Triangle Insight Meditation Community
    November 2018           
Some words from Lama Rod Owens during his visit to Durham last week:

"One thing that is on my mind is how important it is for me to be in the world right now.  In many ways, I am a person of the world.  I am living in the world.  I am rooted in the world.  The world is where everything is happening for me.  The Dharma, the practice of Buddhism, is what is drawing me into the world right now and everything that is happening -- the good and the bad.

"I'm not necessarily an engaged Buddhist.  We don't identify Radical Dharma as an engaged Buddhist tradition, primarily because Buddhism doesn't engage anything except our minds -- it is our bodies that engage the world, it is our senses that engage the world.  

 "So, Buddhism, the Dharma, moves through our own embodiment into the world, and that is what touches the world.  I'm the one who is engaged in the world, not Buddhism.  And that is a really important distinction for our work.  It is me that has to change...  In Radical Dharma, in this tradition, it is me, it is my body, it is my engagement, it is the work that Dharma is doing to transform my mind.  My mind transforms my body, and my body is what is moving through the world, engaging with you."

If you would like to hear more from last week's activities with Lama Rod Owens, please click on the following links:

( contains the guided contemplation on the 7 Homecomings 
              or Refuges, plus a few technical issues)


Sitting Opportunities
Upcoming Classes 
and Events

with Betsy Barton

with Jean Hamilton
and Bree Kalb

with Sasha Loring

with Ron Vereen

with Cornelia Kip Lee
A Day of Insight Dialogue
Meditation Retreat with Sasha Loring
News for Now
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Bryant Holsenbeck's new book
The Last Straw

 Transforming our Website
with Leah Rutchick

on Facebook 

Spiritual Friends Groups
Kalyana Mitta 

Racial Affinity

To Be Here Now

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 are now asking 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)    

November   7:  Ron Vereen
November 14:  Scott Bryce
November 21:  No Meeting (Thanksgiving)
November 28:  Phyllis Hicks (Insight Dialogue)

December 05:  Ron Vereen
December 12:  Sharon Shelton (Guest Teacher)
December 19:  Phyllis Hicks (Insight Dialogue)
December 26:  No Meeting (Holiday Break)
Monday and Thursday Morning Meditation  
7:00 - 7:45 AM (click  here for more info)
Note:  No meetings held on 12/10 & 12/13
Episcopal Center at Duke    
505 Alexander Ave. 
Durham, NC 27705
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. As a new committee, our plans are a work in progress, and we're very interested in your suggestions, feedback, and questions.  Our members and our other initiatives are listed on our  web page . 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.

Introduction to
Mindfulness Meditation  

with Jean Hamilton and Bree Kalb
Jean Hamilton and Bree Kalb are offering a four session class designed for adults who want to establish or revive a  meditation  practice. We focus is on strategies to bring  mindfulness  into daily life. Classes are smal l (up to 10 people), relaxed and enjoyable.

Bree Kalb:, 919-932-6262 ext 216 
Jean Hamilton:, 919-943-6245
Tuesdays, Nov. 13, 20, 27 & Dec. 4 
Meeting: East side Chapel Hill near Trader Joe's
6:15 - 7:30 PM
Cost:  $80 for the entire class series

A Day of Insight Dialogue
with Mary Burns and  Bhante Sukhacitto

Please join Mary Burns and Bhante Sukhacitto on Sunday, November 4th, for a day long Insight Dialogue Retreat investigating and cultivating human goodness. 
In this daylong retreat, silent and walking meditation will be interwoven with periods of structured Insight Dialogue contemplations exploring Buddhist teachings on wholesome mind states called the Brahma Viharas. Together we will cultivate these beneficial attitudes of the human heart-mind with the support of the six Insight Dialogue guidelines.

We will share a silent hour-long lunch together. Please bring your own bag lunch. We will offer only water as a beverage. 

Previous meditation experience is highly desirable but not essential. For more information on Insight Dialogue click  here.

To register: please email

Mary Burns is an Insight Dialogue Teacher who offers retreats worldwide. In her life and work, she has been drawn to the intersection of Eastern and Western healing practices and has had the good fortune to study with many gifted teachers. Mary has also taught Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction for many years and is a licensed clinical social worker with a private practice in Chapel Hill, NC.
Bhante Sukhacitto is an Insight Dialogue Teacher who was born and lives in Germany. He ordained as a monk in 1990 and has lived at various monasteries, including Dhammapala Monastery in Switzerland and Amaravati Monastery in the UK. In 2016 Bhante Sukhacitto founded Kalyana Mitta Vihara, or "House of Noble Friendship," where relational practice is part of the living.

