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  1. 1. THE BUDDHIST SOCIETY OF PITTSBURGH The Buddhist Society of Pittsburgh (BSP) is an inter-Bud- dhist community from various traditions and includes the Pittsburgh Buddhist Center, Three Rivers Dharma, Olmo Ling Temple, Pitts- burgh Shambala Meditation Group, Dzogchen Sangha of Pittsburgh, Laughing Rivers Sangha, One Pine Zen Meditation Center, Zen Cen- ter of Pittsburgh and all other sanghas who wish to participate. The purpose of the BSP is to promote the wisdom of the Buddha and dharma throughout Greater Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania. You can find BSP on Facebook. “The Day of Vesak is a joyous occasion marking the birth, enlightenment and passing of the Buddha. On this day millions of people, Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike, take time to reflect on the life and teachings of the Buddha, and to receive guidance from them. … On this Day of Vesak, let us affirm our essential interdependence. Let us pledge to work together for the common good, and for the bet- terment of all humankind. I thank you for your commitment to these ideals, and wish you all an enriching celebration.” United Nations Secretary-General’s message on Vesak Day 2008 [Delivered by Kiyotaka Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information] Buddhism in Pittsburgh May 18, 2014
  2. 2. The Bodhichitta Foundation Sangha (Tradition: Tibetan) 412-536-1154 or 724-625-6267 Gail.Rowe@Laroche.edu The Buddhist Meditation Center of Pittsburgh (Tradition: Theravada) 412-521-5095, 412-326-7373 bmcpitts@hotmail.com www.bmcpitts.org, www.facebook.com/bmcpitts City Dharma (Tradition: Japanese Zen/Mahayana) jisen@deepspringzen.org www.city-dharma.org Dzogchen Sangha of Pittsburgh (Tradition: Tibetan-Dzogchen) dzogchen.sangha.of.pittsburgh@gmail.com www.dzogchensanghaofpittsburgh.com Flower Dance Temple (Tradition: Nonsectarian Universal Buddhist) flowerdancetemple@chojung.org www.chojung.org/WesternPASangha.html Jewel Heart Pittsburgh Study Group (Tradition: Tibetan-Gelugpa) pittsburgh@jewelheart.org www.jewelheart.org Laughing Rivers Sangha (Tradition: Vietnamese Zen/Mahayana) 412-408-3426 dleebrooks@gmail.com www.laughingrivers.org Olmo Ling Center (Tradition: Tibetan-Bon) 412-904-1112 bon@olmoling.org www.olmoling.org One Pine Zen Meditation Center (Tradition: Ch’an, Chinese Zen/Mahayana) imdudley92@gmail.com drdrolet@hotmail.com Pittsburgh Buddhist Center (Tradition: Theravada) 724-295-2525 info@pittsburghbuddhistcenter.org, www.pittsburghbuddhistcenter.org The Red Tara Study Group (Tradition: Tibetan) chrisconlogue@google.com http://snowcrest.net/chagdud Shambhala Meditation Center of Pittsburgh (Tradition: Tibetan-Shambhala) Pittsburgh.shambhala@gmail.com www.pittsburgh.shambhala.org Stillpoint, a Pittsburgh Zen community (Tradition: Japanese Zen/Mahayana) info@stillpointzen.org www.stillpointzen.org Stillworkers, Pittsburgh’s Engaged Buddhist Network (Tradition: various) http://stillworkers.wordpress.com/ gary@digbybooks.com Theravada Dhamma Family (Tradition: Theravada) 412-833-2989 dhammagoneyee@yahoo.com www.theravadadhammafamily.com Three Tibetan Cultural Center (Tradition: Tibetan) threeriversdharma@gmail.com www.threeriversdharma.org Vipassana Sitting Group (Tradition: Vipassana/Theravada) 412-487-1967 Rhonda.K.Rosen@gmail.com Zen Center of Pittsburgh (Tradition: Japanese Zen/Mahayana) 412-741-1262, kyoki@deepspringzen.org www.deepspringzen.org Zen Group of Pittsburgh (Tradition: Korean Zen/Mahayana) 412-491-9185 www.zengrouppitt.org Pittsburgh Area Buddhist Organizations Content A brief history of Buddhism 1 Story of the Buddha 3 The Dharma 4 Four Noble Truths 4 Noble Eightfold Path 4 The Bodhicitta Foundation Sangha 6 The Buddhist Meditation Center of Pittsburgh(BMCP) 6 CityDharma 7 Dzongchen Sangha of Pittsburgh 8 Flower Dance Temple 9 Jewel Heart Pittburgh Study Group 9 Laughing Rivers Sangha 10 Olmo Ling Center 11 One Pine Zen Meditation Center 12 Pittsburgh Buddhist Center 13 The Red Tara Study Group 13 Shambhala Meditation Center of Pittsburgh 14 Stillpoint, a Pittsburgh Zen Community 15 Stillworkers, Pittsburgh's Engaged Buddhist Network 15 Theravada Dhamma Family 16 Three Tibetan Cultural Center 17 Vipassana Sitting Group 17 Zen Center of Pittsburgh 18 Zen Group of Pittsburgh 19 Resources 20
