2018 Summer Practice Period

May 26 – June 23

A practice period is a time of intense training where we can deepen our practice and understanding of the dharma. It is a way to stretch our formal practice with the support of the greater sangha. This year’s practice period is hosted by the Bozeman Insight Community for the benefit of the whole BDC community.  We are grateful to have Tempel Smith return to Bozeman to guide us in this practice period.


Practice Opportunities

An Introduction to Insight Meditation

Saturday, May 26
9:45 am  – 1:00 pm

The Bozeman Dharma Center community is invited to join us for a morning of basic instructions and Q & A with Tempel.  Come meet our teacher-in-residence and get a basic understanding of the path of Insight meditation.  All are welcome. No prior experience or registration required.

Weekend Retreat: Breathing Our Freedom

June 1-3

In a teaching called the Mindfulness of Breathing Discourse (MN 118, Anapanasati Sutta) the Buddha gave one of his most detailed step by step instructions of how to develop meditation practice from simple awareness of breathing in and out, through a deep embodiment and concentration, to the development of liberating insights.  During this weekend we will practice silent sitting and walking meditation throughout the day with some guided meditations, talks on this topic and time for Q&A.

Friday evening, 7 – 9 pm
Saturday, 9:00/9:45 – 5:00pm
Sunday, 9:00/9:45 – 1:00pm

Friday evening will be closed to the public if the retreat is full, please check the website the week prior to see if attending Friday only is an option.

Saturday and Sunday mornings will begin with an optional sitting 9:00 – 9:30 am, Tempel’s teachings and the official start will be at 9:45.

Class for Experienced Students on Dependent Origination

Tuesday Evenings, 7:00 – 8:45 pm
June 5 and June 12 (subject to change)

Considered the highest teaching the Buddha offered, Dependent Origination describes the workings of karma, emptiness, non-self, conditionality, why we are stuck in samsara and how we truly break free. Yet very few students in North America have the opportunity to study these teachings, especially from a practice and experiential dimension.  During these three classes we will have a chance to explore Dependent Origination as it arises in our daily lives and how to use these teachings to break free of these imprisoning mental patterns.

Registration for this series will be available over the BDC website mid-April.
(Note: “Experienced Students” are those who have attended at least two residential retreats of 5 or more nights, in any Buddhist lineage.)

The Limitless Expressions of the Heart

Four Wednesday Evenings, 7:00 – 8:45 pm
May 30; June 6, 13, 20

The Buddha taught four limitless expressions of a free heart called the Brahma Viharas: loving-kindness, compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity. These warm, clear, and expansive qualities of heart are both tastes of the path to freedom and the outcome of awakening. Within these four Brahma Viharas are many other beautiful tones of heart such as gratitude, forgiveness, loyalty, generosity, etc.  We will practice and develop one Brahma Vihara per week.

May 30:  Loving-Kindness – Metta
June 6:  Compassion – Karuna
June 13:  Empathetic Joy – Mudita
June 20:  Equanimity – Upekkha

Drop in, open to all. No prior experience or registration required. Come to any or all, as you are able. Offered for a suggested, sliding scale contribution.

Workshop: Awareness of Emotions and Mental States

June 22-23

The mind (and heart) are the forerunners of all experience, and for this it deserves careful attention and familiarity.  It is through the mind we process our experience of the world, and depending on which qualities of the mind are present we will have very different experiences.  During the day of practice we develop mindfulness of the breath and body as a foundation of awareness, and then turn our insight practice to the mind itself.

Friday, June 22: 7 – 9 pm (also open to the public as a stand-alone evening)
Saturday, June 23: 9:45 am – 5:00 pm

Friday evening is required for those continuing on Saturday.
Registration for this workshop will be available on the BDC website beginning mid-April.

Tempel Smith

Tempel Smith began practicing meditation in 1989 at Insight Meditation Society (IMS). He has taught meditation and Buddhist psychology since 2001 and is a senior teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, leading retreats and directing their dedicated practitioner program.