Triangle Insight Meditation Community
   May 2019                  

Compassion is the keen awareness 
of the interdependence of all things.

Thomas Merton

Sitting Opportunities
New Fall Programs

Upcoming of Interest

with Callie Justice

Openng to Life, with Jeanne van Gemert and Ron Vereen
Stepping Lightly into the Waters of Aging, Illness, and Death with Laura deValult, Heather Carp, and Jeanne van Gemert
Awakening Together, with Sharon Beckman-Brindley and Phyllis Hicks
News for Now
 Transforming our Website
with Leah Rutchick
on Facebook 
Ongoing Classes and Programs
Meeting on May 23 in the EC Conf. Room
All are invited
with Callie Justice
Tamara Share, PhD
with Cornelia Kip Lee
A Curriculum for Mindful Families

Sitting Together
A Curriculum for Mindful Families
  The Self Compassion Workbook for Teens
 by Karen Bluth, PhD

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)    
May 01:  Scott Bryce
May 08:  Ron Vereen
May 15:  Karen Ziegler
May 22:  Daya Breckinridge (Insight Dialogue)
May 29:  Ron Vereen

June 05: Open Board Meeting
June 12: Scott Bryce
June 19: Francesca Morfesis
June 26: Phyllis Hicks (Insight Dialogue)
Monday and Thursday Morning Meditation  
7:00 - 7:45 AM (click  here for more info)
Note:  There will be no meeting on Memorial Day, 5/27

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.   Our members and our other initiatives are listed on our  web page . 

We'd also be happy to have additional members.  If you might like to join our committee, please review our 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.

Opening to the Whole of Life
A Memorial Day Weekend 
Residential Retreat
with Jeanne van Gemert & Ron Vereen
Note:  The retreat is currently full with a wait list option

At times it is helpful to inquire as to why we are on this path of insight meditation and to what led us to this practice to start with. Perhaps it was something heard or read which extolled the virtue of bringing more calm into our lives. Unfortunately, many forsake the journey when experience does not always measure up to the expected results. It is easy to accept the pleasant abidings, but what about the rest of life?

Most of us just need more skills to face what's difficult.  This retreat is an invitation to practice being open to the totality of existence without exclusion, creating a container of support for deepening inquiry and investigation.  Qualities of recognition, receptivity, and curiosity will be supported through various forms of practice.  Deeply held conditioned patterns can then be seen, not as obstacles to practice, but rather as vehicles toward greater insight and surrender.  This seeing that frees becomes the gateway through which to open to the formless awareness that has been and always will be available.   

Open to participants with all levels of meditation experience, this retreat will be conducted in Noble Silence to support moving into greater stillness and quiet. In addition to the forms of practice, group interviews with the teachers will provide further support for inquiry and investigation.

Jeanne van Gemert and Ron Vereen have years of meditation experience and are co-founders of the Triangle Insight Meditation Community, graduates of the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader Program, and instructors in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program.

For more information contact Ron at

To register go to this registration link (note: to make the registration platform fit our purposes, a registration fee of $10 is added which is then deducted from the amount below upon registering.  For questions or any difficulty with the registration process, please contact Leah Rutchick at

To contribute to the scholarship fund such that no one is turned away due to financial reasons, please go here
May 23-26, 2019 
Avila Retreat Center 711 Mason Rd., Durham
Cost: Double Room  $ 325 
         Small Single    $ 355 
         Large Single    $ 385 

A Series of Events June 1st and 2nd, 2019
From Lama Rod:  
"In all great religions there is a tradition that claims that our liberation is bound up in the liberation of all beings.  We cannot get free until others are free."

"This ethic helps us to work on behalf of all beings, making sure we keep the needs of others centered along with our needs.  To work on behalf of all beings, we have to be willing to dialogue and explore all the hidden, and not so hidden, things that keep us from allying with each other on the liberation project.  
Dialogue can draw us together to uncover what keeps us from freedom as a community."
For a full schedule of these events and details about the plans for the Interfaith Dialogue and Public Talk on 6/1, the POC and LGBTQ retreat on 6/2, and ways to register and donate to offset some of the expenses, please click here

(Note: the Interfaith Dialogue and Public talk are free and open to the public, with donations accepted that will be divided among the 7 panelists; registration is necessary for the POC/LGBTQ retreat, with a variety of payment options available) 
June 1st and 2nd, 2019 
Hayti Heritage CenterJune 1st       
Interfaith Dialogue, 2-5 PM
Public Talk, 7 PM
POC and LGBTQ Retreat, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm  

Stepping Lightly into the Waters
of Aging, Illness, and Death

with Laura deVault, Heather Carp, and
Jeanne van Gemert

Please join Laura,Heather, and Jeanne for a Buddhist inquiry into a more meaningful life by exploring and increasing our awareness of Aging, Illness and Death.

