Triangle Insight Meditation Community
 
     September 2020                     
      
 


The way that I think of love most often these days is that love is space.  . . . It is developing our own capacity for spaciousness within ourselves to allow others to be as they are -- that that is love.  And that doesn't mean that we don't have hopes or wishes that things are changed or shifted, but that to come from a place of love is to be in acceptance of what is, even in the face of moving  it towards something that is more whole, more just, more spacious for all of us.

-- Reverend angel Kyodo williams










sittingchoices
Sitting Opportunities
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New, see their Video!

 


To Engage
Your Practice

 
A mutual service exchange

Registration and Absentee Balloting 

with Tara Brach

An Online Coursera Course with Certificate 

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Upcoming
Classes and Events
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6-Wk Course with Sasha Loring

A Class with Erica Alexander 
 
Autumn Classes Online
for Adults and Teens 
The Frank Porter Graham Center at UNC, with Karen Bluth

Retreats
Graceful Exit, Preparing for a Good Death, with Andrew Holecek
IMCC Fall Retreat 2020: Equanimity in These Times with Jeffrey Fracher and Caverly Morgan
Resonant Body, Spacious Awarenness: the Continuum
News Notes
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Ongoing Classes and Programs
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On Zoom, 2nd and 4th Tuesdays 
contact Mike or Robert

with Tamara Share



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NEW a video of Phyllis Hicks facilitating an Insight Dialogue group
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To Be Here Now

Triangle Insight Meditation Groups
Important Note:  As of September 27, Zoom will be requiring that all meetings have a password or waiting room enabled. Please use the new links that will be made available in the notifications going out beginning September 20. 

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. 

In this time of continuing uncertainty, Triangle Insight is committed to offering a safe and stable refuge for the Sangha as a whole. Until we are able to meet again at the Episcopal Center, Triangle Insight will use Zoom for meditation meetings and for study or social group activities. Please refer to the Zoom information below.    
 
This new way to connect is evolving through practice and compassion as we look inward and outward for the clarity that vipassana practice will bring.  
 
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Schedule: 
Information about participating in all sessions will also be posted on the TIMC website.
 
Wednesday Evenings
6:30 - 8:00 PM
(Insight Dialogue from 6:30 - 8:30 PM)      

September    2:  Ron Vereen
September    9:  Scott Bryce
September  16:  Francesca Morfesis (Guest Teacher)
September  23:  Mary Grigsby (Insight Dialogue)
September  30:  Karen Ziegler (Guest Teacher)

October   7:  Ron Vereen 
October 14:  Scott Bryce
October 21:  Jeanne van Gemert (Guest Teacher)
October 28:  Phyllis Hicks (Insight Dialogue)


Monday and Thursday Morning Meditation  
7:00 - 7:45 AM (click here for more info)
Zoom locations to be emailed. 
 
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Zoom connections are emailed one day before the Wednesday evening sangha (meditation and dharma talk, or insight dialogue) and the Morning Meditation sessions (meditation and heart practice).    
 
If you would like to receive an invitation to one or both Zoom meditations, please subscribe to the relevant form on our Schedule webpage, or send an email to info@triangleinsight.org and tell us the Zoom list(s) you would like to join.

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Episcopal Center at Duke
(when safe to gather in person)   
505 Alexander Ave. 
Durham, NC 27705
 
  WELCOME
welcome
Triangle Insight Welcomes You

Welcoming Committee News
Sangha means spiritual community, and it is treasured because without it awakening cannot be sustained."
         Jack Kornfield, After the Ecstasy, the Laundry   
 
The Welcoming Committee wishes to foster the experience of belonging to a diverse, tolerant community connected through mindfulness practice, where all feel welcome and safe. We seek to link all members and newcomers to ongoing activities and to ensure the Zoom connection is available. 
  • We have developed a brochure to give an overview of our sangha and some of its activities. You can download it here:Welcome to Triangle Insight.
     
  • Someone from the Welcoming Committee will remain on the Zoom connection at the end of Wednesday evening sangha meetings, should anyone have a question or want to talk about a sangha-relevant topic. 
     
