Triangle Insight Meditation Community
   October 2019          

"Our Earth and its life forms are in the throes of a battle between 
the forces of death and those birthing our sacred embodiment. 
The culminating fruit, grown through so many violent and destructive transitions and the agonizing birthing pain of our apocalyptic 
and apoplectic times, heralds a hopeful new dawn.  We are  awakening into knowing a deeper truth, of being the one as many."

- Thanissara

Sitting Opportunities

Classes and Events

TIMC 10th Anniversary Celebration 
part of the Interpersonal Mindfulness Program with Daya Breckinridge
with Callie Justice
with Cornelia Kip Lee
with Callie Justice

with Jean Hamilton
& Bree Kalb
"The Fourth Refuge: Trusting in Your Own Potential for Awakening" Susan Stone & Ron Vereen
"Resonant Body Spacious Awareness" with Sabine Mead & Ron Vereen
News Notes
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Celebration -- Nov 2

 Transforming our Website
with Leah Rutchick
on Facebook 

Ongoing Classes and Programs
2nd, 4th Tuesdays
Durham Friends Meetg. House, Rm. 102  
All are invited
2nd, 4th Thursdays
EC Conference Room
All are invited
with Callie Justice
with Tamara Share

A 3-vol. Curriculum for Mindful Families
To Be Here Now

Triangle Insight 
Meditation Group s

All levels of meditation experience are welcome and the teachings are offered free of charge, with donations accepted to cover costs of using the facility and to support the study of the teachers. Please review our sangha guidelines before arriving. We also wish to maintain a hypoallergenic space, so please avoid wearing scents, colognes or perfumes. 

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

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


Wednesday Evenings
6:30 - 8:00 PM
(Insight Dialogue from 6:30 - 8:30 PM)    
October  2:  Jeanne van Gemert
October  9:  Phyllis Hicks (Insight Dialogue)
October 16: Sarah Gardner (Guest Teacher)
October 23: Scott Bryce
October 30: Sharon Shelton (Guest Teacher)  
November   6: Ron Vereen 
November 13: Scott Bryce   
November 20: Francesca Morfesis (Guest Teacher)
November 27: Phyllis Hicks (Insight Dialogue) 
Monday and Thursday Morning Meditation  
7:00 - 7:45 AM (click  here for more info)
Episcopal Center at Duke    
505 Alexander Ave. 
Durham, NC 27705
TIMC's 10th Anniversary Party
Saturday, Nov. 2
Episcopal Center at Duke
6-10 pm  

Please join us in celebration of our 10th year anniversary of the Triangle Insight Meditation Community.
We are planning an evening of fun, food, fellowship and even some dancing! There will also be interactive time to get to know one another on a deeper level. There will be no formal sitting and come prepared to have some fun -- and put on your dancing shoes!   

Mediterranean vegetarian fare will be catered by Neomonde, and bring a guest is you wish.  There is no charge for this event, but do please register so that we will know how to plan.  

If you would like to contribute to help with the costs of this event, there will be an opportunity to do so at the time of registration.  If you have any questions, please contact Glaeshia at or 919-949-6637

To register, just click HERE!!

We look forward to seeing you there!

TIMC Anniversary 
Planning Committee

Triangle Insight
Welcoming Committee

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

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

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

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

The Fourth Refuge:
Trusting in Your Own Potential
for Awakening
with Susan Stone and Ron Vereen
At times we may wonder if we are cut out for the task of meditation, as the sublime qualities we desperately seek seem so far out of reach. Habitual, conditioned patterns appear as obstacles until we understand that they are our gateways to freedom. All we need to do is to stop and see what is already here. We discover that what we are striving so hard to acquire are qualities inherent in the stopping itself. What if everything we need to be free is already here? What if we simply need to be still so as to see what's getting in the way of more ease, well-being, and insight? 

