"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

Beginners Mind Sangha 2019 Spring Retreat

With the theme of

Beloved Community
Refuge and Inspiration on the path of Mindfulness

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

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Calligraphy by Thich Nhat Hanh

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).

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Dharma teachings will be offered by Dharmacharya Michele Tae, an ordained Buddhist Chaplain, and a long-time teacher of mindfulness.

Retreat Details: The retreat is with Beginners Mind Community and everyone is welcome. This retreat is non-residential and includes periods of sitting, indoor and outdoor walking meditation, readings, Dharma talks by Michele, personal free time, and Dharma discussion groups. In this retreat there is an opportunity to have practice interviews with Michele and other senior members of Beginners Mind Community. There will also be an opportunity to formally receive the Buddhist Precepts in the form of the Five Mindfulness Trainings of the Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism.

The cost of the retreat is $75, with a suggested donation of $100 to support the teachings and the Community. Scholarships and payment plans are available.

When we are awake, we are truly free!

Spring Retreat Closes with Guidance from Peggy Rowe and Larry Ward for Continuing on the Path of Enlightenment


Gathering at Jerome's Monastery of the Ascension Ministry Center, retreatants from throughout our region connected with each other and lifted their aspirations.


 Our Sangha, located in Boise, practices in the Buddhist tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh (Thây). We have weekly meditation practices and meet one Saturday a month for a Mindfulness Morning. See our Sangha Activities page for details on these and other activities. All are welcome.


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One of the best known and most respected Zen masters in the world today, poet, and peace and human rights activist, Thich Nhat Hanh (called Thây by his students) has led an extraordinary life. Born in central Vietnam in 1926 he joined the monkshood at the age of sixteen. The Vietnam War confronted the monasteries with the question of whether to adhere to the contemplative life and remain meditating in the monasteries, or to help the villagers suffering under bombings and other devastation of the war. Nhat Hanh was one of those who chose to do both, helping to found the "engaged Buddhism" movement. His life has since been dedicated to the work of inner transformation for the benefit of individuals and society.