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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Maitri Services Twice a Month (Maitri Sangha Boise)

A teacher in the Thai Forest tradition, Michael Sapiro, has been leading dharma sessions for the past couple of years at his home. To accommodate larger numbers, the group will now meet at a new location.

Maitri Sangha Boise is a Buddhist community in the Thai Forest Lineage focusing on the integration of Buddhist Dharma and Nondual meditation practices, social justice, noetic sciences, and psychology. Our Sangha is a place where community finds home and refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, and ultimately in the timeless, spacious freedom of Being.

Maitri Sangha meets every 2nd and 4th Thursdays at the Hyde Park Mennonite Fellowship Church at 1520 N 12th St [map] starting at 7pm.  We are officially sponsored by the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), and often have special guests/presenters join us from IONS and collaborating partners during the 2nd Thursday of the month meeting. These meetings are donation-based ($5-10 suggested) and open to the public.

Maitri Sangha online:


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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

Encouraging words Flyer

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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

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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
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 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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