  3. 3. 2 A Brief History of Buddhism Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha Shakyamuni, lived and taught about 2,500 years ago in the southern foothills of the Himalayas. His philosophical dis- coveriesandteachingshaveresoundeddownthroughthecenturies,travelingfrom teacher to student across continents and oceans to reach us today. Like a pebble dropped in a calm pond, Buddha’s impact traveled like ripples from Northern India. It spread from that center, following the highways and byways of the times, influencing philosophical thinkers on its way. As they spread, Buddha’s teachings (Dharma) became incorporated into the cultures with which they came in contact, creating a rich diversity of practice. From Northern India, the teachings traveled south and east along the coast and across the Indian Ocean. The Theravadan communities and monastic forest retreats emerged in Southern India, Sri Lanka and the Southeast Asian pen- insula of Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. This tradition of Buddhism was firmly anchored in the Pali Cannon, the earliest written Buddhist records, and it is from here that Vipassana (Insight Meditation) has grown and flourished. BuddhistteachersalsotraveledwesttocurrentAfghanistanandintoCen- tral Asia, flowing north, following trade caravans, and establishing centers along the Silk Road. It was in this early era that the concept of Prajnaparamita (wisdom of non-duality and compassion) emerged as the basis of the Mahayana tradition. Buddhism reached China around the time of Jesus. As the Dharma took hold, in- spired pilgrims traveled to India (no small undertaking) to clarify understandings for future practitioners. Pure Land practices emerged in the 2nd century CE, and in the 5th century CE the Indian sage Bodhidharma ‘arrived from the west’. His extraordinarypracticeinformedtheearlyCh’antraditions,thecommonrootofall Zen schools. From China, Mahayana flowed northeast to Korea and Japan and south to Vietnam. Though linked philosophically, these branching streams of Zen have unique ways of teaching and practicing; for example, koans are conundrums for the mind that are used in some Japanese and Korean traditions. Some Zen schools such as Soto Zen practice zazen (just sitting), and Vietnamese Zen commonly practice walking meditation. Well-buffered by the Himalayas, the Tibetan people did received the Buddha’s teachings during the 6-8th centuries CE. Building upon Mahayana tra- ditions, Vajrayana and Tantric lineages became well-rooted in Tibetan schools; Bon, Kagyu, Nyingma, Sakya and Geluk are examples. Many great Tibetan mas- ters have shared their practices with contemporaries, a non-sectarian movement known as Rimé, while the Shambhala community, whose origins are Tibetan, carries a distinctly Western flavor. We now live in an era of technological sophistication, where mountains and oceans do not impede the Dharma. How extraordinary it is, then, to have ac- cess to such a vast treasure of thought and experience! We are very fortunate to have a wide representation of Buddhist tradi- tions in Pittsburgh where the Three Rivers meet. It is here we gather to celebrate Vesak, in honor of the Buddha, in deep appreciation and peaceful community. May everyone be happy and well!
