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Tallahassee Kadampa Group

Address: Namaste Yoga 1369 E Lafayette Street   Tallahassee FL 32301
Tradition: Vajrayana, New Kadampa Tradition
Affiliation: Parbawatiya Kadampa Buddhist Center
Phone: 727-797-9770
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Teacher: Kelsang Chokyan  
Spiritual Director: Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso  
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Meditation classes in Tallahassee teach basic meditation and the practice of Kadampa Buddhism. The purpose of these classes is to help people to gain personal experience of inner peace, to overcome their daily problems, and to find real happiness in their hearts.

Our Tallahassee classes consist of guided meditations, a talk and discussion. The classes are suitable for everyone from beginners to experienced meditators. Each class is self contained, though you are welcome to attend the whole course. They provide an ideal introduction to meditation and Buddhism, teaching effective and practical methods for overcoming problems and increasing happiness in daily life.

Tantrayana Vajradharma Metaphysical Center

Address: 44725 E.Highway 74 #154   E.Hemet CA 92544
Tradition: Non-Sectarian, India, Tibetan,Neuroscience Whole Mind meditation
Affiliation: Tantrayana Buddhism esoteric
Phone: 951-9277351
Website: Lana Yeshe
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Main Contact: Lama Joyce  Email  (Phone: 951-9277351)
Teacher: Rev. Joyce Diane Schuls MAed  
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TVMC is a Buddhist consulting counseling service to develop the Whole Mind method to stabilization of imbalance brain function and unfication of the mind with consciousness activities.  It uses the Buddhist methods from India, Tibet, China,and modern neuroscience education to achieve this balance and harmony with the Universe.  Our Head teacher is Lama Yeshe Naljorma (Tibetan), Jyothirchandra (hindu) and American name is Lama Joyce Diane Schulz MAed, Ph.d in metaphysics and neuroscience brain education.  She is an art therapist, author, and retired educator.  The method is taught as a therapy for all individual sessions.  The meditative process is quite difficult in the beginning, and diagnostic tools are used to assess individual clients.  Group presentations can be given if requested, but the information is too general for the serious student of esoteric Buddhism or Whole Mind Unification.  The method is focused on how a person receives information and learns.  The method is quite holistic for the beginning and advanced mediator, with mantric studies, in Sanskrit and Tibet, visualization techniques, yogic activities for stress reduction, and balance.  The esoteric teachings of Tibet and India are explore for healing and past life therapy.

Tao Sangha Healing Center

Address: 2330 Willard Avenu   Madison WI 53704
Tradition: Non-Sectarian
Phone: (608) 257-4663
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Main Contact: Deborah Bachmann  Email  (Phone: (608) 257-4663)
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Visit our Website: Tao Sangha Madison is one of ten centers in the world that engage in spiritual development, healing, training and charitable activities.
To awaken, support and develop the Universal Giving Heart ( Tao Heart ) in everyone for the spiritual development of all beings.
Founder of Tao Sangha Global Community is Master Ryokyu Endo of Japan. Tao Sangha Madison was founded by Deborah Bachmann.
There are three interconnected components (see below) of Tao Sangha, all with the same spirit and simple mission.
General Information
Wada-ji Sangha Temple is dedicated in guiding people in the meditation practices of Buddhist devotional chanting. The Temple is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, non-denominational and open to all. Weekly Chanting sessions, 12 week courses of Buddha School and Pure land School, as well as 1 day and weekend retreats are given regularly. New Year's Eve and seasonal chanting events and ceremonies ar...e offered along with free introductions.

Tao Shiatsu is the revival or the original hands-on Oriental medical therapy developed by Japanese Master Ryokyu Endo. The treatments alleviate stress, boost energy and treat ailments from their source. Introductory classes and complete shiatsu practitioner training are given at the Tao Sangha Center. Free 2-hour experiential introductions are offered regularly.

Global Uni Community is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities. GUC provides classes and fundraising activities, as well as assistance to people in need, locally and internationally.

Tara Mandala Phoenix

Address: 7520 E Camelback Road   Scottsdale AZ 85251
Tradition: Vajrayana, Lama Tsultrim Allione
Affiliation: Tara Mandala
Phone: 602-957-2602
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Teacher: Dana Siekman-Price  
Main Contact: Dana Siekman-Price  
Spiritual Director: Lama Tsultrim Allione  
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Please see website for current schedule and upcoming teachings.

