Triangle Insight Meditation Community
     December 2019       
From the memoir of a Vietnamese monk, serving as a Buddhist prison chaplain in Holland

Peter was eighteen when he was arrested for pimping and dealing. A group of girls worked for him in an operation overseen by his uncle. When I met him in prison, Peter was twenty. He described giving drugs to the girls and watching them become addicted. "Many of these girls were from nice families," he said, "and after they were addicted, they'd do anything [for me]. It was easy. ... I could control them." He was taking in $12,000 a month.

I asked whether he was happy when he had all that money. He thought for a moment, then said, "I thought I was, but one day I noticed how emaciated one of the girls had become. She was addicted and didn't look human anymore. ... I had turned her into a ghost. I stole her life and her beauty. When I saw her suffering, I saw my own and decided to stop being a pimp." At such a young age he woke up. I can still hear him saying, "Her suffering was my suffering."

In Buddhism we call that interbeing. We're not just individuals. We don't exist separately. I am you, and you are me. Becoming free from a wrong perception can be a source of joy. Peter's life was extreme, but through it he discovered that he had made his money, derived his happiness, from other people's suffering. In our own ways, we too run after money to try to buy happiness. We consume products based on the suffering of others.

by Cuong Lu

Sitting Opportunities

Classes and Events 
with Karen Bluth and
Laura Prochnow Phillips

with Cornelia Kip Lee
A Day of Interpersonal Practice at the Episcopal Center
News Notes
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Celebration -- Nov 2

 Transforming our Website
with Leah Rutchick
on Facebook 

Ongoing Classes and Programs
2nd, 4th Tuesdays
Duke Friends Meet'g H.
Note: No meeting Tues., 12/24
2nd, 4th Thursdays
EC Conference Room
All are invited
Note: No meeting Thurs., 12/26
with Callie Justice
with Tamara Share

A 3-vol. Curriculum for Mindful Families
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 study of the teachers. Please review our sangha guidelines before arriving. We also wish to maintain a hypoallergenic space, so please avoid wearing scents, colognes or perfumes. 

If you would like to submit items for inclusion in this newsletter, please review the newsletter guidelines.

Please note:
We ask that once the meeting begins at 6:30 PM, any latecomers, those leaving early, or those going outdoors for walking meditation, please enter and exit the building using the side doorway facing Alexander Ave. The side door is accessible via the walkway to the right as you are facing the main entrance. Once in the building, please follow the hallway to access the Great Room. Thanks for your cooperation to help reduce noise and distraction during the meeting. Note that this request is intended only for those who are physically able to navigate the front steps.


Wednesday Evenings
6:30 - 8:00 PM
(Insight Dialogue from 6:30 - 8:30 PM)    
December   4: Ron Vereen     
December 11: Scott Bryce
December 18: Emily Burke (Guest Teacher)   
December 25: No meeting (Holiday)
January   1:  New Years Day (no meeting)
January   8:  Scott Bryce  
January  15: Francesca Morfesis  
January  22: Daya Breckinridge (Insight Dialogue)
January  29: Karen Ziegler 
Monday and Thursday Morning Meditation  
7:00 - 7:45 AM (click  here for more info)
Note:  There will be no meetings 12/26 & 12/30
Episcopal Center at Duke    
505 Alexander Ave. 
Durham, NC 27705
Triangle Insight
Welcoming Committee

Sangha means spiritual community, and it is treasured because without it awakening cannot be sustained."
--Jack Kornfield, After the Ecstasy, the Laundry

Sangha is one of the precious jewels of Buddhist practice, yet when new to a sangha, it can be difficult to meet others, learn what programs are offered, and feel a sense of belonging. The Welcoming Committee was formed to make this process easier, help newcomers feel welcome, and foster the experience of connection and community. Our intentions include having a diverse committee that will support a rich, inclusive sangha where all feel welcome and safe.
To give newcomers an overview of our sangha and its offerings, we've developed a brochure, Welcome to Triangle Insight.  We're also available to talk with you at the end of Wednesday sangha, and we're providing name tags for those open to wearing one.  The name tags are reusable, and we'll keep them for you between meetings. These are just a few of our initiatives and ideas.

Anyone can be a greeter and talk with newcomers, you don't have to be a member of the WC and you don't need to sign up in advance. Simply come to the WC table at the back of the room before or after Sangha and be alert for newcomers. It's a joy to help create a welcoming community. WC members will handle set up and take down of name tags and the WC table.

Our members and other initiatives are listed on our web page. We would also be happy to have additional members; if you might like to join our committee, please review ou r Welcoming Committee Responsibilities and talk with us at Wednesday evening sangha. As a new committee, our plans are a work in progress, and we're very interested in your suggestions, feedback, and questions.   Please talk with one of us or email us at .
With shared commitment to the dharma, we hope our work will be of benefit to all who join us in this practice.

* SAVE THE DATE *  22 February 2020
A Day of Silent and Interpersonal Practice
Saturday, February 22nd
9 am - 5 pm
Episcopal Center at Duke

A daylong retreat of silent and interpersonal practice will be offered by Mary Grigsby, Sharon Jamison and Sue Brown. We will explore the Buddha's teachings through silent meditation, guided movement and interpersonal meditation. This retreat is open to anyone interested in deepening their insight meditation practice.

Additional details will follow in the next newsletter.

Contact: Sharon --
FEBRUARY 22, 2020
Episcopal Center at Duke
505 Alexander Ave.
Durham, NC 27705

Retreats are announced in this space when offered and available.
From the TIMC Board Chair
Please note that the Board continues to be engaged with establishing its internal dynamics and organizational processes. We are currently in the process of engaging a facilitator skilled in organizational dynamics. 
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.  
Keep in mind these two email addresses: 
Expect an acknowledgement. Your inquiry will be made available to all Board members and discussed by the Board, with a reply in timely fashion.

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 .

MINUTES from TIMC Board of Directors Meetings
Minutes from each Board Meeting are available on the TIM Board of Directors 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 (see the ) and by email to the Newsletter subscription list.
Leah Rutchick,
TIMC Board Chair

Mindful Self-Compassion for Families

with Karen Bluth, PhD  and
Laura Prochnow Phillips, MA

Two courses are being offered: Adults and Teens 
Adult course:
Mindful Self-Compassion, a research-backed 8-week course for adults created by Drs. Kristin Neff & Chris Germer, that has a foundation of mindfulness and focuses on cultivating self-compassion, will be offered through the  Frank Porter Graham Program on Mindfulness & Self-Compassion for Families.  The course will be taught by certified Mindful Self-Compassion teachers Karen Bluth, PhD, and Laura Prochnow Phillips, M.A.
For more info and registration information please see our website:  and to hear recent interviews with Dr. Karen Bluth, visit these links:

Tuesdays, January 28 - March 17 
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
(Retreat day February 29, 9am - 1pm)
Sheryl-Mar South Bldg.
521 Greensboro St.
Room 120
Carrboro, NC 27510

Teen course:
Making Friends with Yourself: A Mindful Self-Compassion Program for Teens
The Teen course is an adaptation of the Mindful Self-Compassion adult course, created by Dr. Karen Bluth.  
(Dr. Bluth is the author of The Self-Compassion Workbook for Teens: Mindfulness & Self-Compassion Skills to Overcome Self-Criticism and Embrace Who You Are; for a description, see this newsletter in the section, On Practice.) 
Friday, January 17, 5:30-7:30
Saturday, January 18, 10-2 pm  
(students bring lunch)
Sunday, January 19, 10-2 pm (students bring lunch)
Monday, January 20, 10-2 pm (students bring lunch)
Tuesday, January 21, 6:15-8:00 pm
Sheryl-Mar South Bldg.
521 Greensboro St.  Room 120
Carrboro, NC 27510

For registration information:
Drop-In Interpersonal Mindfulness Group
Monthly Saturday practice sessions
A Drop-in Interpersonal Mindfulness Group is being formed. This group will allow us to practice bringing mindfulness off the cushion and into connection with others.

Date: One Saturday per month TBD  
Time: 1.5-2 hours 
Place: TBD

if you are interested, please contact:

Mary Grigsby ( or
Tamara Share (

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)  
-- New 2020 dates -- sliding scale --
Instructor: Cornelia Kip Lee, M.Ed.


MBSR is an experiential program that teaches mindfulness for cultivating calm and clarity, present-moment awareness and greater well-being. It is an internationally acclaimed program with an extensive body of research supporting a wide range benefits for physical and psychological health.  
During the class, you will practice formal and informal mindfulness techniques, including sitting meditation, body scan meditation and mindful movement, and explore practical applications of mindfulness that bring more ease and resiliency to daily living.  
By the end of the program, MBSR participants typically report experiencing less stress; more self-kindness and compassion; and positive shifts in attitudes, behaviors and relationships. Class sessions are conducted in a safe, supportive atmosphere.  

