Tuesday, August 20th

All my ancient, twisted karma,
from beginningless greed, hate, and delusion,
born through body, speech, and mind,
I now fully avow.

                                                                                                     chanted at Full Moon ceremonies

Another third Tuesday comes around and we will be sitting, walking and sitting – the evening will be silent. No discussion is planned, so no reading.

The schedule is:

6:00 – 6:30 sitting
6:30 – 7:00 walking
7:00 – 7:30 sitting

We meet at BIBS – location in the sidebar.

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Tuesday, June 18th

Generosity, kind words,
doing a good turn for others,
and treating all people alike:
these bonds of sympathy are to the world
what the linchpin is to the chariot wheel.
Jātaka 20

Another third Tuesday comes around and we will be sitting, walking and sitting – the evening will be silent. No discussion is planned, so no reading.

The schedule is:

6:00 – 6:30 sitting
6:30 – 7:00 walking
7:00 – 7:30 sitting

We meet at BIBS – location in the sidebar.

Tuesday, June 4th

And how does one abide with one’s heart imbued with loving-kindness extending outward in one direction?
Just as one would feel friendliness on seeing a dearly beloved friend,
so does one extend loving-kindness to all creatures.
The Buddha (Appamannavibhanga)

Next Tuesday we will be discussing metta. There are many avenues for the happy exploration of this topic so as a possible starting point for your journey, here are some talks that feature different voices.

The Five Hindrances And Metta – a talk by Sharon Salzbergdownload or stream.

Metta as a Path to Awakening (Part 1) – a talk by John Peacock – download or stream.

Dissolving the Walls of the Mind with Love – a talk by Kittisarodownload or stream.

I try to treat whoever I meet as an old friend.
This gives me a genuine feeling of happiness.
Dalai Lama XIV

We meet at BIBS and the schedule for the evening is:

6:00 – 6:30 sitting
6:30 – 7:15 discussion
7:15 – 7:30 sitting

Tuesday, May 28th

Next Tuesday is our book discussion and we will be discussing the next two talks in the Practicing Dharma section of Being Dharma by Ajahn Chah: Lay Practice: Don’t Let The Monkey Burn Down Your House and Monastic Life: Why Do People Ordain?

We meet at BIBS and the schedule is:

6:00 – 6:30 sitting
6:30 – 7:15 discussion
7:15 – 7:30 sitting

You are welcome to come for all or part of the evening. Please tread softly when entering during a sitting period…

Tuesday, May 14th

Next Tuesday we will be discussing a talk by James Baraz that you can download or stream.

On the recent retreat James sat with Ven. Analayo, the monastic started out the last day’s teaching saying: “This morning I want to talk about climate change. Though some say this is not an appropriate topic for the Dharma Hall, in my view and in light of the crisis we are facing, there is no more appropriate or necessary topic.” We explore how Dharma principles can help each of us individually hold this unsettling situation as well as why they are the key to us waking up as a species.

We meet at BIBS – location in the sidebar – and the schedule for the evening is:

6:00 – 6:30 sitting
6:30 – 7:15 discussion
7:15 – 7:30 sitting