Triangle Insight Meditation Community
 
     August 2020                     
      
 

 Words from John Lewis
(February 21, 1940 - July 17, 2020)

"Freedom is not a state; it is an act. It is not some enchanted garden perched high on a distant plateau where we can finally sit down and rest. Freedom is the continuous action we all must take, and each generation must do its part to create an even more fair, more just society."

From his 2017 memoir,
Across That Bridge: A Vision for Change and the Future of America


"When historians pick up their pens to write the story of the 21st century, let them say that it was your generation who laid down the heavy burdens of hate at last and that peace finally triumphed over violence, aggression and war. So I say to you, walk with the wind, brothers and sisters, and let the spirit of peace and the power of everlasting love be your guide."

From the essay John Lewis wrote just before his death
that was published on the day of his funeral, July 30, 2020


sittingchoices
Sitting Opportunities
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To Engage
Your Practice

 
A mutual service exchange

Registration and Absentee Balloting 

with Tara Brach

An Online Coursera Course with Certificate  

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Upcoming
Classes and Events
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A Kids' Book About Mindfulness
Live on Zoom (and recorded)

Making Friends With Yourself An Online Course for TEENS, with  Karen Bluth and Laura Prochnow Phillips

    Healing From Within: A Dharma-centered Approach to Emotions , a  6- Week Course with Sasha Loring

Retreats
Graceful Exit, Preparing for a Good Death, with Andrew Holecek
IMCC Fall Retreat 2020: Equanimity in These Times with Jeffrey Fracher and Caverly Morgan
Resonant Body, Spacious Awarenness: the Continuum
News Notes
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Ongoing Classes and Programs
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Now on Zoom
2nd, 4th Tuesdays
contact   Mike or Robert
   
This group has closed

with Tamara Share




To Be Here Now

Triangle Insight  Meditation Group s
All levels of meditation experience are welcome and the teachings are offered free of charge, with donations accepted to cover costs of using the facility and to support the stud y of the teachers. 

In this time of continuing uncertainty, Triangle Insight is committed to offering a safe and stable refuge for the Sangha as a whole. Until we are able to meet again at the Episcopal Center, Triangle Insight will use Zoom for meditation meetings and for study or social group activities. Please refer to the Zoom information below.     
 
This new way to connect is evolving through practice and compassion as we look inward and outward for the clarity that vipassana practice will bring.  
 
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Schedule: 
Information about participating in all sessions will also be posted on the  TIMC website .
 
Wednesday Evenings
6:30 - 8:00 PM
(Insight Dialogue from 6:30 - 8:30 PM)      

August    5:  Jean Hamilton (Guest Teacher)     
August  12:  Scott Bryce
August  19:  Sarah Gardner (Guest Teacher)
August  26:  Phyllis Hicks (Insight Dialogue)  

September    2:  Ron Vereen
September    9:  Scott Bryce
September  16:  Francesca Morfesis (Guest Teacher)
September  23:  Mary Grigsby (Insight Dialogue)
September  30:  Karen Ziegler (Guest Teacher)

Monday and Thursday Morning Meditation  
7:00 - 7:45 AM (click  here for more info)
Zoom locations to be emailed. 
 
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Zoom connections are emailed one day before the Wednesday evening sangha (meditation and dharma talk, or insight dialogue) and the Morning Meditation sessions (meditation and heart practice).

If you would like to receive an invitation to one or both Zoom meditations, please subscribe to the relevant form on our Schedule webpage, or send an email to info@triangleinsight.org and tell us the Zoom list(s) you would like to join.

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Episcopal Center at Duke
(when safe to gather in person)    
505 Alexander Ave. 
Durham, NC 27705
 
  WELCOME
welcome
Triangle Insight Welcomes You

Welcoming Committee News
Sangha means spiritual community, and it is treasured because without it awakening cannot be sustained."
          Jack Kornfield, After the Ecstasy, the Laundry   
 
The Welcoming Committee wishes to foster the experience of belonging to a diverse, tolerant community connected through mindfulness practice, where all feel welcome and safe. We seek to link all members and newcomers to ongoing activities and to ensure the Zoom connection is available.  
  • We have developed a brochure to give an overview of our sangha and some of its activities. You can download it here:Welcome to Triangle Insight.
     
