Class descriptions and start times are below the calendar.
Recurring meetings of groups at the BIBS center.
Empty Gate Zen Center – Korean Zen – Thursdays, 7 p.m.
Boise Insight Sangha – Boise Insight Sangha is primarily focused on insight meditation (Vipassana) and the liberation teachings of the Buddha. Tuesdays 7:30 p.m.
Guided Meditation – Sundays, 11:15 a.m. to noon
TVDF Vajrayana Group – Sundays, 4 p.m.
Refuge Recovery Boise – Wednesdays 5:30PM – 6:30PM, Saturdays 4:30PM – 5:30pm
Mahamudra – Saturdays 8:00AM – 9:00AM
Dragon’s Pearl Sangha – Wednesdays 7:00PM – 9:00PM
Dan Black was a founding member and leader of Treasure Valley Dharma Friends in 2001. A Buddhist for over 20 years, he has studied with teachers from all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism including His Holiness the Dalai Lama in India, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, Khensur Rinpoche Geshe Wangduk, B. Alan Wallace, Ven. Robina Courtin, Khenpo Tsultrim Gymatso and others. Dan has edited spiritual books for his teachers and has taught at the Treasure Valley Dharma Friends on numerous occasions. With the Liberation Prison Project he taught at the Idaho Correctional Center and the Ada County Jail. He is the founding director of the Boise Institute for Buddhist Studies.
Paul Lingard is the resident teacher for the Open Path, a community of beings dedicated to the unfoldment and evolution of consciousness through the teaching and practice of meditation, the study of philosophy and religion, and the performance of charitable works. It began in Boise in 1976 under the guidance of Namgyal Rinpoche.
Rev. Michele Tae – M’tae is a Buddhist chaplain ordained at the Upaya Institute and Zen Center. She is also a member of the Order of Interbeing and is a longtime student in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. She is a founding board member of the Cancer Connection Idaho and is Director of Mindfulness Center Idaho, where she offers education and training in mindfulness for government agencies, businesses, groups and individuals. She has been an active member of Beginner’s Mind Sangha for nearly twenty years.
Bill Holland-Smith has been studying and practicing Buddhism for 34 years and received lay ordination as a member of the Core Community of the Order of Interbeing (Tiep Hien), 43rd generation of the Lam Te Dhyana School and the 9th generation of the Lieu Quan Dharma Line by Dhyana Master Trung Quang Nhat Hahn, in 2004. Bill has been member of the Beginner’s Mind Sangha since 2001.
Kathleen Rose has been studying and practicing Buddhism for nearly 20 years and received lay ordination from Myogen Steve Stucky, former Abbot of San Francisco Zen Center. She has lived and trained in various lay and monastic Zen centers and temples and has been offering practice opportunities in Boise for over 10 years, most recently through NorthendZen. Kathleen is currently studying with Gil Fronsdal at Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, California, where she will receive endorsement for Buddhist chaplaincy. She will begin a chaplaincy residency at St. Luke’s Medical Center in June, 2014.
Chris Slymon started meditating with assorted Buddhist groups in Sydney, Australia, in 1993 as a compliment to his Tai Chi practice. A couple of years later he visited San Francisco Zen Center and was so impressed that he returned to live and practice at their various centers for several years. He has also done retreats in the Vipassana tradition of S.N. Goenka.
Scott Woodbury is a lawyer with a background in public policy and a history of social and environmental activism and stewardship. He is a member of Beginners Mind Sangha, a Board Member of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship and the Boise Institute of Buddhist Studies, and is a student of Buddhism and other wisdom traditions. He is currently working with community and faith based groups to end the death penalty in Idaho.