The journey to inner freedom is the moment by moment practice of working with
our mind. Without the ability to transform our relationship to our thoughts and
emotions we get caught in the turbulence of confusion. Wisdom, love and
compassion become the expression of the mind when we live in awareness.
Through training, we see our true nature and experience inner freedom.

JUNE 22 AND 23, 10:00AM – 5:00PM


Partial scholarships are available. To apply, please email greg@meritprogram.net.
Register to ensure a spot for the retreat at http://www.heartofdharma.org/retreat/.
Questions?  Email boisesangha@gmail.com.





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Dharma Talk and Zen Meditation Retreat With Zen Master Soeng Hyang

Dharma Talk:

Friday April 26th, 7pm – 8:30pm

Zen Meditation Retreat:

Saturday April 27th, 9am – 1:30pm


Boise Buddhist Center

901 N 15th St

Beginners Welcome!  Pre-registration requested.

Information: (208) 661-6277, emptygateboise@gmail.com




2019 Meditation Retreat_April26.doc

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Lama Jhampa Shaneman At the LTTT Buddhist Temple April 12-April 14, 2019

Where Did My Enthusiasm Go?

How do we maintain consistency through a lifetime of practice? Jhampa Shaneman, a renowned Buddhist teacher in the Tibetan tradition, will present a weekend of teachings on how to keep a sense of freshness and appeal in our daily practice. These teachings will follow the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and focus on the paramita of “Joyous Effort”. This is an excellent opportunity for beginning students to get started with valuable basic techniques and for more advanced students to sharpen their skills.

Dates and Times:

April 12, 2019 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
April 13, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
April 14, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Potluck lunch to follow.


LTTT Buddhist Temple at 8813 W. Ardene Street

April 12 and 13 teachings will be at the LTTT Buddhist Temple at 8813 W. Ardene Street, Boise.  The location of the April 14 teachings and potluck lunch will be announced.

Requested donation of $15.00 per session or $60.00 for the entire weekend. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

See attached flyer for more details

Lama Jhampa Flyer


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Beginners Mind Sangha 2019 Spring Retreat at Harris Ranch

The Beginners Mind Sangha Spring Retreat is coming up soon.

April 25th through April 28th, 2019
Mill District Club House, Harris Ranch
Boise, Idaho 83716

This non-residential retreat, in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, will be held Thursday and Friday evenings (6 to 9 pm),all day Saturday (9 am to 8 pm) and half day Sunday (8 am to 3 pm).

Flyer for Retreat: Beginners Mind Sangha 2019 Spring Retreat


Be sure to check out Beginners Mind Sangha activities at BIBS:

Beginners Mind Book Group meets at BIBS on Sundays 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM. Late arrival OK. Currently reading  books by Thich Nhat Hanh: Living Buddha Living Christ and Call Me by My True Names. 

Beginners Mind Community Practice at BIBS on Sundays 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

See the Beginners Mind Sangha website for details:


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Compassion Cultivation Class

Buddhist teachings emphasize the importance of compassion. The Boise Institute for Buddhist Studies will host a course on how to cultivate compassion. BIBS welcomes Winston Cheyney who will be presenting Stanford’s Compassion Cultivation Training(TM).

Winston Cheyney has studied the Dharma with Lama Jhampa Shaneman and Alan Wallace, among others, and recently completed the yearlong training course to be a teacher of Compassion Cultivation Training .  Winston works as a Registered Nurse in Critical Care at St. Lukes in Boise, and has a special interest in the application of secular meditation practices to help healthcare providers sustain compassion and prevent burnout.


The Compassion Cultivation Training program (CCT) is an eight-week program designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and for others. The training integrates traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion. The program was developed at the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers.

What Is Compassion?

Compassion unfolds in response to distress, pain or suffering. It begins with the recognition of suffering, which gives rise to feelings of concern and empathy. This, in turn, motivates the willingness to take action to relieve that suffering. At different times, and in different situations, different parts of this process (awareness, feelings, empathy, action) may be most available and/or most skillful.

The Training

Cultivating compassion involves training our own minds, developing specific skills in how we relate to ourselves and others, and intentionally choosing compassionate thoughts and actions. CCT is a two-hour weekly interactive class. Class includes:

  •    Group discussion to share learning experiences
  •    Meditation to improve awareness
  •    Listening and communication exercises to strengthen compassion
  •    Homework: Daily compassion meditation practices and real-world assignments

Feburary 4 – March 25   Mondays 7PM – 9PM

At BIBS: 901 N 15th St

If you wish to attend, RSVP via email to joshrychert@gmail.com.

Please RSVP only if you are able to attend all 8 of the two hour classes.

There is no fee for attendance, but a donation to the Boise Institute for Buddhist Studies is suggested. Donations can be made in cash, check, or online.


