Boise Institute for Buddhist Studies

Boise Institute for Buddhist Studies


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I've moved the Treasure Valley Buddhism website to a different host and domain. In doing so, I invite all groups to review their info as listed therein, and let me know if anything needs updated/changed.

Email me at: [email protected]
Non-duality and the Living Method of Awakening

A new monthly series to be held at BIBS (901 N. 15th St., Boise) on the second Friday of each month at 7pm.
Non-duality and the Living Method of Awakening

A monthly Friday evening series beginning September 13, 2019. Series to be held at BIBS (901 N. 15th St., Boise, ID).
Hey guys! I just wanted to invited you to donate any books associated with Buddhism in anyway, to the BIBS Little Library! And remind you to please sign books out you do borrow! Thanks!

The Boise Institute for Buddhist Studies, (BIBS), aspires to help people learn, understand and practice Buddhism.

Operating as usual

The Center is Now Open! 06/27/2021

The Center is Now Open!

Many of our sangha's have returned to in person practice. Please come join us! Below is the schedule for in-person practice. Most of our groups will continue a hybrid model of both zoom and in-person practice. The zoom links will not change. Please note, that some groups are only opening to in-person practice for those fully vaccinated for COVID-19. If you are not fully vaccinated, and wish to attend in-person practice, please contact the group leader or email us at [email protected] to inquire about the sangha's requirements....

The Center is Now Open! Many of our sangha’s have returned to in person practice. Please come join us! Below is the schedule for in-person practice. Most of our groups will continue a hybrid model of both zoom and i… 09/19/2020

Updates to practice

Many of the opportunities for practice are continuing online via Zoom. However due to required updates by Zoom, the links have changed. Please note the new links below and the updates to times and new live practice opportunities: Recovery Dharma Boise is now meeting in person! Meetings are no longer being held online. In order for people at the meeting to stay COVID-safe, the groups have decided on some policies. [ 176 more words ] Many of the opportunities for practice are continuing online via Zoom. However due to required updates by Zoom, the links have changed. Please note the new links below and the updates to times and … 06/16/2020

Three New Offerings This Week

The Boise Institute For Buddhist Studies has three events that we would like to invite you to. Tuesday 6/16 7:00 - 8:00pm at Capital Park Sit walk sit with dharma reading Format will be a sit walk sit with dharma reading at intervals during the sit. Cushions or blankets will be 6 foot apart. Please arrive at 6:45 to set up. [ 127 more words ] The Boise Institute For Buddhist Studies has three events that we would like to invite you to. Tuesday 6/16 7:00 – 8:00pm at Capital Park Sit walk sit with dharma reading Format will be a sit…


Non-duality and the Living Method of Awakening

Satsang with Vincent J. Fortunato

Second Friday of the month evening series beginning September 13th, 2019.

Doors open at 6:30 and Satsang begins promptly at 7pm.

Boise Buddhist Center
901 N. 15th St.



The Divine Abidings - The Four Immeasurables

September 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd(Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday) Classes to be held at: Boise Institute for Buddhist Studies (BIBS)901 N 15th St. Boise, Idaho Classes begin at 7:00 p.m.

Karma Sonam Senge is a teacher of Awakening, in the tradition of his principal teacher The Venerable Namgyal Rinpoche. Senge was ordained in the Karma Kargu tradition by His Holiness the 16th Karmapa and also by Sayadaw U Thila Wunta, in the Theravadin tradition.

At present Lama Senge resides and teachs in B.C. Canada.


The Boise Buddhist Center is the place where BIBS groups meet.

[04/29/19]   There are a couple bookshelves in the entry room of the meditation center. These books are part of a growing BIBS lending library. Anyone can borrow and donate books. Be sure to sign them out using the clipboard on the shelf.





LOCATION: Boise Buddhist Center
901 N 15TH ST
Boise, ID 83702
Beginners Welcome! Pre-registration requested.

Information: (208) 661-6277, [email protected] 03/14/2019

Beginners Mind Sangha

Beginners Mind Sangha Spring Retreat at Harris Ranch

April 25th through April 28th, 2019
Mill District Club House, Harris Ranch
Boise, Idaho 83716

This non-residential retreat, in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, will be held Thursday and Friday evenings (6 to 9 pm),all day Saturday (9 am to 8 pm) and half day Sunday (8 am to 3 pm).

See the Beginners Mind Sangha website for details:

Be sure to check out Beginners Mind Sangha activities at BIBS:

Beginners Mind Book Group meets at BIBS on Sundays 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM. Late arrival OK. Currently reading books by Thich Nhat Hanh: Living Buddha Living Christ and Call Me by My True Names.