In this retreat we will practice stopping, settling into stillness, and taking refuge in ourselves - the Fourth Refuge - our own potential for Awakening. Utilizing Noble Silence and the familiar Three Refuges as our support - the Buddha, the Dhamma, and the Sangha - we will engage with a variety of mindfulness practices (sitting, walking, mindful movement, inquiry, chanting, mindful speaking and listening) to reveal the stillness that is already here. We will discover that to simply stop and be with ourselves as we are is our gateway to freedom.
Accommodation options with pricing and the registration tab can be found at (early registrations discounts are available through Sept. 8th). Scholarships are also available, with a link on the site to the Scholarship Application Form.
For information about the teachers please click on this link.

October 10-13, 2019 
Serenity Ridge Retreat Center
Nelson County, Virginia
Thursday 5:30 pm to Sunday 1:15 pm

Resonant Body, Spacious Awareness
The Synergy of Continuum and Mindfulness Practice   
A Non-Residential Retreat
with Sabine Mead and Ron Vereen
In this two-day retreat, participants will be exposed to a variety of practices from both Continuum and Insight or Mindfulness Meditation. Our time together will unfold and progress as we dive into practices that build upon one another. Designed to drop us into the spacious, formless awareness that simply observes all phenomena arising and passing away, the fluid and dynamic nature of existence can be directly known from a deep, experiential level. Wisdom reveals that the bodily form  is  movement, bringing forth the realization that movement is not what we do but rather what we are - formlessness within form, a reflection of the whole of the universe - returning us to the primordial world of the preformed.

For more information about the teachers, please click onhe following links for Sabine Mead and Ron Vereen .

For more information and to register for this retreat, please go here.
Friday, Oct. 18 - Sunday, Oct 20, 2019 
Shared Visions Retreat Center, Durham, NC
Fri., 7-9 pm, Sat., 9 am -5 pm, Sun., 9 am - 4:30pm
Cost:  $145 (partial scholarships offered on need basis)

From the TIMC Board Chair
Please note that the Board continues to be engaged with establishing its internal dynamics and organizational processes. We look forward to holding regular meetings in the near future that will be open for Sangha members to attend and present their ideas or pose questions to the Board. All who wish to present directly at a Board meeting, please contact me for scheduling in advance of a future meeting (scheduling deadlines will be announced).  
Keep in mind these two email addresses: 
Expect an acknowledgement as soon as possible. Your inquiry will be made available to all Board members and discussed by the Board, with a reply in timely fashion.

Your input is always welcome on matters concerning the Sangha and its activities. Please send us your questions, concerns and new ideas. Let us know, and we will respond.  
You are welcome also to contact me at .


The most recent Board of Directors Meeting minutes may be found  here  (April 14, 2019). Minutes from the August 17 BoD Meeting will be available when approved at the next Board of Directors Meeting, probably held in October. This meeting will be announced at least two weeks in advance on the TI website ("Upcoming Events") and by email.
Leah Rutchick,
TIMC Board Chair

Mindfulness Program with  Daya  Breckinridge   
Day-Long Session : Saturday, October 19, 2019   
9 AM - 4 PM
Open to all who have completed the Interpersonal Mindfulness Program (IMP) and any meditators with experience in Insight Dialogue who would like an opportunity for practice.  I ask that you plan to come for the whole day.  

Location: Durham Friends Meeting (little meetinghouse), 404 Alexander Ave, Durham, North Carolina 27705

Offered on a dana basis with request for donation to cover cost of space.

Please let me know if you plan to attend to help me with planning. I will put you on my contact list and send more info as we get closer.

