Triangle Insight Meditation Community
   September 2019         

"...the Buddha was one of the first great teachers to recognize that in the human realm things happen for a reason. Even the most heinous perpetrators of violent acts are still human beings, acting out of desperation, rage, ideological fervor, or mental illness. While we cannot and should not excuse them, as Buddhists we should avoid dehumanizing or vilifying them to the point that we respond in kind. An eye for an eye is a visceral response that seems to satiate our own rage, but Buddhism teaches that there are many eyes, not just the ordinary flawed human one. One of those is the wisdom eye, which sees things just as they are, whether good, bad, or incomprehensibly evil, and responds appropriately. What the wisdom response [would be] to these extremities of violence is not obvious to me. Nor to you, nor anyone else, probably. It will require careful study and reflection for each of us. And patience. Humanity as a whole is in this for the long haul. We should be too."

Sitting Opportunities

Classes and Events
A TIMC Social 

TIMC 10th Anniversary Celebration 
  with Daya Breckinridge

with Callie Justice
with Cornelia Kip Lee

with Callie Justice

with Jean Hamilton
& Bree Kalb
"Insight Dialogue and Mindfulness of Race" with Phyllis Hicks, Mary Burns and the Triangle Insight Sangha
"The Fourth Refuge: Trusting in Your Own Potential for Awakening" Susan Stone & Ron Vereen
"Resonant Body Spacious Awareness" with Sabine Mead & Ron Vereen
News for Now
______ _____ 
A TIMC Social
with Galen and Robert

Celebration -- Nov 2
with the
Dharma Friends Comm.
 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
Tamara Share, PhD


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)    
September  4:  Ron Vereen
September 11: Scott Bryce
September 18: Sarah Bryce (Guest Teacher) 
September 25: Phyllis Hicks (Insight Dialogue)

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) 
Monday and Thursday Morning Meditation  
7:00 - 7:45 AM (click  here for more info)
Note:  There will be no meeting on Mon., Sept. 2
Episcopal Center at Duke    
505 Alexander Ave. 
Durham, NC 27705
Triangle Insight
Welcoming Committee

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

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

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.

Potluck in the Park
September 15th

12:00 - 4:00 pm
Duke Park, in Durham
Please join Galen Howlett and Robert Seyler for a social gathering with friends of TIMC. We will be getting together for an eco-friendly potluck consisting of good food, fun games, great conversation, and of course wonderful people!

in the center of the Park

Come anytime, for lunch or later or just to say hello
You don't have to register or sign-up

This is a freestyle, Eco-GREEN themed social. Bring your own things (see below). I
ce-water and paper towels will be supplied. Rumor has it there will be a small speaker for entertainment. 
B ring your own musical instruments, if you like.
What FOOD should you bring? 
  • Questions GO TO GALEN OR ROBERT 
    • Text to Galen at (919) 548-9995
What ELSE should you bring?
  • Bring your own plates, glasses, cups, and tableware, so we can avoid (gasp) plastics or styrofoam.
  • When we clean up at the end, there will be dish soap and a dishwashing pail.
  • It is also recommended that you bring a blanket and/or chairs, cushions as needed. 
  • If anyone has a folding table to share, that would be wonderful.
  • Dogs, Cats, Hamsters, Chickens: quadrupedal and bipedal pets must be on a leash and secured.

In Durham, between Acadia, Knox, and N. Roxboro St.
September 15

106 W Knox St.
Durham, NC 27701

Insight Dialogue and Mindfulness of Race
with Phyllis Hicks, Mary Burns and the Triangle Insight Sangha
Phyllis Hicks and Mary Burns, teachers of Insight Dialogue, informed by conversations with sangha members, will offer a day and a half nonresidential retreat to investigate issues of whiteness raised by Ruth King in her book, Mindful of Race.*  
At the close of our time with Ruth this spring she said:
"What the country is lacking right now is a critical mass of white people understanding whiteness - that's what's needed."
Using the Insight Dialogue guidelines we will explore our experience of racial identity and our capacity to listen at deeper levels to social dynamics that sustain suffering. We will be listening at both an individual and systemic level. With mindfulness established, together we may see what we might not see alone.
This retreat is specifically designed for white people. Deepening self-awareness around issues of race is vulnerable work. We agree with Ruth King's recommendation that it is best done in racially homogeneous groups that invite the integration of the dharma into members' personal and collective exploration. Development of this deepened self-awareness underlies wise action. We are encouraged not to rush too quickly to problem-solve or "fix" anything, but, rather, to take the time needed to do our own work.  
Some have wondered why groups with goals of equality and inclusion would be racially homogeneous. As Ruth states in Mindful of Race, "... given the unintended harm caused from unawareness and cumulative impact when we gather across races, we need a different way, or perhaps an alternative way, to explore the ignorance and innocence of our racial conditioning and racial character with those of the same race."  Actively engaging in this inquiry contributes to greater understanding and interconnected-ness with the wider community. 
Insight Dialogue brings together meditative awareness, the wisdom teachings of the Buddha, and the power of relationship to support insight into the nature, source, and release of human suffering, including the shared suffering of white privilege and often, it's very invisibility.
*We suggest reading  Mindful of Race  by Ruth King as a helpful preparation for our time together. Please plan to attend the entire time and  bring your own lunch on Saturday (no cooking available). Tea and snacks will be provided.
There is a $26.00 registration fee to cover the building rental and snacks. Scholarships are available if needed. Questions can be directed to Daya Breckinridge at
Register Here    
This event is offered as expressions of generosity  (dana). At the close of the retreat, participants will have the opportunity to offer  donations to support the teacher and Triangle Insight.
Friday afternoon and Saturday, September 20-21, 2019  
Episcopal Center at Duke
505 Alexander Ave.
Durham, NC 27705
September 20 from 1-5 pm
September 21 from 9-5 pm
Register Here     
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)

December Retreat  
CANCELED and ReSCHEDULED for September (see above)
An Insight Dialogue Retreat on Issues around Mindfulness of Race 
with Phyllis Hicks and the Triangle Insight Sangha   
Due to the suspension of operations at the Avila Retreat Center, the retreat previously scheduled for December 5-8, 2019 has been cancelled.   A nonresidential retreat will be offered instead, Sept 20-21 at the Episcopal Student Center.