Tara Redwood School and Preschool- Lamas Vision for Kids

Address: 5800 Prescott Road   Soquel CA 95073
Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan, Gelugpa (FPMT)
Phone: (831) 462-9632
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Empowering children to make a positive difference in the world

Tara Redwood School provides a curriculum and environment that nurtures the innate positive qualities within each child. The school strives to stimulate an intense interest in and joy of learning and an opportunity for each child to fully explore their particular area of interest.

We provide a program that addresses not only our students’ various talents but, just as importantly, their emotional and inner development. Our school strives to develop the ‘whole child‘ — mental, physical and spiritual.

The approach we use is an integration of Montessori and Creating Compassionate Cultures.

Tarahouse Meditation Center

Address: 2323 Jackson Street.  Sioux City IA 51104
Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan, Nyingma
Phone: 712-255-6510
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Main Contact: Ibu Nooney  (Phone: 712-255-6510)
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Small group meditation practice open to all. Leader has Tibetan Buddhist background and follows that format. Red Tara practice twice monthly.  Meditation sessions at 6:30 PM on Fridays, 10 AM Saturdays and Sundays.

Tashi Choling Center for Buddhist Studies

Address: 2001 Colestin Road.   Ashland OR 97520
Tradition: Vajrayana, Palyul and Dudjom Tersar
Affiliation: Nyingmapa
Phone: 541-488-9660
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Lama : Bruce Newman  (Phone: 541-488-0881)
Lama: Sangye Khandro  (Phone: 541-488-9660)
Teacher: Lama Chonam  
Spiritual Director: Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche  Email  (Phone: 541-488-9660)
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Tashi Chöling was founded in 1980 by the Tibetan Buddhist master Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche. For over 30 years, students have gathered here to study and practice the ancient spiritual tradition of Vajrayana Buddhism. Retreats and teachings are offered.

Tathagata Meditation Center

Address: 1215 Lucretia Ave   San Jose CA 95122
Tradition: Theravada, Burmese,Venerable U Silananda
Phone: 408 294-4536
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TMC is located on more than 1.5 acres in San Jose, California. The facilities consist of a Sangha quarters for monks, a meditation hall, separate men and women’s quarters, and a kitchen and a dining area. 

TBSO (USA) Dhamma Gone Yee Mahasi Meditation Center

Address: 17730, Broadway Avenue,   Snohomish WA WA 98296
Tradition: Theravada, Mahasi Sayadaw
Affiliation: Mahasi Meditation Center, No 16, Sasana Yeiktha Road, Bahan Yangon, (Rangoon) 11201 Myanmar (Burma)
Phone: 360-243-3468
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Main Contact: TBSO(USA)  Email  (Phone: 360-243-3468)
Teacher: Ashin Pannobhasa  
Spiritual Director: Ashin Pannobhasa  Email  (Phone: 360-348-6666)
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  • Every one is invited to attend the Abhidhamma Class in English.

    Date:  Every Friday
    Time:  7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Place:  17730, Broadway Ave, Snohomish, WA 98296.
    Phone: 360 243 3468

* Youtube: TBSO mahasi

  • Every one is invited to attend the Abhidhamma Class in Burmese.

    TBSO invites you to the Abhidhamma Class which will be held at Dhamma Gone Yee Mahasi Meditation Center in Snohomish.

    Date:  Every Saturday
    Time.  4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.
    Place.  17730, Broadway Ave, Snohomish, WA 98296,                             Phone: 360 243 3468

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  • One Day Insight Meditation Retreat in every Sunday

          Place.  17730, Broadway Ave, Snohomish, WA98296                                      

          Phone: 360 243 3468

          Time Table of the Retreat

9:30 - 9:45AM    Observing Precepts
9:45 - 10:30      Sitting Meditation
10:30 - 11:00    Walking Meditation
11:00 - 12:00    Lunch & Private Time
12:00 - 1:00 PM Walking Meditation
1:00 - 2:00        Listening Dhamma Talk
2:00 - 3:00        Walking Meditation
3:00 - 4:00        Sitting Meditation
4:00 - 5:00        Walking Meditation & Discussion