Beginners Mind Community Practice at BIBS on Sundays 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM "In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities; in the expert's mind there are few."From Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Suzuki Roshi

[03/10/19]   Mindful Movement Class at the Boise Institute for Buddhist Studies
Mondays April 15th, 22nd, 29th 7:00-8:30PM
901 N. 15th St.
By Donation.
RSVP to [email protected]

A three week series on practicing mindful movement. We will participate in the miracle of our moving bodies, mindfully playing in motion to observe our consciousness, connectedness, generosity, and wholeness. Mindful movement practices can serve as a bridge from sitting meditation practices to being more mindful in our day to day activities. If you can sit, walk, and lay down then our exploration together will not be strenuous for you. Classes will build on each other, and may also be attended individually.

Josh Rychert and Matthew Nelson will facilitate the class.

Josh is the president of the BIBS board of directors, leads the Sunday lightly guided meditations, and is an active member of Boise’s Refuge Recovery groups.

Matthew brings over 20 years experience on his path, with qualifications that include an MFA in Modern Dance, and certifications in Laban Movement Analysis, Massage, and Pilates.


How does the Self-Compassion Scale used by psychologists relate to Buddhism? This article has some data. 02/24/2019

Test how self-compassionate you are | Kristin Neff

Curious about self-compassion? Test your levels of self-compassion and try exercises or guided meditations to help you increase your self-compassion.


Topic for discussion Sunday, February 24th at 12:00PM at BIBS:

Nirvana as the Third Dharma Seal.

We choose a new topic every Sunday based on a short reading from various Buddhist traditions.


After the regular Sunday Lightly Guided Meditation at 11:15, there will be a one hour discussion group. 12pm - 1pm.

The material we will use for this Sunday’s February, 10th dharma discussion is the 5th chapter of a booklet written by Jack Kornfield.

The Eightfold Path For the Housholder.
Chapter 5 on Right Livelihood (12 pages.)

We have changed the format of the discussion. We will now have shorter readings each week instead of ongoing studies of a Buddhist book.



Boise Institute for Buddist Studies is 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization

Donations can be made through PayPal

[01/08/19]   Buddhist teachings emphasize the importance of compassion. The Boise Institute for Buddhist Studies will host a course on how to cultivate compassion. BIBS welcomes Winston Cheyney who will be presenting The Compassion Training Program.

Winston Cheyney has studied the Dharma with Lama Jhampa Shaneman and Alan Wallace, among others, and recently completed the yearlong training course to be a teacher of Compassion Cultivation Training. Winston works as a Registered Nurse in Critical Care at St. Lukes in Boise, and has a special interest in the application of secular meditation practices to help healthcare providers sustain compassion and prevent burnout.


The Compassion Cultivation Training program (CCT) is an eight-week program designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and for others. The training integrates traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion. The program was developed at the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers

Feburary 4 – March 25 Mondays 7PM – 9PM

If you wish to attend, RSVP via email to [email protected].

Please RSVP only if you are able to attend all 8 of the two hour classes.

There is no fee for attendance, but a donation is suggested.


Hello there FaceBook followers of Boise Institute for Buddhist Studies. Starting on January 1, BIBS will be moving to a new location. 901 N. 15th St. On the corner of 15th and Fort. The schedule will stay the same.

[08/30/18]   Hi BIBS Facebook Community!
This is Josh Rychert, the new BIBS director. Are there any artisitic individuals that would like to create a Boise Institute for Buddhist Studies Logo? Examples can be found if you do a google image search for:
dharma center logo


Many causes and conditions came together to make these some of the most incredible and moving Dharma teachings I have ever attended. As our translator, Jules Levinson commented, this is because we have a great core group of serious practitioners. Many thanks to all. - Dan

[08/04/18]   From Friday's teaching with Damcho Rinpoche, in a commentary about the text which extolls the good fortune to have access to teachers: "Why do you need a teacher, when you could just read books about Dharma? Well, reading books, you can even develop certainty. But that is not enough. You can have certainty, and still be wrong. When it comes to the teachings, rely on the spiritual friend who has trained and practiced and who knows how to help you develop your own confidence."

[08/03/18]   Wow. Damcho Rinpoche's teachings last night were phenomenal. We learned about the primary cause of enlightenment, the "womb-like matrix from which one goes rapturously." Our translator's elaborations are fantastic. Teachings continue tonight. All are welcome.