  4. 4. 3 4 Story of the Buddha The Buddha was not born the Buddha. Historically, it is accepted that his name was Siddhartha Gautama. He was born into a princely life kept away from worldly troubles and provided a life where he was to only to know pleasure. One day, Siddhartha left his castle with his charioteer. He came across an ill man, an old man and a dead body. It became clear to the young prince that as much as we all try to avoid the reality; we are all subject to sickness, old age and death. Unlike most of us who intellectually acknowledge this reality, Siddhartha became truly aware of these truths and what they mean. The young prince overcome with new understanding of life’s discontent- mentandsuffering,felttheclingingofhisprincelylifefallawayandceasetohave meaningforhim.Helefthispalacetounderstandthenatureofsufferingandtruth. Overthenextsixyears,hestudiedunderthegreatestBrahmanholyteachersofthe day, and the sadhu ascetic hermits. The Brahman teachings brought him no sense ofpeace.Theaustereasceticlifebroughthimtostarvationandneardeath,butalso gave him no further insight. Siddhartha, who had been a prince, a holy man, a hermit left to find the answer on his own. He realized the blindness of extreme sensual indulgence and futility of extreme ascetic practices. Then he followed what came to be known as “the Middle Path,” which focuses on the inner development of the mind while taking proper care of the body. Eventually, he sat underneath a Bodhi tree. He remembered a time as a child when he sat under another tree watching his father perform a harvest ceremony, when he was at peace. He then started a process of meditation where he developed great insight and understanding so profound that he embodied a state of enlightenment. Some time later, a man on the road who could recognize the specialness of Siddhartha questioned him. He asked him if he was a god, a demon, or a deva. Each time Siddhartha replied “no.” “Then what are you?” asked the stranger on the road. “Iamawake,”repliedSiddhartha.Thesanskritwordforawakeis“budh.” From that time on, he would be known as the Buddha, or “the awakened one.” Because he had enlightened himself, he is also referred to as Samma Sambuddha or “the one who has awakened himself.” For the next 45 years, the Buddha offered his wisdom to all. After 2,500 years his teachings affect how we understand the universe, the mind, society, family, com- munity and happiness. “What I teach,” said the Buddha, “is the understanding of suffering and the cessation of suffering.” The Dharma It is not surprising, that over 2,500 years the face of Buddhism has changed. It is a very adaptive faith, which integrates into the local social and cul- tural fabric. Of all of the Buddhist traditions, most can be associated within three major categories (Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana). Common to Buddhist traditions are basic teachings of the Buddha, commonly referred to as Dharma. Four Noble Truths 1.There is a nature of suffering (discontentment) to living. 2.There is an origin to suffering, which is self-centered craving based on ignorance of the true nature of reality. 3.There is an end of suffering. 4.Theendofsufferingcanbeachievedthroughtransformationofperson- ality by following the Noble Eightfold Path. Noble Eightfold Path The Noble Eight Fold Path consists of eight factors, which we can de- velopourselvestobewiser,moralandmentallydeveloped.Thispathisalsocalled “the Middle Way,” because it avoids the two extreme religious practices of ex- treme sensual indulgence and extreme mortification of the body to gain libera- tion. This path aims to develop three aspects of our personality: morality, mental culture and wisdom. With the development of these three factors, we can liberate
  5. 5. 5 6 ourselvesfromunwholesomecravingsandrespondtotheworldwithcompassion, acceptance and bliss. 1.Right View: Understanding how suffering arises in the human mind and the possibility of overcoming it. 2.Right Intention: Developing the intentions of non-violence, letting go and compassion, which reduce suffering of oneself and others 3.Right Speech: Cultivating truthful, peaceful, kind and meaningful speech 4.Right Action: Cultivating harmless, honest and faithful behaviors by refraining from killing, stealing and sexual misconduct. 5.Right Livelihood: Following a righteous career that does not harm other living beings. 6.Right Effort: Constantly attempting to maintain good thoughts and habits 7.Right Mindfulness: Developing awareness of our body, feelings, the nature of our mind and thoughts. 8.Right Concentration: Developing the ability of concentration of our mind and the settling of the mind into peace and tranquility.   "However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?" the Buddha Shakyamuni PITTSBURGH AREA BUDDHIST ORGANIZATIONS The Bodhichitta Foundation Sangha Tradition: Tibetan The Bodhichitta Foundation Sangha is a Tibetan Buddhist study and meditation group under the spiritual direction of Yogi Lama Gursam, of the Drikung Kagyu lineage. Our members include Buddhist practitioners as well as non-Buddhists seeking to incorporate Buddhist philosophy into their lives. At our weekly meetings, we read and discuss texts that are known for their accessibility to Westerners, such as “Indestructible Truth” by Reginald Ray and “The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying” by Sogyal Rinpoche. We also discuss issues related to incorporating Buddhist practice into our daily lives. We practice traditional Ti- betan Buddhist prayers and group meditation at each meeting, sometimes includ- ing mantra chanting or walking meditation. When his schedule allows (usually in the late summer or early autumn), we bring Yogi Lama Gursam to the Pittsburgh area for a week of instruction and dedicated practice. Schedule (most) Mondays 5:30–7:00 p.m. Contact Gail Rowe Phone:412-536-1154 or 724-625-6267, Email: Gail.Rowe@Laroche.edu La Roche College Campus, Allison Park (McCandless township), 9000 Bab- cock Blvd., Pittsburgh. The Buddhist Meditation Center of Pittsburgh (BMCP) Tradition: Theravada BMCP, established in 2011, is the Thai Theravada Buddhist Meditation CenterinPittsburgh.Thecenterservesasaplaceforreligiousceremonies,Dham- mastudyandmeditation.TheThaipeopleinPittsburghneededaplacetoworship and gather. They traveled to seek advice and guidance from Luang Ta Chi, abbot
  6. 6. 7 8 of Wat Thai Washington, D.C. in setting up a meditation center in Pittsburgh. He agreed with the idea and let Dr.Phramaha Thanat Inthisan, the Secretary-General oftheCouncilofThaiBhikkhusintheU.S.A.tosendtwomissionarymonks(Phra Suriya and Phramaha Piya) to carry out the project. The center is open for all walks of life. Schedule: Sunday–Friday 5–7 p.m. Daily Chanting and Meditation Saturday 3–5 p.m. Meditation and Dhamma Talk Sunday 1–3 p.m. Buddhist Study For a complete listing of daily and weekly activities visit our website Contact: Wat Padhammaratana (BMCP)or Phone: 412-521-5095, 412-326-7373 Phramaha Piya Jundadal Email: bmcpitts@hotmail.com, or 5411 Glenwood Ave. bmcpitts@yahoo.com Pittsburgh, PA 15207 website: www.bmcpitts.org, www.facebook.com/bmcpitts www.youtube.com/watpadhammaratana CityDharma Tradition: Japanese Zen (Mahayana) Rev. Jisen Coghlan is a recognized teacher in the Soto Zen Buddhist lin- eage; she trained under the guidance of Rev. Kyoki Roberts, Head Priest, Zen Center of Pittsburgh, beginning in 1999. She has backgrounds in music, dance, physical therapy, certification in the Alexander Technique and Chaplaincy train- ing under Rabbi Larry Heimer, Director of Spiritual Care at UPMC Presbyterian/ Montefiore Hospitals. Presently, she coaches a team called City Dharma. Since 2012, she has been roving throughout Pittsburgh with hockey bags full of medita- tion cushions, bells, benches and books. If you are interested in the heart of Zen practice,meditation,therewillbeaseatforyouandanopendoorformeetingyour life. Everyone is welcome to join the dance of Zen. See www.city-dharma.org for the latest schedule listings. Schedule: Saturdays 6:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m. Beginning June 8 Thursdays 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Introduction offered first Thursday of the month Contact: Meets at Church of the Redeemer, 5700 Forbes Avenue, Squirrel Hill, adjacent to St. Edmund’s Academy Email: Rev. Jisen Coghlan at jisen@deepspringzen.org, Website: www.city-dharma.org Dzogchen Sangha of Pittsburgh Tradition: Tibetan-Dzogchen The Dzogchen Sangha of Pittsburgh was established in 2000 by students of Lama Surya Das, a Lineage Holder of the Rimé (non-sectarian) Dzogchen Lin- eage of Tibetan Buddhism. We practice Dzogchen meditation, which is some- times known as natural- or non-meditation; this is the practice of being present, moment-to-moment, without effort or technique. Our Sangha meets in Oakland on Saturday afternoons for conversation and Dzogchen practice according to the traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. We are an informal community that welcomes meditatorsofalllevelsofexperience.Wearehappytodiscussquestionsyouhave about meditation practices. Schedule Saturday 3:30–5:00 p.m. Meditation (at Three Rivers Dharma) Contact BobMarinorAlisaGrishman Email:dzogchen.sangha.of.pittsburgh@gmail.com 201 S. Craig Street Website:www.dzogchensanghaofpittsburgh.com