***In the walking meditation time you can keep practicing sitting meditation if you want.***

Temple Buddhist Center

Address: Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W 47th St, Kansas City, MO, 64112   Kansas City MO 64112
Tradition: Non-Sectarian
Phone: (816) 561-4466 Ext. 108
Fax: 8167532221
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Spiritual Director: Janet Taylor  (Phone: (816)561-4466 Ext. 108)
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The Temple Buddhist Center is a community organization where different traditions of Buddhism can studied and practiced, both as individual groups and as a larger Sangha, to support the practice of Buddhism in all its rich diversity.  We are blessed with a groups in the following traditions/teachers:  Thich Nhat Hanh, Korean Zen as taught by Master Seung Sahn, Tibetan Buddhism as taught by Younge Khachab Rinpoche, Soto Zen, Vipassana, and Dzogchen as taught by Lama Surya Das.  Classes and practices are available seven days a week as various times.  For more information, go to  Experienced practitioners and beginners all welcomed. Main meditation service is on Sundays, at 9 am.

Temple Buddhist Center

Address: 707 West 47th Street   Kansas City 64112
Tradition: Non-Sectarian
Affiliation: Inner Peace Buddhist Centers
Phone: 816-994-8015
Website: httpa;//
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Main Contact: Ronn Pawo McLane  Email  (Phone: 816-994-8015)
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Temple Buddhist Center is about 21st century American Buddhism.  No Strange robes, living in caves or sitting in pretzel knots for hours (although you can, if you want!).  What the Buddha awakened to 2,500 yeares ago can be integrated into our lives simply and practically:  We are here, in this moment, to increase happiness and relive suffering, regardless of circumstances.

Temple Mountain Buddhist Meditation Center

Address: 729 Wilton Rd   Peterborough. NH 03458-1928
Tradition: Mahayana, Vietnamese teachings of Ven Thien Thanh Tu. - all welcome!
Phone: (603) 784-5244
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Spiritual Director: Founder: Ven Tue Man  
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Est: 2011

Meditation on Sat from 2PM, but all welcome to come anytime

the center is adjacent to what is now the Temple Mountain State Reservation, opposite Miller State Park and Pack Monadnock, just off Route 101.

Tendai Buddhist Institute

Address: 1525 State Route 295  East Chatham NY
Tradition: Mahayana, Tendai-Shu New York Betsu-in
Affiliation: Tendai
Phone: 518-392-7963
E-mail: info [at]
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The Tendai Buddhist Institute is home to the Tendai-Shu New York Betsuin, the Karuna Tendai Dharma Center and Juinzan Tendai-ji. The Karuna Tendai Dharma Center has branch sanghas located in:

In 2001, the central authority of Tendai Buddhism in Japan designated Karuna Tendai Dharma Center the Tendai-shu New York Betsuin, a branch of Enryakuji, the head Tendai temple on Mt. Hiei, in Japan. The head priest in Canaan, NY, Monshin Paul Naamon was designated the Jushoku (abbot) of the temple. His wife, Shumon Tamami Naamon, who also received ordination in Japan, was appointed Managing Director. The Betsuin (branch) designation authorizes us to teach and train people for ordination and to represent Tendai Buddhism in the West.

Tendai Jiko-ji Temple

Address: 504 Fayne Lane  Redondo Beach CA 90277
Tradition: Mahayana, Vajrayana, Tendai
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Spiritual Director: Rev. Jion Prosser  Email  
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Established in the early 1980's as a Tendai Buddhist outreach temple by Archbishop Jiko Kohno, spiritual director of the Osaka Jiko-ji temple and author of the book, Right View, Right Life; Insights of a Woman Buddhist Priest. 

Tennessee Buddhist Vihara

Address: 4901 Ross Road   Memphis TE TN 38141
Tradition: Theravada, Buddhist Tradition from Sri Lanka
Phone: 901-438-0579
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Spiritual Director: Bhante Rahula  Email  (Phone: 901-438-0579)
Main Contact: Bhante Rahula  
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Tennessee Buddhist Vihara offers Insight (Vipassana) meditation and guidance to the practice of the noble teaching of the Buddha. The Vihara is open to anyone, and those who would like to enjoy the noble teaching of the Buddha.