  • Someone from the Welcoming Committee will remain on the Zoom connection at the end of Wednesday evening sangha meetings, should anyone have a question or want to talk about a sangha-relevant topic. 
     
  • A Welcoming Committee member now monitors the all-purpose email: info@triangleinsight.org to answer questions about the sangha, newsletter subscription, teacher availability, and Triangle Insight's meeting schedules. If we don't have an answer, we will put you in touch with someone who does. 
  • If you would like to join the Welcoming Committee as a dana gesture of support for the Triangle Insight Community, please let us know through the still-active email: welcome@triangleinsight.org.  
  With shared commitment to the dharma, we hope our work will be of benefit to all who join us in this practice.
TO ENGAGE YOUR PRACTICE
scholarships
 
Financial Support:  Scholarships for Training Programs and Workshops  in Racial Justice and Diversity
Engaging Buddhist teachings and real-world issues

The TIMC Board would like to offer financial assistance to sangha members who wish to participate in training programs or other activities designed to address racial conditioning, implicit bias, and racial inequality. 
  • The goal of this scholarship initiative is to help individuals and the community deepen their understanding of how unexamined views of race can limit the mind and human systems. 

A General Scholarship Fund for this purpose exists through donations from the TIMC General Fund and the generosity of several Triangle Insight members.

  • This Scholarship Fund has helped offset registration fees for some Sangha members who attended the Organizing Against Racism NC anti-racism training program.
     
  • It has supported the participation of TI members in a 3-day Mindful of Race workshop with Ruth King. 
  • White Awake is another organization that holds ongoing courses with a focus on anti-racism. They are currently conducting an online study group that has filled, and is now closed, but will be offering more online programs in the fall.  
     
  • If sangha members would like to receive scholarship support for training with OARNC, White Awake, or other programs addressing racial injustice, please email the Board at board@triangleinsight.org.

We invite the community to join this initiative by contributing specifically to this scholarship fund.  



caringcircles  
Sangha Support Through   Caring Circles:  A  Mutual Service Exchange
Use this TIM Sangha Initiative to connect and strengthen the bonds of our shared practice. 
Caring Circles offers the Triangle Insight Meditation Sangha a simple framework for requesting and providing  services to cope with the uncertainties and needs of everyday life. in this time of the coronavirus pandemic, knowing there is a helping network for sharing and receiving is a great joy and safe haven.  

Currently, two TIM Sangha members coordinate service requests with other TIM members who are ready to volunteer their assistance as a form of dana service. 

To request aid:
To volunteer as a Caring Circles helper:
Responding to Your Request:
  • When the coordinators receive your request for assistance, they will verify the information with you, then send your request to the list of Sangha member volunteers. 
  • Anyone on the list may contact you to discuss your request. Specific plans are entirely up to you. 
Examples of Caring Circles Assistance:
  • Grocery shopping or prepared meals
  • Laundry help, if no machine available
  • Pick up Rx or other items
  • Connect by telephone, Zoom or another safe means to talk, listen, and just share time
  • Computer fixes that may be done remotely
  • Lawn care that may be needed
  • Supplement toys or other diversions for children
  • Assistance with available institutional and business resources
  
Caring Circles coordinators welcome your requests and your interest in volunteering your time and skills .
 
You can also find this information on the Shramadana webpage.

 
NCVoter
NC Voter Support: Local, Vocal, Social
Notes from a TI Sangha member*  

 

1.  Helping Everyone in N.C. Register to Vote

It's likely that many of you who are reading this notice are already registered to vote.

Some of you might have moved since you last voted and haven't yet re-registered with your new address.

Many of you may know others who aren't registered or need to update their voter registration.

You may also know some people who don't have access to a computer or printer.

You can make a big impact on  Voter Registration   if you take just a few minutes to help yourself and others.
  1. Use the links below to confirm that your own registration is up to date.
  2. Send the links to 3 others encouraging them to check their own registration.
  3. Ask them to send the links to 3 others, and then to keep the ball rolling.
  4. Know that you've had a significant impact on the November election. 
You Can Vote and Democracy NC are two local organizations that provide easy digital tools for voter registration .  