Call or email if you have questions.  
Phone: 919-641-9626 

Please Note: If you would like to make a contribution to the Triangle Insight Scholarship Fund to help those who need financial assistance to attend our events, you can donate here.
Daya Breckinridge is a regularly attending member of the Triangle Insight community. She recently retired from teaching nursing in Duke's Accelerated BSN program. She has a long- standing meditation practice and has taught MBSR at UNC. Insight Dialogue has been a practice that has deepened her awareness in daily life. Daya has also completed Teaching Presence in Relationship: An Interpersonal Mindfulness Training for MBSR Teachers in Holland that was taught by Phyllis Hicks and Florence Meleo-Meyer. Flowing out of that professional training is the desire to offer this eight-week Interpersonal Mindfulness Program.  

Mindful Self-Compassion for Families (teens & parents) 
with Karen Bluth, PhD and
Laura Prochnow Phillips, MA
Mindful Self-Compassion, a research-backed 8-week course created by Drs. Kristin Neff & Chris Germer, that has a foundation of mindfulness and focuses on cultivating self-compassion, will be offered through the Frank Porter Graham Program on Mindfulness & Self-Compassion for Families. The course will be taught by certified Mindful Self-Compassion teachers Karen Bluth, PhD, and Laura Prochnow Phillips, M.A.

For more info and registration information please see website: and Dr. Karen Bluth on WRAL:  

Mondays, Sept. 30 - Nov. 18 
Sheryl-Mar South Bldg.
521 Greensboro St.
Carrboro, NC     Room 120 
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
(Half day retreat day TBD)

Deepening Practice on the Noble Eightfold Path (continuing)       
with Callie Justice
There will be two ongoing focuses over the six  month period that this group meets. We will work with contemplations from the early Buddhist discourses for developing insight, and we will investigate the question, 'What Does It Mean to Practice in a Time of Climate Crisis?' 
Additionally, we will continue to develop core practices such as mindfulness of breathing, lovingkindness meditation, precepts reflections and meditations for establishing mindfulness. Each session will include time for meditation, for sharing of the teachings and for group discussion.

Meeting weekly from September 15th, 2019 to March 15th, 2020.

There will be two separate sections of this group.
  • Sundays from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Sundays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. 
Dharma Friends Community Meditation Hall located near the NC School of Science and Math in Durham

Cost: d onation
For more information please visit the 'Groups and Events' page at dharmafriendscommunity.orgor call Callie Justice at 919-475-778

WEEKLY on Sundays
Sept 15, 2019 -- March 15, 2020
Dharma Friends Community Meditation Hall
near the NC School of Science and Math, in Durham

Morning group: 10-11:30 am, or 
Afternoon group: 5-6:30 pm.

Beginning the Buddha's Path
with Callie Justice
This 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.

Dates:  Meeting weekly for 6 weeks, from 7 to 8:30 pm, October 15th - November 19th. 

Location: Dharma Friends Community Meditation Hall located near the NC School of Science and Math in Durham

Cost: donation

For more information please visit the 'Groups and Events' page at, or call Callie Justice at 919-475-7786.

WEEKLY on Tuesdays
Oct 15 - Nov 19, 2019 
Dharma Friends Community Meditation Hall located near the NC School of Science and Math in Durham 

7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Introduction to  
Mindfulness Meditation 
with Jean Hamilton & 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.
For details or to sign up:
Jean @ , 919-943-6245
Bree @, 919-309-6441 
Tuesdays, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12 
East Side of Chapel Hill near Trader Joe's
Cost:  $80 for the entire series of 4 classes

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)  
-- New 2020 dates -- sliding scale --

Instructor: Cornelia Kip Lee, M.Ed.
MBSR is an intensive 8-week experiential program that teaches mindfulness techniques for cultivating present-moment awareness and greater well-being. Developed in 1979, it is now an internationally  acclaimed program with an extensive body of research supporting a wide range of health benefits.

During the course, you will learn a variety of formal and informal practices for cultivating mindfulness-including sitting meditation, body scan meditation, and gentle, mindful yoga. You will explore practical applications of mindfulness that will help you meet all the moments of your life (including times of stress, pain and illness)  with more ease, confidence and resiliency. The course is designed for adults and is conducted in a safe, supportive environment. 
By the end of the program, MBSR participants typically report experiencing less stress; more self-kindness and compassion; and positive shifts in attitudes, behaviors and relationships.

