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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Lama Jhampa to Teach Emptiness March 15-17

Treasure Valley Dharma Friends presents Lama Jhampa Shaneman at the NEW Vietnamese Buddhist Temple, 8813 W. Ardene, Boise. The topic is “How to See Yourself as You Really Are.” All are welcome. Flier

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Wednesday Morning Book Study

BIBS welcomes the Open Path and its late-winter book study group, which will examine the book, “Heart Treasure from the Enlightened Ones” by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Starting on March 1, this discussion group will meet five times. Starts at 9:30 a.m. at the BIBS Center. All are welcome. Here is the event flier.


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Wednesday Evening Mindfulness in March

Kathleen Rose of Boise Insight Sangha will teach Mindfulness 150 on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. starting on March 1 and continuing for five Wednesdays. This course will cover the foundations of mindfulness using materials from Insight Meditation Center, with focus on engaging practice in everyday life. No registration required.

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Empty Gate Hosts Teacher, Retreat

The Boise Zen group, Empty Gate, will host zen priest Bon Soeng at 7 – 9 p.m. on Friday, February 10, and a one-half day sitting practice on Saturday, February 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Details are here: 2017-feb-retreat.

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Importance of having a place to practice

Classes on Saturday and Sunday will take place at the Parklane office, a stone’s throw from BIBS, at 817 W. Franklin Street. Then, we’ll be back at 660 N. 9th Street on Tuesday.

The weekend schedule is:

  • Saturday – Mahamudra at 8 a.m.; Refuge Recovery at 4:30 at 817 Franklin
  • Sunday – Beginners Mind Book Study at 9 a.m.; at 817 Franklin
    • Guided meditations at 11 a.m. at 817 Franklin.
    • Vajrayana practice at 4 p.m. at 817 Franklin.
  • Tuesday – Boise Insight Sangha at 6 p.m. at BIBS
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Closed due to flooding this weekend, but not for long….

As of Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, the space is closed due to water flooding in the old building, and apparently around the entire block. All scheduled BIBS events for this weekend are canceled.

We have some good news this morning. The flooding at the BIBS Center was quickly addressed. The property management company, Parklane Management, vacuumed and dried the space last night. This morning things are nearly dry and no bad smell! However, the carpet needs to be replaced, the cushions inspected and the space completely dried. So we will be back open in a matter of days, not weeks.  More details will be posted on this website.

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