Zendo Now Open Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

Floating Cloud Sangha announces that the 7th St. Zendo, 917 7th St., is open for morning zazen beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.  We continue to meet for zazen Tuesday evening at 7:30 pm as well. The morning schedule is two 30-minute periods of zazen, with kinin, and a short service.

7:00 – 7:30 zazen
7:30 – 7:40 kinhin
7:40 – 8:10 zazen
8:10 – 8:20 service

The Tuesday evening schedule is similar beginning at 7:30 pm. Please use the stairs at the rear of the building near the alley.  The zendo is in apt. # 7. 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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New Vietnamese Temple Open House

Sunday, Sept, 18, 2016  at 1 p.m.
8813 Ardeen Street, Boise, Idaho
(Near the intersection of Maple Grove and Overland Road)
The Lihn Thu (Vietnamese Buddhist) community celebrates the opening of its new Buddhist temple!
The entire community is invited to attend the Open House at 1 p.m. for food, music, entertainment and a tour of the new temple. All are welcome!


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Monks from Drepung Loseling to Create Sand Mandala

The monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery will create a sand mandala and perform at the College of Idaho from Sept. 26 through Sept. 30, 2016.

The opening ceremony will take place at noon, Monday, Sept. 26 in the Langroise Center. The public is invited to watch the monks create the sand mandala from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Sept. 26 through Sept. 29 in the Langroise Center Lobby.

The closing ceremony will begin at noon on Friday, Sept. 30 in the lobby. In a display of impermanence, the mandalas colored sand will be used to bless Indian Creek. There is no charge for the activities in the Langroise Center.

The monks will present an evening concert of sacred dance, music and chanting on Friday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium. Adult tickets are $20, $25 and $35.  Children tickets are $10, $15, and $25. Tickets are available at: www.caldwellfinearts.org and by phone, 208-459-5275.

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The Open Path Presents Bonni Ross Sept. 7-20

Bonni Ross returns to Boise to teach classes and hold a retreat Sept. 7-20, 2016. Presented by The Open Path, Bonni will teach on the topic, “Breath and Death” during evening class, morning meditation a weekend workshop in Boise and then an eight-day silent retreat at St. Gertrude’s Monastery in Cottonwood Idaho.

For the complete schedule and links to register, download the POSTER.
For more info, contact Cyrese at clingardens@gmail.com.

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Practices at the Time of Death: Sept. 9-11, 2016

Treasure Valley Dharma Friends presents Lama Jhampa Shaneman, who will teach daily traditional Buddhist practices to prepare one’s self for the Bardo, or intermediate state between this life and the next. All lectures will be at the Vietnamese Temple, 2312 W. Overland Rd., except Sunday, when the location is TBA. (potluck lunch on Sunday).
Friday, Sept. 9 _ 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 10_ 10 a.m. to noon & 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 11_ 10 a.m. to noon & 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
More info HERE.

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Michael Ciborski: ‘Listen, Learn, Love’

The Beginners Mind Sangha presents a Public Talk on Sept. 7, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Compassion and Insight Center, 1627 S. Orchard St, Boise, featuring Michael Ciborski. He is Dharmacharya in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.

And join us for a residential retreat from Thursday, Sept. 8 to Sunday, Sept. 11 at the Nazareth Retreat Center in Boise. The topic is “To Listen, To Learn, To Love: Stepping onto the Path of True Reconciliation with Loved Ones and the Earth.” For more information, check this poster, or the website: www.beginnersmindsangha.org.

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Dharma Camp Aug. 26-28

Treasure Valley Dharma Friends presents a “Mindfulness in Nature” camping retreat from Aug. 26-28 at the Upper Payette Group Campground, about 20 miles north of McCall. The campers bring their own food and gear.  Friday night to Sunday noon. The program includes sitting and walking meditation practice, as well as Dharma discussion related to what nature teaches us in relation to Buddhist ideals. For more information and to register, send email to Dan at dan.black49@yahoo.com.

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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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