Triangle Insight Meditation Community
  September 2018             

"The entire cosmos is a cooperative. The sun, the moon, and the stars live together as a cooperative. The same is true for humans and animals, trees, and the Earth. When we realize that the world is a mutual, interdependent, cooperative enterprise -- then we can build a noble environment. If our lives are not based on this truth, then we shall perish."

                                                                              Ajahn Buddhadasa


Sitting Opportunities
Upcoming Classes 
and Events

Lecture and Workshop
Sept 21 and 22

Oct. 23-28, 2018

with Erica Alexander
Cultivating a Heart Unshaken: IMCC Fall Retreat

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)    
September 05:  Ron Vereen
September 12:  Francesca Morfesis (Guest Teacher)
September 19:  Scott Bryce
September 26:  Phyllis Hicks (Insight Dialogue)

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)
Monday and Thursdy Morning Meditation  
7:00 - 7:45 AM (click  here 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."
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 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 . 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  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.

Connected Conversations 
September 17, 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, September 17 from 6:30 pm - 8 pm.   

RSVP to Karen  Ziegler,  at  f or location, which is going to depend on how many people expect to come. 

Monday, September 17
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
RSVP in advance (to make a count) and for location:

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  leads  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 or  contact Francesca Morfesis at

In addition, we send a weekly newsletter that you can sign up for on our website to get updates about our offerings.

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

with Daya Breckinridge

T his 8 week class is an opportunity to experience how mindfulness can deepen our self understanding, create attunement, and enhance our relationships. The program offers an introduction to interpersonal mindfulness through learning the meditation guidelines of Insight Dialogue: Pause - Relax - Open - Attune to Emergence - Listen Deeply - Speak the Truth.  

Much of the stress we experience originates in our daily and long-term relationships. Actively practicing with Insight Dialogue guidelines cultivates mindfulness while
engaged in these relationships. In this program, guideline practice periods are paired with contemplations to investigate the shared experience of being human.

Course goals
Through guided meditations, talks, participatory exercises, and small group discussions participants will experience the power of mutually established mindfulness and explore integrating the relational aspects of mindfulness and wisdom into our daily lives. These practices lead to greater clarity about the nature of suffering and its release. The wholesome impact on relationships is immediate and lasting.
Course practice
One of the intentions of this class is to provide a safe container for exploring the practice of interpersonal mindfulness and meditation. To facilitate a sense of safety and continuity of learning, the regular eight-week class will unfold within a closed group of 8-12 people. The single daylong practice will be open to other members of the larger community who have prior Insight Dialogue experience.    
Prerequisites for participating are to have attended another mindfulness based class or to have an established meditation practice, and to commit to attending each weekly session and the daylong practice. This agreement recognizes that, as often happens, life hands us things we cannot change, and absences are possible in such circumstances.
Daya Breckinridge participates regularly in the Triangle Insight Meditation Community with a long-standing meditation practice. She recently retired from teaching in Duke's Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) Program, and has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at UNC.
Insight Dialogue has been a practice that has deepened Daya's awareness in daily life. In May of 2017, she completed the course, Teaching Presence in Relationship: An Interpersonal Mindfulness Training for MBSR Teachers in Holland, 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.  

Feel free to contact Daya for more details, to explore your interest in this course, and to register. Email Daya at, or call her at: 919-641-9626.

When & Where
Thursdays   September 20 - November 8, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Day-Long Session: Saturday, October 13, Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (ERUUF) 9 am-4 pm
Instructor:  Daya Breckinridge
Teachings are offered on a dana basis by Daya Breckinridge.    
Cost for Daylong Practice: 
$30/registrant for all-day rental of the space at ERUUF.
Location:  Daya's living room in Northgate Park

S haron Salzberg is Coming to Raleigh
Evening Lecture and Day-Long Workshop

Unity Church of the Triangle
5570 Munford Rd Raleigh, NC 
Contact: Jon Seskevich 919 286-1207
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Friday Sept. 21  
Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection 
Evening lecture begins at 7:30pm
What holds us back from connecting with one another or our core emotional strengths? Sharon Salzberg explores the art of mindful connection with ourselves, one another, and with all of life from her new book,
Friday Evening Talk Tickets in advance $15.00
Day of the event and at the door $20
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Saturday Sept. 22
Finding Balance with Sharon Salzberg  
Day long workshop: 9:30am- 4:30pm 

Equanimity is about meeting life, no matter what arises, with an open and responsive heart. It is a steadiness of mind and a calm understanding that allows us to be with the constantly changing and shifting landscape of our world. Equanimity does not mean indifference or apathy, rather it is a spaciousness of mind that empowers lovingkindness and compassion and supports them in action. 