Click either link and follow the easy directions.  
THAT's IT !



2.  Helping Everyone in N.C. Vote By Mail in 2020
Anyone who is registered to vote in NC can request an absentee ballot to be sent to you early in September for the November election.
  •  In 2020 ONLY, you do not need any reason to vote absentee 
Even if you think you'd like to vote in person, having the ballot in hand gives you the option to do one or the other. Voting during the two weeks of early voting will be a good option for many; the absentee ballot is your back up plan in case you decide it's not safe.
  • If you request your ballot now, it will help the flow later AND you will get your ballot in plenty of time
Rather than wait until the deadline (Oct 27) you will help your county BOE's work load; they won't be overwhelmed with requests in the last days. 
 
TO REQUEST A BALLOT
Here's two links with step by step instructions (both are excellent; read both)

  • If you have the right software, you can complete the Request for absentee ballot Form on your computer and email it (email is on Form).  Or,
  • You can print it out and drop it off at your local BOE or send it via USPS. Emails and addresses for every county BOE are included with the application.
After you request your ballot, consider sending sharing this information across the community

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*I'm a volunteer with the Voter Registration team for Orange County Democrats. We have a long history of non-partisan Voter Registration campaigns. The pandemic prevents us from setting up registration tables this summer at markets and libraries and churches, so we are disseminating great digital tools created by other GOTV [Get out the Vote] groups. If you know other excellent resources for voters, please pass them along. If you have questions about any of this information, please contact me at breekalb@gmail.com. We are all in this election together.

     
Vote
Buddhists Help Get Out the Vote

Please be reminded of Tara Brach's Message

The Triangle Insight Board wants you to be aware of an open letter penned by Buddhist leaders on May 13th, encouraging Americans to vote in the upcoming elections, along with other steps that may be taken related to this effort. We fully endorse and wish to disseminate this message as much as possible.

An Open Letter to Buddhist Communities
This is a truly critical time in American society. We are in the midst of a global pandemic, financial collapse, climate change emergency, and approaching a November election that threatens to exclude many eligible voters. As Buddhist teachers and leaders, we recognize that every vote and voice needs to be heard to help guide the next years of our society wisely.

A mutual caring community is one of the central teachings of the Buddha. In these times so marked by divisiveness and a lack of compassionate leadership, many of you have wondered how you and your whole community can help move us in this direction. Here are two crucial activities to encourage for everyone in your community:

❖ Register to vote; and sign up for an absentee ballot: You and your community can do this through Vote.org. Over thirty states now have no-excuse absentee voting, and many others are considering allowing COVID-19 as a valid excuse.

❖ Get your friends and family to register, sign up for an absentee ballot, and vote.

FOR MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO ACT in Voter Registration and Support, please read the full CALL with the names of 100+ Buddhist leaders, published in full on Tara Brach's website.


CTracing_online
Contract Tracing CoVid 19
A Coursera Course with Certificate, always  online

Still Open, with full  scholarship

Earn a Certificate in Contact Tracing, and help reduce the spread of Coronavirus
 
COVID-19 Contact Tracing is a 5-part, online course offered through Coursera.org and Johns Hopkins University. This course and certificate are FREE through June 31st, thanks to BloomberPhilanthropies.

The course delivers basic but well informed knowledge about the virus in short, very clear lecture segments; it details how tracing can be done effectively, with special attention to ethical considerations, to provide the skills needed for actual contract tracing.  
 
Length of time: approximately one hour per segment, or one week overall.  
 
Click on this LINK to register for both course and certificate of accomplishment. All fees are covered by Bloomberg Philanthropies.
 
[ I have completed and personally recommend this course, Leah Rutchick


DHARMA NOTES and REFERENCES
Dharma_Resources
Recent Dharma Talk References 
A place to source material from recent dharma talks

Wednesday evening dharma talks
With many thanks for their generosity, the Insight Meditation teachers for the Wednesday evening sangha invite us to consider these notes to references from their Dharma talks

July  29, Sarah Bryce
July 22, Phyllis Hicks (Insight Dialogue)
July 15, Emily Burke (Guest Teacher)
July 08, Scott Bryce
July 01, Ron Vereen

June 17, Francesca Morfesis (Guest Teacher)
June 10, Scott Bryce
June 03, Ron Vereen



Newsltr_Items
Newsletter submissions
To submit items for the monthly newsletter, please review these general pointers, and consult the Newsletter Submission Guidelines for important details. 
  1. At least two weeks prior to the month in which you wish your announcement to appear, submit new items to info@triangleinsight.org.
     
