Peg Meyer Graduates from Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leaders Program
We of Valley Insight are blessed to have a teacher as loving, ardent, and wise as Peg Meyer. Her embodiment of the dharma continues to deepen with her years of study and practice, and she joyfully and generously shares her understanding with us. For more than two years, Peg actively participated in the Community Dharma Leaders teacher training program sponsored by Spirit Rock in California. She was one of ninety-three chosen from applicants throughout the U.S. and Europe. Peg’s formal graduation was marked by a festive ceremony at Spirit Rock in April, 2017.
The program afforded her the opportunity to have a monthly conference with her mentoring teacher, Taraniya Gloria Ambrosia, as well as a regular monthly discussion with her study group. She chose to concentrate much of her time with this group on issues of diversity and inclusivity with the sangha. To meet the program’s requirements, every month Peg submitted essays and/or lesson plans on a full range of topics. She attended two ten-day retreats with the program each year, plus others of her own choosing. This has been a rigorous program. Peg appreciated the depth of teachings and worked diligently, whole-heartedly taking full advantage of the offering.
Seeking Nominees for Micah Award
Valley Insight is one of the fifteen faith communities of the United Valley Interfaith Project. UVIP holds an annual ceremony, the “Micah Awards,” to recognize and celebrate the important work being done by individuals and groups to relieve suffering in all areas of human activity. Whether being done within our own families, the neighborhood, the region, the nation or more globally, recognizing the enactment of such intentions draws us together as human beings and supports a commitment to compassion within the collective. Those we select are meant to help us see the courageous effort present in our own lives and to help us all understand at a deep level that we are not alone in this world. We are all doing our best to walk harmoniously with those with whom we share the world. The spirit of this award acknowledges this shared sense of community through honoring groups and individuals who inspire our efforts. Valley Insight joined UVIP in 2016; we honored Doreen that year. Last year we honored Carol Rougvie, Peg Meyer, and Diane Root and their work with Standing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ). Please send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 9. Your ideas will be held confidentially.
Times to socialize!
Join the informal group on the third Monday of every month for Dinner and Dharma. After the sit we go to a local restaurant.
Also, third Thursday of every month – after the Barn sit, we re-convene at a nearby Lebanon restaurant.
VIMS Lending Library has moved to The Barn
Our library has over 150 books, CDs, magazines, and pamphlets cataloged. Catalogs are available on the top shelf of the library. Books are shelved in alphabetical order by author. You may check out books using the sign-out notebook there. The suggested sign-out period is one month. Now that we have a library, please consider donating your Theravadan (Insight) -related texts when you’re moving them from your nightstand to your bookshelf. A box for new donations is located on the top shelf of the library. A bow of gratitude to Advisory Board member Suzanne Serat who has sustained this project!