Our sanghas are rooted in the Zen based mindfulness tradition inspired by Thich Nhat Hanh and consist of Open Way & Be Here Now in Missoula, Flowing Mountains in Helena, and Open Sky in Kalispell.
Open Sky Sangha
Open Sky Sangha in Kalispell, MT
A Community of Mindful Living in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh
Our vision is to offer support to one another as we nurture our practice of mindfulness, joy and peace. We believe that by practicing together, stilling the mind and body, and by looking deeply at causes of suffering we can begin to cultivate openness, compassion, inclusiveness, and well being within ourselves, our families, our community, our environment, and our world.
Meets: Every Thursday from 6:30-8:30pm (see weekly schedule below)
Location: Two Rivers Aikido Zen Center in the KM Building, 220 1st Ave. E., enter through the parking lot doors.
For more info: Contact Gina at firstname.lastname@example.org
Meditation 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Dharma Sharing 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Beginners are always welcome!
Join us for Thursday evening meditation from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm and dharma discussion from 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm. For our second hour, read and discuss selections from Chapter 3 in the book, After Buddhism by Stephen Batchelor. It is not necessary to own the book. This month explore the Four Noble Truths or as Batchelor describes, the Fourfold Task:
... to comprehend suffering,
... to let go of the arising of reactivity,
... to behold the ceasing of reactivity, and
... to cultivate an eightfold path that is
grounded in the perspective of Mindful awareness
and leads one to become Self-reliant
in the practice of the dharma.
Feb. 2: Finding Solid Ground Amidst our Reactivity
Feb 9: Greeting Mara & Staying Calm
Feb. 16: Exploring Buddhist Ethics through the 5 Mindfulness Trainings
Feb. 23: Nirvana is Clearly Visible the Moment Reactivity Stops
MEDITATION 6:30 - 7:30
Meditation begins with 20 minutes of guided meditation, followed by 10 minutes of walking meditation, and then a 20 minute silent sitting meditation. Chairs are available.
DHARMA SHARING 7:30 - 8:30
Dharma sharing is an opportunity for us to develop relationships with one another as we practice deep listening and loving speech. This is also an opportunity to ask questions and share our mindfulness practice with one another. We are reading selections from the book, Beyond Buddhism by Stephen Batchelor. There is no need to own the book. Each section will stand on its own.
5 Mindfulness Trainings
The Five Mindfulness Trainings represent the Buddhist vision for a global spirituality and ethic. They are a concrete expression of the Buddha's teachings on the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path, the path of right understanding and true love, leading to healing, transformation, and happiness fro ourselves and for the world.
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