Tuesday, May 26th

For our monthly book group we are reading Unhindered by Gil Frondsal and this month we are studying the chapter on Ill Will. Here are some other resources on the Hindrances:

The schedule is:

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

The sitting takes place at BIBS.

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2018: January 2nd and 6th

For the first discussion of the new year we will be talking about The Four Noble Truths. You can find a selection of talks by IMC teachers here. There are many more talks available online, for example at dharmaseed, so if everyone listens to what they desire we can have a discussion starting from different viewpoints…

If you want to read the sutta you can find the text of the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta here: Setting the Wheel of Dhamma in Motion

On Saturday, January 6th we will be having our regular half-day of sitting and walking meditation from 9:00 – 12:30.

Tuesday, October 31st

Tuesday is Halloween and we thought that it would be an appropriate evening to discuss one of the six realms of existence, the realm of the the Hungry Ghost.  Hungry ghosts are pitiable creatures with huge, empty stomachs. They have pinhole mouths, and their necks are so thin they cannot swallow, so they remain hungry. Beings are reborn as hungry ghosts because of their greed, envy and jealousy. Hungry ghosts are also associated with addiction, obsession, and compulsion..

Here is a treat of a Gil dharma talk as a starting place.

And, if you would like to bring other treats to share with the sangha, please do!
The schedule is:

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

We meet at BIBS – location in the sidebar.

Tuesday, October 24th

Next Tuesday we will continue our discussion of The Five Invitations covering Chapters 3 & 4 of the First Invitation. There is also a website associated with the book.

We invite each of you who plan to be there next Tuesday, to bring in an insight and a question from the readings… you can certainly bring in more, but we thought it might be more engaging if we all lead the discussion.

The schedule is:

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

The sitting takes place at BIBS.

Tuesday, August 22nd

We’ve been studying right effort for a few weeks now and when I heard this talk from Gil on taking responsibility I thought it would make an interesting bookend to our efforts. And it’s short (15minutes)!

Without being aware of our life as we live it, there is no Buddhist practice; there is no awakening. But to be aware doesn’t have to be a struggle, or a burden. It’s a responsibility that actually can be quite freeing and relaxing

 
The schedule is:

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

The sitting takes place at BIBS.