Dana - Giving to Support the Teachings
Dani Mouwad is offering his Eco-Heal meeting building for the retreat without fee. It's a lovely, environmentally friendly structure.  Bhante and Mary are offering guidance for the day without fee.  Participants will have an opportunity to offer dana for this retreat to support the continuation of these teachings, and to support Dani's efforts toward building with wise and sustainable materials.
Sunday, November 4th 
6417 Pathway Court, Chapel Hill, NC  27516
Please note that daylight saving time ends at 2 am on Sunday)

Advance Care Planning:                     What Do I Need to Know?         
with Betsy Barton

We'll go over the basics of advance care planning - what it is, why it's important to think about our health care preferences BEFORE it matters, who we should talk to, and how to talk about these issues. 

We will talk about the Five Wishes advance directive form, how  to choose a health care proxy who can advocate for us, and what sorts of things we need to discuss with our proxy before we experience an illness.

*Registration Required*:

Thursday, November 8th, 2018 
North Branch Durham County Library
221 Milton Rd, Durham NC 27712
6:30 PM - 8:00PM

Celebrate Bryant  Holsenbeck's  NEW  Book -- Come Launch  at the Scrap Exchange  !

The Last Straw: A Continuing Quest for Life Without Disposable Plastic. 
"Environmental artist Bryant Holsenbeck had long wondered where trash goes when we throw it "away." Realizing that what we discard never really goes away, she became concerned about all the disposable plastic that piles up in landfills and clogs our streams. Bryant began saying NO to single-use plastic, and she spent a year discovering ways to live without it. This book documents her journey and the creative alternatives she found.

"[There will be] books to buy, snacks to eat, fun art to make and take, recycled and environmentally friendly displays to enjoy. Bryant will read from and discuss the book.  If you can't attend, [the RCWMS will have soon] instructions for ordering the book."

* A READING FROM THE NEW BOOK, and lots of fun for everyone at the Scrap Exchange. 2pm Nov. 11. Don't be late!

This Book Launch is Free and open to the public.

Contact: RCWMS, 919-683-1236,

2:00 pm  Sunday, November 11, 2018  
at the SCRAP EXCHANGE, Lakewood Shopping Center
2050 Chapel Hill Rd, Durham, NC 27707

Medicine Buddha Program 

with Sasha Loring
The day will include teachings on visualization and mantra practice and how these relate to shamatha and vipassana meditation. We will have several opportunities for guided group practice of a very inspiring and healing Medicine Buddha meditation. This teaching is open to all levels of practitioners.

For more information, please see the flyer here.
To register, go to
Cost:  $75 + teaching gift (includes text and lunch)

Meditation Teacher  Sasha Loring  has been presenting dharma programs for over 30 years. She has spent several years in retreat and  has focused on healing practices through these teachings as well as through her psychotherapy training. She studied the Medicine Buddha and other teachings for 12 years with meditation master Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso, Rinpoche.
Durham Shambhala Center 
733 Rutherford St., Durham
Saturday, December 8th

Meditation Retreat

with Sasha Loring 

In this week we will practice shamatha/vipassana meditation, have guided meditations and contemplation, explore compassion, and practice gentle yoga and chi gong. You will also be expected to spend an hour each evening (at home) studying dharma materials that will be provided.

For more information please click  here.  To register, go to 

Leader Sasha Loring  has been teaching meditation for over 30 years and has presented programs around the country. She has spent several years in retreat, and currently teaches the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program, Shambhala Training and programs on healing.  Elizabeth Brownrigg  will be Assistant Director.

Durham Shambhala Center 
Rutherford St, Durham
Wed., Dec. 26th, 3:00 - 6:00 PM, then
8:30 am - 5:00 pm through Jan. 1st
Cost:  $400

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Study Groups on Touching the Infinite 
with Ron Vereen

In September 2014, Ron began offering two integrated study and practice groups using Rodney Smith's books,  Stepping out of Self-Deception followed by an exploration of  Awakening: A Paradigm Shift of the Heart. Beginning July 2016, the study groups used Joseph Goldstein's recent book,  Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening, as a means of going more deeply into the study of the Satipatthana Sutta and the variety of practices the Buddha offers as the direct path to awakening. 