Tenzin Gyatso Institute

Address: P.O. Box 239   Berne NY 12023
Tradition: Vajrayana
Affiliation: Rigpa US, Rigpa International
Phone: (518) 872-1250
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Executive Director: David Rand  (Phone: (518) 872-1250)
Spiritual Director: Sogyal Rinpoche  
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The Tenzin Gyatso Institute, named after His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, has been founded in homage to his vision and achievements. Its aim is to advance, explore, and put into action the values and principles that the Dalai Lama holds closest to his heart.

The founder of the Tenzin Gyatso Institute is Tibetan Buddhist teacher Sogyal Rinpoche, author of the ground-breaking The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. The Tenzin Gyatso Institute is the realization of Sogyal Rinpoches lifelong wish to make a lasting contribution to His Holiness work and to help safeguard it over the years to come, by promoting education, preservation of an endangered culture, and human values.

Tergar Boston

Address: 70 Pacific St.  Cambridge MA 02139
Tradition: Mahayana, Vajrayana, Karma Kagyu
Affiliation: Tergar International
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Spiritual Director: Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche  
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Tergar Boston

Under the guidance of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, Tergar Boston holds a weekly meditation group on the campus of MIT, in addition to periodic retreats, seminars, and classes on meditation and Buddhist practice. We also host occasional visits by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and other meditation teachers. Please Join Us!

Our weekly meditation group is free and open to all. If you are new to meditation and would like to learn more, or if you are a seasoned practitioner and would like to deepen your practice, please join us as we explore the practice of mindfulness. Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche\\\'s approach to meditation focuses on working with the challenges of day-to-day life to create a peaceful mind and open heart. Our meditation group includes short presentations on the basics of meditation practice, guided meditations, and group discussion. Feel free to drop in anytime!

When: Every Sunday morning, 10-11:30am
Where: Seminar Room, MIT Residence Hall - 70 Pacific St. Cambridge MA, 02139 (enter through the side entrance on the right of the building, seminar room is located immediately to the right upon entrance)
Cost: Free!

Tergar International

Address: Tergar International 810 S. 1st St., Suite 200   Minneapolis 55343
Tradition: Vajrayana
Phone: (952) 232-0633
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Co-Director: Edwin Kelly  Email  (Phone: 952-405-8597)
Main Contact: Cortland Dahl  Email  (Phone: 952-236-7278)
Teacher: Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche  
Instructor: Myonshin Kelly  Email  (Phone: 952-405-8597)
Spiritual Director: Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche  Email  (Phone: (952) 232-0633)
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Tergar Meditation Community

Under the guidance of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, a well-known Tibetan Buddhist meditation master and best-selling author, the Tergar community of meditation centers offers weekly meditation and study groups, as well as regular seminars on meditation and the core principles of the Buddhist path.

Tergar Meditation Community

Address: 706 N. 1st St., Suite 112   Minneapolis MN 55401
Tradition: Vajrayana, Kagyu and Nyingma Lineages
Phone: (612) 460-8837
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Main Contact: John Wheeler  Email  (Phone: (612) 460-8837)
Teacher: Edwin and Myoshin Kelley  
Spiritual Director: Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche  
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Under the guidance of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, the Tergar Meditation Center holds a weekly drop-in meditation group, as well as periodic retreats, workshops, and classes on meditation and Tibetan Buddhism.

Tergar Meditation Group of Portland

Address: PO Box 24  Gresham OR 97030
Tradition: Mahayana, Vajrayana, Kagyu
Affiliation: Tergar International
Phone: (503)341-7776
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Spiritual Director: Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche  
Coordinator: Lyle McQueen-Smith  Email  (Phone: (503)936-2049)
Main Contact: Diane McQueen-Smith  Email  (Phone: (503)341-7776)
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Tergar Meditation Group of Portland 

Under the guidance of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, the Tergar Meditation Center of Portland holds regular teachings and community events in and around Portland, Oregon. As a community of friends exploring the practice of meditation, we gather regularly to practice and study, and host yearly visits by Mingyur Rinpoche. We also offer retreats and seminars on the practice of meditation and the fundamentals of Buddhist practice. 

