Upcoming Events

Because of the pandemic, we will continue to remain closed for sits and events. We make this decision in keeping with the Buddhist commitment to honor and protect all life. We are sitting together online Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.

Read more about our online offerings here.

Annual Meeting

January 17
10:00 AM

Please join us on Sunday, January 17th at 10:00 (after the 9:30 sit) for our NBMC Annual Meeting.

Board members will give an update on the past year as we come together as a sangha to commune and connect.

Bring questions and comments and your favorite morning beverage

Dharma Talk – Myoshin Kelley

Sunday, February 7
10:00 AM

The subject of Myoshin Kelly’s talk will be Bodhicitta

Myoshin Kelley, Tergar instructor, has trained in the Theravadan, Zen, and Vajrayana traditions.  She has trained as a meditation instructor by Joseph Gldstein and Sharon Salzberg.  She practices now in the Vajrayana tradition with Mingyur Rinpoche, founder of the Tergar community, and leads programs internationally and locally.

A message from Carol about a upcoming event of interest outside of the NBMC:

Dear Friends,

Sam Demas and I are planning to take an on-line class through Tricycle magazine: “Aging as a Spiritual Practice.” The class is being taught by Lewis Richmond, a Zen teacher. it will run for 6 weeks, and it costs $129. See link below.
 I’ve taken the class before, so for me it will be a review. Sam will be taking it for the first time. We would like to invite other members of the sangha to join us. Our plan is to study one unit a week (on-line and at your own pace) and to meet as a small group on Zoom once or twice a week to discuss what we are learning. 

Here is a link to the course at Tricycle.  See for yourself what the course has to offer. Please note that group rates are being offered.


Sam and I would like to begin the course on Monday, January 18. Please let me know if you are interested in joining us or if you have any questions. My email address is: holly@stolaf.edu

 With metta to all. And best wishes for the New Year. Carol Holly

Dharma Discussions for January

At our post-meditation gathering on January 3, we discussed some ways to move forward with our dharma discussions. Our short term plan is to consider our intentions for the year ahead, both as individuals and as a sangha. The next two Sundays are devoted to a dharma talk (Jan. 10th) and an annual meeting (Jan. 17). So on Sunday, Jan. 24, we would like to consider the personal intentions you would like to set for the year. On January 31, we will take up the topic of intentions for the sangha. 

Here is a passage from Tricycle magazine that might inspire your thinking:

Whether or not you plan to set New Year’s resolutions for 2021, the beginning of the year is a natural time to reflect on your goals, habits, and the changes you’d like to make in your life.  

One powerful way to bring our lives into alignment with our deeper aspirations is to work with intention. An intention is the motivating force behind a particular action. Unlike a goal, which has to do with achieving a desired future outcome, an intention is something that we practice in the present moment. When we set an intention—like cultivating compassion or reducing stress—we continuously align and realign ourselves and our actions with that which we wish to create.

Setting intentions can also support us in our spiritual practice. When we have a clear understanding of our motivations for a particular action (like getting up early to meditate for 20 minutes), it’s much easier to mobilize ourselves towards that action and to sustain our efforts over time. 

“By having an intention, we know why we’re [meditating], and we can keep reminding ourselves of that on a daily basis,” says meditation teacher and psychotherapist Mindy Newman. “The benefit that you derive from meditation will be based on what your intention was.”

NBMC Book Discussion: Caste: the origins of our discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

Sam Demas is organizing an upcoming book discussion:

Dear Sangha friends,

On Jan. 28 and Feb. 4, 7-8:30 pm there will be zoom-based book discussions of this important book.  This very readable book frames American fascism in a powerful and helpful way, and should provide for a rich discussion.
I will inform Content Bookstore that a few of us may wish to purchase copies with the bookstore discount they offer.  You can use the same  Zoom address for this book discussion as we use for Sunday and other sits.  Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions. 

As part of our Sangha’s efforts to understand and address systemic racism, perhaps we will follow/supplement this book discussion with one of a Buddhist inflected take on racism, such as Mindful of Race by Ruth King…..

With all good wishes, Sam Demas

Outdoor Meditation

There may still be some warmer days to come, and we plan to meet at the Japanese garden at Carleton Tuesdays and Thursdays at a new time: 4:00pm. We will meet only if the temperature is at around 40 deg. or warmer. We might also try doing some walking meditation, if people want. Brisk air can be a good way to inject some energy into your practice!

Fall 2020/Spring 2021 Speakers

February 7 – Myoshin Kelley (Tergar)
March 7 – Justin Merritt  (NBMC)
May 2 – Ted O’Toole  (Minnesota Zen)