Triangle Insight Meditation Community
      March 2021                     

" . . . Empathy is commonly viewed as putting yourself in someone else's shoes and imagining how you would feel. That could be seen as a start, but that is little more than role-playing, and it is not enough in the ruptured world we live in.

      "Radical empathy, on the other hand, means putting in the work to educate oneself and to listen with a humble heart to understand another's experience from their perspective, not as we imagine we would feel. Radical empathy is not about you and what you think you would do in a situation you have never been in and perhaps never will. It is the kindred connection from a place of deep knowing that opens your spirit to the pain of another as they perceive it."

     - Isabel Wilkerson, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent


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Sitting Opportunities

To Engage
Your Practice

An online course from White Awake

A mutual service exchange  

An Online Coursera Course with Certificate 

 Classes and Events

Open Board Meeting
Saturday, Mar 20, 10am-12pm

with Erica Alexander
New Spring Schedule, UNC-CH
Radical Reorientation: The 2021 Buddhism and Race Speaker Series

New Schedule Information 
with Callie Justice

Renewing our Practice: Third Annual Triangle Insight Daylong, with Sarah Bryce
The Thinning of Self: What It Means to Awaken with Rodney Smith
News Notes
A monthly list of references used by our Teachers

Ongoing Classes and Programs
On Zoom, 2nd and 4th Tuesdays 
contact Mike or Robert

with Tamara Share

To Be Here Now

Triangle Insight Meditation Groups
All levels of meditation experience are welcome and the teachings are offered free of charge, with donations accepted to cover administrative and program costs, scholarships, and study by 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.   
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).

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)      

March  03:  Ron Vereen
March  10:  Scott Bryce
March  17:  Sarah Bryce (Guest Teacher)
March  24:  Phyllis Hicks (Insight Dialogue)
March  31:  Sharon Shelton (Guest Teacher)

April 07:  Jeanne van Gemert (Guest Teacher)
April 14:  Scott Bryce
April 21:  Cornelia Kip Lee (Guest Teacher)
April 28:  Lori Ebert (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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Episcopal Center at Duke
(when safe to gather in person)   
505 Alexander Ave. 
Durham, NC 27705
Renewing our Practice: Third Annual Triangle Insight Daylong Retreat
Led by Sarah Bryce

Let us welcome Spring together by gathering to refresh and renew our practice, to "fluff" it, as Jeanne van Gemert might say, as we Spring-clean our Dharma houses. We will spend the morning together online, re-establishing our mindfulness and concentration, with guided sitting and walking meditation periods, and with some opportunities for Q&A and hearing the Dharma. We will then transition to an afternoon of self-practice, reconvening in late afternoon for a closing tea-time sharing of the fruits of our practice and a final Metta meditation. 
This retreat is for all levels of practitioners, and is offered on a Dana basis. It will be led by Sarah Bryce, guiding teacher of Mindful Families of Durham and a guest teacher at Triangle Insight. To register, or if you have questions, please email:

Saturday, March 6, 2021
Online, 9-1 and then 4-5
To register:

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: 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:  
With shared commitment to the dharma, we hope our work will be of benefit to all who join us in this practice. 
The Next TIMC Board Meetings
Closed Board Meeting, Saturday, March 13
 Open Annual Meeting, Saturday, March 20 

The Triangle Insight Board of Directors will be holding a closed meeting on March 13 to discuss the process for filling Board vacancies

The Annual Open Board Meeting will be held on Zoom on March 20, 10am-Noon. Topics for the meeting include: Minutes from prior open meetings that have not yet been approved, a vote on a change to the TIMC Bylaws, presenting and voting on the 2020 Financial Report, the election of Board Chair and Secretary to serve a one-year term, and the election of Board Treasurer to serve a two-year term. Additionally, time may be reserved for a review of the process for filling Board member vacancies, and time will be provided to members of the community who wish to present an issue or concern to the Board for consideration. 
  • Anyone who would like to make a presentation at the Annual Meeting should email the Board with a statement of their concern four days prior to the Annual Meeting, by end of Wednesday, March 17.
Please check back for the final agenda on the Board webpage in the week before the meeting, at

If you have any questions or suggestions for the Board, please email us at We will make every effort to carefully review and respond to your comments.

Before We Were White 
A 6-part course from White Awake
Facilitators: Eleanor Hancock and David Dean
Guest Teachers: Katrina Messenger, Katrina Browne, Bonnie Duran

"Before We Were White" is an online course for people with European ancestry (white and/or multiracial) who want to work with this ancestral line as a means of bringing greater emotional resilience to their participation in collective liberation struggles. 

