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Triangle Insight Meditation Community’s Day of Values, Norms, and Structure Exploration, with Katherine Turner and the Sangha  Buddah statue at Duke Gardens

Saturday, June 23, 2018
Friends Meeting House, 404 Alexander Ave., Durham, NC
9 am – 4 pm

Please join the Triangle Insight Meditation Community as we explore our values, norms, and structure with Katherine Turner.  At the regular meeting of the sangha on Wed., June 6th, Katherine was introduced to the sangha and we began planning for our upcoming day-long retreat in which we will explore our values, norms, and governance structure.

A set of group agreements was established along with an exploration of a set of questions and subquestions that will be considered at the day-long gathering.  A working group is  currently reviewing these documents with Katherine and will be finalized prior to the meeting, and will be posted here as soon as they have been completed.  More information about the retreat will also be included.  We invite as many of you who are willing and able to attend, and we ask that you register by contacting us at [email protected] so that we may make the necessary preparations for this event..

True Refuge:  
The Heart of Wise Action
with Phyllis K. Hicks and Sharon Beckman-Brindley
June 26 – July 1, 2018

An Insight Dialogue retreat at the Southern Dharma Retreat Center, Hot Springs, NC

As humans we are exquisitely sensitive and can easily become overwhelmed in the sea of relentless sensory contact. Learning how to cultivate mindfulness and tranquility in the flow of daily life is a profound resource for peace and for 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.



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

Media Night  

Friday, November 10, 2017
Music and Meditation, with Erica Alexander. 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 will bring flutes, but if you have a flute, plan to bring it — especially if it is in the key of A.

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, 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.


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