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
Programs & Schedule
Tuesday 2:00 to 3:30 PM Dharma Study Group - all are welcome. The current book under discussion is Stephen Batchelor’s new publication: After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age. Yale University Press. Participants agree to read before coming to study group so they are ready to raise questions and engage in discussion. March 29: page 178 + ~15 pages.Please bring your own tea mug.
Spring Practice Period, Friday, 2:30-5:00 P.M. Jean Admire will ring bells for alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation. No instructions or dharma talk. An opportunity for anyone from any meditation tradition to practice in silence. You may stay for all or any part of the meditation period. Continues through mid-May.
- Entering or departing is silence is a gift to all. Schedule:
2:30-2:35 welcome & perhaps a short reading.
2:35- 3:10 sitting
4:55-5:00 closing & perhaps a short reading.
Day of Meditation in Nature, October 10, 2015 will be led by David and Teri Patton in the Black Lake area. Hiking and meditation in the wilderness, a one-day, peer-led, silent retreat. We will hike trails near David and Teri’s home. Suggested donation is $5. For more information you may contact Jean Admire at 505-901-9455.
Registration is required and is available at TMS. A Liability Waiver Form must be signed prior to the hike. Please plan to register by Wednesday October 7th. A limit of 15 people may attend this event. We will carpool from TMS. Participants are asked to arrive by 8 A.M. sharp. All participants will share the gas expenses.
All participants will need to bring essential gear for the retreat with them: 2 litres of water, rain gear and layers of clothing, proper hiking shoes, lunch, any personal medications needed, a broad-brimmed hat, sun block and/or insect repellent (if appropriate), and hiking poles (optional). A sitting chair — Crazy Creek style — is most helpful; TMS has a few to loan. Contact Jean to reserve your chair
This hike will be easy to moderate with several sitting periods throughout the day.
Meditation in Nature on Sunday, August 2nd was a grand success. Six participants enjoyed deep silence and quiet walks to support their practice.
Wednesday Evenings -6:30 to 8:15PM - Sit and Dharma Talk - all are welcome.
Beginner-intermediate meditation classes, non-residential retreats and special classes are offered at various times throughout the year. For more information on non-residential retreats and special classes see our monthly newsletter or visit TaosMountainSangha.org.
Please see Scholarship Page on this website.
Dana - The Practice of Generosity
Taos Mountain Sangha is supported solely by dana. Dana (pronounced “dah-na”) is a Pali word meaning generosity. Dating back to the time of the Buddha, there has existed interdependence between those who offer the teachings and those who receive them. The teachings are given freely, since they are considered priceless.
Taos Mountain Sangha also offers opportunity for people to become Sustaining Members with a pledge of dana on a regular basis. Inquiries may be made to Chris Wells, Vice-President of the Sangha.