List of Kalyana Mitta Groups

Triangle Insight currently has five Kalyana Mitta groups. Detailed group descriptions are below.
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Four KM groups have openings for new members:
– Chapel Hill-Carrboro
– Insight Dialogue
– Secular Buddhism: Study Group
– Young Adults
There is a waiting list for the Raleigh group.
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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 [email protected]. Please also send Sarah any questions or suggestions.
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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 Triangle Insight’s 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: We rotate meeting place and have meetings in Durham, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro.
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 one of the following: either (a) an Insight Dialogue retreat, or (b) the eight-week Interpersonal Mindfulness Program with Daya Breckenridge or Phyllis Hicks, or (c) 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 Group: Study Group: Has openings
Group organizer: Justin Adams
Group administrator: Keith Johnson
Group description:
We are a peer-led Kalyana Mitta group exploring Buddhism as informed by science and modern thought. We’re actively seeking others also interested in exploring this topic while sharing experiences, strengthening their practice, and getting to know other sangha members.
Our next project is to discuss Robert Wright’s new book, Why Buddhism Is True, along with his video course, Buddhism and Modern Psychology, available at Coursera.org. Previous books discussed by the group have been After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age by Stephen Batchelor and Don’t Take Your Life Personally by Ajahn Sumedho.
Group Format:
– We open with a short period of meditation, discuss the readings, videos and talks, and share our own reflections. We close with a short period of meditation and metta.
– During meetings we will follow Triangle Insight’s Mindful Sharing Guidelines and Secular Buddhism KM Group Agreements. Members will be reminded to review these documents periodically, and new members are encouraged to review them when considering joining the group.
– This is a peer group, and we share responsibility for group facilitation. The administrator is responsible for starting and ending the meeting, informing members of the agenda, and adhering to that agenda.
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: To be determined by the group (usually in Durham)
Group size: Maximum of 10
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Chapel Hill-Carrboro KM Group: Has openings
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, 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: 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 13
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