3815 Cambridge Rd, Durham, 27705

Program tuition: Sliding scale: $180-$400, based on what you feel you can afford. No one turned away for financial reasons; if cost is an issue, please call to arrange a lower tuition.

Cornelia Kip Lee, M.Ed., attended and completed the 6-day MBSR Teacher Training Intensive through the UC San Diego Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute, and is enrolled in the Institute's MBSR Teacher Certification Program . She is also a Trained Teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion, has practiced mindfulness meditation since 1998, and teaches mindfulness and self-compassion classes throughout the Triangle.


Eight Mondays, Feb. 10-March 30, 2020*
6:30- 9:00 PM
Orientation session (Required): Monday Feb. 3,  
7:00-8:30 PM
(Alternate orientation date: Saturday Feb. 8, 10 AM-Noon)
Daylong Retreat : Saturday March 21, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

For more info, questions or to register, contact: or (919) 428-3335
* If a session is cancelled due to winter weather, the series will extend to April 6.
(or copy link and paste this link into your browser)

Previous and recently started "Upcoming Classes and Events" may be found in earlier issues of the TIMC Newsletter, archived HERE on our website.
Spiritual Friends Groups
Having admirable people as friends, companions, and colleagues is actually th e whole of the holy life.
~ The Buddha

With the approach of winter holidays, many think about giving and receiving gifts. As Jack Kornfield writes in
A Path with Heart, "To give of our own spirit, to serve, is a wonderful and fulfilling part of joining a spiritual community. This giving and receiving heart, this honoring of the sacred, creates the spirit of sangha.... "
Kornfield says that spiritual community is created when people, "come together bringing honesty, respect, and kindness to support an awakening of the sacred. True community arises when we can speak in accord with truth and compassion. This sense of spiritual community is a wondrous part of what heals and transforms us on our path."
These inspiring words express the deepest intention of our Spiritual Friends Groups and the heartfelt commitment of their members. This is the beautiful gift of the third jewel of sangha.
Please read the following sections to learn more about current activities of the Kalyana Mitta and Racial Affinity groups.

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.

A list of our groups is below. If you would like to join a group, be on a waiting list, or start a new group, please send us a KM Questionnaire, talk with Sarah Tillis, KM Coordinator, or write Sarah at

We currently have openings in three KM groups: 
  • Insight Dialogue
  • Raleigh
  • Secular Dharma
The following KM groups have a waiting list:
  • Chapel Hill-Carrboro
  • Durham Young Adults
Details about each group are on our " List of KM Groups" web page. For information about our KM program, please email or talk with Sarah Tillis, KM Coordinator,   or visit our KM web page.

Racial Affinity groups (affectionately known as RAGs) allow people to deepen self-awareness around issues of race in small, racially homogeneous groups. RAGs provide a safe, consistent meeting 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, but an essential one. The acceptance we bring to 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 Guidelines for Cultural Affinity Groups .
Racial Affinity group members share a commitment to racial equality and are guided by Ruth King's work, yet each group develops and evolves in its own way.

Two new Racial Affinity Groups have formed out of the recent Mindful of Race workshop that Ruth King led in March.
If you are interested in joining a Racial Affinity group or would like more information, you are invited to contact our RAG Coordinator,  Beth Lauderdale, at

You can also visit our  our Racial Affinity Groups page, which includes helpful articles and other resources.
The KM-RAG 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.

Transforming our Website   
Planning for a new TI WEBSITE remains on a back burner while the new Board of Directors organizes committees and work groups to carry forward the many responsibilities the Sangha has assumed and wish to assume in the near future. Looking forward, input and energy will be needed to create Triangle Insight's web home.  
Please  send your suggestions, ideas for what you would like to find on the website, and other website concerns to our Board email:, or to me,  

-Leah Rutchick
Triangle Insight Meditation FB Group
on Facebook
TIM now has a Facebook Group where members can post information updates, ideas and articles pertaining to our practice, and events of interest to the Sangha. This is a private FB group, viewed by members only. 