  • A Welcoming Committee member now monitors the all-purpose email: info@triangleinsight.org to answer questions about the sangha, newsletter subscription, teacher availability, and Triangle Insight's meeting schedules. If we don't have an answer, we will put you in touch with someone who does. 
  • If you would like to join the Welcoming Committee as a dana gesture of support for the Triangle Insight Community, please let us know through the still-active email: welcome@triangleinsight.org.  
  With shared commitment to the dharma, we hope our work will be of benefit to all who join us in this practice.
TO ENGAGE YOUR PRACTICE
scholarships
 
Financial Support: Scholarships for Training Programs and Workshops in Racial Justice and Diversity
Engaging Buddhist teachings and real-world issues

The TIMC Board would like to offer financial assistance to sangha members who wish to participate in training programs or other activities designed to address racial conditioning, implicit bias, and racial inequality. 
  • The goal of this scholarship initiative is to help individuals and the community deepen their understanding of how unexamined views of race can limit the mind and human systems. 
A General Scholarship Fund for this purpose exists through donations from the TIMC General Fund and the generosity of several Triangle Insight members.
  • This Scholarship Fund has helped offset registration fees for some Sangha members who attended the Organizing Against Racism NC anti-racism training program.
     
  • It has supported the participation of TI members in a 3-day Mindful of Race workshop with Ruth King. 
  • White Awake is another organization that holds ongoing courses with a focus on anti-racism. They are currently conducting an online study group that has filled, and is now closed, but will be offering more online programs in the fall. 
     
  • If sangha members would like to receive scholarship support for training with OARNC, White Awake, or other programs addressing racial injustice, please email the Board at board@triangleinsight.org. 
We invite the community to join this initiative by contributing specifically to this scholarship fund.  
 

caringcircles  
Sangha Support Through Caring Circles: A Mutual Service Exchange
Use this TIM Sangha Initiative to connect and strengthen the bonds of our shared practice. 
Caring Circles offers the Triangle Insight Meditation Sangha a simple framework for requesting and providing services to cope with the uncertainties and needs of everyday life. in this time of the coronavirus pandemic, knowing there is a helping network for sharing and receiving is a great joy and safe haven.  

Currently, two TIM Sangha members coordinate service requests with other TIM members who are ready to volunteer their assistance as a form of dana service. 

To request aid:
To volunteer as a Caring Circles helper:
Responding to Your Request:
  • When the coordinators receive your request for assistance, they will verify the information with you, then send your request to the list of Sangha member volunteers. 
  • Anyone on the list may contact you to discuss your request. Specific plans are entirely up to you. 
Examples of Caring Circles Assistance:
  • Grocery shopping or prepared meals
  • Laundry help, if no machine available
  • Pick up Rx or other items
  • Connect by telephone, Zoom or another safe means to talk, listen, and just share time
  • Computer fixes that may be done remotely
  • Lawn care that may be needed
  • Supplement toys or other diversions for children
  • Assistance with available institutional and business resources
  
Caring Circles coordinators welcome your requests and your interest in volunteering your time and skills.
 
You can also find this information on the Shramadana webpage.

 
NCVoter
NC Voter Support: Local, Vocal, Social
Notes from a TI Sangha member*  
 
1.  Helping Everyone in N.C. Register to Vote

You can make a big impact on Voter Registration if you take just a  few minutes to help yourself and others.

You Can Vote and Democracy NC are local organizations that provide easy digital tools for voter registration.

1. 
CHECK YOUR OWN REGISTRATION: is it up to date?

2. Send these links to 3 others, encouraging them to check their own registration.

3. Ask them to create a chain - send the links to 3 others, and to keep the ball rolling.

4. Know that you've had a significant impact on the November election.


2. Helping Everyone in N.C. Vote By Mail in 2020

Anyone who is registered to vote in NC can request an absentee ballot to be sent to you early in September for the November election.
  • In 2020 ONLY, you do not need any reason to vote absentee
     
  • If you request your ballot now, it will help the flow later AND you will get your ballot in plenty of time
Oct 27 is the DEADLINE to REQUEST an ABSENTEE BALLOT.
  • REQUEST EARLY to avoid USPS delays and to avoid overwhelming your county BOE with requests in the last days.
TO REQUEST A BALLOT there is help online:
  • If you have the right software, you can complete the -Request for absentee ballot Form- on your computer and email it to your County BOE (all county BOE addresses are on the Form). Or,
  • You can print out the Form, write in the required information, and drop it off at your local BOE or send it via USPS.
Emails and addresses for every county BOE are included with the application.

