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.  
Cancelled until further notice, see below:

Hello dear friends of Bend Insight Group,

  I hope you are well and stopping ever so often to ground and breathe.  Listen to the songs and calls of birds.  Or watch a cloud for awhile.  Hug a tree (that's not yet discouraged!).  Feel the interconnectedness of us all as we face our uncertainty.  My old climbing buddy used to say, "Hard tellin not knowin."  We are together in the times of not knowing.

  You are receiving a new invitation to the Monday night meditation because we now need a password upon entry to the meeting to help prevent the Zoom problems that have recently occurred.

  Patty Giffin is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.  You can join as early as 6pm when I will be present to answer questions you might have about the technology, or just to connect socially for a bit.  Meditation starts at 6:30 when we mute our audio and turn off the video and sit together with dharma talk and silence and poetry.  About 7:30 we turn video back on and take turns with audio to discuss and enjoy our precious community (yes, you are precious even if you are new to our group!).  And I have been asked about dana, the act of opening heart to generosity and making a donation for the teaching, so I learned about Venmo and now you can make a donation by using my email,  Thank you.

  Please give it a try even if you have aversion to screentime.  It has been a remarkably rich experience for most of us these last couple of weeks.

Topic: Zoom Bend Insight Meditation Group

Time: Apr 6, 2020 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
        Every week on Mon, until May 18, 2020, 7 occurrence(s)
        Apr 6, 2020 06:00 PM
        Apr 13, 2020 06:00 PM
        Apr 20, 2020 06:00 PM
        Apr 27, 2020 06:00 PM
        May 4, 2020 06:00 PM
        May 11, 2020 06:00 PM
        May 18, 2020 06:00 PM
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Password: 965138



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 '60s.  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 1970s.
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. One of the present-day personifications of these is the teacher, Adyashanti, and another non-dual teacher is Miranda MacPherson,
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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