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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 – 2018

Posted By admin on February 24th, 2012

Thank you for arriving no later than 5:55 so sits can begin quietly at 6:00 P.M.

August 1: Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. Julie Tato will lead meditation and offer a guided practice on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. Please mention if you’d like instructions for beginning practice.

This evening continues a series of experiential talks that will include opportunities for additional practice on a Saturday adjacent to the talks.

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.

August 8: Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. Jean Admire will lead meditation. Dharma activity and topic to be announced. No instructions for beginning practice offered this evening.

Jean is the president of the board of TMS. She began meditation practice in 2000 with dharma teachers Mary Grace Orr of the Santa Cruz Vipassana Sangha and Carolyn Atkinson who leads the Everyday Dharma Center. She currently studies with Susie Harrington and participates in Insight Dialogue activities based on the teachings of Gregory Kramer.

August 15: Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. Sean Murphy will lead meditation and offer a talk entitled “Can’t get enough emptiness.” Please mention if you’d like instructions for beginning practice.

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.

August 22: Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. Sean Murphy will lead meditation and offer part 2 of a talk “Can’t get enough emptiness.” Please mention if you’d like instructions for beginning practice.

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.

August 29: Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. Marcia Rose will lead meditation and offer a dharma talk. Topic TBA Please mention if you’d like instructions for beginning practice.

Marcia is the founder and Guiding Teacher of The Mountain Hermitage and founding teacher of Taos Mountain Sangha. She has been studying and practicing the teachings of the Buddha with Asian and Western teachers since 1970, primarily in the Theravada tradition. Her own teaching reflects a clear influence from over 25 years of practice in the Burmese Mahasi Vipassana lineage as well as five-plus years of practice with Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw. Marcia has been authorized by Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw to teach Samatha/Jhana meditation in the Pa Auk Forest Monastery lineage. She has also studied and practiced in the Dzogchen Tibetan Buddhist tradition with Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche, and Tsoknyi Rinpoche. Marcia was Resident Teacher for staff at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, MA from 1991-1995. She continues to teach at IMS and the Forest Refuge (the long-term practice center for experienced students on the IMS campus) as a visiting teacher. Marcia also teaches Vipassana, Brahma Vihara, Concentration, and Creative Process retreats in other U.S. and international venues, and is dedicated to offering these ancient and timeless teachings in ways that make them accessible and authentic for contemporary culture.

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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