After you request your ballot, consider sharing this information across the community.


*
I'm a volunteer with the Voter Registration team for Orange County Democrats. We have a long history of non-partisan Voter Registration campaigns. If you know other excellent resources for voters, please pass them along. If you have questions about any of this information, please contact me at breekalb@gmail.com. We are all in this election together.


Vote
Buddhists Help Get Out the Vote

The Triangle Insight Board wants you to be aware of an open letter penned by Buddhist leaders on May 13th, calling on Americans to vote in the upcoming elections, along with other steps that may be taken related to this effort. We fully endorse and wish to disseminate this message as much as possible. 

Over 100 Buddhists signed the open letter, excerpted here. To read the full CALL, with more opportunities to act in Voter Registration and Support, you may visit Tara Brach's website.

Dear Friends in the Dharma,
This is a truly critical time in American society. We are in the midst of a global pandemic, financial collapse, climate change emergency, and approaching a November election that threatens to exclude many eligible voters. As Buddhist teachers and leaders, we recognize that every vote and voice needs to be heard to help guide the next years of our society wisely.

A mutual caring community is one of the central teachings of the Buddha. In these times so marked by divisiveness and a lack of compassionate leadership, many of you have wondered how you and your whole community can help move us in this direction. Here are two crucial activities to encourage for everyone in your community:

❖ Register to vote; and sign up for an absentee ballot: You and your community can do this through Vote.org. Over thirty states now have no-excuse absentee voting, and many others are considering allowing COVID-19 as a valid excuse.

❖ Get your friends and family to register, sign up for an absentee ballot, and vote.
. . .


CTracing_online
Contract Tracing CoVid 19
A Coursera Course with Certificate, always online

Still Open, with full scholarship

Earn a Certificate in Contact Tracing, and help reduce the spread of Coronavirus
 
COVID-19 Contact Tracing is a 5-part, online course offered through Coursera.org and Johns Hopkins University. This course and certificate are FREE through June 31st, thanks to BloomberPhilanthropies.

The course delivers basic but well informed knowledge about the virus in short, very clear lecture segments; it details how tracing can be done effectively, with special attention to ethical considerations, to provide the skills needed for actual contract tracing.  
 
Length of time: approximately one hour per segment, or one week overall.  
 
Click on this LINK to register for both course and certificate of accomplishment. All fees are covered by Bloomberg Philanthropies.
 
[I have completed and personally recommend this course, Leah Rutchick


DHARMA NOTES and REFERENCES
Dharma_Resources
Recent Dharma Talk References 
A place to source material from recent dharma talks

Wednesday evening dharma talks
With many thanks for their generosity, the Insight Meditation teachers for the Wednesday evening sangha invite us to consider these notes to references from their Dharma talks

August  19, Sarah Gardner (Guest Teacher)
August  12, Scott Bryce
August  05, Jean Hamilton (Guest Teacher)

July 29, Sarah Bryce
July 22, Phyllis Hicks (Insight Dialogue)
July 15, Emily Burke (Guest Teacher)
July 08, Scott Bryce
July 01, Ron Vereen

June 17, Francesca Morfesis (Guest Teacher)
June 10, Scott Bryce
June 03, Ron Vereen



Newsltr_Items
Newsletter submissions
To submit items for the monthly newsletter, please review these general pointers and consult the Newsletter Submission Guidelines for important details. 
  1. At least two weeks prior to the month in which you wish your announcement to appear, submit new items to info@triangleinsight.org.
     
  2. New requests submitted in the last week of any month may not be accepted if time is a factor in preparing a final copy.
     
  3. Changes to existing entries may be incorporated if submitted early in the last week of any month.
     
  4. Entries that have not been updated since COVID may be removed. All authors are encouraged to update their newsletter entries and to resubmit, including TIM committees and groups.
  5. Keep the text crisp and short, but include important details and attachments. Instead of longer texts, refer the reader to websites for additional information.
     
