Times:

September 24, 2021, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

September 25, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

September 26, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   Potluck lunch to follow.

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


September 24 and 25 teachings will be at the LTTT Buddhist Temple at 8813 W. Ardene Street, Boise.  The location of the September 26 teachings and potluck lunch will be announced. 

COVID-19 Etiquette:

Masks will be required when indoors.  Teachings will be available via Zoom.  Please see the transmittal email for a link.  TVDF encourages anyone not vaccinated to choose Zoom attendance. 

Treasure Valley Dharma Friends (TVDF) meets every Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at the LTTT Buddhist Temple located at 8813 W. Ardene St.  The organization has been bringing renowned Buddhist teachers to Boise since 2001.  TVDF promotes Buddhist practices such as meditation, book study and discussion groups.  All are welcome.

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The Center is Now Open!

Many of our sanghas have returned to in person practice. Please come join us! Below is the schedule for in-person practice. Most of our groups will continue a hybrid model of both zoom and in-person practice. The zoom links will not change.

Please note, that some groups are only opening to in-person practice for those fully vaccinated for COVID-19. If you are not fully vaccinated, and wish to attend in-person practice, please contact the group leader or email us at to inquire about the sangha’s requirements. If your group is practicing on zoom, this will continue.

Weekly In-Person Practice Schedule

Summer 2021


Morning Meditation – Empty Gate Zen Center

6:30AM – 7:30AM


Boise Insight Sangha               

6:00PM – 7:30PM


Recovery Dharma

5:30PM – 6:30PM

Beginners Minda Sangha

7:00PM – 8:30PM


Empty Gate Zen Center

7:00PM – 8:00PM


Recovery Dharma

4:30PM – 5:30PM


Recovery Dharma

9:00AM – 10:00AM

Book Group – Beginners Mind Sangha

10:15AM – 11:30AM

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Updates to practice

Many of the opportunities for practice are continuing online via Zoom. However due to required updates by Zoom, the links have changed. Please note the new links below and the updates to times and new live practice opportunities:

Recovery Dharma Boise is now meeting in person! Meetings are no longer being held online.

In order for people at the meeting to stay COVID-safe, the groups have decided on some policies. Masks must be worn when entering and exiting the building. The meditation room allows for 6 people to sit at least 6 feet apart. So if there are 6 or fewer people at the meeting we have the option to remove masks during the meeting. If there are 7 or more people at the meeting masks must be worn by everyone throughout the meeting. A small supply of disposable masks will be available in the entryway for people who do not bring their own.

Meeting Times:

Wednesday 5:30PM – 6:30PM
Saturday 4:30PM – 5:30PM
Sunday 9:00AM – 10:00AM * (time change, now at 9AM)

Zoom meetings offered at the center:

Empty Gate Zen Center

Morning Meditation

Monday – Thursday 6:30AM – 7:30AM

Join URL:

password: zen108

Evening Meditation

Thursday 7PM – 8PM

Join URL:

password: zen108

Beginners Mind Sangha

Book Group

Sunday 9AM – 10:30AM

Mindfulness Practice

Wednesday 6:30PM – 8:30PM

Please email for information and the link

Boise Insight Sangha

Online every weekday morning and on Tuesday and Friday evenings please email for more information and the link

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Three New Offerings This Week

The Boise Institute For Buddhist Studies has three events that we would like to invite you to.

Tuesday 6/16 7:00 – 8:00pm at Capital Park

Sit walk sit with dharma reading

Format will be a sit walk sit with dharma reading at intervals during the sit. Cushions or blankets will be 6 foot apart. Please arrive at 6:45 to set up. All are welcome regardless of experience. Lead by Chi E Shenam

Friday 6/19 7:00 – 8:00pm on Zoom

Dharma Talk with Jason Quinn, Ji Do Poep Sa Nim

Jason Quinn will be giving the Dharma Talk followed by any questions and answers.

Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 824 5836 8026

Saturday 6/20 10:00am – 5:00pm on Zoom and at

the Boise Buddhist Center – 901 N 15th St

Meditation Retreat

Format will be 30 minutes of sitting meditation with 10 minute walking periods. Retreat will have one on one private discussions with Zen Master Boeng Son. The retreat will be mixed Zoom/Live format.


Registration for the event is at:

If you plan to attend at the center, please email:

Cost for retreat:
Non-members: $60
Members and Students: $40

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Zoom meetings offered at the center:

Empty Gate Zen Center

Morning Meditation

-Monday – Thursday 6:30AM – 7:30AM

Join URL:

Evening Meditation

-Thursday 7PM – 8PM

Join URL:

Boise Insight Sangha

Online every weekday morning and on Tuesday and Friday evenings, please email 

Beginners Mind Sangha

Book Group

-Sunday 9:00AM – 10:30AM

Mindfulness Practice

-Wednesday 6:30PM – 8:30PM

Please email for information and the link.

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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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The 11:15 Guided Meditation will be live streamed with Zoom. Send email to Robert at for Zoom instructions and helpful tips. 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 ( 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
  • 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 or visit

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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