  7. 7. 9 10 Flower Dance Temple Tradition: Nonsectarian Universal Buddhist FlowerDanceTemple,akaChojungDorjeLing,wasestablishedin2004. Our on-going New York and Western Pennsylvania ministry includes Buddhist studies, spiritual direction, solitary and small-group forest mountain practice and retreats, meditation practice and guidance, community outreach, and trans-faith dialogues. Founder and Spiritual Director: Venerable Ani Drubgyudma Schedule & Contact Information www.chojung.org/Schedules.html Western PA Sangha Schedule: www.chojung.org/WesternPASangha.html Email: flowerdancetemple@chojung.org or w.pa.sanghafdt@chojung.org Website: www.chojung.org Jewel Heart Pittsburgh Study Group Tradition: Tibetan-Gelugpa Jewel Heart, founded by Gelek Rimpoche in 1988, is dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan Buddhism and to bringing the practice of this rich tradi- tion within the context of contemporary life to everyone. Jewel Heart carries on the living tradition of Tibetan Buddhism in the West, with a particular emphasis on the lineage of Je Tsong Khapa. All Jewel Heart programs are generated under GelekRimpoche’sguidance.GelekRimpoche’suniqueprogramsofferauthentic- ity and accessibility, serving spiritual seekers at all levels of interest. The Pitts- burghStudy Groupmeetsmonthly towatchonline teachingsortodiscussreading material. Jewel Heart headquarters are in Ann Arbor, Michigan. There are chap- ters in Cleveland, New York City, Chicago, and Lincoln, Nebraska. Please visit the homepage: www.jewelheart.org for more information. Contact Email: pittsburgh@jewelheart.org Website: www.jewelheart.org Laughing Rivers Sangha Tradition: Vietnamese Zen (Mahayana) The Laughing Rivers Sangha, established in 1991, is one of hundreds of communities worldwide practicing mindfulness as taught by Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Our meditation periods, which include both sitting and walking meditation, are followed by other practices, such as the recitation of the Five or Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings (from our Teacher’s Order of “Interbe- ing”), dharma talks and discussion, and a monthly social. Our sangha also gath- ers for regular Days of Mindfulness, and twice a year we organize retreats with an ordained dharma teacher from Thich Nhat Hanh’s “Order of Interbeing.” We warmly welcome newcomers, and offer meditation instruction and orientation for beginners. Our teacher Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, au- thor, poet, and peace activist. His approach combines traditional Zen teachings with methods from Theravada Buddhism, insights from the Mahayana traditions, and ideas from Western psychology. Thich Nhat Hanh has also been a leader in the “Engaged Buddhist” movement. According to our Teacher, “The function of meditative practice is to heal and transform.” Schedule Tuesday 7:00–9:00 p.m. Meditation (Location: Squirrel Hill) Contact Deborah Brooks Email: dleebrooks@gmail.com Phone: 412-408-3426 Website: www.laughingrivers.org
  8. 8. 11 12 Olmo Ling Bon Center Tradition: Tibetan-Bon Olmo Ling was founded by resident lama Tempa Dukte Lama in 2007 to bring the practices and wisdom of the Tibetan Bon tradition to the West. An ordainedBonlama,TempaLamatrainedwithHisHoliness33rdMenriTrizin,the spiritualheadofBon,atMenriMonastery,India,fromayoungage.Heisanartist, poet, author of four books, and teaches internationally. Our Center is affiliated with Menri Monastery and we are honored to have hosted visits of H.H. 33rd Menri Trizin in 2011 and 2013. Through weekly Dharma talks, meditation and meditation instruction, Children’s Programs for younger and older children, Tibetan yoga and Hatha yoga, and monthly healing practice we create a space of refuge where we can reconnect with our good heart and pure nature. The weekly program is offered free of charge (donations wel- come) and we are happy to welcome new people any time. Regular retreats with Tempa Lama and visiting teachers offer deeper understanding of Bon. Through the Olmo Ling Program on Being with Dying we offer training in contemplative practice to support the dying and to prepare for a peaceful and conscious death. Through Olmo Ling Publications we are building a program of Bon publications. Schedule The weekly program is free (except for the Bon chant class) and always open to newcomers Monday 5:30–6:45 p.m. Hatha Yoga with RYT Ena Seltzer Monday (w.registration) 7:30-8:15 p.m. Bon chant class (Fee: $10 to support the Music for Menri Project) Tuesday 7–8:15 p.m. Meditation and Dharma Talk Every First Wednesday 7-8 p.m. Evening of Healing Practice Thursday 6-7 p.m. Thrul Khor practice (Tibetan Yoga) Thursday (by Appt.) 7–8 