Meditation


  
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     
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 using the text, The Four Noble Truths, by Ajahn Sumedho, as the basis of my short dharma talks.  This is available as a free download at:      https://www.amaravati.org/dhamma-books


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Bend Insight Group Partial Day Retreat
Sunday, January 19, 9 am-1 pm
Facing Fear With Mindfulness.

Hello dear friends,
  As we begin 2020, the year of seeing clearly, let us take a look at how fear limits us and how we can use our meditation practice to find greater freedom.  This day will include dharma talks, some writing (feel free to bring your own journal & pen), some yoga, and mostly sitting quietly together.
  All are welcome to come and join the Bend Insight Group for a partial day of retreat.  No experience necessary.  This is a great way to experiment with the space of silence in our lives.

Location:  The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas, Bend, OR  97701
Cost:  Dana, a donation for the teaching and for renting the space from The Environmental Center, is based on your generosity and your feeling of wanting to support such events in our area.
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 but a headcount would be helpful so if you know you are going to come, email me, but that's not necessary if you are in doubt.  Feel free to email me if you have any questions.

Background reading if desired: The Fear Book by Cheri Huber;  The Way of Grace by Miranda Macpherson;  Love is Letting Go of Fear by Gerry Jampolsky; and, Smile at Fear by Chogyam Trungpa.

  Looking forward to those of you who will be able to join in our meditative exploration of fear and freedom!    
  
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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 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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