Beginning January 2019, we will resume our exploration of the Satipatthana Sutta using Rodney Smith's commentary on this teaching in his new book, Touching the Infinite: A New Perspective on the Buddha's Four Foundations of Mindfulness. 
Rodney has offered to participate in least two Skype sessions with the groups as a way to enhance our experience by engaging us in a dialogue about this important text and our practice.  

The groups meet monthly and are open to those with any level of meditation experience. There is no charge for this activity, with donations accepted to help support Ron's study and practice and to cover the costs for the use of the facility.  A few spaces remain in the groups, and to help in the decision-making process, it is anticipated we will meet through February 2020 and members are asked to commit to attend as many sessions as possible.  if you would like to register or need additional information, please contact Ron at (please indicate whether you would prefer the morning or afternoon group).

One Saturday Monthly beginning January 2019 
One Heart, Durham
Dates determined by participants
Morning Group:  10:00 am - 12 noon
Afternoon Group: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

with Cornelia Kip Lee, M.Ed.
This class provides a thorough grounding in mindfulness meditation, body awareness and gentle, mindful yoga, which serve as foundations for participants to recognize how they typically react to inner and outer sources of unhappiness and stress in ways that cause more suffering. Through mindfulness practices and exercises, participants increase their capacity for present-moment awareness, and for responding in ways that are more beneficial for themselves and others, leading to improvements in wellbeing. The class is conducted in a safe, supportive environment and includes guided instructions, group dialogue and discussions, home practice assignments and downloadable audio files.

Cost:  Sliding scale of $250 - $350

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.
SW Durham near Randolf and Pickett Rds. 
9 Tuesdays, January 8 - March 5, 2019, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Daylong Retreat: Saturday, February 23, 9:30 am - 4 PM
(Note:  January 8 is an orientation session; alternate orientation session Sat., January 12, 2-4 PM)

Transforming our Website   
The new TI WEBSITE remains at an early stage of planning, though a virtual staging of the website is currently not available. A virtual website will be restored in the near future for viewing and feedback (announced in this space). Your feedback is central to planning and development at all times, so 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
When we experience suffering within and around us, the inner critic of judgmental mind can fill our thoughts with blame, shame, and ill will. As Christina Feldman notes in Silencing the Inner Critic , ". . . it is essential to mark the distinction between the voice of the inner critic and our capacity for discernment and discriminating wisdom." It is discriminating wisdom, not judgmental mind, that "inspires us to act in ways that bring suffering and harm to an end." However, as she points out, this doesn't mean turning away from our judgmental mind. "Instead of fleeing the painfulness of the judgmental mind we can turn toward it, sensing that everything we are invited to understand in the journey of awakening can be understood within the judgmental mind."
Our Kalyana Mitta and Racial Affinity groups offer a special opportunity to develop this understanding by bringing the judgmental mind into relational practice. Rather than reject or shame our inner critic, we share it with trusted spiritual friends who hold it with tenderness and care. In the words of Christina Feldman, "We can begin to sense that the inner critic truly warrants compassion, as does any suffering and affliction...we need to turn our attention to the judgmental mind and embrace its pain with the same mindfulness we would bring to a pain in our body or to another's sorrow." Our spiritual friends groups help us open to that pain so we can release it and move from aversion to understanding, from critique to compassion. This is the beautiful gift of spiritual friends as we journey together on this path with heart.

New KM Group
We are forming the Durham Young Adults KM Group, for those in their 20s and 30s. A Kalyana Mitta group for members in the same phase of life can offer a special community for the spiritual growth of each member and the group as a whole.

We currently have openings in four groups:
  • Raleigh KM Group
  • Insight Dialogue KM Group for individuals with Insight Dialogue experience
  • Secular Buddhism KM Group: Study Group
  • Durham Young Adults KM Group, which is being formed 
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro KM Group  has a waiting list.  

For details about any of these groups, please visit our List of KM Groups web page talk with Sarah Tillis, KM Coordinator, or email her at .

If you would like to join a group, be on a waiting list, or if you would like to start a new group, please send us a KM-RA Questionnaire,  and/ or contact Sarah Tillis, KM Coordinator
For information about our KM program, please visit our KM web page .

Members of our Racial Affinity groups continue to deepen self-awareness around issues of race in small, racially homogeneous groups that integrate the dharma into members' personal and collective exploration. Waking up to white supremacy and the ways we have internalized it is a painful process, and the acceptance we bring to each other, as well as our shared understanding of the dharma, helps us to heal and strive to act more constructively in the world.