Before we were White poster

"Before We Were White is an invitation to peer through the thin veil of time and consider the choices and circumstances of our European ancestors that are woven into the foundations of our society today. While maintaining a secure container, this course invites you into a journey of becoming "more truly yourself," purified and strengthened to do the work of collective liberation with increased capacity and wholeness.
"Each of us belongs to a collective body of people with a story (or stories) that reach before us and after us in time. Before they were ever classified as "white" our ancestors were distinct peoples with their own unique cultures and relationships to place. What happened to them? How did white supremacy and colonization change them? Did anyone resist? Can we build relationship with this legacy in a way that nurtures our ability to work for a better world today?"

Dates: Jan 24, Jan 31, Feb 14, Feb 21, March 7, March 14 
Time:  4pm - 6:30pm ET (1-3:30pm PT) 
Sessions will be recorded. Live attendance is not mandatory. 

Suggested $120 - $340 registration fee. No one turned away for lack of funds.  

Scholarships are available from Triangle Insight. To apply please contact the Board at

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
We invite the community to join this initiative by contributing specifically to this scholarship fund.   
Sangha Support Through Caring Circles:  
A Mutual Service Exchange
A 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.

Contact Tracing CoVid 19
A Coursera Course with Certificate 
Still Open at full scholarship Online
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 and Johns Hopkins University. This course and certificate are FREE through June 31st, thanks to Bloomberg Philanthropies.

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 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

Notes and References for
Recent Wednesday 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. 

Please click on the date below to see a PDF of relevant notes for the current month, and visit our webpage, Dharma Notes and Referenceson http://triangleinsight.orgfor earlier Dharma Talk resources.

  February 13: Scott Bryce
  February 20: Emily Griffith Burke (Guest Teacher)

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Renewing Our Practice: Third Annual Triangle Insight DayLong Retreat
Led by Sarah Bryce

Let us welcome Spring together by gathering to refresh and renew our practice, to "fluff" it, as Jeanne van Gemert might say, as we Spring-clean our Dharma houses. We will spend the morning together online, re-establishing our mindfulness and concentration, with guided sitting and walking meditation periods, and with some opportunities for Q&A and hearing the Dharma. We will then transition to an afternoon of self-practice, reconvening in late afternoon for a closing tea-time sharing of the fruits of our practice and a final Metta meditation. 
This retreat is for all levels of practitioners, and is offered on a Dana basis. It will be led by Sarah Bryce, guiding teacher of Mindful Families of Durham and a guest teacher at Triangle Insight. To register, or if you have questions, please email:

Where & When
Saturday, March 6, 2021  
Online, 9am-1pm, and then 4-5pm

Southern Dharma Benefit Retreat
The Thinning of Self: What It Means to Awaken
with Rodney Smith

The thinning of ourselves begins when we decide to become more conscious by facing what is true and moving toward the difficult.  As we become less defended there is more access to interconnection and true caring.  We become less governed by self-concerns and more aligned with the heart. The two phases of this process include finding our true ground of sanity and releasing ourselves into the mystery of being. Each will be fully explored with dharma talks, guided meditations, dyads, Q & A, Chi Gong, and formal practice.

Please note that this at home retreat will begin at 9am Eastern Time on March 27th and end at 8pm Eastern Time on March 28th.  All experience levels are welcome.

This program is being offered as a benefit to Southern Dharma Retreat Center and Rodney asks that all donations, including all teacher dana, be directed toward the Center. Thank you for your generosity.

For more information and/or to register, please click this link.

Fee Structure:  Supporter, $350; Base, $200; Subsidized, $120
(A limited number of need-based scholarships are available.  Please indicate your interest in a scholarship during the online registration process.)

March 27th & 28th, 2021 

Retreats are announced in this space when offered and available


Renewing our Practice: Third Annual Triangle Insight Daylong Retreat
Led by Sarah Bryce

Saturday March 6

Spiritual Friends Groups

Having admirable people as friends, companions, and colleagues is actually the whole of the holy life.

- The Buddha

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. As we deepen our connection to self and others, we see more clearly, our hearts soften, and we move from judgment and separation towards 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.


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, at  
marybethboswell@yahoo.comAs of January 2021, we have at least one group that is open to new members. Helpful articles and other resources are available on our Racial Affinity Groups web page.

We currently have openings in two Kalyana Mitta (KM) Groups: Insight Dialogue and Raleigh. The Chapel Hill-Carrboro and Secular Dharma groups each have a waiting list. 
Details about each group are on our "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.orgInformation about the KM program is available on our KM web page.

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 from the TIMC Board 
The Triangle Insight Board of Directors will be holding the 2021 Annual Open Board Meeting on Saturday, March 20
10 am-12 pm, on Zoom

This will be a Zoom meeting, and all TIMC Newsletter list members will receive a special email with the Zoom address a few days prior to the meeting along with the final agenda. 

The provisional agenda includes electing Board Officers, reviewing and voting on the Annual Financial Report, reviewing and voting on a proposed change to the Bylaws, and further discussion, if needed, on any aspect of the process for adding new members to the Board.

The Board also invites members of the community who wish to make a short presentation at the Annual Meeting to contact the Board four (4) days in advance of the meeting with a statement of their question or concern. Please email your request to by Wednesday, March 17.

