7th Street Zendo to Hold Open House

This Friday evening, Oct. 13, all are invited to attend an open house at the 7th Street Zendo. There will be calligraphy by Michael Jones on display, and music by Jonah Shue. The event will be from 4 to 6 p.m., and on Saturday, the zendo will hold a half-day meditation session. Details and schedule can be found below:

7th Street Zendo 10-14-17

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New recovery group time offered

Refuge Recovery, a Buddhist-based practice to aid in recovery from addictions, will now be offered on:

  • Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m., starting Oct. 11, 2017
  • All are welcome
  • 660 N 9th Street

http://www.refugerecovery.org/

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Presentation of Mahamudra Continues on Fridays

Taking the Mind’s Nature as the Path  — Part Two

  • Book:   Luminous Clarity, by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche
  • Where:  BIBS, 660 N 9th Street, Boise
  • When:   Friday evenings 6:30 – 7:30  starting October 13, 2017
  • RSVP to presenter Robert Sperry at: boisecoder@gmail(dot)com
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Robert Sperry has been studying and practicing Buddhism since 1969, including practices in the Theravada, Zen, and Vajrayana traditions. In 2001 he received 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 encourages others to explore how the Buddhist teachings and practices relate to their own lives.
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New at BIBS, ‘Just Sit’ Wednesday nights

7 to 9 p.m., every Wednesday
at BIBS Center, 660 N. 9th Street

Every Wednesday starting next week BIBS will host “Just Sit,” folks who like to sit but are unaffiliated with any one tradition or lineage. This is Zen-style practice, which involves a 30-40 minute period of sitting, a 10-min walking meditation (Kinin), followed by a second 30-40 minute period of sitting.  Afterwards, questions, discussion, book reading, or  dharma talk.  Questions, contact Vince at vjfortiii@gmail.com or (208) 570-three-997.

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‘Seven-Point Mind Training’ in October

BIBS presents Buddhist View 275, a look at the classic Tibetan Buddhist teaching by Atisha known as the Seven-Point Mind Training.

Seven-Point Mind Training in the Dzogchen Tradition
Sundays, beginning Oct. 1, 2017
2 – 3 p.m. at BIBS; 660 N. 9th St.
Please RSVP to dalerb@cableone(dot)net

The class will explore the highly pragmatic Mind Training tradition or lojong, a 1,000-year-old series of short points of view or instructions, designed to dismantle our flawed behavioral tendencies, and engender the awakening of compassion. We will attempt to cover one point each week, with an introduction on week one. The text for this class will be following Alan Wallace’s  published commentary Buddhism with an Attitude. Students are encouraged to get the text.

This topic is appropriate for anyone wishing to put Buddhist principles into action, whether a complete beginner or experienced practitioner.

Presenter Dale Bowden is a longtime student of B. Alan Wallace and recently completed a two-month retreat with him in Italy. He received these teachings from B. Alan Wallace and Michael Conklin.

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‘Video Yogis’ on hold until winter

These presentations of world-class Buddhist teachers will resume in the fall after the conclusion of the Seven-Point Mind Training class taught in person by Dale Bowden.

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Thai nun to visit Boise, talk about Dharma education

An educator from Thailand known for designing and running a free school for at-risk girls will give a public talk at the Linh Thu Temple on 7 p.m. Saturday, September 9, 2017. (Day corrected from previous post) Details are on this poster: nun visit.

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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

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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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