  2. New requests submitted in the last week of any month may not be accepted if time is a factor in preparing a final copy.
     
  3. Changes to existing entries may be incorporated if submitted early in the last week of any month.
     
  4. Entries that have not been updated since COVID may be removed. All authors are encouraged to update their newsletter entries and to resubmit, including TIM committees and groups.
  5. Keep the text crisp and short, but include important details and attachments. Instead of longer texts, refer the reader to websites for additional information.
     
  6. Indicate how many months you want your entry to be published, and
     
  7. Stay in touch with updates if any specific details change. You are responsible for calling in changes and end dates for ongoing classes, groups or other continuing entries.
     
  8. Special circumstances may require adjustment of the deadlines indicated here; early submission is a best practice and helps the newsletter editors determine where, how and if the item submitted shall be published (please see #1 in the Guidelines).
     
  9. Please contact us through info@triangleinsight.org and include "Newsletter" in your subject line. We will help you get your item published.

RETREATS
Graceful Exit: Preparing for a Good Death
Bardo teachings from Andrew Holecek
SEPTEMBER 4 - 7, 2020   (Online program) 

Register HERE: This specific link is Triangle Insight's Affiliate Portal
(20% of each Registration fee made through this link  will come back to TIM)

Hosted through Yogaville, the Satchidananda Ashram in Virginia.

Description

All of life is held within the context of death.

In this online program, you will be guided through rich teachings on death and dying from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. For anyone interested in learning how to prepare for death, both spiritually and practically, for themselves or to help someone else who is dying. 

Experience talks, guided contemplations, meditations, and discussion groups to learn how to die a good death, and how to help others die .   
. . . 

As the Buddhist tradition proclaims, "If you die before you die, then when you die you will not die." With preparation, we can transcend death, turning the greatest obstacle into a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and even attain enlightenment. The bardo ("gap, transitional process") teachings lead to the death of death. The journey through the bardos is a journey into our mind, so by exploring the bardos we are exploring ourselves. They also apply to any moment that ends-which means these teachings apply directly to daily life.

September 4 - 7, 2020
REGISTRATION: Please register by 5 pm on Sep 3. Use this link.
TUITION is sliding scale $195.00 to $240.00 - Program Price
  • In addition to the advertised program, registrants from Triangle Insight will be able to join registrants from the Durham Shambhala Center in a 2 hour follow-up Q&A session with Andrew Holecek, included in the price of the program. 
     
  • If you register and also wish to participate in this Q&A, please also contact Rhea Colmar, with the Durham Shambhala Center, who is organizing this extra session: rheacolmar@gmail.com
     
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About Andrew Holecek 

Having completed the traditional three-year Buddhist meditation retreat, Andrew Holecek now offers seminars internationally on meditation, dream yoga, and the art of dying. He is the author of many books, including
Preparing to Die: Practical Advice and Spiritual Wisdom from the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition ; and Dream Yoga: Illuminating Your Life Through Lucid Dreaming and the Tibetan Yogas of Sleep . His most recent book, to be released shortly (September), is titled, Dreams of Light: The Profound Daytime Practice of Lucid Dreaming. 

Dr. Holecek is a member of the professional American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and is the author of scientific papers. His work has appeared in Parabola, Lion's Roar, Tricycle, Utne Reader, Buddhadharma Magazine, Light of Consciousness, and many other periodicals. He holds degrees in classical music, biology, and a doctorate in dental surgery.   See further:  andrewholecek.com  


IMCC Fall Retreat 2020: Equanimity in These Times
with Jeffrey Fracher and Caverly Morgan

September 17-20, 2020, on  Zoom
Equanimity, or Upekkha, is a highly valued quality in Buddhist teachings. It is one of the Four Divine Abodes (along with loving-kindness, compassion and joy), one of the Seven Factors of Enlightenment, and one of the Ten Paramitas
But what is equanimity? What is it in us that longs for peace, well-being, equanimity, and happiness? How can we access it in our daily life, especially in times of uncertainty, fear and sadness about the suffering in the world?