p.m. Meditation Instruction Friday 5-6:30p.m. Youth Sangha ages 8-16 Saturday 9–10 a.m. Meditation and Chanting Saturday (twice a month) 10:15-11:30a.m. Youth Sangha ages 0-7 Sunday 12-1p.m. Dzogchen Ngondro practice (for Ngondro practitioners) Contact Olmo Ling Center 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15217 Phone: 412-904-1112 Email: bon@olmoling.org Website: www.olmoling.org One Pine Zen Meditation Center Tradition: Ch’an (Chinese Zen-Mahayana) The pine, sacred to Chinese Buddhism and Taoism, is an emblem of lon- gevity and immortality, and since the pine can grow on the highest of mountains and in the harshest of climates, it is both a symbol of enlightenment and sus- tained practice. The name of our Sangha, One Pine Zen Meditation Center, is a testament to our lineage of authentic Zen meditation and Buddhist philosophy which stretches back to ancient China. More, the name embodies perseverance in the face of adversity and stands as our long-standing commitment to making the Dharma available to all. One Pine Zen Meditation Center meets in Pittsburgh on Wednesday eve- ningsat7p.m.inordertopracticeauthenticCh’an(Chinesefor“Zen”)Buddhism. One Pine offers services that include meditation instruction, walking meditation, evening chanting, and Dharma talks. Other offerings include classes, discussions, and other sangha activities. Be sure to check One Pine Zen Meditation Center’s Facebook page. Schedule Wednesday 7–8:30 p.m. Meditation (6:40 beginner instruction) Contact One Pine Ven.Shih He-Laohu: jmdudley92@gmail.com Temple Emanuel Ven.Shih Shen Xinren: drdrolet@hotmail.com 1240 Bower Hill Road (in Mt. Lebanon)
  9. 9. Pittsburgh Buddhist Center Tradition: Theravada Established in 2006, the Pittsburgh Buddhist Center is a Theravada Bud- dhist Temple. Theravada is practiced predominantly in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bur- ma, Cambodia and Loas. Its teachings are based on the early discourses of the Buddha, which are preserved in Pali language. Buddhist monks from Sri Lanka reside in this temple and provide teachings and services. The temple has a rich dharma program for children and adults as well as weekly meditation. The temple is also a strong community anchor for Buddhist communities from Sri Lanka and South East Asia. Schedule: Wednesday: 7–9 p.m. Meditation and Dharma Talks Monthly programs, lectures and classes are listed on the website Contact: Pittsburgh Buddhist Center Phone: 724-295-2525 111 Route 908 Email: info@pittsburghbuddhistcenter.org Natrona Heights, PA 15065 Website: www.pittsburghbuddhistcenter.org The Red Tara Study Group Tradition: Tibetan The Red Tara Study Group meets bi-weekly for the study and practice of Vajrayana Buddhism under the auspices of the Chagdud Gonpa Foundation. The Chagdud Gonpa was founded by H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, a revered medi- tation master of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. Schedule Every Other Sunday 7 p.m. meetings at Three Rivers Dharma Contact Red Tara Study Group Email: chrisconlogue@google.com Chagdud Gonpa Foundation Website: http://snowcrest.net/chagdud Shambhala Meditation Center of Pittsburgh Tradition: Tibetan-Shambhala TheShambhalaviewisthatthefundamentalnatureofeveryhumanbeing isoneofgoodness,warmthandintelligence.Thisnaturecanbecultivatedthrough meditationpractice.Engagingdailylifewithmindfulnessandawarenessdevelops it further, so that it radiates out to family, friends, community, and society. Shambhala Pittsburgh is part of Shambhala International, a global com- munity of practitioners. We offer sitting and walking meditation sessions, as well asacomprehensivepathofclasses,weekendintensives,andretreatstohelpawak- en to the joy of fully living in this world. Everyone is welcome, regardless of meditation experience. Instruction is available for newcomers. Weekly Schedule Mondays – Open Night (open meditation, instruction provided) 6:30–8 PM Tuesdays – Heart of Recovery (meditation and discussion, especially for those recovering from addiction, instruction provided) 7-8:30 PM Tues, Wed, Thursdays – Basically Good Morning! (yoga & meditation, instruc- tion provided) 7–8 AM Sundays – SunDay (open meditation, instruction provided, preempted by week- end programs *please check website for schedule*) 10:30 AM – 12 PM Sundays (every other) – Ziji Collective (young practitioners group, instruction provided, see website for dates) 4-6 PM Please see our website for a complete listing of events, programs and retreats. Web: pittsburgh.shambhala.org Email: pittsburgh.shambhala@gmail.com 733 North Highland Avenue Rear Carriage House Pittsburgh, PA 15206 (behind Western Pennsylvania Family Center) 13 14
