"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

Important Notice:

Beginning July 3, 2019, Beginners Mind Sangha Wednesday night practice will be at its new home, the Boise Buddhist Center, where BIBS meets regularly for Sunday book group and Sunday Sangha:

901 N 15th St., Boise 83702, corner of 15th and Fort.  Practice times will remain the same: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. The space is available to BMS beginning at 6:45 pm.  We look forward to seeing you and sharing community practice in this peaceful center. 

When we are awake, we are truly free!

Fall Meditation Residential Retreat 2019


  The Earth Holder Community is happy to announce an exciting new project that might interest you!

We are launching the Earth Holder Regional Community Builders!!

What?   We propose to recruit, orient, network, and support a group of 20-25 experienced Plum Village practitioners from diverse backgrounds who serve as “spiritual organizers” who encourage and coordinate PV sanghas and members to engage in Earth Holding practices and mindfulness-based Earth and Racial Justice work in their local communities.

  The Earth is hurting. It is calling on us to help heal the deep wound of separation that has given rise to global warming, racial and social injustice, environmental degradation, and decline of reverence for life in all its forms. Given this, our mindfulness practice and Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings have much to contribute to our collective efforts to face our situation, handle the grief, numbness and fear, and attempt to curb the worst suffering.

For More information on this project please click on the “Earth Holders Sangha” tab under “Sangha Activities”

 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.