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The Inspiration of the Buddha

Thu, 9 Jun, 2022 - 01:08

The Inspiration of the Buddha

Thu, 9 Jun, 2022 - 01:08

Meditation, Dharma, Community — Every Sunday, 10-11:30am at Gateway Taiji in Portsmouth or online on Zoom

This summer we’ll be gathering to meditate and explore stories from the Udāna.
The Udāna is one of the oldest collections of the Buddha’s teaching, and includes some of the best known and influential tales and teachings. 

Atha kho bhagavā etam-atthaṃ viditvā tāyaṃ velāyaṃ imaṃ udānaṃ udānesi —
Then, on realizing its significance, the Lord uttered on that occasion this inspired utterance

Whether you’re...

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The Jewel in the Lotus: a course on the Bodhisattva Ideal for women+

Thu, 3 Mar, 2022 - 17:55

The Jewel in the Lotus: a course on the Bodhisattva Ideal for women+

Thu, 3 Mar, 2022 - 17:55

The Jewel in the Lotus: a course on the Bodhisattva Ideal for women+
Three Sundays: April 3, May 1, June 5; 12:30-3 pm 
In person at Gateway Taiji (Zoom option also available)

The perspective of Mahayana Buddhism is based in the Bodhisattva Ideal, namely the attainment of Buddhahood for the benefit of all beings. In this 3-session Level 2 course we will hear parables from the Lotus Sutra to explore themes from the Bodhisattva Ideal including the arising of the...

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How to be as Kind as a Buddha — Practices to Cultivate Kindness for Self and Community 

Wed, 23 Feb, 2022 - 16:15

How to be as Kind as a Buddha — Practices to Cultivate Kindness for Self and Community 

Wed, 23 Feb, 2022 - 16:15

How to be as Kind as a Buddha —
Practices to Cultivate Kindness for Self and Community 


Meditation, Dharma, Community —  every Sunday 10-11:30am ET,  in-person at Gateway Taiji or online on Zoom, beginning February 27.

“Even as a mother protects with her life
Her child, her only child,
So with a boundless heart
Should one cherish all living beings”

Like a garden, kindness needs to be cultivated; kindness needs the right conditions to grow and flourish....

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The Buddha and the Goddess of the Earth

Sun, 13 Feb, 2022 - 19:57

The Buddha and the Goddess of the Earth

Sun, 13 Feb, 2022 - 19:57

The Buddha and the Goddess of the Earth — an introduction to buddhism and meditation through the nature symbolism of the Buddha’s story

A four-week online course on Monday evenings, March 7-28, 6:30-8pm

Most of the stories about the Buddha take place in nature. His Awakening took place beneath a tree, he walked everywhere, and many of his discourses were given in forest groves, gardens and on hillsides. 

In this class, we will explore some of the mythic imagery and nature themes in the Buddha’s story....

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The Wheel of Life | A User’s Manual for Samsara

Sat, 1 Jan, 2022 - 20:28

The Wheel of Life | A User’s Manual for Samsara

Sat, 1 Jan, 2022 - 20:28

Every Sunday 10-11:30am ET on Zoom

In our Sunday sessions this winter, we will explore some core ideas about the difficulties of the human situation and the possibilities that the Dharma (the teaching of the Buddha) presents for us as we try to navigate it. The Bhavachakra or Wheel of Life is both a teaching tool and a mirror. It vividly illustrates the workings of the Buddha’s insight into conditionality and karma. Yet, when we look into it, we see ourselves:...

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Wise Up! Buddhist Teachings for Awareness and Transformation

Sun, 5 Dec, 2021 - 21:09

Wise Up! Buddhist Teachings for Awareness and Transformation

Sun, 5 Dec, 2021 - 21:09

A five week online course on Monday evenings, Jan 10 to Feb 7, 6:30-8pm ET.

Register here.

What does Buddhist teaching have to offer us in 2022? During times of pandemic, social discord and uncertainty, it is both vital and inspiring to find voices of compassion and wisdom from our past, and to connect with a community of like-minded people now. After 2500 years, the Buddha’s vision of human spiritual life is still relevant, radical, practical and fresh. This five...

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The Path of Transformation: Embracing Change and Finding Refuge in Unsettled Times

Sat, 7 Aug, 2021 - 15:23

The Path of Transformation: Embracing Change and Finding Refuge in Unsettled Times

Sat, 7 Aug, 2021 - 15:23

The Path of Transformation: Embracing Change and Finding Refuge in Unsettled Times
Meditation, Dharma, Community every Sunday 10-11:30am ET,  In-person at Gateway Taiji or Online on Zoom Beginning 09/19

What motivates us to grow with change? What do we turn to when things are difficult? Recently, we have all likely experienced degrees of uncertainty, loss and polarization in navigating the pandemic, climate change and our political climate. We also face the particular challenges of our personal lives and the larger existential...

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Find Your Depth with Meditation

Wed, 4 Aug, 2021 - 16:19

Find Your Depth with Meditation

Wed, 4 Aug, 2021 - 16:19

A 4-week online course on Monday evenings, 10/04-10/25, 6:30-8:00pm ET

Meditation practice helps us to develop contentment, clarity, integration, concentration, and a sense of peace. Whether you’re just looking to find some stillness in your life, or to directly explore the nature of consciousness, this class is a great way to begin! 

In this introductory meditation workshop we will explore the Buddha’s teaching of mindfulness, generally as a living principle, and more specifically as a meditation practice. Participants will learn the Mindfulness...

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Meditation for Beginners

Sat, 3 Apr, 2021 - 16:08

Meditation for Beginners

Sat, 3 Apr, 2021 - 16:08

A four-week online course on Monday evenings, April 26th-May 17th, 6:30-8pm ET

Meditation practice helps us to develop contentment, clarity, integration, concentration, and a sense of peace. Whether you’re just looking to find some stillness in your life, or to directly explore the nature of consciousness, this class is a great way to begin! 

In this introductory meditation workshop we will explore the Buddha’s teaching of mindfulness, generally as a living principle, and more specifically as a meditation practice. Participants will learn...

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A Statement of Solidarity and Compassion

Wed, 24 Mar, 2021 - 14:24

A Statement of Solidarity and Compassion

Wed, 24 Mar, 2021 - 14:24

A Statement of Solidarity and Compassion (English and Español)
March 2021

We are heartbroken by the stream of reports about acts of terror and harassment directed towards Asian, Asian American, Asian Canadian, and Pacific Islander communities. We stand against all forms of hatred towards people of Asian descent, and towards all People of Color, including Black and Indigenous peoples. 

Although this is an international phenomenon, (including incidents in Mexico and Canada), the reports of hate-based violence in the United States towards AAPI (Asian...