Mingyur Rinpoches approach to meditation focuses on the practice of mindfulness, which unlocks the door to a calm mind, compassionate heart and insight into the challenges of day-to-day life. Rinpoche’s teachings emphasize universal principles that are of profound benefit to people of all faiths and belief systems. Whether you are new to meditation or a seasoned practitioner wanting to deepen your practice, please join us.

Meditation Group Details

Our group meets at SomaSpace located at 4050 NE Broadway in the Hollywood District of Portland from 1:00 pm to 3:15 pm on the second and fourth Sundays of each month.  During our time together, we practice silent and guided meditations, watch DVD teachings by Mingyur Rinpoche, and engage in conversation that supports one another in applying the teachings to our lives.  Our bi-monthly group meetings are free and open to everyone. 

Tergar Meditation Group of Tucson

Address: PO Box 292   Sonoita 85637
Tradition: Mahayana, Vajrayana, Non-Sectarian, Kagyu
Affiliation: Tergar International
Phone: 520.455.9222
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Main Contact: Jonelle Kearney  Email  (Phone: 520.455.9222)
Spiritual Director: Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche  
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Under the guidance of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, Tergar Meditation Group of Tucson holds monthly Mindfulness Meditation sessions in downtown Tucsons historic Armory Park neighborhod. In addition, we will host periodic retreats, seminars, and classes on meditation and Buddhist practice. Please feel free to join us!

MINDFULNESS MEDITATION: Our monthly mindfulness meditation sessions are free and open to all. If you are new to meditation and would like to learn more, or if you are a seasoned practitioner and would like to deepen your practice, please join us as we explore the practice of mindfulness. Yongey Mingyur Rinpoches approach to meditation focuses on working with the challenges of day-to-day life to create a peaceful mind and open heart. Our meditation sessions include short presentations on the basics of meditation, guided meditations, and group discussion. Feel free to drop in anytime.

Texarkana Buddhist Alliance

Address: 1002 West lawn Drive   Texarkana TX 75501
Tradition: Non-Sectarian
Affiliation: Buddha Joy Meditation School
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Teacher: Patricia Snodgrass  
Spiritual Director: Patricia Snodgrass  Email  
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We are a NON sectarian fellowship who embrace Buddha’s teachings. Our mission is to build a thriving community of enthusiastic good hearted and sincere Dharma practitioners, as well as seekers who are interested learning more about Buddha and his teachings.

We also welcome those who are interested in learning how to meditate in order to relieve stress, Depression and Anxiety, Post Partum Depression and PTSD.

The Blue Dragonfly Zen Center

Address: 7502 Dixie Hwy. Florence KY. 41042   Florence KY 41042
Tradition: Mahayana, Zen Master Dae Gak
Affiliation: Furnace Mountain Zen Temple.
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Teacher: Shifu Tiger Bodhisattva  
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At "Furnace Mountain" & "The Blue Dragonfly Zen Center". 
Zazen is the practice of attending to experience as it presents itself, with and as the whole Mind, Body, Sprit. While the mind may wander off into thoughts of the past, interpretations of the present, and speculations concerning the future, the body is always right here and right now. Thus, Zazen begins with the body practicing an upright and attentive posture.
 The main point of Zazen posture is to attend, and not to merely take on or force the body into a particular position in order to look or feel "holy" or "like a Buddha". Dogen Zenji says in the Fukanzazengi: How Everyone Can Sit, "You cannot fabricate Buddha through sitting or lying down". You take a strong, stable, and open posture to practice, to open to your actual experience, to understand yourself, to enter and manifest your true nature, and realize yourself as Buddha. Making a "big deal" out of it by taking a difficult posture or romanticizing or dreaming it is all unnecessary.
 The bodily posture should be balanced, grounded, and open. The full lotus (kekka-fuza), or half lotus (hanka-fuza) are optimal for this posture of an aware bodymindspirt and so you could experiment with those first but sitting in a char is no big deal.

 Sit on the front edge of a zafu (round meditation cushion) or any thick and firm cushion that you might have at hand; if you sit too far back you will put too much pressure on the back of the thighs and cut off circulation. Rest the knees on a zabuton (flat padded mat) or blanket so that the knees and buttocks form a tripod of support for the upper body. Lift up one ankle with the hands and pull it up onto the thigh of the opposite leg; the line of the toes should align with the outside line of the thigh. It really doesn\\\'t matter very much which leg is uppermost. Allow the foot to rest in the hollow of the thigh and then try to bring the other foot up to the same position on the other thigh. Bring the feet in as close as is possible. This is the full lotus posture or padma asana. If this is uncomfortable, then bring up only one foot and tuck the other underneath the leg. This is the half lotus.