Saturday Workshop Tickets in advance: $75.00
At the door $80   Tickets in advance: $90 both

Contact hours for continuing education will be applied for.

Koru Mindfulness Training 

with Erica Alexander
Koru is a unique, evidence-based program for teaching mindfulness meditation. It is the only mindfulness program developed specifically for college aged adults. Participants will learn easy, active stress management skills, and develop their mindfulness muscle through meditation practice.

To Register:

Durham Arts Council 
Mondays, September 24, October 1,8,15
6:30 - 7:45 PM
Cost: $95

Cultivating a Heart Unshaken  
with Sharon Beckman-Brindley & Hugh Byrne

This Fall Retreat is being sponsored by the Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville.  For more information and to register, check it out  here.
September 20 -23, 2018 
Serenity Ridge Retreat Center
Nelson County, Virginia

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)
Register here: Tuesday Registration
Wed. 10/24, 
3:05-5:35 pm
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)
Register here: Saturday Registration

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)
Register here: Sunday Registration 

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.  


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
In her recent dharma talk, Karen Ziegler spoke about the precious gift of taking refuge in the sangha and bringing to community all parts of ourselves...our gifts, our sharp edges, our feelings of unworthiness, our vulnerability. As Tara Brach states in The Winds of Love: Taking Refuge in Conscious Relationship , "Relationships can be place of healing and awakening, a sacred refuge. We can learn to share our truths, hold space for each other, and look behind the mask to see the one who longs to love and be loved. Sharing our own vulnerability and learning to see the inherent goodness in others are some of the most beautiful practices I know for waking up with each other."
Our Kalyana Mitta and Racial Affinity groups provide a special opportunity for this relational practice. Being met with tenderness and care, we can share more openly and deeply. Separation is reduced, our hearts soften, and we move towards greater understanding and compassion. A wondrous aspect of this process is that as the heart of the dharma is enriched in our own lives, we are contributing to the spiritual journey of others. In this way, the third jewel of sangha illuminates the path that we travel together.
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
  • Chapel Hill-Carrboro Young Adults KM Group, for those in their 20s and 30s
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 start a new group, please send us a KM-RA Questionnaire ,   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 meet from 6:35 - 8:30 pm on the 2nd Tuesday of the month in Durham. They have just begun reading and doing the practices in My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem. 

If you're interested in joining a Racial Affinity group or would like more information, you are invited to contact Karen Ziegler, RA Coordinator, or 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) 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.

  • Meetings. Meetings are held on a quarterly schedule. Please email Mary 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  
  • 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. 
OTHER OPPORTUNITIES for COMMUNITY ACTIVITY may be found on the Shramadana Project 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, 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...
-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.

Inner Resiliency Training for Healthcare Professionals
A Mindful Self-Compassion program
with Cornelia Kip Lee, M. Ed.

A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life. - Christopher Germer, PhD
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Inner Resiliency Training for Healthcare Professionals is a new program by Kristin Neff, PhD, adapted specifically for healthcare settings.  This brief training aims to improve wellbeing and decrease burnout among healthcare professionals by cultivating skills to deal with distressing emotional situations as they occur. 
MSC practices can be used on the spot while at work with patients, clients and colleagues. Participants of the program will learn tools and skills to care for yourself while caring for others; to listen with compassion; to handle difficult emotions with greater ease; and to reconnect to the values that give your life and work meaning. Cornelia Lee is offering this program locally starting in November this year.

Programs available starting November 2017
The program consists of four, 90-minute sessions; the number and length of sessions can be customized for staff needs.
Location : Your facility, institution, or other location to be arranged
Cost:  $100-$140 per participant (TBD with the facility or organization, based on number of participants and number/length of sessions)
Contact:  For more information about MSC Inner Resiliency Training, please contact Cornelia Kip Lee, M.Ed., at 919-428-3335 or
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.
Free Introductory Self-Compassion Workshops  
with Corneila Kip Lee, MEd
Most of us feel compassion when a close friend is struggling, but we're much less sympathetic with ourselves. What would it be like to receive the same care and support from ourselves when we need it the most?
Burgeoning research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, lower levels of anxiety and depression, and more satisfying personal relationships.
Cornelia is offering free, 1- to 2-hour, interactive workshops to organizations and groups in Durham and Raleigh that introduce the theory, research and practice of self-compassion, including opportunities to:

·   Discover how self-compassion could enhance your happiness and well-being at home and work
·   Have a direct experience of self-compassion
·   Learn simple skills for integrating self-compassion into daily life
To inquire about a free workshop for your group or organization, or for information about upcoming 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion classes this summer and fall, please contact Cornelia Kip Lee at .

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.

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

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

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.



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

Other Resourcesotherresources             
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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