All are Welcome.

For more details, to register, and get the Zoom connection, see the website:


Postponed until December 4-6th
Resonant Body, Spacious Awareness:
The Synergy of Continuum and Mindfulness Practice

A Non-Residential Retreat
with Sabine Mead and Ron Vereen
For more information about the teachers, please click on the following links for  Sabine Mead  and  Ron Vereen .

For additional information, please go  here.

Friday, Dec. 4th - Sunday, Dec. 6th  
Fri., 7-9 pm, Sat., 9 am -5:30 pm, Sun., 9 am - 4:30pm
Cost:  $145 (partial scholarships offered on need basis)



Retreats are announced in this space when offered and available

TIM SPIRITUAL FRIENDS GROUPS
SpiritualFr
Spiritual Friends Groups
 
Having admirable people as friends, companions, and colleagues is actually th e whole of the holy life.
 
 
- The Buddha
 
While much of our practice may be solitary, we live in a world of relationships that offer opportunity and inspiration. As Gil Fronsdal says in The Issue at Hand , "...spiritual practice in a community means that the community becomes a mirror for us, as we understand ourselves better through our relationships with other practitioners."
 
Our Kalyana Mitta and Racial Affinity groups provide a special space for this relational practice, which Fronsdal describes as "...a safe place for people to be themselves, which is a prerequisite for the deepest work of Buddhist practice."
 
A wondrous aspect of this process is that as the heart of the dharma is enriched in our own lives, we are contributing to the spiritual journey of others. This is the beautiful gift of the third jewel of sangha, a gift we give and receive in our spiritual friends groups.
 

racialaffinity 

Known as RAGs, Racial Affinity groups allow people to deepen self-awareness around issues of race in small, racially homogeneous groups. As we face our long history of systemic racism and violence against people of color, RAGs provide a safe space where members can integrate the dharma into their exploration of racial belonging and racial habits of harm.   
   
Waking up to the realities of racial legacy, conditioning, and systems is a challenging process, and the acceptance we bring each other, as well as our shared understanding of the dharma, help us to heal and act more skillfully in the world.  To support this process, groups follow Triangle Insight's  Mindful Sharing Guidelines and  Ruth King's Racial Affinity Group Guidelines .
 
If you are interested in joining a Racial Affinity group or would like more information, please contact Beth Lauderdale, our RAG Coordinator. She can be reached at  marybethboswell@yahoo.com .

Helpful articles and other resources are available on our   Racial Affinity Groups  web page.



We currently have openings in three Kalyana Mitta (KM) Groups: Insight Dialogue, Secular Dharma, and Raleigh. The Chapel Hill-Carrboro and Durham Young Adults groups each have a waiting list. 
Details about each group are on the "List of KM Groups" web page.

If you would like more information or want to join a group, be on a waiting list, or start a new group, please speak with Sarah Tillis, KM Coordinator, or write Sarah at
 sarah@triangleinsight.org

Information about the KM program is available on the KM web page.


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The KM-RA Coordinating Team of Sarah Tillis, Beth Lauderdale, and Tamara Share expresses deep gratitude for the dedication of our sangha. May our Kalyana Mitta and Racial Affinity groups be of great benefit to all.

 
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NOTES and REPORTS from the TIMC BOARD 
BoardNews 
Notes from the TIMC Board 
 
The board is engaged in several mini-retreats to continue the work done with our facilitator. We appreciate the sangha's patience as we continue this work, which we hope will support us in better serving the sangha and the wider community.  
 
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Information about the Board may be found on the TIMC Board of Directors webpage , including Board members' names, contact information, meeting information, and relevant links.
  
Board meetings will be open to non-Board attendance, with scheduled time provided for specified presentations from Sangha members. If you have questions about Board procedure at this point, or have a topic for the Board to consider, please contact us using the emails below.  
 