  6. Indicate how many months you want your entry to be published, and
     
  7. Stay in touch with updates if any specific details change. You are responsible for calling in changes and end dates for ongoing classes, groups or other continuing entries.
     
  8. Special circumstances may require adjustment of the deadlines indicated here; early submission is a best practice and helps the newsletter editors determine where, how and if the item submitted shall be published (please see #1 in the Guidelines).
     
  9. Please contact us through info@triangleinsight.org and include "Newsletter" in your subject line. We will help you get your item published.

RETREATS
Graceful Exit: Preparing for a Good Death
Bardo teachings from Andrew Holecek
      SEPTEMBER 4 - 7, 2020  (Online program) 

Register HEREThis specific link is Triangle Insight's Affiliate Portal
(20% of each Registration fee made through this link will come back to TIM through the host, Yogaville, the Satchidananda Ashram in Virginia.


Description:  All of life is held within the context of death.

In this online program, you will be guided through rich teachings on death and dying from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. For anyone interested in learning how to prepare for death, both spiritually and practically, for themselves or to help someone else who is dying. 

Experience talks, guided contemplations, meditations, and discussion groups to learn how to die a good death, and how to help others die.   
. . . 

As the Buddhist tradition proclaims, "If you die before you die, then when you die you will not die." With preparation, we can transcend death, turning the greatest obstacle into a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and even attain enlightenment. The bardo ("gap, transitional process") teachings lead to the death of death. The journey through the bardos is a journey into our mind, so by exploring the bardos we are exploring ourselves. They also apply to any moment that ends-which means these teachings apply directly to daily life.

September 4 - 7, 2020
REGISTRATION: Please register by 5 pm on Sep 3. Use this link.
TUITION is sliding scale$195.00 to $240.00 - Program Price
  • In addition to the advertised program, registrants from Triangle Insight will be able to join registrants from the Durham Shambhala Center in a 2 hour follow-up Q&A session with Andrew Holecek, included in the price of the program. 
     
  • If you register and also wish to participate in this Q&A, please also contact Rhea Colmar with the Durham Shambhala Center, who is organizing this extra session: rheacolmar@gmail.com 

IMCC Fall Retreat 2020: Equanimity in These Times with Jeffrey Fracher and Caverly Morgan


September 17-20, 2020, on Zoom
Equanimity, or Upekkha, is a highly valued quality in Buddhist teachings. It is one of the Four Divine Abodes (along with loving-kindness, compassion and joy), one of the Seven Factors of Enlightenment, and one of the Ten Paramitas
But what is equanimity? What is it in us that longs for peace, well-being, equanimity, and happiness? How can we access it in our daily life, especially in times of uncertainty, fear and sadness about the suffering in the world?

All are Welcome.

For more details, to register, and get the Zoom connection, see the website:


Postponed until December 4-6th
Resonant Body, Spacious Awareness:
The Synergy of Continuum and Mindfulness Practice

A Non-Residential Retreat
with Sabine Mead and Ron Vereen
For more information about the teachers, please click on the following links for Sabine Mead and Ron Vereen.

For additional information, please go here.

Friday, Dec. 4th - Sunday, Dec. 6th 
Fri., 7-9 pm, Sat., 9 am -5:30 pm, Sun., 9 am - 4:30pm
Cost:  $145 (partial scholarships offered on need basis)



Retreats are announced in this space when offered and available

TIM SPIRITUAL FRIENDS GROUPS
SpiritualFr
Spiritual Friends Groups
 
Having admirable people as friends, companions, and colleagues is actually the whole of the holy life.
 
 
- The Buddha
 
We live in a time of extraordinary challenges, and as many in our sangha have expressed, connecting in small groups can be especially valuable for our well-being and spiritual journey. Our Kalyana Mitta and Racial Affinity groups provide a special space for this relational practice and support.
 
As Norman Fischer says in Making Friends on the Buddhist Path, "That we and our friends can communicate intimately with one another and support each other unselfishly come what may-this truly is a masterpiece of Nature, and one of our brightest human achievements. It is also, I believe, our best hope in troubled times."
 
