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.

We are reading Unhindered:  A Mindful Path Through the Five Hindrances, by Gil Fronsdal.
Available on Amazon for $12.  It is a study of how once we can recognize and allow for wanting, bitterness, worry, boredom, and doubt, we are then able to wisely deal with them as they inevitably show up on our in our lives.

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Partial Day Retreat
Sunday, January 28  10-3:  The Challenges of Loving Kindness Practice

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 known as the brahmaviharas (heavenly home).  We will work with loving-kindness on January 28.  The challenge with a loving kindness practice is to break out of the cultural norms about romantic love and superficial kindness.  We do this practice to realize the radical nature of love and the underlying interconnectivity of all existence. 
Location:  The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas, Bend, OR  97701
Cost:  Dana, a donation for the teaching 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.

       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 visited  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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2018: The Year to Empower the Paramis in Our Lives
with Kamala Masters
at Still Meadow Conference & Retreat Center

Saturday, February 10 – 9:00 a.m.- 5:15 p.m.
Sunday, February 11 – 9:00 a.m.- 3:15 p.m.

Retreat Check-in 8:15 – 8:45.
Retreat starts promptly at 9:00

Cost: $50, plus dana (donation to the teacher).  Scholarships are available.  All are welcome regardless of ability to pay.  The $50 registration fee covers logistical costs of the retreat such as room rental and airfare.  To support the teacher and teachings, there will be a dana (donation) basket at the retreat.
About This Retreat
This weekend we’ll be reflecting on the Ten Paramis, which are said to be the fertile soil from which liberating wisdom grows.  They are Generosity, Harmonious Living through Speech and Action (Sila), Renunciation, Wisdom, Energy, Patience, Truthfulness, Determination, Loving Kindness, and Equanimity. 
These beautiful qualities support us to experience a deep sense of well being living in harmony with those around us.  In addition, we will know the deep peace and fulfillment of living in alignment with our highest values.  During this weekend, we may discover which Paramis are important to bring more awareness to in the new year. " 
The retreat will be held in Noble Silence with alternate periods of sitting and walking with an emphasis on continuous awareness.  The retreat is suitable for both new and experienced meditators.  People of all walks of life are warmly welcome. 
About Kamala Masters
Kamala Masters is one of the founders and teachers of the Vipassana Metta Foundation on Maui. She teaches retreats in the Theravada tradition at venues worldwide, including being a Guiding Teacher and member of the Board of Directors at the Insight Meditation Society at Barre, Massachusetts. Practicing since 1975, her teachers have been the late Anagarika Munindra of India and Sayadaw U Pandita of Burma, and Sayadaw U Tejaniya of Burma with whom she continues to practice. Kamala has a commitment to carrying and offering the purity of the teachings of the Buddha in a way that touches our common sense and compassion as human beings, and allows the natural inner growth of wisdom. She lives on Maui where she raised four children, and is now blessed with five grandchildren. Kamala has practiced both insight and loving kindness meditations intensively under the guidance and preceptorship of Sayadaw U Pandita, in the USA, Australia and in Burma as a nun and a lay woman.  She teaches internationally and at major centers in the United States.
Set on 60 acres of forest and meadow, Still Meadow’s lush setting provides a nurturing environment that inspires a deepening of experience.  Located in rural Damascus, Oregon, 30-40 minutes from Portland, the facility offers a secluded, safe, and beautiful setting for retreats.
To view complete information and to register, click here.

Future Retreats Dates:
-Rodney Smith April 14 & 15, 2018
-Steve Armstrong Oct 13 & 14, 2018