TO CONNECT WITH THE BOARD 
Keep in mind these two email addresses: 
Your input is always welcome on matters concerning the Sangha and its activities. Please send us your questions, concerns and new ideas. Let us know, and we will respond. You are welcome also to contact me at leah@triangleinsight.org .

MINUTES from TIMC BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETINGS
are available on the Board webpage. The most current Minutes will be posted when approved by the Board at the next meeting. Upcoming Meetings will be announced at least two weeks in advance on the TI website and by email to the Newsletter subscription list.
 
 
Leah Rutchick,
TIMC Board Chair


UPCOMING CLASSES and EVENTS
BookRead
Book Reading: A Kids' Book About Mindfulness

A LIVE Zoom meeting with author and meditation teacher, Caverly Morgan. August 1st, 4pm

This book is for kids 9 and up. It shows that mindfulness is more than just being present. It asks questions like: "Who are you? Are you your thoughts? Are you your feelings?" This book helps kids learn that mindfulness can lead to understanding WHO they are, and WHY that matters.

The Insight Meditation of Community of Charlottesville will be hosting this special Zoom Book Reading   with the author, Caverly Morgan


AUGUST 1st, 4:00PM  on ZOOM
Event webpage for Zoom site: http://www.imeditation.org/event-3917059
VIEW it later on their YouTube channel: link will appear on the event webpage

Caverly Morgan is  also co-leading a four-day retreat in August through the IMCC (see the Retreats section in this newsletter for details).


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Minded
Making Friends with Yourself: A Mindful Self-Compassion Program for Teens, with Karen Bluth, PhD and  Laura Prochnow Phillips, MA 
 
August 3 - 27
Online class for teens age 12-15
Mondays and Thursdays from 4:30 - 6pm 
Zoom invitations will be sent to participants upon registration.
 
For more information and to register, please visit this website.
 

Healing
Healing From Within,  Exploring a Dharma Centered Approach to Emotions  
A six-week Zoom course with Sasha Loring
Relating to emotions in a healthy way is a lifelong journey. Emotions conflict with each other, provoke habitual reactivity, are confusing, and are hard to control. Additionally, negative emotions have a physiological effect that can contribute to chronic health conditions. 

This class will be an opportunity to explore the "self" that is the experiencer, and to look more deeply into the nature of what arises when we are challenged. We will explore a range of dharma centered approaches for working with emotions. 

Instructor Sasha Loring has been teaching meditation for over 30 years. She has studied with teachers in the Tibetan Buddhist and Vipassana traditions, and has spent extensive time in meditation retreat. She has taught workshops nationwide, and has also taught many Buddhist, Shambhala, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction courses locally.

Open to anyone who has already been introduced to Buddhist meditation

Wednesdays, Sept. 9 - Oct. 13
7:00-8:30 p.m.

Course Fee: $90 Internet Zoom. Generosity policy on the website applies.
Register at: durham.shambhala.org and a Zoom link will be sent to you.



Previous and recently started "Upcoming Classes and Events" may be found in earlier issues of the TIMC Newsletter HERE on our website

TIM PROGRAMS and COMMITTEES
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The Shramadana Project           
A Volunteer Initiative  of Triangle Insight

NEW   The  Caring Circles Initiative is being revived, and is ready to receive requests for assistance from Sangha members. See above for information.
 
HISTORY
The Shramadana Project (SP) has been a volunteer initiative of the Triangle Insight Meditation Community to address some of the interests for connecting within the sangha and for outreach to the community-at-large. 
 
This project has outgrown its current form and now needs to evolve into a more meaningful structure. Some activities including Media Night, workshops and retreats would fit well with a "Programs Committee," yet to be formed. Other volunteer opportunities might better fit with a group or committee for "Engaged Buddhism" or "Community-at-Large Activities," or others yet to be created. 

Ideas on how to organize these activities are welcome and should be sent to  info@triangleinsight.com. 

ARCHIVE
Past activities, meeting minutes and the list of community organizations for the SP are available on the SP webpage.


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If beings knew, as I know, the results of giving  and sharing, they would not eat without having given...

