Zen Master Returns

Zen Master Bon Soeng from Empty Gate Zen Center in Berkeley, CA will be giving a Dharma Talk Friday August 4 at 7 p.m. and guiding a half-day Zen Meditation Retreat on Saturday August 5 at the BIBS Center, 660 N. 9th Street.  Private interviews with the teacher will be offered during the retreat on Saturday. Please RSVP to emptygateboise@gmail.com or if you have any questions.

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Buddhist Meditation 270

Taking the Mind’s Nature as the Path
An Introduction to Mahamudra
Friday evenings, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Weekly, starting June 30 to Aug. 25
with Robert Sperry, from the Tibetan tradition
At the BIBS Center, 660 N. 9th Street
Please RSVP to boisecoder@gmail.com

BIBS is offering an eight-week book study on Fridays at 6:30 pm, working with the book Mind at Ease by Traleg Kyabgon. Attendees should have a copy of the book; selected sections are to be assigned as reading homework. There will be a meditation session at the start of each class.

“Mahamudra uses the expression ‘ordinary mind’ (thamal gyi shepa in Tibetan) to describe the nature of the mind as the mind we already have. The nature of the mind is not lurking somewhere underneath our normal empirical consciousness. Rather, we gain insight into the nature of the mind by gaining insight into this ordinary mind.”
from Mind at Ease “What is Mahamudra?”

The first evening’s class will draw from Chapter 1, the beginning of Chapter 2, and the first twelve pages of Chapter 5, so if you are preparing in advance those are the sections to have read.

Robert Sperry began his study of Buddhism in 1969 guided by a Sri Lankan scholar in the Theravada tradition. In the ensuing years he studied and practiced in the Zen and Vajrayana traditions primarily, and performed the Chenrezi sadhana of Thangtong Gyalpo for the major part of a decade, during which time he assisted Tibetan refugees in the Tibetan Resettlement Project. In 2001 he had the exceptionally good fortune of receiving instruction from the Dzogchen master Namkhai Norbu. In 2008 he began Mahamudra practice as a student of Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche and has continued that practice without interruption. He has no credentials in the Dharma but sincerely encourages others to explore how it might relate to their own lives.


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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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