  10. 10. 15 16 Stillpoint, a Pittsburgh Zen community Tradition: Japanese Zen (Mahayana) Founded In 1990, Stillpoint is a nonprofit organization and practice com- munity based in Lawrenceville, a centrally located urban neighborhood in Pitts- burgh. Our members come from diverse backgrounds to share a common spiritual practice based mainly on zazen, sitting meditation. Stillpoint offers many practice opportunities including: • Zazen sessions Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings. • day-long zazen (zazenkai) every fourth Saturday of the month • study and discussion groups • annual retreats led by highly respected visiting Zen teachers • public talks by visiting teachers and practitioners In addition to providing a place for our Zen community and for other Buddhistpracticeorganizations,wearearesourceforinformationonZenpractice and teachings in the Pittsburgh area. Newcomers are always welcome to attend sitting practice and other activities and can arrange an orientation session with a community member. Contact Stillpoint 137 41 St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201 info@stillpointzen.org Website: www.stillpointzen.org Stillworkers, Pittsburgh’s Engaged Buddhist Network Tradition: various Stillworkers is a fellowship of engaged Buddhists from various traditions in the Greater Pittsburgh area whose current work is at Allegheny County Jail. Recognizing theinnate goodnessofBuddha naturein eachofusaccessedthrough the practice of meditation, we support inmates who have a Buddhist practice as well as those who wish to develop and grow their meditation practices in this challenging environment. We also teach a curriculum based on meditation and mindfulness to inmates in HOPE, a pre-release program. Schedule: Meetings scheduled as needed. Contact: Website: http://stillworkers.wordpress.com Email: pghstillworkers@gmail.com Theravada Dhamma Family Tradition: Theravada Brief History: Theravada Dhamma Family is a cultural touchstone for Pittsburgh’s Myanmar Buddhism as well as a nexus for them. It was founded in 2009 by Ven. Ankura and Myanmar Buddhist people for theravada practice and spiritual guidance. By the time of our new monastery accomplished, meditation forindividualworshipwouldbeamajorcomponentofthistemple.Themonastery offers the children Buddhist teachings on week-end and during summer break, Buddhist cultural teachings, ethic and moral foundations, traditional cultural heri- tage of Myanmar for all. Schedule Everyday Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Every Sabbath day 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Contact Theravada Dhamma Family 20 Kirchner Drive, Union Township, PA 15129 Phone: 412-833-2989, Email: dhammagoneyee@yahoo.com www.theravadadhammafamily.com
  11. 11. 17 18 Three Tibetan Cultural Center Tradition: Tibetan Three revers dharma center is the Tibetan Buddhist arm of the newly- formed Three Rivers Tibetan Cultural Center. Founded in the Drikung Kagyu tradition, our resident lama is Khenpo Choephel. We offer numerous meditation practices on a weekly and monthly basis; all are welcome and no prior experience is necessary. In the coming year we plan to offer more activities aimed at preserv- ing and celebrating Tibetan culture. Please check our website for more informa- tion. Schedule Sunday 11 a.m. Purification practice Wednesday 7 p.m. Deity Practice Saturday 11 a.m. Teachings with Khenpo Thursday 7.30 p.m. Calm Abiding meditation Wealsohavespecialpracticesonnewmoonandfullmoondays,anddakinidays; please see our website for more info. Contact Three Tibetan Cultural Center Email: threeriversdharma@gmail.com 201 S. Craig Street Website: www.threeriversdharma.org Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Vipassana Sitting Group Tradition: Vipassana (Theravada) LedbyRhondaKarltonRosen,Thiscommunitycanhelpprovidethesup- port for the continued development of a daily meditation practice. All instruction is drawn from the Theravada tradition of Vipassana, or Insight meditation. We meet each Thursday evening, barring major holidays, from 6 to 7:30. Please come ten to fifteen minutes early your first time. We meet at Temple Sinai. We may be transitioning to Wednesday at some point, so please call or email Rhonda before you come the first time. Schedule Thursday 6–7:30 p.m. meditation Contact Vipassana Sitting Group Email: Rhonda.K.Rosen@gmail.com Temple Sinai Phone: 412-487-1967 5505 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, Pa 15217-1199 Zen Center of Pittsburgh Tradition: Japanese Zen (Mahayana) ZenCenterofPittsburghisaSotoZenBuddhistTemplefoundedin1999. Zen Center serves the community by offering services, meditation and individu- alized Zen training with our Resident Priest, Rev.Kyoki Roberts. Children are welcome. Deep Spring Temple is located just thirty minutes north of Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaonfourteenisolatedacreswithstunningviewsoftheWesternPenn- sylvania forests. We offer monthly retreats and for those who would like to in- vestigate ordination, we offer residency training. We also run a mediation and facilitation serviceforspiritual communities andothernonprofits(www.an-olive- branch.org). Schedule Sunday 9:30 a.m. Intro to Zen (all newcomers welcome) 10 a.m.