Join us on the Insight Timer! Awakening Dharma Samatha Meditation Group

Join us on the Insight Timer! Awakening Dharma Samatha Meditation Group

We now have a virtual sitting group on the Insight Timer! The Insight Timer is a great app for timing your meditations. You can select the time you want, and choose from several beautiful meditation bells that will ring at the time(s) you set. Best of all, you can see who you are meditating with from around the world! The basic version of the app is free, and there is a small fee for the full app. Our group is called the “Awakening Dharma...

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First Month-long Retreat Held at Cloud Mountain

First Month-long Retreat Held at Cloud Mountain

We held our first month-long (27-day) retreat from Sept. 6-Oct. 3,2014, at Cloud Mountain Retreat Center in Castle Rock, Washington. We had 37 participants from 8 countries around the world. It was a deep and profound experience, for us as well as the yogis who attended. One of our criteria was that all accommodations would be singles, which worked out well for the participants. We have decided to offer another month-long retreat in...

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First European Retreat Held in Tuscany, Italy

First European Retreat Held in Tuscany, Italy

Our first European retreat was be held at the Lama Tsong Kapa Institute, the largest Tibetan Buddhist Center in Europe, Sept. 21-29, 2013, thanks to the sponsorship of Dr. Andrea Serafino. Yogis from 11 different countries attended the retreat. Here is a hotlink to a 2-minute video summary of the retreat. http://youtu.be/NREuDy3vT-U We are considering offering future retreats in Italy. If you are interested in our future European events, please...

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International Vipassana Teachers Conference

International Vipassana Teachers Conference

We were delighted to be invited to the International Vipassana Teachers Conference in June 2013, along with about 90 other Buddhist Teachers from around the world.  We appreciated being with such a dedicated group of teachers and practitioners. Much of the agenda focused on issues of engaged Buddhism, such as diversity and inclusion, and climate change.

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Tina Neuro Tested at Yale

Tina Neuro Tested at Yale

Dr. Jusdon Brewer,  head of the Yale Neuroscience Lab, invited us to teach a daylong to his sangha at Yale University Chapel in April 2014. It was a treat to teach in a space with such an esteemed history of contemplation. While we were there he invited us to participate in a study of advanced meditators. Here is a photo of Tina with her EEG “swim cap” on, during the testing. A summary of the research can be found on our...

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Samatha Practice Groups Flourish

Samatha Practice Groups Flourish

We currently have one practice group in session. Brian Gavin, who is now authorized to give dharma talks and teach daylongs, leads a monthly Spokane practice group in Spokane, Washington, the first and third Sunday of every month from 10-11:30am. Please click this hotlink to see the website  http://www.meetup.com/Spokane-Concentration-Meditation-Group/ . Previously, Sister Phap Chan, our Director of Special Projects, led two practice...

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