To support this process, groups follow Triangle Insight's  Mindful Sharing Guidelines  a nd 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. At the moment, one of our established groups reports that they would love to welcome two new members. They have just begun reading and doing the practices in Resmaa Menakem's book: My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies

Another book many of us are reading now is Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation by Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Lama Rod Owens, and Jasmine Syeduallah.  Additional information and resources are on the Racial Affinity Groups web page .
If you're interested in joining a Racial Affinity group or would like more information, you are invited to contact Karen Ziegler, RA Coordinator -- email Karen at .
Our community began to form these groups after some of us attended a retreat with Ruth King, and she has a new book out called Mindful of Race. She will be with us in March 2019 and will be doing a retreat with the same name. If you are interested in informal discussions of this book in the meantime, please email Karen.
The KM-RA Coordinating Team of Sarah Tillis, Karen Ziegler, Tamara Share and Tom Howlett expresses deep gratitude for 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. You can also speak with Gordy Livermore, Mary Mudd or Howard Staab 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. Visit the SP website.
Mary Mudd has been the SP coordinator since its inception, and we would like to express our deep gratitude to her for her commitment and dedication to this work.  At our last meeting, Mary announced that she plans to step down, and the group looked at the question of whether the SP was going to be relevant in its current role given the anticipated changes in the governance structure of Triangle Insight.  You can review these minutes here as well as further information and minutes of these meetings on the SP page of our website.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES for COMMUNITY ACTIVITY may also be found on the webpage:
  • list of community organizations seeking volunteers to further their missions of nonviolence, racial and social equity, and supporting youth. If you know of other groups to add to this list, please send a note with their contact information to Mary Mudd.
  • Retreats/Workshops. Several of these events have been organized over the years, most recently the Insight Dialogue New Year's retreat in January with Phyllis Hicks as well one with Jeanne van Gemert and Ron Vereen in May. We recently participated with a collaborative group to bring Lama Rod Owens to the Triangle from Oct. 22 - 29, 2018 and will be planning two residential retreats this spring: Mindful Race with Ruth King, and a Memorial Day Weekend retreat with Jeanne van Gemert and Ron Vereen.
  • REAL Durham builds relationships across lines of privilege, race and class to improve economic stability for everyone. It uses a racial equity lens to connect those with and without privilege for the purpose of transferring power and better positioning those without privilege to achieve financial stability. Volunteer training is held several times a year - check out their website for more information. 

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

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 the initiative is to help individuals and the community to deepen their understanding of the way the mind and human systems are limited by unexamined views of race. The 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: 

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

Sitting Together:
A Family-Centered Curriculum on Mindfulness, Meditation, and Buddhist Teachings

A three-volume book set for Mindful Families
by Sumi Loundon Kim
Sumi Loundon Kim, the minister for the Buddhist Families of Durham, 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.

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
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.

1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Location: Unity Center for Peace 
8800 Seawell School Road, Chapel Hill  
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 out website:
Additional MINDED Classes  with Laura Prochnow Phillips and Karen Bluth  
For more information and to register for these classes, visit

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.

Goings- on in the Sangha  
This space is where sangha members can announce timely activities for everyone to view. If you would like to post something here, please submit your request by the 15th of each month to

Racial Affinity work - OARNC
Organizing Against Racism Workshops: Intensive, long-range preparation and outreach. See the announcement in this newsletter for more information and registration. In Durham and Chapel Hill. Scholarships may be requested.
Continuing the Conversation 
B ased on the best-selling book, Being Mortal:For more information on this volunteer initiative of Sangha members, see Medicine and What Matters in the End, by Atul Gawande. If you would like to be on a mailing list to receive more information about Continuing the Conversation workshops or meetings, please let us know by writing to us at .  
  • If you wish to be involved in the further planning and development of this initiative, please include that in your email as well.
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

Mindfulness-Based Stress dukemindfulness
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 uncmindfulness 
at UNC Integrative Medicine

Please click on the following link for a variety of programs related to the practice of mindfulness:   
or call  919-966-8586 for more information.



Triangle Insight  Morning Meditation Group

Please note there will be no meetings on Dec. 10 & 13

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

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

Recovery Group RecoveryGroup
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

New Groups for Fall at 
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
(the monthly Community Practice Session meets at Durham's Stanford L. Warren Public Library)
Dates:  n/a
Cost: donation

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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 "links" 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. 

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