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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A WEEKEND RETREAT AT THE COMPASSION AND INSIGHT CENTER: JOURNEY TO INNER FREEDOM HOW TO WORK WITH OUR MIND

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
COMPASSION AND INSIGHT CENTER
1627 S. ORCHARD ST., BOISE
REGISTRATION FEE: $100

REGISTER AT HEARTOFDHARMA.ORG

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.

Flyer:

HeartoftheDharmaJuneWeekendRetreat

 

 

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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

LOCATION:

Boise Buddhist Center

901 N 15th St

Beginners Welcome!  Pre-registration requested.

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

http://www.facebook.com/Emptygatezenboise

 

Flyer:

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.

Location:

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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Beginners Mind Sangha 2019 Spring Retreat at Harris Ranch

The Beginners Mind Sangha Spring Retreat is coming up soon.

April 25th through April 28th, 2019
Mill District Club House, Harris Ranch
Boise, Idaho 83716

This non-residential retreat, in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, will be held Thursday and Friday evenings (6 to 9 pm),all day Saturday (9 am to 8 pm) and half day Sunday (8 am to 3 pm).

Flyer for Retreat: Beginners Mind Sangha 2019 Spring Retreat

 

Be sure to check out Beginners Mind Sangha activities at BIBS:

Beginners Mind Book Group meets at BIBS on Sundays 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM. Late arrival OK. Currently reading  books by Thich Nhat Hanh: Living Buddha Living Christ and Call Me by My True Names. 

Beginners Mind Community Practice at BIBS on Sundays 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

See the Beginners Mind Sangha website for details:

http://www.beginnersmindsangha.org/

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Compassion Cultivation Class

Buddhist teachings emphasize the importance of compassion. The Boise Institute for Buddhist Studies will host a course on how to cultivate compassion. BIBS welcomes Winston Cheyney who will be presenting Stanford’s Compassion Cultivation Training(TM).

Winston Cheyney has studied the Dharma with Lama Jhampa Shaneman and Alan Wallace, among others, and recently completed the yearlong training course to be a teacher of Compassion Cultivation Training .  Winston works as a Registered Nurse in Critical Care at St. Lukes in Boise, and has a special interest in the application of secular meditation practices to help healthcare providers sustain compassion and prevent burnout.

COURSE BASICS

The Compassion Cultivation Training program (CCT) is an eight-week program designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and for others. The training integrates traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion. The program was developed at the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers.

What Is Compassion?

Compassion unfolds in response to distress, pain or suffering. It begins with the recognition of suffering, which gives rise to feelings of concern and empathy. This, in turn, motivates the willingness to take action to relieve that suffering. At different times, and in different situations, different parts of this process (awareness, feelings, empathy, action) may be most available and/or most skillful.

The Training

Cultivating compassion involves training our own minds, developing specific skills in how we relate to ourselves and others, and intentionally choosing compassionate thoughts and actions. CCT is a two-hour weekly interactive class. Class includes:

  •    Group discussion to share learning experiences
  •    Meditation to improve awareness
  •    Listening and communication exercises to strengthen compassion
  •    Homework: Daily compassion meditation practices and real-world assignments

Feburary 4 – March 25   Mondays 7PM – 9PM

At BIBS: 901 N 15th St

If you wish to attend, RSVP via email to joshrychert@gmail.com.

Please RSVP only if you are able to attend all 8 of the two hour classes.

There is no fee for attendance, but a donation to the Boise Institute for Buddhist Studies is suggested. Donations can be made in cash, check, or online.

 

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EXPLORING BUDDHISM:
A SERIES OF BEGINNING TEACHINGS

 Presented by Treasure Valley Dharma Friends

All classes are held:  10:00 – 11:30 AM,
At:  LTTT Buddhist Temple – 8813 W. Ardene St., Boise

Flyer: https://bibscenter.files.wordpress.com/2019/01/tvdfbeginnerflyer-1-12-19-c3-color.pdf

Starting January 12, 2019

 

Six introductory teachings for people interested in exploring Buddhism:

1/12/2019        Life of The Buddha and the Buddhist Worldview

1/19/2019        The Four Noble Truths – The First of the Buddha’s Teachings

1/26/2019        The Meaning of Refuge and the Role of Prayer

2/2/2019          Karma and Rebirth – The importance of Cause and Effect

2/9/2019          Developing Love and Compassion

2/16/2019        Meditation – Calm Abiding and Analytical

 

The teachings do not require preparation.  Further, each session is designed to stand alone, so it is not necessary to attend them all.  Everyone is welcome, and the teachings are well suited to both Buddhists and folks who are not Buddhist but curious.         

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On January 1, BIBS will be moving to a new location, 901 N. 15th St. on the corner of 15th and Fort. The schedule will stay the same.

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