Begin your journey of self-transformation through meditation and the cultivation of mindfulness in the Vipassana tradition

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The way of the Buddha is to know yourself; To know yourself is to forget yourself; To forget yourself is to be awakened by all things. Dogen – Thirteenth Century Zen Monk


MARCH Program Offerings – 2018

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Note new beginning time: 6:00 P.M. and ending by 7:45 P.M. Thank you for arriving no later than 5:55 so sits can begin quietly at 6:00 P.M.

March 7: Wednesday at 6:00 P.M. Selah Chamberlain will lead meditation and offer a continuing of talk exploring Mindfulness and Concentration.. Instructions for beginning practice will be available.

Selah has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1969 and taught Taijiquan (”TaiChi”) for several years in the 1970’s. He has practiced acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine since 1981. Selah has led beginning meditation classes at Taos Mountain Sangha and serves as an advisor to the TMS Board of Directors.

March 14: Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. Sean Murphy will lead meditation and offer a talk on the “Wisdom of the Heart” (continued from previous talks). Instructions for beginning practice will be available.

Sean has been a practitioner of Zen meditation for over 25 years. He has taught meditation since 1998 to writers, artists, college students and many others. One Bird, One Stone, his nonfiction chronicle of Zen in America, won a 2014 International Book Award. He is also the Hemingway Award-winning author of three novels, including The Time of New Weather. He teaches meditation, creative writing and literature at the University of New Mexico-Taos. He is the co-founder and President of the nonprofit Sage Institute, which hosts a regular series of meditation workshops as well as an innovative Meditation Leader Training Program. Sean leads writing programs around the country. You can learn more about Sean’s work at MurphyZen.com.

March 21: Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. Julie Tato will lead meditation and offer the first talk in a practice-oriented series on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. Instructions for beginning practice will be available.

Julie has practiced meditation, primarily Vipassana, since 1988. She has studied with Marcia Rose, Sharon Salzberg, Ven. Tsoknyi Rinpoche, and others. An instructor of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Julie has a particular interest in LovingKindness meditation and practice in daily life. Julie also teaches meditation with youth and those recovering from loss. She is developing a local program based on the Mindful Schools, to bring meditation to a wider youth community. Julie has lived, worked, and practiced in spiritual community, including many years at the Lama Foundation and the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA. Julie works locally to support people with disabilities and their families.

March 28: Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. Marcia Rose will lead meditation and offer a talk entitled Peeling away the layers of ignorance. Waking up to our ‘original nature.’

The Buddha tells us that there are five ever-changing components that constitute our human persona. This evening we will begin to explore the root and nature of each of these aspects of being, classically called the ‘aggregates.’ Instructions for beginning practice will be available.

Marcia is the founding and guiding teacher of The Mountain Hermitage and founding teacher of Taos Mountain Sangha. She has been studying and practicing Buddhist teachings and meditation with Asian and Western teachers since 1970, primarily in the Theravada-Vipassana (Path of the Elders) tradition. Her own teaching reflects a clear influence from the Burmese Mahasi Vipassana and Pa-Auk Forest Monastery lineages with authorization from Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw to teach Samatha and Jhanas in his lineage. Marcia was resident teacher for staff at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, MA from 1991-1995 and has been one of the teachers for the annual three-month retreat at IMS. Marcia teaches Vipassana, Concentration, Brahma Vihara, and Creative Process retreats in throughout the world. She is dedicated to offering these ancient and timeless teachings in ways that make them accessible and authentic for contemporary culture.

April 7: Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. “Day of Practice.” Julie Tato will lead alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, guided with instructions. Julie will offer dharma teachings. Meditators of all traditions are welcome.
TMS will provide tea; please bring your own mug or go-cup and a lunch that does not require refrigeration. Silent practice will be maintained during lunch and tea breaks. More information to follow as the day approaches.

Donations for the teachers and TMS are greatly appreciated. We invite you to stay afterward to get to know other members of our Sangha Community.

If bad weather threatens, an email notification will be sent between 5:15 and 5:30 P.M. to advise of any change in meeting schedule.

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