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June 2020

Buddhist Essentials – 9 Class Series

This 9-Class Series will meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month from June 17, 2020 through February 17, 2021 from 7-9:00 PM. Depending on COVID-19 restrictions, the class will be held either at University Friends Meeting House or via Zoom Meetings. For latest information about status of classes and events, check our Status page. Information will be mailed with Registration.  Class materials are available here. The Class Schedule is as follows: June 17      The Three Characteristics – with Lyndal Johnson and Anna Ossenfort The Three Characteristics are the three aspects that pervade all of conditioned phenomena: anicca, dukkha, and anatta.  When we…

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Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Start: Wednesday, June 17 @ 7:00 pm
End: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 @ 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Vipassanna
Teacher: Lyndal Johnson and Anna Ossenfort

July 2020

Shamatha (Calm Abiding) Meditation Class

Shamatha (Calm Abiding) Meditation Class Time: 7:00pm Instructor: Venerable Lekshay Sangpo Zoom:      https://zoom.us/j/97171940085 Meeting ID: 971 7194 0085 Shamatha (calm abiding) and Vipashyana (insight) are ancient types of meditation that come from India. Each type has its own benefits. This class will be on Shamatha, or calm abiding and will be held over Zoom; link above. There is a regular Friday evening Calm Abiding class at the Monastery. This one will be more in depth. In August, Venerable Lekshay will teach another class on Vipassana or Insight meditation. A daily meditation practice of any type is a very beneficial, life-long…

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Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism

Date: Monday, July 6
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: Tibetan Sakya
Teacher: Venerable Lekshay Sangpo

Nitartha’s Summer Institute

Nitartha’s Summer Institute Joins Mahamudra Meditation and Buddhist Studies!    Join us for a month-long program that is divided into three 9-day sessions, which can be taken in-person, online, or both!   Nitartha’s Summer Institute features courses taught by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Mahamudra meditation practice and instruction, and a 9-day silent Mahamudra retreat with Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen.   Our exceptional and highly engaging professors will also teach three levels of study: Mind and Its World, Madhyamaka, and Cittamatra&Buddha Nature. Particular emphasis is given to the practical meaning of these teachings in our lives.   We invite you to join…

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Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Nitartha Institute

Start: Friday, July 10
End: Saturday, August 8

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Tradition: Kagyu and Nyingma
Teacher: Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Climate Action Group: Reflecting on the Climate Crisis

Reflecting on the Climate Crisis: Guilt, Despair, Love, Connection; Opening to the Full Catastrophe SIMS Climate Action Group is hosting a half day event on July 11, 2020. This meeting will be offered via Zoom. Please see Zoom connection info below. If it’s possible to meet in person by this date, this page will be updated with the new information. We will continue our practice of understanding the issues that arise in our minds and hearts when we are willing and able to look honestly at the Climate Crisis which is at hand. Using our dhamma practice as the guide…

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Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Saturday, July 11
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Dharma Talk: Surviving Modern Life

Dharma Talk with Craig Hase and Devon Hase. Ever feel like you’re lost in the storm, blinded by the blizzard of information, the hurricane of stimulation, the typhoon of opinions and judgments and how-tos and must-dos? We all often feel like a phenomenally dysregulated hot mess, one step behind it all, a storm within the storm, lavishly disorganized and exhausted and not-quite-with-it as the world somehow spins on, never quite sitting still while we never quite sit still either. During this evening together, we’ll spend time meditating, discussing and sharing in dhamma. We’ll work to settle the hot mess of…

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Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Friday, July 31
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Teacher: Craig & Devon Hase

August 2020

Mastering the Sixteen Stages of Insight (Online or In-person Retreat)

Mastering the Sixteen Stages of Insight Through the Practice of the Foundations of Mindfulness Life is repetitious––we do many things over and over again, often in the same habitual way. The path of insight is about vipassana, literally meaning “looking again and again.” In insight meditation, we look again and again at the arisings within the mind in order to uncover the patterns within. Our minds and bodies are our most precise tools as well as our laboratories. By liberating unconscious patterns, we liberate karma from neurotic repetition. We make way for more wholesome karma–becoming a manifestation of compassion, loving-kindness,…

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Mahasangha Event

Member Group: planetdharma

Start: Friday, August 7
End: Friday, August 21

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Tradition: Karma Kagyu, Namgyal Lineage
Teacher: Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat

Walking and Moving Meditations

This daylong retreat will begin at 10 am, but attendees are encouraged to come early and attend the weekly temple services in the temple as this is also a Buddhist holiday.  We will be celebrating the bodhisattva of compassion, Quan Yin’s, enlightenment. The remainder of the day will be spent learning and practicing various movement meditations. This will include walking in the labyrinth, qigong, mindful work, etc.  Movement meditation is an excellent addition to a sitting meditation practice. New and advanced practitioners are all welcome. Come enjoy a beautiful summer day, meditating through movement in the gardens and grounds of…

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Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Mount Adams Zen Buddhist Temple

Date: Saturday, August 8
Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Tradition: Thien (Chan), Zen
Teacher: Ven. Thay Kozen

Dharma Talk: Tina Rasmussen

Concentration or serenity meditation (samatha) is one of three major practices of the Buddhist path, which also includes sila and vipassana. In concentration practice, we return awareness to one object of meditation to the exclusion of everything else, unifying the mind stream. This daylong offers an overview of samatha as taught in the lineage of Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw of Burma, considered to be the leading living teacher of samatha/jhanas.

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Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Friday, August 21
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tradition: vipassana
Teacher: Tina Rasmussen

September 2020

Introductory Meditation Class

6-Week Class Series (every Wednesday) 7-9 PM from Sept 9, 2020 through Oct 14, 2020. Includes a Day of Mindfulness on Saturday, October 17, 2021. Insight meditation also known as mindfulness or vipassana meditation comes from the Buddhist tradition. It aims to free the mind from the distortions of self-centeredness, negativity, and confusion. Seeing life as a constantly changing process, one begins to accept pleasure and pain, fear and joy, and all aspects of life with increasing balance and equanimity. This balanced awareness, grounded in the present moment, leads to stillness and a growing understanding of the nature of life.…

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Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Seattle Insight Meditation Society

Date: Wednesday, September 9
Time: 7:00 pm
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Tradition: Vipassana
Teacher: Tuere Sala

Fall Buddhist Retreat

This weekend retreat is held in partnership with the Mountain Way Zen sangha.  The weekend will include sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks, working meditation and opportunities for discussion. All meals will be vegetarian, served oryoki- a formal style of serving and eatings meals that is practiced in Zen temples. The suggested donation is $250 for attending the retreat, which includes all meals and lodging in our men’s & women’s hostels. Options for private lodging are available for an additional fee. To arrange for private lodging, please contact the business office at 509.395.2030 or business@tlabbey.com * No one will be turned…

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Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Mount Adams Zen Buddhist Temple

Start: Friday, September 11 @ 5:30 pm
End: Sunday, September 13 @ 4:30 pm

Tradition: Thien (Chan), Zen
Teacher: Ven. Thay Kozen

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