From the TIMC Board Chair
The Board of Directors for Triangle Insight Meditation Community held a regular, open Meeting on Saturday, August 17 in the Episcopal Center conference room.  Four members of the Sangha were present as guests; three made presentations to the Board and a lively discussion took place. 

Note to everyone: Take advantage of this opportunity to talk directly with the Board by scheduling with me 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 can reach the Board through email, at:, or 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

The Dharma Friends Community  will organize a Car Pool to the

on September 20
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Halifax Mall, 300 N Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC  27613

The Raleigh event joins with the Global Climate Strike movement inspired by Greta Thunberg 

Please contact Callie Justice  

if you would like to offer a ride to someone in need of transportation or if you would like to request a ride to the event, Dharma Friends will make every attempt to connect people with each other.


Lion's Roar has published this practical Dharma on Buddhist challenges from the Climate Crises

Save the Date

TIMC 10th Anniversary Party

Saturday NOVEMBER 2nd 
in the Episcopal Center's Great Room

EAT, DANCE, SING,  Bang on a Drum 

Save the Date  ----- NOVEMBER 2ND, 2019
More Details to Come

Joe Coates is in the News!
Durham native, sculptor, and long-time participant of Triangle Insight is in the news with the unveiling of his statue of "Lady Justice" in Durham.  After working 2300 hours over 18 months, Joe Coates unveiled his 14 foot statue on Thursday, July 25th.  It is his hope that this statue will unite rather than divide.  Check out this news feed for more information!

Hats off to Joe!!
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Eight-Week Interpersonal
Mindfulness Program                  
with Daya Breckinridge   
This 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 relationships. Actively practicing these guidelines cultivates mindfulness while engaged in relationship. The guidelines are paired with contemplations that investigate the shared experience of being human.  Through guided meditations, talks, participatory exercises, and small group discussions we 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.

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.   S he 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 Progarm.  

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, this eight-week class will be within a closed group of  12-14  people. The daylong practice will be open to members of the larger community who have prior Insight Dialogue experience. Prerequisites for participating are to have attended another mindfulness based class and/or to have an established meditation practice and to commit to attending each weekly session and the daylong practice. This is with the knowledge that life often hands us things we cannot change that impacts our schedules.

Feel free to contact Daya for more details and to explore your interest, as well as to register: 
Email:  Phone: 919-641-9626

Donate:  If you would like to donate to the Triangle Insight Scholarship Fund to assist in helping those who need assistance in attending our events, please donate here.

Thursdays: September 24-November 12  
6:00 - 9:00 PM
Day-Long Session : Saturday, October 19, 2019   
Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (ERUUF)
9 AM - 4 PM
Instructor: Daya Breckinridge
$240 for 8 wks, including all day. I do not want cost to be an obstacle. Please contact me to work out cost if cost is a stopper for you.  
Location Daya's living room in Northgate Park

Deepening Practice on the Noble Eightfold Path  
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.

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)

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
with 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 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 (near the intersection of Garrett and Pickett roads)

Tuition is Sliding scale: $200 - $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,  6:30-9:00 PM
Oct. 7-Nov. 25, 2019

Orientation Session (Required): 
Monday Sept. 30,  7:00-8:30 PM c
(Alternate Time:  Saturday Oct. 5,  10 AM-Noon )

PLUS Daylong Retreat,  9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday, Nov 16

For more info, questions or to register 
contact:  or (919) 428-3335
(or copy link and paste into your browser)
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 Meditationintroduction

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

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

While much of our practice both on and off the cushion is solitary, it is in relationships that we find the challenges, opportunities, and inspiration for our spiritual development. As Gil Fronsdal notes in his book, The Issue at Hand, " ... spiritual practice in a community means that the community becomes a mirror for us, as we understand ourselves better through our relationships with other practitioners."
He goes on to say that in community, "We look for opportunities for reconciliation, and for wise ways of respecting differences. This dedication of inclusion means that a Sangha is, or aims to be, a safe place for people to be themselves, which is a prerequisite for the deepest work of Buddhist practice."
This is the intention of both Kalyana Mitta and Racial Affinity Groups.The intimacy and trust that develops in our spiritual friends groups allows us to be present with whatever is arising. As we are held within the supportive container of the group, we can use the dharma and mindful sharing to deepen our connection with self and others and thus move towards greater understanding and healing.
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 other group members, our community, and the collective experience of the greater society. This is the beautiful gift of the third jewel of sangha.

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 three KM groups:
  • Chapel Hill-Carrboro
  • Insight Dialogue
The following KM groups have a waiting list:
  • Durham Young Adults
  • Raleigh
  • Secular Dharma
Details about each group are on our " List of KM Groups" web page. For information about our KM program, please email or talk with Sarah Tillis, KM Coordinator,   or visit our KM web page.

Racial Affinity groups (affectionately known as RAGs) allow people to deepen self-awareness around issues of race in small, racially homogeneous groups. RAGs provide a safe, consistent meeting space where members can integrate the dharma into their exploration of racial belonging and racial habits of harm. Waking up to the realities of racial legacy, conditioning and systems is a challenging process, but an essential one. The acceptance we bring to each other, as well as our shared understanding of the dharma, help us to heal and act more skillfully in the world.
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.

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
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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.  

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

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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.