List of Kalyana Mitta Groups

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New Group for Young Adults: The Durham Young Adults Kalyana Mitta Group for individuals in their 20s and 30s has begun meeting and still has openings. Details are below. Below is also information about our five other Kalyana Mitta (KM) groups.
We currently have openings in three KM groups:
– Durham Young Adults
– Insight Dialogue
– Secular Buddhism
We have waiting lists for two groups:
– Chapel Hill-Carrboro
– Raleigh
Currently closed: – A Year to Live KM Group
If you’re interested in joining a group, being on a waiting list, or starting a new group, please send a KM-RA Questionnaire to Sarah Tillis, KM Coordinator at sarah@triangleinsight.org. Please also send Sarah any questions or suggestions.
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Durham Young Adults KM Group: Has openings
Group description:
Our group is for young adults in their 20s and 30s. We believe that a Kalyana Mitta group for members in the same phase of life can offer a special community for the spiritual growth of each of us and the group as a whole. Our intentions include to support our practice and deepen and our understanding of the dharma, both “on the cushion” and as it arises in our daily lives. The development of trust and intimacy is essential to this process and will allow us to share more openly and mindfully.
Group Format:
– The group will include a period of meditation and time for discussion. Specific details (e.g., including readings or dharma talks; group facilitation) will be determined by the group.
– We will follow the Mindful Sharing Guidelines.
Attendance:
While all of us may need to miss meetings from time to time, we ask members to make a commitment to regular attendance. If a member decides not to continue with the group, we ask that she or he consider coming to the group to share this decision.
Meeting time and frequency: Every other Monday, 6 pm – 7 pm
Length of each meeting: 1 hour
Location: Durham
Group size: Maximum of 10
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Insight Dialogue KM Group: Has openings
Group facilitator: Lori Ebert
Group description:
– The group will study Dharma Themes (e.g., The Noble Eightfold Path, 7 Factors of Awakening, The 5 Hindrances, etc.) using Insight Dialogue (ID) practice.
– Phyllis Hicks provided training for group members on August 23, 2015. This training deepened the participants’ understanding of Insight Dialogue as a relational meditation practice that brings together the meditative qualities of the mind with wisdom teachings and the power of relationship. Participants explored offering each other the ID guidelines and contemplations.
Experience Level:
– New members should have attended either an Insight Dialogue retreat or at least six sessions of Insight Dialogue practice at Triangle Insight.
– If you have the Insight Dialogue experience noted above and would like to join the KM Group, please send a KM-RA Questionnaire to Sarah Tillis, KM Coordinator. Please include a description of your experience with Insight Dialogue.
Meeting time and frequency: The first Sunday of each month, 9 am – 11am
Length of each meeting: To have adequate practice time, the meetings will follow the model of Phyllis’s Wednesday night sessions of 2 hours.
Location: Durham
Group size: Maximum of 15
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Secular Buddhism KM Study Group: Has openings.
Group organizer: Justin Adams
Group administrator: Keith Johnson
Group description:
The intention of this group is to discuss selected Buddhist books, podcasts, and videos chosen by the group for the purpose of deepening our understanding and practice of the Dharma. We began in 2016 with Stephen Batchelor’s book, After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age. We are now reading Ajahn Sumedho’s Don’t Take Your Life Personally. Prior to each meeting we also listen to one of Ajahn Sumedho’s dharma talks. This will probably be our focus through February 2018.
Group Format:
– We open with a period of meditation, discuss the reading and talk, share our own reflections, and close with a period of meditation and metta.
– During meetings we will follow Triangle Insight’s Mindful Sharing Guidelines.
– This is a peer group, and we share responsibility for group facilitation.
Attendance:
– While all of us may need to miss meetings from time to time, a commitment to regular attendance is important for group development and process.
– If a member decides not to continue with the group, s/he will let the group know this. We ask that s/he consider coming to group to terminate with the group, and we support the member’s doing what will be most helpful for her or him at that time.
