Cancelled until further notice, see below:
The following sitting meditation and teaching are 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     
6:30-8:00 pm Mondays
Instruction, a dharma talk, and sitting occur all Monday nights
at The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas, Bend, OR.

We are using the text, The Magnanimous Heart, by Narayan Helen Liebenson, as the basis of my short dharma talks.  

Hello dear friends of Bend Insight Group,

  We will not be meeting this coming Monday for meditation, dharma talk, and discussion.  Out of respect for the warnings about public gatherings we will not be meeting at the Environmental Center for at least a month, possibly longer. 

  In the meantime, I will be setting up Zoom online so we can meet virtually.  In order to do that, I need a response from you using the email where you want an invite sent.  Please respond only if you want to be included on that list in order to participate in that kind of forum for meditation.  I will include everyone whose response I receive.
  Meanwhile, these are the times when our practise so obviously serves us and others.  Instead of "happy birthday" verses while washing your hands, try metta phrases instead (idea from one of our sangha members).  Sit quietly often.  In stillness, the way becomes clear.

  And, of course, a poem to accompany your meditation time next Monday at 6:30 in your own private space.  Our vibes at least will unite then.  The poem:

Lynn Ungar - Pandemic

What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
Center down.
And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.
Promise this world your love--
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.

  May you and all beings be happy, healthy, safe, and have a way through the world filled with ease and grace (and wonder), much love, Patty G  
Hello BIG friends,
  This is the invitation to those of you who expressed interest in the online meeting of the BIG Meditation for Monday, March 23 via Zoom.  Others are welcome, just forward them the link below.  I will put this on my website as well,
  The call is scheduled for Monday, March 23 at 6:15 pm.   (a little upfront time to get settled in and to sort out technical issues with audio or video that you might run into).  We officially begin our time together at 6:30 pm and go for 1 1/2 hours if we want.
  This is a virtual meeting in which we can see each other and you will be able to hear me.  For the first portion of the gathering, I will do a brief introduction and dharma talk.  We will then move into a guided meditation.  Please situate yourself in a comfortable, quiet place with no interruptions, phones off.  The usual prerequisites for sitting practice!
  Following the guided meditation of about 30 minutes, I will unmute audio and we can have a sharing time.  There is a chatbox in which you can also type questions or comments.  Zoom has introductory videos if you are feeling unsure about using it.  Most issues are getting your volume on your sound up, or turning on your video.  Connectivity can be a problem as well.  It helps to turn off all other apps on your computer and if you can plug directly into your modem vs wireless.  
  Hopefully, Zoom will work well and Bendbroadband will pull through.  We will do the best we can.
  I appreciate your interest and support for our practice together.   

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Blessings, metta while washing hands (that's a lot of metta happening!), and "see" you tomorrow, Patty G

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 20 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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