“Sangha means spiritual community, and it is treasured because without it awakening cannot be sustained.”
~ Jack Kornfield, After the Ecstasy, the Laundry
We welcome your participation in our ongoing programs, which both arise from and nourish Triangle Insight’s community life. You’ll find an array of programs below and on related subpages.
Wednesday Night Sangha Meetings
Fostering both learning and relationship, sangha meetings sit at the heart of the TI community. Participants are invited to offer dana, or generosity, in offerings of cash or donations through this website. Notification emails for Wednesday sanghas are sent out each week to the Triangle Insight mailing list (to join, see below).
On the first three Wednesdays of each month, participants gather from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for meditation and a dharma talk exploring the wisdom of Buddha’s teachings as they apply to our lives. Discussion and a heart practice follow. Teachers draw from a wealth of training, interests and experiences. These gatherings are currently taking place in a hybrid format in which participants may join in-person or via Zoom. Location details and Zoom links can be found for each gathering on the calendar.
4th Wednesday, Insight Dialogue
Phyllis Hicks and guest teachers lead participants from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in meditation and Insight Dialogue (ID), an interpersonal process that invites meditative awareness and the wisdom of Buddhist teachings into how we relate to each other. Insight Dialogue offers a taste of spiritual friendship, a place of refuge to encounter the dharma and to meet life’s gifts and challenges. Practicing the Insight Dialogue guidelines—pause, relax, open, and attune to emergence—can reveal our momentary choices and refresh our energy for being present with change. The experience of establishing mindfulness together and sharing the truth of the moment can be a source of liberating insight.
After sitting in silent meditation and a short talk we will be invited into mindful movement and contemplation of a theme in pairs or triads. If you are new to the practice and you would find it beneficial to observe others practicing in a pair, please let us know. (Learn more about the practice of Insight Dialogue.) Insight Dialogue at TI is offered in person only at the Duke Episcopal Center, 505 Alexander Avenue in Durham. Online offerings of ID can be found at the Online Practice page of the Insight Dialogue website.
Monday/Thursday Morning Meditation
Monday & Thursday, 7-7:45 a.m.: Participants start the day with unguided meditation, closing with a guided metta (loving-kindness) practice; plus, 7:45-8 a.m.: chanting practice. Via Zoom only – Zoom information can be found on the calendar.