–12.30 p.m. zazen/service/Discussion/lunch Wed 6–7:15 p.m. zazen Contact Zen Center of Pittsburgh Phone: 412-741-1262 Rev Kyoki Roberts Email: kyoki@deepspringzen.org Deep Spring Temple Website: www.deepspringzen.org 124 Willow Ridge Road
  12. 12. Zen Group of Pittsburgh Tradition: Korean Zen (Mahayana) An affiliate of the Kwan Um School of Zen, an international network of ZenCentersunderthedirectionoffoundingZenMasterSeungSahn,DaeSoenSa Nim.ZenbasedontheKoreantraditiontheyoffermeditation instruction andhold weekly sitting and chanting meditation practice consisting of 30 minute chanting, 30 minute silent sitting meditation, and followed by a reading of a teacher. Chant- ing books are provided. The group holds approximately four retreats a year locally and usually one-day retreats held on Saturday, preceded by a public talk on Friday. (See the webpage for more information) Schedule: Wednesday 7 p.m. Contact: Zen Group of Pittsburgh Phone: 412-491-9185 Friends Meeting House Fell Room Website: www.zengrouppitt.org (Second Floor) 4836 Ellsworth Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15213 "The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nort to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly." the Buddha Shakyamuni 19 General introductions Walpola Rahula, What the Buddha Taught, Grove Press, 1959, 1974. Karen Armstrong, Buddha, London: Phoenix, 2004. Samuel Bercholz and Sherab Chödzin Kohn, The Buddha and his teachings, Boston: Shambhala, 2003. Rick Fields, How the swans came to the lake: A narrative history of Buddhism in America, Boston & London: Shambhala, 1992. Zen Buddhism RobertAitken,TakingthepathofZen,NewYork, North Point Press, 1982. Tenshin Reb Anderson, Being Upright: Zen Med- itation and the Bodhisattva Precepts, Rodmell Press. 2000 Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace is every step: The path of mindfulness in everyday life, New York, Bantam, 1991. Edited by John Daido Loori, The Art of Just Sit- ting: Essential Writings on the Zen Practice of Shikantaza, Wisdom Publications, 2002 Dainin Katagiri, Returning to Silence: Zen Prac- tice in Daily Life, Shambala Publications, Inc., 1988 Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind: Informal talks on Zen meditation and practice, Weatherhill, Inc., Thirty-third printing 1994 Edited by Kazuaki Tanahashi, Moon in a Dew- drop: Writings of Zen Master Dogen North Point Press, 1985 Kosho Uchiyama, Opening the Hand of Thought: Foundations of Zen Buddhist Practice, Wisdom Publications 2004 Alan Watts, The Way of Zen, Arkana, 1990 Charlotte Joko Beck, Everyday Zen, Harper San Francisco, 1989. Theravada Buddhism AjahnChah,Everythingarises,everythingfalls away:Teachingsonimpermanenceandtheend of suffering, Boston and London: Shambhala, 2005. Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield, Seeking the heart of wisdom: The path of insight medi- tation, Boston and London: Shambhala, 2001. U Sayadaw Pandita, In this very life: The lib- eration teachings of the Buddha, Somerville, Mass.: Wisdom Publications, 1993. Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein, Insight meditation: A step-by-step course on how to meditate, Boulder: Sounds True, [n.d.] Tibetan Buddhism and Bon Pema Chodron, Start where you are: A guide to compassionate living, Boston: Shambhala, 2001. Lama Surya Das, Awakening the Buddhist heart: Integrating love, meaning, and connec- tion into every part of your life, New York: Broadway Books, 2000. Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen, A Complete Guide to the Buddhist Path, Snow Lion Pub- lications 2009 Khandro Rinpoche, This precious life: Tibetan Buddhist teachings on the path to enlighten- ment, Boston and London: Shambhala, 2005. Sakyong Mipham, Turning the mind into an ally, New York: Riverhead Books, 2003. Tempa Dukte Lama, Heart Drop of the Loving Mother, Olmo Ling Publications, 2014. Tempa Dukte Lama, Journey into Buddha- hood, Olmo Ling Publications, 2013. Tempa Dukte Lama, Inexhaustible Miracles, Olmo Ling Publications, 2011. Tempa Dukte Lama, The Intimate Mind, Olmo Ling Publications, 2011. Resources