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 made occasional visits to sit with other Zen students in the 1970's at Green Gulch Zen Center north of San Francisco.
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 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 When Awareness Becomes Natural:  A guide to Cultivating Mindfulness in Everyday Life, by Sayadaw U Tejaniya.

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Tea and Time with Ajahn Sudanto

When: Monday October 16

*5:30-6:30pm  Tea and informal talking 

*7-8:30pm  Meditation and formal dharma talk and questions

Where:  The Environmental Center 
Audubon Room (the larger room)
16 NW Kansas Ave.
Bend, OR  97703

All are welcome to come join the Bend Insight Group for this special event.
Further details will be provided later about Ajahn Sudanto.  He has been a friend of the Bend Insight Group for many years.  We are excited he is visiting our sangha here in Bend!  More information about his group of monks can be learned at

Cost:  No fee.  Dana, your practice of generous giving for the teaching and to cover the rent, is welcome.

Registration: Just show up, although a response to this email is welcome so I can have a sense of how many cups for tea to bring!  For any other questions, call Patty at 541-382-2677, or email: