Upcoming Events

October 17-22.  A Week-long Visit of Lama Rod Owens.

Love, Grief, and Activism:  Radical Dharma Vision of Change and Vulnerability

Lama Rod’s itinerary for the week is listed below. We will be needing volunteers for a variety of tasks throughout the week. If you have the time and energy, or any questions about specific ways to volunteer, contact us at [email protected]

Tuesday, 10/17
Radical Mindfulness in Times of Crisis, 3:05 – 4:30 pm.

Duke Lecture, Perkins Library Building, Rubenstein 153 (Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room), in the Rubenstein Special Collections area. First Floor.
Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, 10/18
It Gets Better: Developing Basic Friendship with Ourselves, 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

Triangle Insight Meditation Community, 505 Alexander Ave., Durham
Free and open to the public with donations accepted for Lama Rod.

Friday, 10/20
Real Vulnerability as a Tool for Social Change, 7:00 pm.

Duke Memorial United Methodist Church, Whitford Hall, 504 W. Chapel Hill St., Durham.
Free and open to the public, with donations accepted for Lama Rod.

Saturday 10/21
Love, Grief, and Activism: Radical Dharma Vision of Change and Vulnerability,
9 am – 5 pm.
MDC Learning Center, 307 W. Main St., Durham.
Open to all communities. $100, with other fee options available.

Sunday 10/22
Love, Grief, and Activism:  Radical Dharma Vision of Change and Vulnerability,
1 pm – 5 pm, for those who identify as LGBTQ and People of Color.
Temple Building, 302 W. Main St., Durham. $60, with other fee options available.

Register for Saturday, 10/21
Register for Sunday,   10/22  (People of Color and/or LGBTQ Communities only)
Combined Registration for Saturday & Sunday Workshops is $150.00, available on either registration page.

Financial Assistance is available through reduced fees and scholarship options, so no one will be turned away for financial reasons. Contact us for information on financial assistance, at [email protected].

Read more about Lama Rod’s visit, his work, books he has written, and links to two articles on Lama Rod’s page on our website.


November 10.  Media Night at Triangle Insight  

Music and Meditation,
with Erica Alexander

Friday, November 10, 2017
7:00 — 9:00 pm

The Episcopal Center at Duke
505 Alexander Ave., Durham, NC 27705  (map)

Plan to join us on Friday, November 10, for a hands on evening of meditation joined with learning and playing the Native American inspired flute. We will start with a guided meditation to be followed with a presentation on the flute and structured playing.

Erica Alexander, a member of our community, is a flutist and teacher of music and meditation. She looks forward to sharing her love of music-making with us. Erica will bring flutes, but if you have a flute, plan to bring it — especially if it is in the key of A.

There is no cost for this event, but dana will be gratefully accepted. Refreshments will also be provided. All are welcome, and feel free to invite others. Helping with set up and cleanup will be much appreciated.

If you have any questions about this event, or would like to suggest a film or other activity for a future Media Night, please contact Gerri McGuire, [email protected].


Friday, July 14, 2017
Screening of 13th, an in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality. The New York Times Review described the film as “powerful, infuriating, and at times overwhelming.” If you would like to view the official trailer, please use this link.

Friday, September 22, 2017
Potluck supper and screening of the documentary film, Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret. The film offers a surprising take on the environmental movement and the interconnectedness of all beings. It features Richard Oppenlander, lauren Ornelas, Michael Pollan, Will Tuttle, and more.


UPCOMING IN JANUARY, 2018                                            

Buddah statue at Duke GardensA New Year’s Insight Dialogue Retreat

Touching the Possible: Living Peace
with Phyllis Hicks and the 
Triangle Insight Practice Community

January 4th – 7th, 2018
Avila Retreat Center
Durham, NC

As humans we are exquisitely sensitive, every moment awash in a sea of contact. Touching and being touched, feeling, perceiving, and thinking, we create our world. Learning how to cultivate mindfulness in the flow of daily life and relationships is a profound resource for peace and wise action.

In this Insight Dialogue retreat we will practice taking refuge in awareness, wisdom, and spiritual friendship (Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha). We will investigate obstacles to friendship and beloved community, internally in the heart-mind, and externally in social constructions. Cultivating Lovingkindness, Compassion, Appreciative Joy, and Relational Equanimity, we will explore foundations for peace, possibilities for courageous personal and collective action, and the benefits of deep companionship on the Noble Eightfold Path.

This retreat is both an introduction to Insight Dialogue and an opportunity to deepen practice. It will be held in Noble Silence except for the Insight Dialogue sessions. We will alternate periods of silent meditation practice, Insight Dialogue, mindful movement, and time in nature.

Fees:  Small Single: $302 by 12/2, $350 thereafter
           Large Single:  $350 by 12/2, $398 therafter
           Double: $302 by 12/2, $350 thereafter

To register please click on this link.

If you wish to offer dana toward scholarships for this retreat so that no one will be turned away for inability to pay, please click on this Donation Link. Thank you!

Your retreat fee covers the cost of meals and lodging only. The teachings are offered freely. At the close of the retreat there will be an opportunity to offer dana for the teacher.

For more information contact Mary Grisby at [email protected]

January 4 – 7, 2018
Location: Avila Retreat Center, Durham, NC