An announcement of the 2021 Annual Board Meeting will be posted on our website with a final agenda in the week before the meeting. Please check back for this information at

If you have any questions or suggestions for the Board, please email us at We will make every effort to carefully review and respond to your comments.
 What it means to "go flat" in organizational planning

To bring our decision-making practices in harmony with our mission driven values for transparency, accountability and open-heartedness, the Board is building its own models for self-governance. 

We would like to share with the Sangha this short article from The Guardian that sets forth key considerations we gradually are discovering over the last 18 months. We hope you will find it useful for understanding the Board's on-going deliberations.

A PDF of this article may be found in the right side column of the Board's webpage:


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 or have a topic for the Board to consider, please contact us at
  • Your input is always welcome on matters concerning the Sangha and its activities. Send us your questions, concerns and new ideas, and to schedule time at a Board meeting.
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. 
Koru Classes, Native Flute Meditation, A Covid Contemplation

Guided by Erica Alexander, The Open Wings School

Flute for Self-Compassion - Native Flute and Meditation 
Erica Alexander
Sunday, March 7, 2:30 - 4:30 PM EST  
Marking Time - One year of Covid: honoring loss, remembering joy
Tuesday, March 23, 5:00 - 6:00 PM EST 

The Open Wings School
Finding Ease through Music and Mindfulness
Chapel Hill-Durham, North Carolina

New Mindfulness Classes from the Frank Porter Graham Institute at UNC-CH
Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Program for Families

*Mindful Self-Compassion: A research-based course that has been shown to decrease anxiety, RRr stress and depression and improve overall happiness and well-being. 
Online, Monday mornings, April 5-May 24, 9:30 -12:30pm, EST 
*Parent-Child Self-CompassionThis online 6- week course for a 7-10 year old and their parent gives both parent and child the important resilience tool of self-compassion so that families will be better prepared to meet day to day challenges.  
Online, April 17-May 22, Saturday mornings, 9:30-10:30am, EST

*Making Friends with Yourself (11-14 year olds): A research-based self-compassion class to help teens not be so hard on themselves. 
Online, daily, August 9-16, Noon-1:30pm, EST

For more information, visit  or email Barbara Lowery,

The Center for Mindful Self-Compassion
Embracing Your Life, with Dr. Marissa Knox
An Online Class for young adults (18-30 years)

Embracing Your Life is adapted from the internationally renowned and research-based Mindful Self-Compassion program, and tailored for young adults age 18-30. 
Online, Thursdays, April 22-May 27, 4:00-5:30 EST 

This class is taught by Dr. Marissa Knox, a former graduate student of Dr. Kristin Neff. 

Beginning the Buddha's Path: An Introduction to the Teachings of the Buddha
with Regina Bartalone and Sandeep Kalelkar, practice leaders from the Dharma Friends Community

A six-week introduction intended for newcomers and for those who would like to revisit the foundations of the Buddha's path, especially as we find them in the early Buddhist textsThe group will focus on developing a regular practice of breath meditation, understanding the Buddha's perspective on how to live a happier life, and bringing mindful awareness to daily life activities.

Starts Wednesday, March 10th, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

For more information about this course, please contact Regina at
regina.bartolone@gmail.comThose who cannot access email, are invited to call or text Regina at 919-931-9393.

For information about the Dharma Friends Community, you are invited to visit, or contact DFC Guiding 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. 

During the past year, DFC has conducted a practice leaders training program. Regina and Sandeep are a part of that group, and they are very excited to be able to lead the next Beginning the Buddha's Path.

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

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.
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 

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


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

-the Buddha

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. 

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


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

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
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

Online Prayer & Mantra Circle,
for Protection and Peace

with Kittisaro and Thanissara
Sacred Mountain Sangha
NOTE: This is an ongoing online practice, offered daily. 

Kittisaro and Thanissara, founders of Sacred Mountain Sangha, invite you to join them, when you can, for one 30 min. session daily, for a variety of chanting opportunities and mantra practice.  This is a collective effort focused on the safety and wellbeing of all, dedicated to protecting goodness, wisdom, and compassion and dispelling the forces of harm, division, and delusion in these times.  

Chants are drawn from both Theravada and Mahayana schools of Buddhism, which are efficacious for dispelling obstruction and protecting the forces of goodness and wholesome karma in the world. For more information, access to the chants (for printing), explanations, recordings, pronunciations, please visit their website here.
Beginning December 9th, continuing daily in the New Year
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM (ET), 7:30 am - 8:00 am (PT)

Please check the Peace Circle webpage for additional details and chant resources. 

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 
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

Sunday Mornings
10:30AM-12:00 noon
For more info, please contact, or

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

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
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 "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
Unless indicated, please contact the individual or organization for alternative meeting arrangements

Men's Sharing Group  
Now meeting on the Zoom platform

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: 
or Robert: 

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

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.