Special Offerings from our Teacher-in-Residence
May 26 – June 23
We are fortunate that a senior teacher in the Vipassana (Insight meditation) tradition is coming to Bozeman for a month. The Dharma Center and the Insight Community are offering an expanded array of retreats, workshops and classes for anyone and everyone to enjoy. You may attend one or two offerings, or use this month as an opportunity to create a “practice period” of deepening and enlivening your practice.
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. Read Tempel’s complete bio on his website here.
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
In a teaching called the Mindfulness of Breathing Discourse (MN 118, AnapanasatiSutta) 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
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
Three Tuesday Evenings, 7:00 – 8:45 pm
May 29, June 5 and June 12
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.
(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.
Group Question & Answer Sessions
June 5 and 12, 1:00 – 1:45 pm
Have a question for Tempel? Join us on either or both of these two Tuesdays for a group question and answer session.
Day-long in Jackson, WY
Sacred Expressions of the Heart
9:45 am – 4:30 pm, Location TBA
Registration will be through the Teton Sangha – website here.
Workshop in Red Lodge, MT
Saturday, June 16
9:30 AM –12:30 PM
Red Lodge Buddhist Meditation Group; 519 Broadway Ave South
2nd floor Old Roosevelt School (16th & Broadway)
Cost: Suggested Donation $15 -$20 (no one will be turned away for lack of funds)
Register by emailing: RedLodgeBuddhists@gmail.com
Public Talk and 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.