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
before arriving. We also wish to maintain a hypoallergenic space, so please
wearing scents, colognes or perfumes. If you would like to submit items for inclusion in this newsletter, please review the
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.
6:30 - 8:00 PM
October 3: Jeanne van Gemert
October 10: Scott Bryce
October 17: Sarah Bryce (Guest Teacher)
October 24: Lama Rod Owens (Guest Teacher)
October 31: Karen Ziegler (Guest Teacher)
November 7: Ron Vereen
November 14: Scott Bryce
November 21: No Meeting (Thanksgiving)
November 28: Phyllis Hicks (Insight Dialogue)
Monday and Thursdy Morning Meditation
7:00 - 7:45 AM
for more info)
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."
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 in June 2018 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 weekly sangha.
This is just one 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
. 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.
Let's Talk about ENGAGED BUDDHISM
October 8, 2018
This is an interest of many of us and it is enriched by our diversity of opinions and experiences. Some of us met last month and wanted to meet again, so we will again come together to sit and then share on
Monday, October 8th, from 6:30 pm - 8 pm.
RSVP to Karen
or location, which is going to depend on how many people expect to come.
Monday, October 8
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Leading with an Open Heart:
A Radical Dharma Vision of
Using Our Broken Hearts to Get Free
A Week of Events with Lama Rod Owens
October 23-28, 2018
Triangle Insight is pleased to be a part of a wonderful collaborative group that is working to bring Lama Rod Owens back to Durham this October. We wanted you to know about our plans thus far so that you'll be able to save the dates.
Lama Rod knows directly that so many of us are grieving and in deep mourning for the world and ourselves. Many of us have been conditioned to avoid and deny our pain and to see it as dangerous. If we are struggling within systems of oppression, we may experience forms of intense pain in the form of various identity based traumas.
He also knows that to transform our relationship to this pain we must begin cultivating an open heart and leading with that openness. But how do we begin to rely on our broken hearts as a profound means of both personal and social liberation? How does our pain become the teacher? How can it become the path? Most importantly, how does this path of the open heart become a strategy for social liberation as well?
Throughout the week we will be exploring these questions with Lama Rod in a variety of gatherings, with the tentative schedule as follows
NOTE: registration is now open for the Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday programs below; there is a discount if registering for both Saturday and Sunday
Tues. 10/23, 7-9 pm
Men's Program on Gender Privilege and Structural Sexism
, Episcopal Center at Duke (EC), 505 Alexander Ave., Durham, NC 27705
(donations accepted for Lama Rod)
Lecture at Duke University, Free and open to all, Location will be in the York Reading Room, 2nd floor of Gray Bldg, Duke Divinity School (adjacent to Duke Chapel).
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm.
Dharma Talk at Triangle Insight (EC), 505 Alexander Ave., Durham, NC 27705
(donations accepted for Lama Rod)
Fri. 10/26, 7:00 pm
Public Talk, at Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St., Durham 27701
(donations accepted for Lama Rod)
Sat. 10/27: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Workshop open to all
MDC Learning Center of Durham (Manpower Development Corp.), 307 W. Main St., Durham 27701
Open to all communities, $100, with other fee options and scholarships available (donations accepted for Lama Rod)
Sun. 10/28: 9 am-5 pm
Workshop with POC/LGBT Communities
Duke Integrative Medicine, 3475 Erwin Rd, Durham 27705
Open to POC/LGBT Communities only, $100, with other fee options and sholarships available (donations accepted for Lama Rod)
So, mark your calendars now to make sure you will not miss out on these wonderful opportunities to learn from Lama Rod's direct experience with these questions and the wisdom he has to offer.
Koru 2.0 Mindfulness Training
with Erica Alexander
This class is for students who have completed the first Koru course, or have some experience with meditation, and eager for more. We will review and enrich practices from the first Koru course, and introduce a few new practices to bring more ease and contentment.
Durham Arts Council
Mondays, 6:30 - 7:45 PM
October 29-November 19
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
practice. We focus is on strategies to bring
into daily life. Classes are smal
l (up to 10 people), relaxed and enjoyable.