Fischer goes on to note that, "Emerson and the Buddha both believe that spiritual friendship requires two elements: truth and tenderness." These two elements are among the gifts of Kalyana Mitta and Racial Affinity Groups, gifts that open us to the generosity and love that can heal and awaken us all.
 

racialaffinity 

Known as RAGs, Racial Affinity groups allow people to deepen self-awareness around issues of race in small, racially homogeneous groups. As we face our long history of systemic racism and violence against people of color, RAGs provide a safe 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, and the acceptance we bring 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 Racial Affinity Group Guidelines.
 
If you are interested in joining a Racial Affinity group or would like more information, please contact Beth Lauderdale, our RAG Coordinator. She can be reached at marybethboswell@yahoo.com.

Helpful articles and other resources are available on our Racial Affinity Groups web page.



We currently have openings in three Kalyana Mitta (KM) Groups: Insight Dialogue, Secular Dharma, and Raleigh. The Chapel Hill-Carrboro and Durham Young Adults groups each have a waiting list. 
Details about each group are on the "List of KM Groups" web page.

If you would like more information or want to join a group, be on a waiting list, or start a new group, please speak with Sarah Tillis, KM Coordinator, or write Sarah at
 sarah@triangleinsight.org

Information about the KM program is available on the KM web page.


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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.

 
NOTES and REPORTS from the TIMC BOARD 
BoardNews 
Notes from the TIMC Board 
 
The board is engaged in several mini-retreats to continue the work done with our facilitator. We appreciate the sangha's patience as we continue this work, which we hope will support us in better serving the sangha and the wider community. 

Our current agenda includes planning an open Board meeting to which the sangha will be invited this fall. This is a high priority, and we'll be sending a special announcement when details are finalized.
 
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Information about the Board may be found on the TIMC Board of Directors webpage, including Board members' names, contact information, meeting information, and relevant links.
  
Board meetings will be open to non-Board attendance, with scheduled time provided for specified presentations from Sangha members. If you have questions about Board procedure at this point, or have a topic for the Board to consider, please contact us using the emails below.  
 
TO CONNECT WITH THE BOARD 
Keep in mind these two email addresses: 
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 leah@triangleinsight.org.

MINUTES from TIMC BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETINGS
are available on the Board webpage. The most current Minutes will be posted when approved by the Board at the next meeting. Upcoming Meetings will be announced at least two weeks in advance on the TI website and by email to the Newsletter subscription list.
 
 
Leah Rutchick,
TIMC Board Chair


UPCOMING CLASSES and EVENTS
Healing
Healing From Within, Exploring a Dharma Centered Approach to Emotions 
A six-week Zoom course with Sasha Loring
Relating to emotions in a healthy way is a lifelong journey. Emotions conflict with each other, provoke habitual reactivity, are confusing, and are hard to control. Additionally, negative emotions have a physiological effect that can contribute to chronic health conditions. 

This class will be an opportunity to explore the "self" that is the experiencer, and to look more deeply into the nature of what arises when we are challenged. We will explore a range of dharma centered approaches for working with emotions. 

Instructor Sasha Loring has been teaching meditation for over 30 years. She has studied with teachers in the Tibetan Buddhist and Vipassana traditions, and has spent extensive time in meditation retreat. She has taught workshops nationwide, and has also taught many Buddhist, Shambhala, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction courses locally.

Open to anyone who has already been introduced to Buddhist meditation

Wednesdays, Sept. 9 - Oct. 13
7:00-8:30 p.m.

Course Fee: $90 Internet Zoom. Generosity policy on the website applies.
Register at: durham.shambhala.org and a Zoom link will be sent to you.


 NativeAmFlute
Native American Inspired Flute and Meditation
with Erica Alexander
A Class with the Durham Arts Council, online 

Flute music paired with meditation is the perfect salve to help deepen self-compassion and compassion for others, and bring us into presence in challenging times.