 You will probably experience some discomfort after holding this posture for a while. Stop "holding it" and just sit with it. The idea of the discomfort is much worse than the actual sensations. As you continue to practice, the body will settle into the posture, ligaments will become more flexible, tension held in the hips, thighs and calves will release, and the posture will become not only comfortable but will have a steady, joyous quality. Basic stretching exercises will be helpful in alleviating undue stress on the muscles and increasing flexibility. Sit in the posture at any opportunity: to read, listen to music, and so on.

 If neither the full or half-lotus postures are not suitable as yet, you can simply take the "Burmese" or agura posture in which the knees contact the zabuton and one ankle is placed in front of the other. If this is not suitable, sit in seiza (a formal kneeling posture) on the zafu with the knees spread and the big toes of each foot in contact, left over right, behind the zafu. Again, keep the knees about four fists apart so that there is a grounded quality to the posture.

 If you have severe back or knee problems you may certainly also use a chair or stool; in this case sit well away from the back of the chair with the feet flat on the ground. If you are very ill, you may practice by lying on your back with your hands over the hara in the shashu mudra, the right hand folded to form a fist with the left hand placed over the right, the left thumb tucked into the fist.

 The hands can also help us to practice zazen. Put the right hand palm up so that the wrist is resting on the right thigh, and, if you are in the full-lotus posture, the backs of the knuckles are on the upturned heel of the foot. In Burmese or agura posture the backs of the wrists should rest on the upper inner thighs. Place the left hand so that the knuckles fit behind the knuckles of the right. Bring the blades of the hands in against the tanden (the area of the lower belly four finger widths below the navel) and allow the thumbs to touch lightly in a natural arch above the palms.

 This is the hokkai-join, or dharmadhatu-mudra which means the "gesture of reality". The mudra will help you to notice how you are. We should be aware of whatever mental state arises as it arises; however, if we were able to do this completely, we wouldn\\\'t need to start with feeling the breath. Mental states and bodily states arise together as bodymind is not separate. Therefore, bodily states can remind us to recognize our mental state. If mindfulness dulls, the hands will slide forward and the thumbs will drop. If your practice is judgmental and goal-oriented, the thumbs will press against each other tensely. A stable and open bodily posture is a manifestation of a stable and open mental posture.

 Now open the shoulder blades and any tension being held in the shoulders. Straighten the head and draw the chin back slightly. Exhale and bow forward from the hips toward the wall, keeping the body aligned. Slowly straighten again while inhaling. You should find that the pelvic area has thrust forward slightly and that there is a very slight concave to the lower back. This will support your back. You do not need to tense your shoulders or try to somehow hold yourself straight with your chest. When your posture is aligned correctly in this way, the upper part of the body should feel almost weightless and the lower part extremely grounded and settled.

 Exhale deeply through the mouth and place the tongue against the palate, with the lips and teeth now closed. This will create a slight vacuum in the mouth and so the gathering of saliva in the mouth will be decreased.

 Place the eye gaze about one-third up from the bottom of the wall to your own height and allow a soft gaze; that is to say, do not stare or focus on the wall, but let the gaze fall "through" the wall and be open to peripheral vision. Do not keep the eyes wide open, or you will be easily distracted. Do not close the eyes or you will be scattered in the random hypnogogic colours and images that arise, or you will become dull and sleepy.

 The body is the mirror of the present moment.
In this posture, just sit.

 The purpose of the breath, Like thoughts, the breath comes and goes. If anger arises, the breath becomes angry. If sadness arises, the breath sighs. If your practice is tense, the breath is tense. Attend to the rising and falling movements of the lower belly as the breath fills and releases. Each breath is fresh, new - you have never breathed this breath before. The breath is a touchstone through which you can bring body and mind together in the same time: here, now.