In addition to the silent meditation retreat practices of sitting and walking, we will include writing and dialogue: stepping together easily, lightly, and significantly.

Please bring your own lunch (no cooking available), a journal or paper and pen.  Tea and snacks will be provided.

This daylong activity is being offered free of charge, with donations accepted to support the teachers and defray the costs of renting the facility.  

If you plan to attend, please register by contacting us at which will help in our planning.

Saturday, July 13th, 2019 

Episcopal Center at Duke

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Awakening Together: An Insight Dialogue Retreat
with Sharon Beckman-Brindley
and Phyllis Hicks
We will practice both traditional and silent meditation and Insight Dialogue, an interpersonal meditation form based in Vipassana. In Insight Dialogue we bring the mindfulness and tranquility of silent  meditation directly into our dialogue with others. This co-meditation practice allows a deep investigation into suffering and the ending of suffering.

For more information and to register, please go here
July 23-28, 2019
Southern Dharma Retreat Center
Hot Springs, NC

Exploring Our Inner & Outer World:
A Week-Long Non-Residential Retreat
with Sasha Loring
As humans we make many assumptions about the nature of our self. Meditation helps clarify those assumptions and thereby begins the process of reducing the suffering brought about by falsely held notions. Additionally, we project our misapprehensions onto the world and create unnecessary struggles with grasping and clinging. Investigating this is the study of emptiness, which is a core part of the Buddhist path (recent research shows that meditating on emptiness led to a significant decrease in negative emotions). This retreat will integrate meditation with a series of guided experiences that will reveal usually hidden aspects of our motivation and actions, and will lead to a more insightful and relaxed relationship with ourselves, others and the world.

For more information please review the retreat flyer here

To register for the retreat go to
June 15 - 21, 2019 
Durham Shambhala Center
8:30AM-5:00PM Daily
Cost: $400 (includes vegetarian lunch and tea snack)

Developing Breath Meditation:
A Weekend Retreat                          
with Callie Justice

Supported by the peaceful environment of Avila Retreat Center and the silence of retreat shared with good dharma friends (who may have been strangers prior to the retreat) Callie will lead the group in practices and teachings to help each participant find their next-step in the rich process of developing mindfulness of breathing. 

This retreat is sponsored by Dharma Friends Community as an offering to all who would like to participate.

Cost: varies depending on accommodation

Avila Retreat Center,  Durham, NC
5 pm, Friday, June 28th 
Sunday, June 30th, 1 pm.
For more information please visit the 'Groups and Events' page:  or call Callie Justice at 919-286-5041 (no texts please)

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From the TIMC B oard Chairman
The Board of Directors for Triangle Insight Meditation Community held their first meeting with an expanded number of Board Members on March 24, 2019. Minutes can be found here.
Leah Rutchick,
TIMC Board Chairman
New Coordinator 
for Racial Affinity Groups           
Beth Lauderdale will succeed Karen Ziegler
As previously announced, Karen Ziegler is transitioning out as coordinator of TIM's Racial Affinity Groups (RAGs). Our deep gratitude for all Karen has done to support this work. As of this month, Beth Lauderdale will take on the coordinator role. She  is  a long-time mentee of Ruth King, and is in the final stage of a two-year  Dedicated Practitioners Program with Spirit Rock Meditation Center (online study with five training retreats).  

You can contact Beth at .

RA Groups continue to explore and learn what it means to identify with a dominant group and conditioning as white people.

An Insight Dialogue Retreat on Issues around Mindfulness of Race
with Phyllis Hicks
Phyllis Hicks, our long-time teacher of Insight Dialogue is developing a residential retreat to investigate issues of whiteness raised by the March 15-17 Mindful of Race workshop with Ruth King. Still in planning, the ID retreat will be held at the Avila Retreat Center, in Durham, NC, in December 2019. 

Specific details for registration will be forthcoming in this newsletter when available.

Avila Retreat Center
Durham, NC
December, 2019

Beginning the Buddha's Path
with Callie Justice
This small group emphasizes three key aspects of the Buddha's path: developing a regular meditation practice; bringing mindful awareness to daily life activities, and understanding the Buddha's perspective on how to live a happier life. Each session will include guided meditation practice and time for questions from participants. Teachings will be introduced in a step-by-step fashion intended to help each person integrate the teachings in a way that works for them.
For more information please visit the 'Groups and Events' page at, or call Callie Justice at 919-286-5041 (no texts please), 
Cost: donation basis


Six Weeks, April 23rd -- May 28th, 2019 

Tuesdays evenings
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm 
Dharma Friends Community Meditation Hall
Near NC School of Science and Math in Durham, NC



Transforming our Website   
Planning for a new TI WEBSITE gains energy from input. New interest has emerged with the launch of the expanded TIMC Board of Directors. Looking forward, input and energy will be needed to create Triangle Insight's web home. 

