Keeping Our Appointment with Life

Three-session Dharma Study of the Elder Discourse

Sundays, January 7, 14, 21, 2018, 1:00-3:30

Boise Institute for Buddhist Studies, 660 N. 9th Street, Boise

“The Buddha taught the monk as follows, “It is obvious that you like the practice of living alone. I do not want to deny that, but I want to tell you that there is a more wonderful and profound way to be alone. It is the way of deep observation in order to see that the past no longer exists and the future has not yet come, and to dwell at ease in the present moment, free from desire.”

All are welcome to participate in Dharma study on the Elder Discourse as presented in Thich Nhat Hanh's book, Our Appointment with Life: The Buddha’s Teaching on Living in the Present (Parallax Press, 1990).


Our Appointment with Life is a translation and commentary on the Sutra on Knowing the Better Way to Live Alone, the earliest teaching of the Buddha on how to live fully in the present moment.

For any student of Buddhism, new or experienced, it offers a fundamental understanding of mindfulness, describing the benefits of mindful living in simple, direct and inspiring ways. For students of Thich Nhat Hanh, it is also the first sutra in the curriculum to become a member of the Order of Interbeing.


This study is offered by Rev. Michele Tae (MTae), an ordained Buddhist Chaplain, a member of the Plum Village Order of Interbeing, and a guiding member of Beginners Mind Sangha (Boise). MTae has walked the Buddhist path since 1992.

Join us for three Sundays, January 7, 14 and 21, from 1:00 to 3:30 pm at the Boise Institute of Buddhist Studies, 660 N. 9th Street in Boise. Participation is free, but your donation—dana—is welcome.

Online Dharma Study Group

We now have a web based format for group discussion!
Why You May Ask?
The purpose of this group is to strengthen our practice through the study of Buddhist teachings on mindfulness and sharing our experience of the practice of these teachings in our daily lives. 
Why Web Based Discussion?
The book study group has proven to be a useful tool for strengthening practice because of the opportunity to share experience and insight, but it is not possible for everyone to attend because of schedule conflicts.  This is an attempt to give people with difficult schedules a way to supplement the growth we receive from Sangha activities such as Wednesday night and Tuesday morning meditations, Mindfulness Morning, and retreats.
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