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 Presented by Treasure Valley Dharma Friends

All classes are held:  10:00 – 11:30 AM,
At:  LTTT Buddhist Temple – 8813 W. Ardene St., Boise

Flyer: https://bibscenter.files.wordpress.com/2019/01/tvdfbeginnerflyer-1-12-19-c3-color.pdf

Starting January 12, 2019


Six introductory teachings for people interested in exploring Buddhism:

1/12/2019        Life of The Buddha and the Buddhist Worldview

1/19/2019        The Four Noble Truths – The First of the Buddha’s Teachings

1/26/2019        The Meaning of Refuge and the Role of Prayer

2/2/2019          Karma and Rebirth – The importance of Cause and Effect

2/9/2019          Developing Love and Compassion

2/16/2019        Meditation – Calm Abiding and Analytical


The teachings do not require preparation.  Further, each session is designed to stand alone, so it is not necessary to attend them all.  Everyone is welcome, and the teachings are well suited to both Buddhists and folks who are not Buddhist but curious.         

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On January 1, BIBS will be moving to a new location, 901 N. 15th St. on the corner of 15th and Fort. The schedule will stay the same.

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Precious Dharma Retreat with Sangyam Kamala Rinpoche at Boise’s Compassion and Insight Center (Not a BIBS Event)


Ven. Sangyum Kamala Rinpoche is the spiritual companion of His Holiness Chatral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche, one of the greatest Dzogchen (Great Perfection) masters of the past century, who entered parinirvana in December 2015 at the age of 104. Kamala Rinpoche fulfilled the traditional three-year-retreat before being married at the age of 20. This is a rare and precious opportunity to receive teachings and oral transmissions from a female Lama with a high level of ritual and meditative experience. An accomplished and realized practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism, Kamala Rinpoche generously and enthusiastically shares her abundant wisdom and compassion with warmth, humility, and humor. We are most fortunate to have Venerable Kamala Rinpoche visiting Idaho!

For Info and registration contact Jesse Shreeve: 208-995-1491 or turnthewheel108@gmail.com


Sept. 28- Oct. 1st 
Friday 7-9 pm 
Saturday 10-12, 2-4:30, 6:30-8:30 
Sunday 1:30-4:00 
Monday 7-9 pm

Suggested Donation: $100 (No one turned away for lack of funds) *Non-residential*

Compassion and Insight Center  (Heart of the Dharma)- 1627 S Orchard St #200, Boise, ID 83705


For Info and registration contact Jesse Shreeve: 208-995-1491 or turnthewheel108@gmail.com

Precious Dharma Retreat with Sangyam Kamala Rinpoche

Friday, Sep 28, 2018, 7:00 PM

Heart of the Dharma
1627 S. Orchard St. Suite 200 Boise, ID

3 Meditators Attending

Sept. 28- Oct. 1st Friday 7-9 pm Saturday 10-12, 2-4:30, 6:30-8:30 Sunday 1:30-4:00 Monday 7-9 pm Ven. Sangyum Kamala Rinpoche is the spiritual companion of His Holiness Chatral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche, one of the greatest Dzogchen (Great Perfection) masters of the past century, who entered parinirvana in December 2015 at the age of 104. Kamala Rinpo…

Check out this Meetup →


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How To Navigate Turbulent Times In A Wholesome Way

The Open Path is pleased to welcome our founder Karma Sonam Senge.

Fridays, September 7th and 14th, 2018

7:00pm at  BIBS, 660 N 9th Street; Boise

No admission charge, but donations for the teacher will be gratefully accepted

From the attached flyer:

Our Daily life is bombarded with myriad forms of negativities. What can we do to overcome these obstacles to happiness? Come join us to explore techniques to develop an attitude that supports our goodness. Karma Sonam Senge is a teacher of awakening, in the tradition of his principle teacher the Venerable Namgyal Rinpoche. Senge was ordained in the Karma Kargu tradition by His Holiness the 16th Karmapa and also by Sayadaw U Thila Wunta, in the Theravadin tradition. At present, Lama Senge lives and teaches on an island off the coast of B.C. where he is writing, painting and practicing awareness.

A Vajra Sattva Empowerment will be given Sunday September 9th at noon,
followed by a potluck picnic. The ceremony will be held at the Open Path
Retreat Land near Aldape Summit. For directions and other information, please
call or text Paul Lingard at (208) 761-0764.


Sonam Senge 2018

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Changes at BIBS

BIBS has a new executive director, a position vacated by Dan Black who has stepped down to address some other matters. Josh Rychert, a leader of Refuge Recovery Boise and a board member accepted the role as new executive director and president of the board. Dan had helped establish BIBS in January, 2013, and has since offered beginners classes. He led the Sunday 11 a.m. Guided Meditation and was facilitator at the Sunday noon Buddhist Classics book study group. Both sessions at those time slots are expected to continue, as the group transitions with new facilitators. Dan’s last day leading meditation will be Sunday, Aug. 12. He is downsizing possessions and will offer pieces of Buddhist art to those who are interested. Anyone interested in meditation, Buddhist art, or to say hi to Dan is welcome to come visit on Sunday at 11.

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