Upcoming Events

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January/February 2019 The Triangle Insight Meditation Community has been engaged in a year-long exploration to examine the values, norms, and structure of our organization, and has now undertaken a process toward a transition to a governance structure that is aligned with this effort.  A sangha-wide meeting was held on December 19, 2018, during which we reviewed the new Vision, Mission and Values document as well as the revised Bylaws, both of which have been approved by the current Board of Directors after considerable input from the sangha. A process is now underway toward the expansion of the Board in preparation for the Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, from 6:30 – 8:30 PM.  Nominations for the Board are now open and will be reviewed by the current Board, after which a slate of new directors will be prepared for presentation and election at the Annual Meeting. If you would like to review these and other documents that emerged from this initiative, you may do so by clicking on the links below:

Overview of Values, Norms, & Structures Process for TIMC TIMC Vision, Mission, and Values TIMC Revised Bylaws (12.06.18) Next Steps in the Transition of TIMC

We want to express gratitude to each of you for your support of Triangle Insight during our efforts toward this transition over the past year, to the members of the Vision, Mission, and Values and Bylaws working groups for their diligent service on behalf of the sangha, and to Katherine Turner for her expert facilitation of this process.

March 2019 March 15-17, 2019Mindful of Race Training, with Ruth King. A residential retreat at Avila Retreat Center, Durham, NC. This Training Workshop is now full.

Participants will follow an engaged exploration of our racial conditioning through a mindful lens. With mindfulness practice, we learn to stay present to what’s true and what’s difficult with a caring and wise heart as we investigate our “individual” and “collective” racial conditioning and “systemic” proliferation.
Ruth King is an international teacher in the Insight Meditation tradition, and an emotional wisdom author and life coach. She is on the Teacher’s Council at Insight Meditation Community of Washington and Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and is the founder of Mindful Members Insight Meditation Community in Charlotte, NC.
For more information about Ruth and her trainings please go here.
March 24, 2019.  Open Meeting of the TIMC Board of Directors Time: 10am-12pm Location: In the Studio at Shared Visions Retreat Center, 3717 Old Murphey School Road, Durham, 27705
The Preliminary Agenda may be viewed here.

April, 2019 April 14, 2019.  A Special Meeting of the TIMC Board of Directors. In Room 1 of the annex building at the Eno River Universalist Unitarian Fellowship, 907 Garrett Rd, Durham, NC 27707, from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. This meeting will be closed to the general public, and will:

  • Approve the Minutes of the 3/24 meeting
  • Open a discussion of Operational Norms
  • Discuss and decide whether to hire an outside facilitator for defining Operational Norms and expanding Bylaws in accord with Norms, and if so who that person will be.
  • Discuss and decide about creating an Ad Hoc committee for administrative tasks associated with the next phase of Board development.

Leah Rutchick, Chair of the TIMC Board of Directors April 14, 2019, 12:35 AM

May 2019.

May 23-26, 2019.  Opening to the Whole of Life:  Memorial Day Weekend Residential Retreat, with Jeanne van Gemert & Ron Vereen, at Avila Retreat Center, Durham, NC

At times it is helpful to inquire as to why we are on this path of insight meditation and to what led us to this practice to start with.  Perhaps it was something heard or read which extolled the virtue of bringing more calm into our lives.  Unfortunately, many forsake the journey when experience does not always measure up to the expected results.  It is easy to accept the pleasant abidings, but what about the rest of life? Most of us just need more skills to face what’s difficult.  This retreat is an invitation to practice being open to the totality of existence without exclusion, creating a container of support for deepening inquiry and  investigation.  Qualities of recognition, receptivity, and curiosity will be supported through various forms of practice.  Deeply held conditioned patterns can then be seen, not as obstacles to practice, but rather as vehicles toward greater insight and surrender.  This seeing that frees becomes the gateway through which to open to the formless awareness that has been and always will be available.    Open to participants with all levels of meditation experience, this retreat will be conducted in Noble Silence to support moving into greater stillness and quiet. In addition to the forms of practice, group interviews with the teachers will provide further support for inquiry and investigation. Jeanne van Gemert and Ron Vereen have years of meditation experience and are co-founders of the Triangle Insight Meditation Community, graduates of the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader Program, and instructors in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program. Cost:  Double Room  $ 310 ($ 325 after April 30) Small Single    $ 340 ($ 355 after April 30) Large Single    $ 370 ($ 385 after April 30) To Register: Please click on this registration link (note:  in order to allow the registration program to align with the registration process, the $10 registration fee has been inserted, with a $10 reduction in the total fees noted above when room selection is made.  For any questions or difficulties with the registration process, please contact Leah Rutchick at [email protected] Scholarships:  Financial assistance is available for this retreat such that no one will be turned away due to an inability to pay .  If you would like to request a scholarship, please contact Leah at [email protected].  Scholarships are made possible by the generosity of others, and if you would like to make a contribution toward this effort, please do so through this donation link.  Thanks for your generosity.

June  2019

June 1-2, 2019  Lama Rod Owens returns to the Triangle.

Triangle Insight was pleased to be a part of a wonderful collaborative group that brought Lama Rod Owens to Durham for the past two years. The collaborative group will be bringing Lama Rod back to the Triangle on June 1-2, 2019 for an Interfaith Dialogue, Public Talk and workshop for the POC/LGBTQ communities.

Click here to view full program, including list of speakers and to register.


June 5, 2019.  Wednesday meditation and Dharma talk
6:30pm-8pm. Emily Griffith Burke, Guest Teacher
Episcopal Center, 505 Alexander Ave., Durham, NC 27705.
Please come a few minutes early.

Emily is a recent transplant from Boston, MA and a member of our Sangha since August, 2018. She organized and now serves as administrator for the TIMC Young Adults Kalyana Mitta Group, and also serves on the TIMC Board of Directors. In the past she has taught meditation, yoga and mindfulness classes at Northeastern University, Kadampa Meditation Center Boston, and Franciscan Children’s Hospital. Now in Durham she has begun teaching Sunday morning Sati School to young children with the Mindful Families of Durham, and hopes to begin her interfaith Clinical Pastoral Education at Duke this summer.

Alongside her spiritual practice, Emily enjoys cultivating expression, connection and healing through music.