Building a Mindful Community
By Subha Srinivasan
November 5, 2017
Today I want to write about unsung heroes: the heroes in our lives who make it possible for us to build something we love. And who do it joyfully without knowing the ripple effect they create.
Eileen Ruml, a fellow sangha member, is one of those heroes. Eileen, along with continue reading …
Observations from the Intersangha Meeting of 2017: The Past and Future of Secularized Buddhism
By Mindy Schorr
November 5, 2017
In April of this year I had the opportunity and pleasure to attend the 8th annual Intersangha Meeting of the Buddhist Insight Network (BIN) at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California.
The sixty-five attendees were made up of Community Dharma Leaders and sangha board members from Insight communities around the country. The purpose of the annual Intersangha gathering is continue reading…
Scholarships Available for Study at BCBS
The Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in Barre, Massachusetts has been tremendously important in helping meditators to develop a clear understanding of Buddhist teachings and to cultivate a depth of practice for our modern world. Through its offerings, the Center fosters clarity, calm, and sanity and provides a place of learning and refuge in the rapidly changing and confused culture in which we live. It has been instrumental in the formation and direction of Valley Insight Society, as all our teachers and many sangha members have studied and practiced there over the years. We now have access to scholarship money, which is available for anyone in VIMS who would like to take courses there as well as for those who would like to participate in their online programs. Please see their offerings at https://www.bcbsdharma.org/. We particularly recommend the upcoming courses with Bhikkhu Analayo, Taraniya, Mu Soeng, Jan Surrey, and Shaila Catherine. But there are many others whose courses can enrich our understanding and our practice. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to apply.
UVIP and Valley Insight will honor the Volunteers of our Prison Project on November 12, 2017
For the sixth consecutive year, Upper Valley and Claremont residents who have made significant contributions as volunteers will be honored in a “United Valley” event, the Micah awards ceremony. We expect an afternoon of joy and cheers as inspiring stories of selfless actions are shared with an audience. Each of the fifteen faith communities of the United Valley Interfaith Project (UVIP) will honor a person, couple, or small group who live according to an extraordinary degree of moral guidance. For those of Christian and Jewish traditions, this may be to “act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8). For our Buddhist community, the animating spirit may be to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with all beings.
We will honor Joanne Bernard, Terry Gustafson, Landon Hall, Barbara Woodard, and Claudia Brandenburg. Their bios are within Doreen’s October Dhamma Reflection here. More on our UVIP and Prison Sangha pages.
Venue: Claremont Senior Center, 5 Acer Heights Road, Claremont
Day and Time: Sunday, November 12. Doors open for food and socializing 2:00 pm
Micah Ceremony 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Tickets are $30 per person in advance. We strongly encourage you to purchase your ticket in advance as we expect to sell out. Contact Mindy Schorr for tickets and information. email@example.com
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.
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 Suzanne Serat who has sustained this project!