Class Calendar

Class descriptions and start times are below the calendar.

Recurring meetings of groups at the BIBS center.

Summer 2020


Morning Meditation – Empty Gate Zen Center

6:30AM – 7:30AM


Boise Insight Sangha

6:00PM – 7:30PM


Recovery Dharma

5:30PM – 6:30PM

Beginners Minda Sangha

7:00PM – 8:30PM


Empty Gate Zen Center

7:00PM – 8:00PM


Recovery Dharma

4:30PM – 5:30PM


Recovery Dharma

9:00AM – 10:00AM

Book Group – Beginners Mind Sangha

10:15AM – 11:30AM

24 Responses to Class Calendar

  1. Andrea Woodyard says:

    What is the beginner’s mind book study?

  2. Bill Holland-Smith says:

    Beginner’s Mind Sangha hosts a book study group Sundays, 10am until noon. The current book is “Awakening of the Heart, Essential Buddhist Sutras and Commentaries” by Thich Nhat Hanh. We are reading the first sutra in the book pertaining to the Full Awareness of Breathing and will discuss pages 59 thru 72. The book study group is open to everyone. As with all of BIBS activities there is no charge to participate, although generosity is appreciated.

    • billandandrea says:

      THANK YOU> Is the book provided or where could I purchase it?

    • How best might a person “jump into” this class? Is there a way to know what book/passage will be studied in the upcoming class(es)? I’d like to join this class, but I’d like to come prepared as well.

      • bibsadmin1 says:

        The “Calm Abiding” or “Shamatha” class, 150 Buddhist Medititation, is using “Calming the Mind” by Gen Lamrimpa, as its text. As of March 30, we have covered material corresponding to a bit more than half the book, which is a small paperback.

  3. Daniel Foster says:

    Do you offer instruction in Vipassana, or are the meditation times just for those already familiar with the technique? Also, do you know when you’ll be starting the 100 course anew?

    • bibsadmin1 says:

      The Vipassana group on Tuesday is not an Institute course, but rather a community group that is mostly enjoying sitting practice together, and is just getting organized. The Buddhist View 100 (Foundations) is currently in its final few weeks. It is not scheduled to repeat at the present time, though if requested by several people it will return as early as this summer.

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  5. Celestial says:

    Hello. I am interested in your Beginning Mindfulness class that has already begun. I am also interested in learning to meditate. I am curious if there is a cost associated with this? I would like to attend tomorrow at 6:15pm (the second class). I know NOTHING about Buddhism and really would like to learn! Are these classes good for someone like me or can you point me in a direction that would be more beneficial?

    • bibsadmin1 says:

      These are perfect opportunities for you! These particular classes are taught especially for the beginners in mind, and are offered without charge. There are few expenses and we operate from donations. Check it out for fun and see if it fits.

  6. Celestial says:

    What do I need to bring, Dan?

  7. Taylor Brinkley says:

    Any recommendation on where to start for someone interested in this organization but has no experience with Buddhism? I would love to take class but just feel a bit lost as far as what to attend.

  8. tlee says:

    I’m interested in taking some classes but it appears to me that they all have started already? I’m guessing it’s better to start when the lesson begins right? when do classes restart, I really would love to come here and want to start as soon as possible! let me know.

  9. Kate Michaud says:

    Who is leading the Sunday morning 11:15 meditation, which now read “lightly guided”? Thank you!

  10. Al says:

    Hi. I am intending to attend tonight’s Zazen with the Floating Cloud Sangha. I have a little Zen practice, but my wife, who will be with me, does not. I was looking for a contact, if there is one available, to talk to and make sure we are not breaking protocol by showing up this evening. Is there one available?

    • jrychert says:

      She’s welcome to show up. Shoes removed and the ability to be still and silent are all that’s required.

    • jrychert says:

      Just realized you said “floating cloud”.
      They meet at another location. There is an insight meditation group at bibs tonight at 6. Same advice: silence and stillness. Just show up.

      Weekly sitting group Floating Clouds Sangha
      will now meet Tuesday evenings 7:30 – 9 p.m.
      for zazen & discussion at the 7th St. Zendo, 917 7th St.

    • Kate Michaud says:

      Hey, those aren’t the hours for the Insight group. Did it suddenly change? WArmly, Kate

  11. Sarah says:

    Is there a place for children to hang out while parent(s) are in class?

    • Josh Rychert says:

      Not inside the building. No. There is a yard where they could play independently as long they don’t interrupt. Also, North Jr. high’s field is across the street. For now, other than the Recovery Dharma meetings, I believe there aren’t any classes meeting in person.

  12. Alex webb says:

    Is Recovery Dharma right for me? Or another group would you suggest? Going through significant family change after a long time, feeling lost and hopeless. Searching for something that can help guide me, help me reflect and understand me, and help me heal. -Thank You

    • clintonjsmith says:

      Recovery Dharma is a great group that offers support and the dharma to people struggling with addiction issues. Very supportive group to meditate with and bring your troubles during the discussion period after meditation.
      We also have:
      Empty Gate Zen Center on Thursday nights at 7pm (meeting both in person and online) – great group that has a discussion at the end
      Morning Meditation from 6:30-7:30am Monday – Thursday
      Beginners Mind Sangha is currently only meeting online on Wednesday nights, but a great supportive group!
      Feel free to email me at:

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