Schedule update: Sunday, April 1st

Please note:

  • BIBS’ 11am meditation and noon study group will meet on Sunday, April 1st, despite the Easter holiday.
  • However, the Beginner’s Mind Book Study will not meet on Sunday, April 1st.
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C of I to host Dr. Eboo Patel for Carter-Chalker Lectureship series

NOT A BIBS OFFERING, but potentially of interest to those who follow us:

The College of Idaho’s Carter-Chalker Lectureship on Faith and Contemporary Issues will host prominent sociologist and interfaith leader, Dr. Eboo Patel, for a Feb. 21st campus visit and public lecture. Patel’s stay will include class visits, conversations with faculty and Student Life, and the free public lecture “Acts of Faith: Bridging Interfaith Barriers,” which is set for 7 p.m. in the Langroise Center for Performing and Fine Arts on the C of I campus in Caldwell.


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Free Harvard e-course on Buddhism

NOT A BIBS OFFERING, but something that might be of interest to those curious about Buddhism. A free Harvard course on Buddhism, covering an overview of the practice.

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Presentation of Mahamudra Continues on Fridays

• Where: Boise Institute for Buddhist Studies, 660 N 9th Street, Boise
• When: Friday evenings 6:30-8:00pm, February 23 – March 16 (4 sessions)
• RSVP to presenter Robert Sperry at:

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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Meditation Retreat with Zen Master Bon Soeng

zenmasterZEN MASTER BON SOENG ​received Inka (teaching authority) from Zen Master Seung Sahn​ in 1992 and became a Zen Master in 2001. He has been practicing Zen since 1975 and has practiced with Zen Master Seung Sahn since 1979. He is the Guiding Teacher of Empty Gate Zen Center in Berkeley, and the Boise Sitting Group.​ He is also a licensed psychotherapist in private practice, specializing in the integration of Zen Buddhism and Western Psychotherapy.

Friday, February 9th, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Boise Institute for Buddhist Studies, 660 N. 9th Street, Boise (MAP)

Saturday, February 10th, 9:00am – 1:00pm
Boise Institute for Buddhist Studies, 660 N. 9th Street, Boise (MAP)

Beginners welcome! Pre-registration requested. More information: (208) 661-6277,, or

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TVDF Presents: Ven. Robina

Treasure Valley Dharma Friends is pleased to present:

Venerable Robina!

The Three Scopes of Practice
An exploration of the Buddhist worldview

VenRobinaJoin us for a spirited presentation of the Buddhist worldview in which one discovers the mechanism of mental suffering, transformation, and happiness. These lectures are appropriate for anyone interested in the Buddhist path.

Venerable Robina Courtin is a renowned Buddhist teacher in the Tibetan tradition. Ven. Robina’s heart teachers are Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche, founders of The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition.


Printable Flyer

Monday, Feb. 12 – Initial Scope
Tuesday, Feb 13 – Medium Scope
Wednesday, Feb 14 – Highest Scope

6pm to 9pm each night.
(Simple soup provided for dinner break.)

Vietnamese Buddhist Temple, 8813 W. Ardene Street
(Near the corner of Maple Grove and Overland.)

$20 per session.
No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Treasure Valley Dharma Friends (TVDF) meets every Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at the LTTT Buddhist Temple located at 8813 W. Ardene St. The organization has been bringing renowned Buddhist teachers to Boise since 2001. TVDF promotes Buddhist practices such as meditation, book study and discussion groups. All are welcome.

Facebook – Treasure Valley Dharma Friends

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Sutra Study in January

Dharma Study on the Elder Sutra as presented in Thich Nhat Hanh’s book, Our Appointment with Life. Three Sundays, January 7, 14 and 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Boise Institute of Buddhist Studies, 660 N. 9th in Boise. Offered by Rev. Michele Tae (MTae), an ordained Buddhist Chaplain, and member of the Plum Village Order of Interbeing. MTae has walked the Buddhist path since 1992. Everyone welcome. Donations invited. No reservation necessary.
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Gradual Path Seminar

The seminar begins on January 7.
Sundays, noon to 12:45, ongoing.
Tea is from noon to 12:10 between Guided Meditation and the Seminar.

This ongoing seminar examines the Gradual Path to Enlightenment from this detailed and thorough overview by the great Gampopa, the great Tibetan Buddhist adept and founder of the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism. The text follows a logical progression of the Buddhist path revealing the unerring practices and attitudes for a Dharma-based lifestyle. Q&A and discussion moderated by Dan Black. The classic text is called “Jewel Ornament of Liberation” by Gampopa. No reservations are needed and all are welcome to join any time.

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BIBS donates $1,000 to Oxfam

Out of concern for the suffering endured by Rohingya Refugees pouring into Bangladesh; and  because part of our organization’s mission is to help other charitable efforts for the general good; and because all phenomena are interconnected and made up of causes; therefore we establish the motivation to reduce suffering.

The Boise Institute for Buddhist Studies Board of Directors extends the sum of $1,000 to Oxfam America, a 501c3 organization that is doing excellent work addressing the immediate needs in this crisis.
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Treasure Valley Dharma Friends presents “Exploring Buddhism: A Series of Beginning Teachings”

Saturdays, 10:00am, November 18 to December 23. All classes are held at the Linh Thuu Buddhist Temple at 8813 W. Ardene Street, Boise.

Class Poster (PDF)

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