VISIT the website and request membership, here.
Yes - you also need to be a FB member, and if you click on the website link, you will see another link to create a FB account.
Caring Circles 
A Sangha Support Initiative 
Caring Circles is a Triangle Insight program whose purpose is to connect community members needing temporary assistance with volunteers willing to provide help. Assistance can take as many forms as there is need, such as meals, rides, housework, lawn care or childcare.
This exchange pairs needed service with volunteers to match. If you wish be notified when another member needs and requests support, send an email to asking to be added to the list of potential volunteers. Thereafter, you will receive email notifications of care requests. You decide if you can and want to respond to any request. There is no obligation on your part by signing up to receive these notifications.
You can find this information plus details on how to request support on the Shramadana webpage.
Over the next few months we will be reorganizing the Shramadana Project activities. In the meantime, if you have need of any services, please follow the instructions on the Shramadana webpage or you can also speak or email with Gordy Livermore and Mary Mudd for more information.
The Shramadana Project           
A Volunteer Initiative  of Triangle Insight
The Shramadana Project (SP) has been a volunteer initiative of the Triangle Insight Meditation Community that was organized to address some of the interests expressed 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 new "Programs Committee".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.
Past activities, meeting minutes and the list of community organizations for the SP are available on the SP webpage.
Ideas on how to organize these activities are welcome and should be sent to 

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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Workshops Bein g O ffered
In response to our efforts to engage the Buddhist teachings around the issues of Racial Justice and Diversity, we would like to recommend the training opportunities available through OARNC (Organizing Against Racism NC) as a first step in this investigation. 

Eighteen  of us from Triangle Insight have already participated in these workshops and they come highly recommended, so you are encouraged to participate if interested. If three or more attend an event from our sangha, you will each get a discount on the fee for being a part of the Triangle Insight Meditation Community. 

Although OARNC is not an internal TIMC program, TI is contributing $500 to start a scholarship fund for three or more Sangha members attending together, and the community is invited to join the initiative by contributing specifically to the scholarship fund.  
The fund will be available to support TI community members in attending OARNC or other similar trainings. The goal of this initiative is to help individuals and the community to deepen their understanding of the way that unexamined views of race limit the mind and human systems.  
Scholarships will be available on a case by case basis to help supplement the cost of registration. To contribute now through PayPal, please donate here .
OARNC offers two phases of training, and the latter trainings are designed to assist us in bringing this knowledge back to our community so as to guide us more skillfully in addressing these issues in Triangle Insight. Please visit their website by clicking on the link above for descriptions of these phases of training.

Please contact us at if you: 
1) have any questions about this initiative
2) would like to be considered for a scholarship
3) want to contribute toward a scholarship, and 
4) wish to be a part of the core group to discuss our plans after completing the trainings. 
Meeting at a variety of times & dates in Durham & Chapel Hill

Each workshop is two days, 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Cost: $275 ($225 with 3+ discount; student $175)
and includes breakfast and lunch

contact for information: 
The Self-Compassion Workbook for Teens:
Mindfulness and Compassion Skills to Overcome Self-Criticism and Embrace Who You Are

by Karen Bluth, Ph.D.
Do you know teens who need mindfulness and self-compassion?  If so, this new resource, scheduled for release on Dec. 1st, is a one-of-a-kind workbook that includes fun activities based in mindfulness and self-compassion to help teens deal with the challenges of day-to-day teen life.
Karen Bluth, PhD , is research faculty in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. She conducts research, teaches mindfulness and self-compassion courses, and regularly gives talks and leads workshops at universities and schools.   

For more information on the book and on how to order, please visit Karen's website.

Sitting Together:
A Family-Centered Curriculum on Mindfulness, Meditation, and Buddhist Teachings  
A three-volume book set for Mindful Families, by Sumi Lundon Kim
Sumi Loundon Kim, the former minister for the Buddhist Families of Durham and Buddhist chaplain at Duke, and longtime friend of Triangle Insight has published a series of books titled Sitting Together. It provides children's lesson plans, an activity book, and an adult study guide for parents and teachers.

More information about this new 3-volume book, mindfulness exercises for children, as well as other mindful parenting resources can be found at this website: 
**Read BOOK REVIEWS and more about the author on the website under the header "book" in the drop-down list.

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:

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

Triangle Insight  Morning Meditation Group
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 .
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.

Note:  There will no meetings 12/26 & 12/30. 

