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)yahoo.com

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, emptygateboise@gmail.com

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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New class on Sunday, Oct. 9: Six Perfections

BIBS presents Buddhist View 200, which explores the Six Paramitas or transcendent attitudes, starting this Sunday, Oct. 9. This class illuminates the Mahayana motivation with teachings that comprise the second turning of the wheel of dharma, presented by Dan Black. The six practices are generosity, patience, ethics, joyous effort, concentration and wisdom. These virtuous qualities take on deeper dimensions with the Buddhist aspiration to attain enlightenment for the benefit of others.

Starts Sunday, October 9 and continues on five more Sundays, at 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. All classes are at the BIBS Center, 660 N. 9th Street. Cost is by donation only. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Appropriate for anyone interested in Tibetan Buddhism and open to all. Questions and for registration, contact BIBScenter@gmail.com.

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Climate Change Rally on Saturday, Oct. 1

Various groups are linking arms at the Capitol Building in Boise to make a statement about climate change and the reckless policies that imperil life on the planet Earth. Be counted among those wishing to address this important issue. ( rally )

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Mystical Arts of Tibet – Sept. 26-30

Fresh updates with all the details. mandala-white-poster

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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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