 Just feeling the breath itself, abandon notions of the breath. Don\\\'t even "watch" or "follow" the breathing. Just feel this breath. When you wander into discursiveness and get lost in thoughts, return to just this breath. When mindfulness darkens or sinks, return to just this breath. Practice free from struggle. Don\\\'t tense the belly around the breath to make sure you are watching it and thus take on the stance of a "watcher". Don\\\'t try to manufacture deep, calm breaths. Just breathe as you breathe. With this breath, you enter into your life.

 The breath is a mirror of the mind. In this posture of breath, just sit.

 The Propose of the mind.
As you sit, the mind takes on various postures or stances. It crosses its arms and tries to just wait things out. It twiddles its thumbs. It fidgets and scratches and wriggles. It flails its arms, shakes its fists, and screams. It crouches and slumps among its old memories, its favorite old movies and songs, as random chattering. It bloats with pride at having been "watching the breath" so clearly. On and on and on.

 The mind defines itself as "this" as opposed to "that". It agrees or disagrees. It tells itself stories about itself over and over to try to prove to itself that it is real. It takes a point of view and then confuses that viewpoint with what is seen and so blinds itself to seeing clearly. And on and on and on.

 The mind is the mirror in which experiences arise and present themselves within Awareness.

 Breathing in, breathing out, just breath natural settle in & sit.
Sit on a zafu or cushion facing each other, If you use a timer or a clock, place it out of sight and forget about it until thirty minutes are up.

 Straighten and align your posture: ears over the shoulders, nose over the navel. Release the shoulders. Knees should be flat on the mat or floor so that together with the buttocks a firm base of support is formed. Place the hands left over right in the lap with the inner edges of the hands against the belly. Rest the wrists and allow the thumbs to touch lightly.

 Exhale and bow forward from the hips, keeping the back straight. Pause.

 Inhale and straighten. Rest back from the hips lightly and exhale, placing the tongue against the hard palate. Keep the chin tucked in slightly. Eye gaze is soft, half-open, and directed downwards slightly.

 Sit. Feel the movement of the breath together with the tanden (lower belly). Don\\\'t arrange the breath. Just breathe the breath.

 When you become lost in thinking, sleeping, hearing, seeing, itching, or anything at all, just notice that and bring yourself back to present experience through feeling this breath.

 Practice yourself and others as you actually are, right now.
May you be Peaceful, Well & Content.
Amitaba x108
– Abbot, Tiger Bodhisattva.

The Chenrezig Project

Address: 21616 Yeager Road   Monroe WA 98272
Tradition: Mahayana, Rime (With Gelugpa roots)
Phone: 206 707-9944
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Main Contact: Mark Winwood  Email  (Phone: 206 707-9944)
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The Chenrezig Project is a Buddhist study/practice group in Snohomish County, WA, with a national online teaching presence, under the guidance of Buddhist teacher Mark Winwood.

We take our name in recognition of Chenrezig, the Tibetan Buddhist representation (and emanation) of perfect compassion. We are committed to using the aspects of householder life — home, workplace, the intimacy of committed relationship, the challenges of health and aging — as our areas of work. Our teachings and practices follow the Tibetan tradition and are illuminated by the American experience, respectful of all the teachings and schools of Buddhism.

We are dedicated to developing the good heart by cultivating wisdom and compassion through our studies and practices. At the core of our work is the cultivation of the wise and spacious quality known as “bodhicitta” — the deep, altruistic intention to realize genuine wisdom and compassion in ourselves in order to best help beings everywhere do the same.

We study teachings and practices both directly and indirectly sourced from Lama Tsongkhapa’s Lam-rim Chen-mo, the foundational 15th century text of teachings and practices of the path to enlightenment.

We gather regularly for teachings and/or meditations on Thursday evenings in Monroe (WA), as well as on our online (Skype) “Dharma Bridge” on Wednesdays.

All are welcome to come and benefit from exposure to this wonderful curriculum, regardless of experience or familiarity with Buddhism. Our gatherings are informative, friendly, supportive and practical. All are invited.

The Compassion Network

Address:   Seattle WA 98178
Tradition: Mahayana
Phone: 253-886-6251
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The Compassion Network is a small Buddhist nonprofit with a big wish to benefit all beings. We cultivate Buddhist initiatives in the West that include: translating Mahayana Buddhist canonical texts from Chinese to English, collaborating in intrafaith and interfaith endeavours, and sharing the teachings of the Buddha through its websites.

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