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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 - 2017

Posted By admin on February 24th, 2012

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.

August 2: Wednesday at 6:00 P.M. Selah Chamberlain will lead meditation and offer a talk on the Paticca-samuppada-vibhanga Sutta. Available to read at Access to Insight. 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.

August 9: Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. Sean Murphy will lead meditation and offer a talk in a continuing series “Nourishing Joy Through Practice.” 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.

August 16: Wednesday at 6:00 P.M. Hannah Rappaport will lead meditation and offer continuation of a talk entitled: “Calming the mind to Somatic Awareness; the Body doesn’t lie.” Instructions for beginning practice will be available.

    Hannah is a lifelong independent learner whose experience is, “when the student is ready, the teacher will come.” She sees her life as a verb rather than a noun. She has designed clothing, practiced Trager bodywork, taiji and jigong, made pottery and sculpture, said mass as a Gnostic Priestess, and completed the Sage Institute Meditation Teacher-Training Program.

August 23: Wednesday at 6:00 P.M. Hannah Rappaport will lead meditation and offer further exploration of the topic: “Calming the mind to Somatic Awareness; the Body doesn’t lie.” Instructions for beginning practice will be available.

    Hannah is a lifelong independent learner whose experience is, “when the student is ready, the teacher will come.” She sees her life as a verb rather than a noun. She has designed clothing, practiced Trager bodywork, taiji and jigong, made pottery and sculpture, said mass as a Gnostic Priestess, and completed the Sage Institute Meditation Teacher-Training Program.

August 30: Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. Julie Tato will lead meditation and offer a talk entitled “Quietly on Fire: The Balance of Ease and Commitment in Our Practice.” 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.

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 at 5:30 P.M. to advise of any change in meeting schedule.

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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