Treasure Valley Dharma Friends welcomes Tibetan Buddhist Master Damcho Rinpoche, teaching "Ancient Wisdom: Modern Practice" Aug. 2-9 at the Vietnamese Temple in Boise. Translator is Jules Levinson, Ph.D., Visit TVDF's page, or for details. 07/20/2018

Meditation Retreat with Master Bon Soeng: Aug 11th ZEN MASTER BON SOENG received Inka (teaching authority) from Zen Master Seung Sahn in 1992 and became a Zen Master in 2001. He has been practicing Zen since 1975 and has practiced with Zen Master S… 07/10/2018

How Buddhist meditation kept the Thai boys calm in the cave

The Thai soccer team was fortunate in many ways, including having an adult with them who taught them meditation while waiting in the cave. The boys’ coach lived in a Buddhist monastery for a decade and taught them to meditate in the cave. 07/07/2018

UPDATED: Buddhist leader steps aside pending sexual misconduct investigation The news comes after the leadership of his organization resigned Friday.


Lama Jhampa in Boise

Jhampa Shaneman teaches in Boise May 4-6
Sponsored by Treasure Valley Dharma Friends
For more details see Treasure Valley Dharma Friends on Facebook.


Treasure Valley Dharma Friends

Big News - Lama Jhampa in Boise!!!

“Don’t let your mind go astray but place it within compassion. Don’t let your mind go astray but place it in the ambiance of reality.”

Jhampa Shaneman, a renowned Buddhist teacher in the Tibetan tradition, will be teaching on the well-known Tibetan text “A Song of Four Mindfulnesses”.

“A Song of the Four Mindfulnesses” is a beautiful poem about essential mindfulness practices. Composed by the 7th Dalai Lama, this poem teaches us how to integrate awareness or mindfulness into daily life. It clearly explains how to practice mindfulness of the spiritual teacher; of compassion; and of emptiness in each moment of our precious human lives.

Emptiness teachings are typically for more intermediate or advanced students but Jhampa also skillfully relates the presentations to people who are beginners in their practices or just exploring Buddhism.

Friday, May 4, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Saturday, May 5, 10:00 – 12:00 am / 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Sunday, May 6, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Friday & Saturday @ LTTT Temple: 8813 W. Ardene St.
Sunday @ Potluck lunch, location to be announced

$15 per session or $60 for all
No one turned away for lack of funds 04/07/2018

The 4 Noble Truths of the Enlightened Realizing Wisdom and Peace Through Positive Thinking An evening with Venerable Acharya Lama Orgyen Zangpo Friday, April 13, 2018 • 7-9pm Linh Thuu Buddhist Temple 8813 W. Ardene St. Boise, ID 83709…

[03/29/18]   The Beginners Mind Sangha book study is postponed this Easter weekend. However, the BIBS 11 a.m. Sunday meditation and noon study group will meet as usual.


Tulku Damcho will visit Boise to teach from August 2-10. Or, if you can't wait, here is an announcement for a seminar in Nepal.

Tulku Damcho Rinpoche’s teaching during Namo Buddha Seminar, March 31 - April 4 (4:00 - 5:30pm) at SMD School, Boudha Tinchuli.
Rinpoche will teach on Gampopa's “The Precious Garland of the Supreme Path." This will be a continuation from last years seminar.

[03/10/18]   Save the date: Tulku Damcho to teach in Boise Aug. 2-9, 2018 on "Ancient Path, Modern Path." More details including registration later this spring.

[03/01/18]   Study of the Classics continues at BIBS every Sunday from noon to 1 p.m. at BIBS. Last week we explored the nuanced role of faith in Buddhism, especially looking at the Kamala Sutra. It was part of the discussion about the role of a lama, or spiritual friend. Next week we look impermanence...


I have always wondered why peace officers don't use meditation. Apparently it's not too weird for Canada.

Canadian police officers meditating before they start their day 🇨🇦

[02/23/18]   Mahamudra class resumes tonight, Friday, Feb. 23. Book study continues on Sunday. Refuge Recovery is now two evenings a week. These details and more can be found at


Treasure Valley Dharma Friends

ATTENTION - No TVDF meeting this Saturday, February 17,

Our friends, the LTTT community, will be using the Temple for a New Years celebration. TVDF members are welcome to join in the celebration.
Treasure Valley Dharma Friends (TVDF) meets every Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at the Linh Thuu Buddhist Temple located at 8813 W. Ardene St. TVDF has been bringing renowned Buddhist teachers to Boise since 2001. We promote Buddhist practices such as meditation, book study and discussion groups.





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