Courses from informal to a thorough foundation

A person interested in meditation can find instruction, support and inspiration at a variety of classes over the next few months. These opportunities are temporary, so please RSVP to right away if you would like to attend. All classes are held at the Boise Institute for Buddhist Studies practice space, 660 N. 9th Street.

For those just starting out who want to know what Buddhism is, where it came from, and some simple basics about meditation can take the Buddhist View 050, with Paul Dragone on Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 7:30. Tonight (Jan. 18) is the second class out of five so it’s not too late to join now and get this beginner’s view.

If all you want is a one-time intro to mindfulness meditation, Dale Bowden will lead this one-hour informal session on Sunday, January 21 from 1 to 2 p.m. Expect a casual introduction that covers how to sit, how to breathe and how to be present.

For those wishing a more in-depth understanding of the heart of Buddha’s teachings, sign up for Buddhist View 100 with Dan Black and Rev. Michelle Tae. Both are longtime practitioners who will present the foundational teachings in common to all schools of Buddhism. This class will run on Sundays noon to 1 p.m. from Feb. 5 and continuing for seven weeks. Class will cover the Four Noble Truths and Noble Eightfold Path.

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.

Finally, and without any need for RSVP, Guided Meditations occur every Sunday at 11 a.m. to noon with Dan Black.

All events are freely offered to the public. No money, no problem. Attendees may wish to express their appreciation with dana, or generosity, which pays for BIBS’s few expenses.

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