Tuesdays, Nov. 13, 20, 27 & Dec. 4
Chapel Hill/Carborro area -- exact location TBD
6:15 - 7:30 PM
Cost: $80 for the entire class series
A Day of Insight Dialogue
with Mary Burns and
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
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)
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
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.
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
Duke Welcomes a New Buddhist Chaplain: Francesca Morfesis
for the University and the Buddhist Meditation Community at Duke
Recently Francesca Morfesis, a regular participant at TIMC, has taken on the role of Buddhist Chaplain at Duke University. She
the Buddhist Meditation Community at Duke (BMCD), and
serves as a Buddhist voice and resource to faculty, students and staff, within Duke's Religious Life Department.
Francesca describes the Buddhist Meditation Community:
The Buddhist Meditation Community at Duke (BMCD)
provides the opportunity for currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students to learn about Buddhist teachings, practice meditation and cultivate community. This student group meets on Mondays from 7-8 pm in the Wellness Building at Duke (West Campus). Our meetings include meditation, dharma talks and discussion, and are followed by time for tea and connection. We regularly host local Buddhist teachers from across traditions to share their teachings with the group. 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.
For more information, please visit our website at
In addition, we send a weekly newsletter that you can sign up for on our website to get updates about our offerings.
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, email@example.com.
Triangle Insight Meditation FB Group
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
�� - 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.
We currently have openings in four groups:
- Insight Dialogue KM Group for individuals with Insight Dialogue experience
- Secular Buddhism KM Group: Study Group
- Chapel Hill-Carrboro Young Adults KM Group, for those in their 20s and 30s
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
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro KM Group
has a waiting list.
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
Ruth King's Guidelines for Cultural Affinity Groups
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. Lama Rod will be visiting Durham and is offering nearly a week of programs from October 22-29; see the "upcoming events" menu in our newsletter, above.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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) is a volunteer initiative of the Triangle Insight Meditation Community, 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 is the current SP coordinator.
UPCOMING and ONGOING ACTIVITIES
Meetings are held on a quarterly schedule.
if you would like to be part of the planning committee. The next meeting is being planned after the New Year.
- Minutes. You can review the minutes of prior meetings on the TI website page for the Shramadana Project. You will learn more about the worthwhile and exciting SP initiatives of the sangha.
Caring Circles. an open exchange for requesting and providing aide within the sangha.
For more information on this Initiative, see the announcement above.
Media Night. Join us to relax, have fun with sangha members, and enjoy films, music, improv, dance, art making--you name it! Stay tuned for information about our next event!
- If you would like to see a particular film, or have an idea for a program to share with Dharma friends, please contact Gerri McGuire at email@example.com.
- Lending Library. Triangle Insight now has a tiny library in our meeting place at the Episcopal Center. The Triangle Insight Tiny Library is located in the back hallway. To check out a book, just intend to bring it back when you're finished. To donate a book, simply add it to the collection. "Donate, Borrow, Return." Titles in circulation include Radical Dharma and Self-Compassion.
- Volunteer Time on the Farm. Groups from Triangle Insight volunteered on two occasions at the Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge in Chatham Co. This animal sanctuary provides a rescue area and home for farm animals in need, and they rely on volunteer help to thrive. Please visit their website by clicking on the link above to learn more about the refuge and how you can donate your your time and/or money.
- 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, and consider joining the SP group
- 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 are also participating with a collaborative group to bring Lama Rod Owens to the Triangle from Oct. 22 - 29, 2018 (above).
- 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...
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
(Organizing Against Racism NC)as a first step in this investigation.
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
For info please contact email@example.com
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
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.
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
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
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
Continuing the Conversation
Mindfulness Awareness Training
with Tamara Share, PhD
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
Reduction Classes & Events
at Duke Integrative Medicine
Please click on the following link for a variety of programs related to the practice of mindfulness:
at UNC Integrative Medicine
Please click on the following link for a variety of programs related to the practice of mindfulness:
919-966-8586 for more information.
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
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
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.
Triangle Insight, Episcopal Center at Duke
(unless otherwise indicated)
6:30 - 8:30 PM
| Recovery Group
a Buddhist Perspective on the Twelve Step Program
The meetings begin and end with silent meditation. For more information contact
7:30 - 8:45 PM
Chapel Hill Zen Center
5322 NC Hwy 86
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
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
. 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