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Posted By admin on January 17th, 2010

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

 

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August Program Offerings – 2019

Posted By admin on February 24th, 2012

EVENING SCHEDULE —> 6:00 TO 6:40, MEDITATION (sitting/walking). 6:45-7:30 TALK, DISCUSSION, & PRACTICE. SHOULD TALK EXTEND PAST 7:30, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO DEPART QUIETLY.

August 7: Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. Julie Tato will lead meditation and offer continuing guided practice with the brahma-viharas, moving tonight to karuna (compassion). Please mention if you’d like instructions for beginning practice.

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 Loving Kindness 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.

August 14: Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. Sean Murphy will lead meditation and talk on a topic that weaves Vipassana teachings with Zen stories. Please mention if you’d like instructions for beginning practice.

Sean is a lay Zen teacher (Dharma Holder) in the White Plum Lineage of Zen. The most recent edition of his One Bird, One Stone: 108 Contemporary Zen Stories won the 2014 International Book Award in the Eastern Religions category. A graduate of Naropa University’s MFA writing program, Sean has practiced Zen meditation for 30 years, training with master teachers including Taizan Maezumi, John Daido Loori, Gerry Shishin Wick, and numerous others. The author of three novels, he is also a 2018 National Endowment of the Arts Fellow in Creative Writing.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.

August 21: Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. Sean Murphy will lead meditation and talk on a topic that weaves Vipassana teachings with Zen stories. Please mention if you’d like instructions for beginning practice.

Sean is a lay Zen teacher (Dharma Holder) in the White Plum Lineage of Zen. The most recent edition of his One Bird, One Stone: 108 Contemporary Zen Stories won the 2014 International Book Award in the Eastern Religions category. A graduate of Naropa University’s MFA writing program, Sean has practiced Zen meditation for 30 years, training with master teachers including Taizan Maezumi, John Daido Loori, Gerry Shishin Wick, and numerous others. The author of three novels, he is also a 2018 National Endowment of the Arts Fellow in Creative Writing.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.

August 28: Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. Jean Smith will lead meditation and offer a talk on generosity. Please mention if you’d like instructions for beginning practice.

Jean has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1986 and has published nine books on Buddhism-including The Beginner’s Guide to Insight Meditation (with Arinna Weisman), and Now! The Art of Being Truly Present–as well as a novel, Himalayan Passage. Jean is a member of Taos Mountain Sangha, and she serves on the board for The Mountain Hermitage.

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.

Living This Life Fully: Stories and Teachings of Munindra

Posted By admin on January 8th, 2011

Living This Life Fully: Stories and Teachings of Munindra (Shambhala), is a new dharma book about a pivotal figure in the transmission of Dharma to the West and “the teacher of our teachers.” Anagarika Munindra was Joseph Goldstein’s and Kamala Masters’ first teacher and one who also influenced Sharon Salzberg, Jack Kornfield, Daniel Goleman, James Baraz, Christopher Titmuss, Christina Feldman, Sylvia Boorstein, Larry Rosenberg, Marcia Rose, and many others. He was responsible for teaching Dipa Ma and introducing her to his Western students. Munindra was greatly appreciated not only for his knowledge as a Pali scholar but most especially for his embodiment of Dharma, for being a living example of the qualities that lead to awakening, qualities that are part of everyday life. When asked, “Munindraji, what is Dhamma?” he used to say, “Dhamma is living the life fully.” He did not reserve practice for a special time, in a special place, on a special cushion, but for everywhere and in every moment. His open-minded, accessible, enthusiastic, friendly, and cheerful manner was inviting and encouraging. He inspired others to believe that, yes, it is possible here and now.

Living This Life Fully is organized into sixteen chapters, each one focusing on a quality essential for awakening. It is based on interviews with Munindra before his death in 2003, some of his early dharma talks, interviews with almost 200 people around the world who shared poignant and humorous remembrances, and other materials.
If you would like to learn more about Living This Life Fully, Attached is a PDF of the book cover with some details, which I hope you’ll be willing to download for the Recommended Readings list. You can also read excerpts (including Joseph’s foreword) at google books: http://books.google.com/books?id=LNnzrycgXPkC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Living+This+Life+Fully&source=bl&ots=eym2l-pyms&sig=Jp24OY_4uVCqMPuVBCVl85q8CVY&hl=en&ei=b6_yTKCqJIz2swO34IGYCw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=6&ved=0CD0Q6AEwBQ#vProceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to establish a scholarship fund at Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in memory of Munindra.

Awakening

Posted By admin on January 17th, 2010

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

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