Meditation


  
The following sitting meditation and teaching is offered in the tradition of Vipassana (insight) and basic Buddhist philosophy.  Any and all useful tools for guiding ourselves to full awakening in this moment will be employed as needed!

Insight dharma talk, 30+ minute silent sitting, and discussion     
7:00-8:30 pm Mondays
Instruction, a dharma talk, and sitting occur all Monday nights
at The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas, Bend, OR.
 https://envirocenter.org/

We are now exploring the book, Buddhism Without Beliefs:  A Contemporary Guide to  Awakening, by Stephen Batchelor.  Available on Amazon for less than $7 used.  This book takes the religion out of Buddhism and makes the teachings relevant on a day to day basis.

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Partial Day Retreat: 9am-1pm
Sunday, November 4, 2018:  The Balance of Equanimity


All are welcome to come join the Bend Insight Group for a partial day of retreat.  This is a great way to experiment with the space of silence in your life.
There will be a series of four day retreats in 2018.  The topics will be the four heart virtues designed to cultivate sublime states of mind (love, compassion, joy, peace) known as the brahmaviharas (heavenly home).  
Location:  The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas, Bend, OR  97701
Cost:  Dana, a donation for the teachings and to cover the rent, is all that is asked.
Lunch:  We will eat together at noon.  Please bring a simple dish to share.  We will be able to heat and refrigerate food.
Wear comfortable clothes.  Cushions and chairs will be provided or you may bring your own meditation props.
No registration required.  Feel free to email if you have questions.
  
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Patty is a lifelong spiritual practitioner.  At a young age, trees and          candles provided her first concentration objects. She moved on to study of The Tibetan Book of the Dead in the '60's.  Then she discovered Suzuki Roshi's Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind and began to sit more formally on a cushion.  She attended Sunday sits at Green Gulch Zen Center north of San Francisco in the 1970's.
       
Her study and practice of Vipassana meditation began in the 1980's upon reading Stephen Levine's book, Who Dies?, after a series of personal losses.  Since then she has meditated with Burmese, Thai, Vietnamese, and American teachers.  Rodney Smith of Seattle has been her primary teacher for over the last 15+ years.
  Another important influence on Patty's path has been the non-dual teachings of Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta Maharaj, and others.  The present day personification of these is the teacher, Adyashanti.
And as well, the Yoga Sutra of Pantanjali provides guidance on the spiritual path.  Nature and wilderness have offered some of her most profound insights into the terrible beauty of impermanence.

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