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

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
Durham Friends Community Meditation Hall 
Located near the NC Science and Math in Durham.
Dates:  n/a     Cost: donation

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

Recovery Group
A Buddhist Perspective on the Twelve Step Program
The meetings begin and end with silent meditation. For more information contact .

Tuesday Nights
7:30 - 8:45 PM
Chapel Hill Zen Center
5322 NC Hwy 86
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Duke Cancer Center
Open Meditation in the Quiet Room

Guided meditation for spiritual health, managing stress, and planting seeds of inner peace. Open to all spiritual and philosophical beliefs , paths, or practices. Sponsored by the Department of Chaplain Services & Education, and, ACP-Stress Management Service. The Quiet Room on the 0 level in Duke Cancer Center is open for meditation every Monday, excluding holidays, from 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm.
Duke Cancer Center
20 Duke Medicine Circle 

Contact: Chaplain Olsen at or call 919-684-3586.

Buddhist Meditation Community at Duke University
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.

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
mensgroup xxx
Men's Sharing Group 
Note:  No Meeting Tues, 12/24

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, concerns, 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.  

Contact Mike, 
or Robert:    

2nd and 4th TUESDAYS, every month
Duke Friends Meeting House
404 Alexander Ave., Durham, NC   
7:00pm - 8:30PM

engagedbuddhism x x
Engaged Buddhism Group 
Note:  No meeting Thurs., 12/26

The Engaged Buddhism group is open to anyone interested in how we connect our interior spiritual journeys to the world we live in. We welcome a diversity of opinions and experiences.  Our meetings will focus on sharing, affirming, and supporting one another. Each meeting begins with a short meditation period, followed by lightly facilitated discussion. You are also invited to bring something of significance to you to place on the altar for the evening. 
We are now meeting on the second and fourth Thursday of each month  from 6:30 - 8:00 pm in the Conference Room of the Episcopal Center at Duke. 
Organizers: Karen Ziegler, Marilyn Hartman, Rich Bell and Robert Seyler
RSVP requested but not required: 
Last minute decisions to come are welcome. 

2nd and 4th THURSDAYS, every month
Conference Room
Episcopal Center at Duke
505 Alexander Ave., Durham, NC 
Please enter by the side door facing the street  

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

Establishing Mindfulness:
A Deep Dive  with Callie Justice

Right mindfulness is a layered and richly textured aspect of the Buddha's path. This four month group will meet weekly to investigate the full breadth and power of this essential teaching. The emphasis will be on helping each individual to develop their personal practice in the light of what the Buddha taught.

Sundays from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. 
Sundays from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

For more information please visit the 'Groups and Events' page at or call Callie Justice at 919-286-5041 (no texts please).

Place:  Dharma Friends Community Dharma Hall
(near NC School of Science and Math in Durham)
Times:  10:00-11:30AM or 5:00-6:30PM
Cost:  donation

MINDFUL Self-Compassion for Families 
with Karen Bluth, PhD and 
Laura Prochnow Phillips, MA 
Adult course:
Mindful Self-Compassion, a research-backed 8-week course for adults created by Drs. Kristin Neff & Chris Germer, that has a foundation of mindfulness and focuses on cultivating self-compassion, will be offered through the 
Frank Porter Graham Program on Mindfulness & Self-Compassion for Families. The course will be taught by certified Mindful Self-Compassion teachers Karen Bluth, PhD, and Laura Prochnow Phillips, MA   
For more info and registration information  
please see our website:
and also hear two recent interviews with Dr. Karen Bluth, on WRAL, and WNCU.

Tuesdays, January 28 - March 17 
Sheryl-Mar South Bldg.
521 Greensboro St.
Carrboro, NC     Room 120 
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
(Retreat day February 29, 9-1 pm)

Teen course:
Making Friends with Yourself: A Mindful Self-Compassion Program for Teens adapts the Mindful Self-Compassion adult course, and is created by Dr. Karen Bluth (author of The Self-Compassion Workbook for Teens: Mindfulness & Self-Compassion Skills to Overcome Self-Criticism and Embrace Who You Are). 
Friday, January 17, 5:30-7:30
Saturday, January 18, 10-2 pm (students bring lunch)
Sunday, January 19, 10-2 pm (students bring lunch)
Monday, January 20, 10-2 pm (students bring lunch)
Tuesday, January 21, 6:15-8:00 pm
Sheryl-Mar South Bldg. 
521 Greensboro St.
Carrboro, NC     Room 120  
For registration information:

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.

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.