-the Buddha

 
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on_practice
insightdialogue
The Practice of Insight Dialogue
at Triangle Insight 
Insight Dialogue is an interpersonal meditation practice and is offered at Triangle Insight once monthly, usually on the fourth Wednesday of the month. It brings the mindfulness and tranquility of silent meditation directly into our experience with other people. The new website for Insight Dialogue is an excellent resource for learning more about the practice: www.metta.org

The evening begins with silent meditation practice, followed by gentle mindful movement, and then shifting into dyad practice where interpersonal mindfulness is explored with a partner in response to a contemplation that is offered. The dyad practice is optional so that anyone who chooses to remain in silent practice may do so, rather than shifting into dyad practice. One can investigate the guidance of the contemplation internally, noticing the moment by moment unfolding of internal experience. Also note that the ID practice goes from 6:30 to 8:30 PM to allow for more spaciousness and time for questions. We hope you will be able to join us.  

 

Fourth Wednesdays
(unless otherwise indicated) 
Triangle Insight, Episcopal Center at Duke
6:30 - 8:30 PM


OTHER SITTING OPPORTUNITIES

During this period of COVID-19 limits, please contact the individual or organization for alternative meeting arrangements

morningmeditation 
Triangle Insight  Morning Meditation Group -- Now using Zoom platform
This early morning sitting group led by Ron Vereen meets Mondays and Thursdays from 7:00 - 7:45 AM. The group begins with silent, unguided practice, with Ron giving a guided heart practice during the last 10-15 minutes. There is no charge for participation, and donations are accepted. For more info contact Ron at ron@triangleinsight.org
 
Zoom invitations will be emailed to those who have subscribed to the Morning Mediation list. Please contact Ron at the email above to be added to the list, or subscribe through the appropriate web form on our website.
 

When we resume meeting in the Episcopal Center: 
 
*Important note:  
Only four parking spaces in the parking lot at the Episcopal Center are designated for our use at this hour and are clearly marked. Overflow parking can be found on the west side of Alexander Ave.

Monday and Thursday Mornings
Episcopal Center at Duke
505 Alexander Ave.
Durham, NC 27705
7:00 - 7:45 AM


During this period of no or limited social assembly, if you are interested in any of the following sitting opportunities, please contact the individual or organization to determine its status or alternative arrangements 
DharmaFrC 
Dharma Friends Community
Teacher: Callie Justice
Dharma Friends Community offers a range of groups and events designed to support everyone from newcomers to seasoned practitioners. Drawing on Early Buddhist sources, these groups focus on teaching core practices in a way that relates to the needs of each individual participant in an open welcoming environment.
 
For more information, visit  dharmafriendscommunity.org
 
Durham Friends Community Meditation Hall 
Located near the NC Science and Math in Durham.
Dates:  n/a     Cost: donation


SundayGroup      
Mindful Families of Durham 
Currently consisting of ~ 16 families, this group is dedicated to creating a warm, loving community for parents and children to learn and practice together. Adults meet for one hour for meditation and discussion, while the children learn about meditation and Buddhism in Sati School with our marvelous (non-parent-member) teachers.

For more information, visit:
Mindful Families of Durham 

Sunday Mornings

10:30AM-12:00 noon
For info please contact 
admin@mindfulfamiliesofdurham.com


RecovyGroup
Recovery Group
A Buddhist Perspective on the Twelve Step Program
 
The meetings begin and end with silent meditation. For more information contact 919-265-7600 or ZenandRecovery@gmail.com .

Tuesday Nights
7:30 - 8:30 PM
Chapel Hill Zen Center
5322 NC Hwy 86
Chapel Hill, NC 27516


DukeU_Buddhism   
Buddhist Meditation Community at Duke Universit y
The Buddhist Meditation Community at Duke provides the opportunity for currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students to learn about Buddhist teachings and practice meditation. Our Monday evening meetings include quiet meditation, group study and discussion, and we regularly host local Buddhist teachers from across traditions to share their teachings with the group. Morning meditation on weekdays is also available. We are a culturally diverse student group that welcomes the curious, beginners, experienced Buddhists, and those of other religions equally. We deeply value the role of friendship and community in supporting a thoughtful spiritual path of wisdom and compassion.

Open to Duke University Faculty, Staff, and Students
 
Mondays from 7:00-8:00 pm in the 
Wellness Center, Rm 148/149 on West Campus.