Through instruction, guided meditation and playing, you will: 
  • internalize essential principles of music composition
  • feel grounded in the music you make
  • learn practices which lift spirits and heal hearts

Sunday, November 8, 2020
2:30 - 4:30 pm  
ONLINE

Fee: $65

Contact the orgnizer: esalexander1@icloud.com


AutumnClassesBluth
Autumn Classes for Adults and Teens,
The Frank Porter Graham Program, UNC-Chapel Hill,
with Karen Bluth

The Frank Porter Graham Program on Mindfulness and Self-Compassion, Programs for Families, is offering 3 courses this fall.
All classes are held online on Zoom:

1. NEW: Parent-Child Self-Compassion - This 6-week, 50 minute course is for a 6-10 year old and their parent; the class aims to impart the resilience tool of self-compassion, to prepare families to better meet day to day challenges. 
October 8-November 12, 6:30 pm -7:20 pm EST. 
 
2. Making Friends with Yourself: A Mindful Self-Compassion Program for Teens - a research-based class to empower teens by teaching specific skills of mindfulness and self-compassion. 
October 5-28, Mondays & Wednesdays, 4:30-6:00 pm EST, for 11-14 year olds.

3. Mindful Self-Compassion - an 8-week course for adults that has a foundation of mindfulness and focuses on cultivating self-compassion.
Tuesdays, October 13-December 8, 5-8 pm (includes time for 2 breaks), excluding November 24 (Thanksgiving week)


Previous and recently started "Upcoming Classes and Events" may be found in earlier issues of the TIMC Newsletter HERE on our website

TIM PROGRAMS and COMMITTEES
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The Shramadana Project           
A Volunteer Initiative of Triangle Insight

NEW  The Caring Circles Initiative is being revived, and is ready to receive requests for assistance from Sangha members. See above for information.
 
HISTORY
The Shramadana Project (SP) has been a volunteer initiative of the Triangle Insight Meditation Community to address some of the interests for connecting 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 "Programs Committee," yet to be formed. 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. 

Ideas on how to organize these activities are welcome and should be sent to info@triangleinsight.com. 

ARCHIVE
Past activities, meeting minutes and the list of community organizations for the SP are available on the SP webpage.


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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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on_practice
insightdialogue
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: www.insightdialogue.org

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. 

Phyllis Hicks, facilitating Insight Dialogue on 08-04-19.

Phyllis Hicks Facilitating Insight Dialogue on 080419

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


OTHER SITTING OPPORTUNITIES

During this period of COVID-19 limits, please contact the individual or organization for alternative meeting arrangements

morningmeditation 
Triangle Insight Morning Meditation Group -- Now using Zoom platform
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 ron@triangleinsight.org
 
Zoom invitations will be emailed to those who have subscribed to the Morning Mediation list. Please contact Ron at the email above to be added to the list, or subscribe through the appropriate web form on our website.
 

When we resume meeting in the Episcopal Center: 
 
*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


During this period of no or limited social assembly, if you are interested in any of the following sitting opportunities, please contact the individual or organization to determine its status or alternative arrangements 
DharmaFrC 
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  dharmafriendscommunity.org
 
Durham Friends Community Meditation Hall 
Located near the NC Science and Math in Durham.
Dates:  n/a     Cost: donation


SundayGroup     
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.

If you are unfamiliar with this intentional group, here is the video from their website:

Introducing Mindful Families of Durham
Introducing Mindful Families of Durham

For more information, visit:
Mindful Families of Durham 

Sunday Mornings

10:30AM-12:00 noon
For info please contact 
admin@mindfulfamiliesofdurham.com


RecovyGroup
Recovery Group
A Buddhist Perspective on the Twelve Step Program
 
The meetings begin and end with silent meditation. For more information contact 919-265-7600 or ZenandRecovery@gmail.com.

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


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.


otherresources
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.  

For any questions please contact us at
 
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ONGOING CLASSES and PROGRAMS
Unless indicated, please contact the individual or organization for alternative meeting arrangements

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Men's Sharing Group  
Now meeting on the Zoom platform
New Start Time: 6:30-8:00PM
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.  

2nd and 4th TUESDAYS, every month
6:30-8:00PM, now on ZOOM platform

for Zoom information contact
Mike: 
mike@triangleinsight.org 
or Robert: robbsey@gmail.com


matgroup 
Mindfulness Awareness Training
with Tamara Share, PhD

Tamara 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. The 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


dukemindfulness 
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.


uncmindfulness
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.

 

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