What will this web home look like? What functions can it accomplish? How might it delight and absorb?  Ask and answer!  If you would like to link up, let's begin. Review, Revise and Recreate Ti's web home . 

Please  send your suggestions, ideas for what you would like to find on the website, and other website concerns 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.
Spiritual Friends Groups
Kalyana Mitta Groups
Racial Affinity Groups
Having admirable people as friends, companions, and colleagues is actually th e whole of the holy life.
~ The Buddha
As we witness the individual and collective suffering in the world, we often struggle with reactivity and confusion. Spiritual friends can provide a safe container for our feelings, help us stay grounded in the dharma, and support us in responding from wisdom and compassion, rather than contraction and aversion.  
In her article, Belonging: Polishing the Third Jewel - Sangha, Ruth King notes that, "...we need each other to wake up, to know intimately whether our practice is actually our practice. We discover this from our relationship to life and to each other." 
She goes on to say, "Your practice is not just about you or your individual awakening; your practice is about how you benefit (or not) the quality of our collective - of sangha." This is the heartfelt intention of our Kalyana Mitta and Racial Affinity groups, in which we are committed to our own path, to the spiritual growth of all members, and to the awakening of the larger community.
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.

We currently have five KM groups with a total of 57 members. The response to our new Durham Young Adults KM Group has been heartening, and the group is now full with a waiting list.
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 two KM groups:
  • Chapel Hill-Carrboro
  • Insight Dialogue
The following KM groups have a waiting list:
  • Durham Young Adults
  • Raleigh
  • Secular Dharma
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.
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 led by Ruth King in Durham, NC (March 15-17).
If you are interested in joining a Racial Affinity group or would like more information, you are invited to contact Beth Lauderdale at, our new RAG Coordinator.

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 ofr the dedication of our sangha.  May our Kalyana Mitta and Racial Affinity groups be of great benefit to all.

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. 

TI  is contributing $500 to start a scholarship fund for this purpose, 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. 

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
This fall 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 please visit <> or call Callie Justice at 919-286-5041 (no texts please). 
Durham Friends Community Meditation Hall 
Located near the NC Science and Math in Durham.
Note:  the monthly Community Practice Session meets at Durham's Stanford L. Warren Public Library.

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
Engaged Buddhism Group

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 meet on the 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. 

Conference Room
Episcopal Center at Duke 

505 Alexander Ave., Durham, NC
Please enter by the side door facing the street
Fourth Thursdays of each month


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
with Cornelia Kip Lee, M.Ed. 
MBSR is an 8-week program that  helps you cultivate your natural capacities to be aware, to care for yourself and to find greater ease and peace of mind. Developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979, i t is now an internationally acclaimed program with an extensive body of research supporting a range benefits for health and well-being. By the end of the program, MBSR participants typically report experiencing less stress; more self-kindness and compassion; improved mental clarity and focus; and positive shifts in attitudes, behaviors and relationships.

Cost: Sliding scale of $150 - $350

Cornelia Kip Lee, M.Ed., 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 and has practiced mindfulness meditation since 1998.

For more information
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

MINDED Classes in Carrboro and Chapel Hill:  Adult, Pre-Teen and Teen
MINDED is a new organization in the Triangle with the mission to provide Mindfulness classes to all sectors of the community. They offer classes to the general public for a fee. A large portion of the proceeds fund free or low cost classes to underserved populations and groups that may not know about the benefits of mindfulness meditation.

Chapel Hill   
Mindfulness Meditation Group
1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month
6:00 - 7:00 pm
Unity Center for Peace 
8800 Seawell School Road, Chapel Hill    
This group is an opportunity for new and experienced meditators to practice meditation in an encouraging and friendly group.  The leaders are experienced meditation instructors who will offer guidance and support as needed by those who attend.
Each session will begin with some basic instruction in mindfulness meditation and gentle guid ance during a 20-25 minute period of sittin g and 10 minutes of mindful movement. The session may have a suggested theme or be open ended.

Suggested donation for each class is $5 - $15, sliding scale. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Donations will be split between Minded and Unity Center for Peace. For more information, visit our website:
Additional MINDED Classes  with Laura Prochnow Phillips and Karen Bluth  
For more information and to register for these classes, visit

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.