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In addition to Triangle Insight, there are a variety of other meditation opportunities of which we would like for you to be aware. Rather than list them all here, we wanted to point you to the "l inks" section of our website at Triangle Insight .  There are other sitting groups in the community whose practice is similar to ours, as well as resources for retreat centers and other websites, both locally and nationally.  We do not offer an endorsement of these sites, but rather a suggestion for your exploration to see if any may have useful information to support your practice of insight meditation.  

For any questions please contact us at
 
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ONGOING CLASSES and PROGRAMS
Unless indicated, please contact the individual or organization for alternative meeting arrangements

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Men's Sharing Group 
Now using Zoom platform
New Start Time: 6:30-8:00PM
This group is open to ALL MEN regardless of their tradition or path, or affiliation with the Triangle Insight Meditation Community. Our intention is to hear each other's interests, c oncerns, and ideas about forming and sustaining a group , all while getting to know each other. There will be a short period of meditating. A couple of us will help moderate the discussion initially but going forward, the leadership could be something collaborative, shared by all participants. It's a work in progress.
 
At its core, the group should be a space where men can share from their hearts about their experiences being men, following a meditative path -- and offering support to one another along the way.   
 
Some dana to defray expenses is welcome, but, of course, optional. Let us know if you think you'll attend.  

2nd and 4th TUESDAYS, every month
6:30-8:00PM, now on ZOOM platform

for Zoom information contact
Mike: 
mike@triangleinsight.org  
or Robert:  robbsey@gmail.com


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Engaged Buddhism Group 
Closed for now
 
From a closing letter from Marilyn Hartman, the group's organizer, to this sangha 

[I]n dialogue with some of the regular attendees at this sangha . . . we have decided to put our  Zoom  gatherings on hold for now.  . . .  In the activist world, there is a welcome bounty of possibilities for learning, connecting, and taking action through Zoom and other virtual platforms, in addition to the on-the-street protests that occur daily. I hope that you are taking advantage of some of these opportunities, and finding your way through these complicated, uncertain, and dangerous times. All hands are needed on deck, and I am confident that many of you have stepped up! 
. . . 

Feel free to reach out to me to connect and to communicate your thoughts about getting together again.

For everyone - please feel free to get in touch with me regarding your thoughts and ideas about the future of this sangha. Perhaps a need will emerge for this sangha again, perhaps to support our practice and activism in the face of escalating government misdeeds, the rising call to challenge racism and the intensifying effects of the pandemic. Or perhaps this sangha will become a space where people who practice Buddhism and are new to activism find information and support for becoming more engaged.

In the meantime, until we meet again virtually or face to face, be well, stay safe, and stay engaged with life. Buddhism asks for nothing more or less than that we experience our lives fully and learn to respond skillfully, with love and compassion, and without reactivity to the cries of the world. These times seem made to order to challenge us on all these fronts!

Peace and love, 
   Marilyn


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Mindfulness Awareness Training
with Tamara Share, PhD

T amara Share will be offering an ongoing group for developing skills in mindfulness awareness practices.  The group will meet twice monthly, and is open to those 18 years of age and older. A pre-group consultation is required, and you may contact Tamara at 919-442-1118. T he cost is $45/session if pre-paid in 6 session blocks ($270), or $60 if paid per session (sliding scale available).
 
Tamara L. Share, PhD is a Counseling Psychologist with more than 20 years of training and experience in human development, group facilitation, and personal growth.  Tamara's diverse background includes education/training in physics, psychology, wellness, philosophy, and complementary approaches to healthcare.  
 
2nd and 4th Thursdays 
HRC, Behavioral Health and Psychiatry
100 Europa Dr., Suite 260, Chapel Hill 27517
4:45 - 6:00 PM


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Mindfulness-Based Stress
Reduction Classes & Events
at Duke Integrative Medicine

Please click on the following link for a variety of programs related to the practice of mindfulness:

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Classes, Workshops & Events.  or call: 919-660-6826, for more information.


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Mindfulness Programs   
at UNC Integrative Medicine
 
Please click on the following link for a variety of programs related to the practice of mindfulness:    
 
UNC Program on Integrative Medicine, or call 919-966-8586 for more information.

 

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