Boise Insight Sangha extends sitting time

Boise Insight Group extended the first Saturday of the month sitting practice 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. with a lunch break from noon to 1 p.m. There will be alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, with guided meditation and group practice discussion/reflection at the end of the day.

  • The first extended sitting will be Saturday, January 7, 2017.
  • No registration required.
  • Cost is by donation.
  • Location: BIBS Center, 660 N. 9th Street, Boise
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Buddhist View 100: Foundations

This cornerstone course has seven sessions and presents the central points  of the Buddhist worldview. Led by Dan Black and Michelle Tae, this class covers the Budda’s cornerstone teaching, the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path. M’tae is an ordained chaplain and longtime teacher in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hahn, and Dan has been presenting the Tibetan tradition since about 2001 as a senior student. This course is a natural continuation for beginners taking Paul Dragone’s class, Basic Intro 050, or for anyone wishing to hear, contemplate and meditate on foundational Buddhist teachings.

  • Sundays, noon to 1 p.m.
  • Starts Feb. 5 – Runs 7 weeks
  • Taught by Michelle Tae and Dan Black
  • Location: BIBS Center, 660 N. 9th Street
  • Register with Dan.
  • Suggested reading: The Noble Eightfold Path by Bhikkhu Bodhi, and The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching by Thich Nhat Hahn.
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Mahamudra Meditation Dec. 31

To close out the year, the Boise Mahamudra group invites you to morning meditation and reading of the Aspiration Prayer of Mahamudra, on Saturday, Dec. 31, from 9 a.m. to noon at the BIBS Shrine Room. The prayer was composed by the Third Gyalwang Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje. We will alternate the reading of each verse with short silent meditation.  Verse 7 is shown below. Please join us if you feel so inclined. No registration needed.

The basis of purification is the unity of luminosity and emptiness, the true nature of mind.
 The means of purification is the great vajra yoga of Mahamudra.
 What is purified are the stains of adventitious confusion.
 May we realize the fruition of purification, the stainless dharmakaya.
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Intro to Mindfulness: January 22

bigstock-closeup-of-the-fingers-of-budd-488105721 – 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, at the BIBS Room, 660 N. 9th Street (downstairs & to the right)
Cost is by donation only.
Please register by sending a note to Dan.
If you have questions, send via email.

Meditation involves developing attention skills. It need not be presented in a religious context. This class is intended as a basic introduction to  mindfulness practice.  BIBS will offer this class on the fourth Sunday of each month in 2017, with rotating presenters. In January the session is led by Dale Bowden. On February 26 the session will be led by Josh Rychert and on March 26, it will be Chris Slymon. All are welcome.

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Beginners Class Starts Jan. 11, 2017

Paul Dragone will lead the Introduction to Buddhism 050 class for the fourth winter in a row. This five-week course explains the basic foundation of a Buddhists’ perspective. Learn about the historical Buddha and how his teachings enriched millions of lives for two millennia. The course also explores how Buddhism embraces compassion for all beings and relieves mental suffering and inner conflict.

When: Wednesday evenings
January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: BIBS Shrine Room, 660 N. Ninth Street, downstairs
Who: Paul Dragone teaches middle school art and is a multi-talented artist, singer/songwriter and gear-head. His profile is here.
Cost: By donation only. 
Please send a note to


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Guided Meditations on Sundays

Sunday Guided Meditations at 11 a.m. at BIBS will continue on Christmas Day and New Years Day. On Sunday, January 1, the session will include Vajrasattva practice to purify karma for the New Year, (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) Open to all, this is a Vajrayana Buddhist practice. It uses a stylized meditation technique to purify karma and establish a clear direction with strengthened mindfulness. – Led by Dan Black

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Purification, the Vajrasattva Practice

The Treasure Valley Dharma Friends presents teachings from a Tibetan monk, scholar, humanitarian and spiritual mentor, Geshe Phelgye, during the Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 25-27, 2016 at the BIBS Center, 660 N 9th Street.

The event will focus on purification practice in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Geshe will teach the Vajrayana practice of Vajrasattva, a meditational technique in  accord with the lineage of previous masters.

Geshe is the Global Scholar at Residence and an adjunct Professor at Eastern Washington University, Washington. He is also a celebrated scholar from the Tibetan community who also served on the Tibetan Parliament in Exile.

Friday, Nov. 25
1:30 to 4 p.m. – Teaching

Saturday, Nov. 26
9 to 9:45 – Meditation (optional)
10 a.m. to noon – Teaching
1:30 to 4 p.m. – Teaching

Sunday, Nov. 27
9 to 9:45 – Meditation (optional)
10 a.m. to noon – Teaching
1:30 to 4 p.m. – Teaching

Suggested donation: $75 for all five sessions or $20 per individual session.
No one will be turned away for lack of funds. For more information and/ or to register, contact Dan at dan.black49(AT)

About the teacher

In 1991 Phelgye obtained the Geshe degree (similar to Ph.D.) from Sera-Jey Monastic University in India. In 1993, with blessings from H.H. The Dalai Lama, he went to the hermitage retreat on the mountains of Dharamsala for 5 years. In 1998, he founded the Universal Compassion Movement and openly campaigned for vegetarianism and Universal Compassion around the world. His gentle teaching style engages students in a Socratic style of cooperative learning. Students like his sharp wit, infectious humor and deep wisdom, making the Buddhist path a vibrant, relevant endeavor.

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Election Night Respite

An Hour of Reflection on Loving Kindness and Equanimity, Tuesday, Nov. 8 from 7 to 8 p.m. sponsored by the Idaho-Oregon Buddhist Temple and First Congregational Church. Details: respite

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Michael Jones talks retreat Oct. 30

The topic is “Trajectory” and will include discussion of his eight-month retreat.

  • From 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016
  • At the Boise Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship
  • 6200 N Garrett Street, Garden City
  • More details: trajectory.
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Meditation Retreat with Jason Quinn, Nov. 10,11

Empty Gate Zen Center presents Zen Priest Jason Quinn. He received his “inka” teaching authority in 2015 at the Providence Zen Center. He trained as a monk for nine years, during which he sat many retreats and has studied and taught at many places around the world. In 2008 he relocated to Berkeley, California, where he became abbot of the Empty Gate Zen Center and returned to lay life.

Beginners Welcome! Pre-registration requested.
Information: (208) 661-6277,

Dharma Talk: Friday Nov. 10, 7 p.m. 
660 N 9th St Boise,  Boise Institute for Buddhist Studies

Meditation: Saturday, Nov. 11, 8 a.m. to noon
660 N 9th St Boise, Boise Institute for Buddhist Studies

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