Thursday Evening Practice

  • 09 Feb 2023
  • 27 Mar 2025
  • 104 sessions
  • 09 Feb 2023, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EST)
  • 16 Feb 2023, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EST)
  • 23 Feb 2023, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EST)
  • 02 Mar 2023, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EST)
  • 09 Mar 2023, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EST)
  • 23 Mar 2023, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EDT)
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  • 06 Apr 2023, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EDT)
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  • 27 Apr 2023, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EDT)
  • 04 May 2023, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EDT)
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  • 01 Jun 2023, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EDT)
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  • 27 Jul 2023, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EDT)
  • 03 Aug 2023, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EDT)
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  • 14 Sep 2023, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EDT)
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  • 05 Oct 2023, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EDT)
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  • 16 Nov 2023, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EST)
  • 30 Nov 2023, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EST)
  • 07 Dec 2023, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EST)
  • 14 Dec 2023, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EST)
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  • 28 Dec 2023, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EST)
  • 04 Jan 2024, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EST)
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  • 25 Jan 2024, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EST)
  • 01 Feb 2024, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EST)
  • 08 Feb 2024, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EST)
  • 15 Feb 2024, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EST)
  • 22 Feb 2024, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EST)
  • 29 Feb 2024, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EST)
  • 07 Mar 2024, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EST)
  • 14 Mar 2024, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EDT)
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  • 28 Mar 2024, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EDT)
  • 04 Apr 2024, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EDT)
  • 11 Apr 2024, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EDT)
  • 18 Apr 2024, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EDT)
  • 25 Apr 2024, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EDT)
  • 02 May 2024, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EDT)
  • 09 May 2024, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EDT)
  • 16 May 2024, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EDT)
  • 23 May 2024, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EDT)
  • 30 May 2024, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EDT)
  • 06 Jun 2024, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EDT)
  • 13 Jun 2024, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EDT)
  • 20 Jun 2024, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EDT)
  • 27 Jun 2024, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EDT)
  • 11 Jul 2024, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EDT)
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  • 25 Jul 2024, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EDT)
  • 01 Aug 2024, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EDT)
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  • 05 Sep 2024, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EDT)
  • 12 Sep 2024, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EDT)
  • 19 Sep 2024, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EDT)
  • 26 Sep 2024, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EDT)
  • 03 Oct 2024, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EDT)
  • 10 Oct 2024, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EDT)
  • 17 Oct 2024, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EDT)
  • 24 Oct 2024, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EDT)
  • 31 Oct 2024, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EDT)
  • 07 Nov 2024, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EST)
  • 14 Nov 2024, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EST)
  • 21 Nov 2024, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EST)
  • 28 Nov 2024, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EST)
  • 05 Dec 2024, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EST)
  • 12 Dec 2024, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EST)
  • 19 Dec 2024, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EST)
  • 26 Dec 2024, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EST)
  • 02 Jan 2025, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EST)
  • 09 Jan 2025, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EST)
  • 16 Jan 2025, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EST)
  • 23 Jan 2025, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EST)
  • 30 Jan 2025, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EST)
  • 06 Feb 2025, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EST)
  • 13 Feb 2025, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EST)
  • 20 Feb 2025, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EST)
  • 27 Feb 2025, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EST)
  • 06 Mar 2025, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EST)
  • 13 Mar 2025, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EDT)
  • 20 Mar 2025, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EDT)
  • 27 Mar 2025, 7:30 PM 9:00 PM (EDT)
  • In Person and Zoom

Thursday Evening Practice

This is a hybrid event: in person at our Hospital Drive location, and also on Zoom at our regular Zoom link (click here). We begin at 7:30 and sit together for 40 minutes. After this Gareth will offer a talk about a segment of source material (e.g. a sutta/ sutra, or extract, or a practice text), then open up for questions, reflections and discussion.

This is open to all and no prior knowledge of the source texts - or even of Buddhism! - is required.

Schedule

We are currently (and for the foreseeable future) alternating four streams in these talks - essentially a monthly rotation. This will provide continuity and also variety! There is no need to prepare or read in advance. For the enthusiastic participant, textual references (esp to the Mumonkan and Attakavagga) will allow you to find the source material, should you wish). The four themes are: 
  • Core Buddhist Concepts: Gareth will pick a core Buddhist teaching or concept (eg kamma, emptiness, non-self, the three marks, nibbana/ nirvana) for each of the monthly sessions as the topic for his talk and the subsequent group conversation. 
  • Koans from the Mumonkan, which is one of the classic Zen koan collections. Gareth will be using Shibayama's "Zen Comments on the Mumonkan" as the primary text and translation source.
  • Stories from awakening Indian and Chinese women and nuns. The primary texts Gareth will be drawing from are "First Buddhist Women" by Susan Murcott, "Daughters of Emptiness" by Beata Grant, and "The Hidden Lamp" by Florence Caplow and Susan Moon.
  • Poems from the Attakavagga (Book of Eights). This is a very early collection of Buddhist teachings in the Sutta Nipata. It's name comes from the eight verses in many of the poems. A recurring theme of the poems is not holding to views. 
Each talk will be self-contained and stand independently, so feel free to drop in occasionally and to not do so when you feel like it. Each of the series of talks will run for several months.

 Dates

Topic/Material

 May 16th  Poems of Indian and Chinese nuns and women (cont)
 May 23rd  Attakavagga (Intro and #1)
 May 30th  Koans from Mumonkan (cont - #13)
 June 6th  Core Buddhist Concepts - Three Marks, Focus on Non-Self
 June 13th  All Dharmas Are In Fire (special event)
 June 20th  Poems of Indian and Chinese nuns and women (cont)
 June 27th  Attakavagga (cont. #2)
 July 4th  CLOSED 
 July 11th  Koans from Mumonkan (cont - #14)
 July 18th  Core Buddhist Concepts - Kamma/ Karma
 July 25th  Poems of Indian and Chinese nuns and women (cont)
 Aug 1st  Attakavagga (cont. #3)
 Aug 8th  Koans from Mumonkan (cont - #15)
 Aug 15th  Core Buddhist Concepts - Emptiness

Future Topics

Future texts and topics will be announced in advance as the current selections draw to a close..
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