Meeting time and frequency: The second Sunday of each month, 3 pm – 5 pm
Length of each meeting: 2 hours
Location: Durham
Group size: Maximum of 10
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Chapel Hill-Carrboro KM Group: Has a waiting list
Group organizers: Tom Howlett and Sarah Tillis
Group description:
– The intentions of this group are to deepen our understanding of the dharma, develop greater insight into the conditioned patterns that hinder us, and provide inspiration for our daily practice.
– The development of trust and intimacy is essential to this process and to our sharing openly and caringly, including experiences that arise within the group. This will allow us to open our hearts and share our truth with greater wisdom and compassion.
– In our discussions, we will follow Triangle Insight’s Mindful Sharing Guidelines, which we will review at each meeting.
Format: We begin with a period of meditation, followed by a period of discussion, and end with brief meditation and metta. Discussions include readings and dharma podcasts, and we’ll explore our practice experiences on and off the cushion.
Attendance:
– While all of us may need to miss meetings from time to time, a commitment to regular attendance is important for group development and process.
– If a member decides not to continue with the group, we ask that s/he consider coming to group to share this decision and terminate with the group. We support the member’s doing what will be most helpful for her or him at that time.
Meeting time and frequency: 1st and 3rd Sunday mornings, 9:30-11:30 am
Length of each meeting: 2 hours
Location: Carrboro
Group size: Maximum of 10
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Raleigh KM Group: Has a waiting list
Group organizer: Joe Gilbert
Group description:
The intentions of this group are to deepen our understanding of the dharma and provide inspiration for our daily practice. This will be supported by the development of trust and intimacy, which will allow us to share more openly and deeply. Most importantly, all those who join should be willing to participate in the spiritual growth of all members of the group.
Group Format:
– Group meetings include: 20 minutes of meditation; review of Mindful Sharing Guidelines; check-in of “how’s your practice/how’s your life”; dharma discussion based on the facilitator’s chosen piece; and then closing meditation and group business check-in.
– Before joining, new members should be familiar with this format.
Attendance:
– While all of us may need to miss meetings from time to time, a commitment to weekly attendance is important for group development and process.
– If a member decides not to continue with the group, s/he will come to the group to share this decision and terminate with the group.
Experience level:
All levels of experience are welcome.
Meeting time and frequency: The group meets weekly on Sunday evening.
Length of each meeting: 2 hours
Location: Raleigh
Group size: Maximum of 11
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“A Year to Live” KM Group: This group is now closed.
Group organizer: Daya Breckinridge
Group description: (For a pdf flier with complete group details, click here.)
The intention of this group is to read Stephen Levine’s book, A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as if it Were Your Last, then spend one year following the guidelines in the book’s “Appendix: Group Practice.” Several of us have been meeting as part of the Durham KM group, and we’re now interested in exploring Stephen Levine’s Group Practice with others who’d like to join us on this journey. Once we’ve finished reading the book and begin the Group Practice, we will close the group to new members and ask current members to make the one year commitment to the group. In our meetings we will follow “A Year to Live” KM Mindful Sharing Guidelines. We suggest that anyone interested in joining the group give the book and Appendix guidelines a thorough examination to make sure this is something you want to and feel you can take on.
Group Facilitation:
Facilitation rotates as members volunteer to facilitate the next month. Facilitator tasks include sending out a reminder email, facilitating the meeting, and sending out a summary.
Group Format:
– Sitting for a length of time determined by facilitator.
– Reading “A Year to Live” KM Mindful Sharing Guidelines aloud.
– Sharing around our decided focus.
– Ending with another short sitting, often followed with loving kindness.
Meeting Time and Frequency: 2nd Tuesday of each month, 6:45-8:15 pm
Location: Durham, in Northgate Park, near the Museum of Life and Science
Group size: Maximum of 10
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