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 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.


Partial Day Retreat: 9am-1pm
Sunday,November 11, 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.

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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The Bodhi Tree Sangha warmly invites you to join us for a non-residential, weekend retreat with teacher Rodney Smith. 
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Insight Meditation Retreat with Rodney Smith
 at Still Meadow Conference & Retreat Center
Saturday, April 14 -- 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 15 -- 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Retreat Check-in 7:45 – 8:15.
Retreat starts promptly at 8:30

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.
 Any excess retreat fees are used to support the dharma, which may include an additional donation to this teacher.
To view complete information and to register, click here
Special Event This Retreat Only

About Rodney Smith
Rodney Smith has practiced Vipassana meditation since 1975, including several years as a Buddhist monk in Asia. He is currently a full-time dharma teacher offering meditation classes, retreats, and consultations. He serves as a Senior Teacher for Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts and is the founding and guiding teacher for Seattle Insight Meditation.
Rodney is also the author of several books, including Lessons From the Dying, Stepping Out of Self-Deception: The Buddha’s Liberating Teaching of No-Self and Awakening: A Paradigm Shift of the Heart.

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, just 30-40 minutes from Portland, the facility offers a secluded and safe setting for retreats and workshops on beautifully landscaped grounds.
If you are interested in staying overnight at Still Meadow, call the retreat center at (503) 658-8793 for information and reservations (or
Please send an email to the retreat registrar at
To view complete information and to register, click here.
Future Retreats Dates:
-Steve Armstrong: Oct 13 & 14, 2018
-Rodney Smith:  April 6 & 7, 2019

-Steve Armstrong:  Oct 5 & 6, 2019