3815 Cambridge Rd, Durham, 27705

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

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


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

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

Spiritual Friends Groups
Having admirable people as friends, companions, and colleagues is actually th e whole of the holy life.
~ The Buddha

When confronted with great suffering, managing the wide range of emotions we experience is quite challenging. During troubled times we long for clarity and connection, yet we can find ourselves reactive and contracted, and our sense of confusion and separation is heightened. Our spiritual friends groups offer a safe harbor where we can explore our experience with trusted friends who share our spiritual journey.
As Lama Surya Das says in   Awakening to the Sacred , "Sangha means community, common embrace, communion; it's a sanctuary, a safe place to let down our guard." With support of the group and the dharma as our guide, we deepen our understanding, our hearts soften, separation is reduced, and our view becomes clearer. This is the gift of the third jewel of sangha, allowing us to respond to our own and others' suffering with deep compassion and wise action.
Please read the following sections to learn more about current activities of the Kalyana Mitta and Racial Affinity groups.

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

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

We currently have openings in one KM group: 
  • Insight Dialogue
The following KM groups have a waiting list:
  • Chapel Hill-Carrboro
  • 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.
To support this process, groups follow Triangle Insight's
Mindful Sharing Guidelines and Ruth King's Guidelines for Cultural Affinity Groups .
Racial Affinity group members share a commitment to racial equality and are guided by Ruth King's work, yet each group develops and evolves in its own way.

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

You can also visit our  our Racial Affinity Groups page, which includes helpful articles and other resources.
The KM-RAG Coordinating Team of Sarah Tillis, Beth Lauderdale, and Tamara Share expresses deep gratitude for the dedication of our sangha. May our Kalyana Mitta and Racial Affinity groups be of great benefit to all.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Triangle Insight  Morning Meditation Group
This early morning sitting group led by Ron Vereen meets Mondays and Thursdays from 7:00 - 7:45 AM. The group begins with silent, unguided practice, with Ron giving a guided heart practice during the last 10-15 minutes. There is no charge for participation, and donations are accepted. For more info contact Ron at .
Important note:   Only four parking spaces in the parking lot at the Episcopal Center are designated for our use at this hour and are clearly marked. Overflow parking can be found on the west side of Alexander Ave. 

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

Dharma Friends Community
Teacher: Callie Justice
Dharma Friends Community offers a range of groups and events designed to support everyone from newcomers to seasoned practitioners. Drawing on Early Buddhist sources, these groups focus on teaching core practices in a way that relates to the needs of each individual participant in an open welcoming environment.
For more information, visit
Durham Friends Community Meditation Hall 
Located near the NC Science and Math in Durham.
Dates:  n/a     Cost: donation

Mindful Families of Durham

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

For more information,visit:
Mindful Families of Durham 

Sunday Mornings

10:30AM-12:00 noon
For info please contact

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

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

Duke Cancer Center
Open Meditation in the Quiet Room

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

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

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

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

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

For any questions please contact us at
mensgroup xxx
Men's Sharing Group

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

Robert: or  

2nd and 4th TUESDAYS, every month
Durham Friends Meeting House, Rm 102 
404 Alexander Ave., Durham, NC  
7:00pm - 8:30PM

engagedbuddhism x x
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 are now meeting on the second and fourth Thursday of each month  from 6:30 - 8:00 pm in the Conference Room of the Episcopal Center at Duke. 
Organizers: Karen Ziegler, Marilyn Hartman, Rich Bell and Robert Seyler
RSVP requested but not required: 
Last minute decisions to come are welcome. 

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

Mindfulness Awareness Training
with Tamara Share, PhD

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

Establishing Mindfulness:
A Deep Dive  with Callie Justice

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

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

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

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

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.