A Meditation Center in the Theravada Buddhist Tradition

Study Groups

Waking Up to Whiteness Study Group (posted 1/6/2017)

Purpose: This study group supports white-identified dharma practitioners as we explore race and racism. Together we will consider our deep conditioning around race, its reactions in the systems around us, the impact of racism and whiteness on all beings, and ways to skillfully engage with this issue toward liberation. We will also develop our bodhisattva capacities to confront the ongoing harms wrought by racism. Dates & Times: Sundays, January 29; February 12 & 19; March 5, 12 & 26; April 2 &16, 3:00 – 6:00 pm Facilitators: Kathryn Turnipseed & Jennifer Tucker Contact: For more info or to register, e-mail Jennifer. Space is limited, please register ASAP.  

Mindfulness Study Group (posted 9/4/2016)

Purpose: Using Joseph Goldstein’s book, Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening, we will explore the Satipatthana Sutta. Dates & TimesThe group will meet the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of each month beginning on Sept. 20, 6:30 – 8 pm. At our first meeting we will determine the pace and length of the group by deciding how many chapters we will read before each meeting. Each class will begin with a 10 minute mediation period, followed by facilitated discussion and dialogue. Contact: Alison Owens 342-2021, alisono@swcp.com or Roy Moody, 344-8930. Requirements: The group is open to anyone committed to full participation, with a limit of 12-15 people.


True Refuge Study Group (posted 2/11/2016)

Dates & Times: Beginning March 22, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Every other Tuesday evening Facilitators: Roy Moody & Alison Owens Purpose: Using Tara Brach’s book, True Refuge; Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart, the group will explore the three refuges of Buddhism: Buddha (awareness), Dharma (truth), and Sangha (love.) Format: The group will use facilitated discussion and dialogue. Each class begins with a ten-minute meditation period. Requirements: Participants are expected to read chapter assignments. The group is open to anyone committed to full participation and is limited to 12 members.  

After Buddhism (posted 11/1/2015)

Dates & Times: Beginning November 10, 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm. Every other Tuesday evening Facilitator: Mel Schneider Purpose: Study of Stephen Batchelor’s After Buddhism : Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age


Feldenkrais Sessions (posted 5/22/2015)

Dates & Times: Beginning May 25, 6:30-7:30 pm. Every other Monday evening. Beginning December 2, 2015: Every first Wednesday evening. Facilitator: Kristine, kmaltrud@gmail.com Purpose: Feldenkrais ATM (Awareness Through Movement) is a practice to gain ease in the body. Format: Sessions will be conducted with recorded lessons. Requirements: Open to everyone. Wear comfortable, loose clothing and bring a yoga mat if you have one. See the flier.  

Wise Heart Study Group (posted 2/14/2015) FILLED

Dates & Times: Beginning April 7, 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of every month, 6:30-8:00 pm. Facilitator: Roy Moody, 505-344-8930; Contact: Alison Owens, 505-342-2021, alisono@swcp.com Purpose: To gain an understanding of Buddhist psychology using Jack Kornfield’s book, The Wise Heart, thereby inspiring our meditation practices. Format: Facilitated discussion and dialogue. Participants are expected to read chapter assignments. Each class will begin with a ten-minute meditation period. Requirements: Open to anyone committed to full participation in the group. The group is limited to eight people (plus Roy and Alison) and will meet at the AVC. Contact Alison (above) for more information and to register.


Engaged Buddhist Practice (posted 12/9/2014)

Click here for a flier. Dates & Times: Four Monday evenings, January 5, 12, 19, 26, 2015, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, at the AVC Presenters: Kathryn Turnipseed, community dharma leader, & Betsy VanLeit, AVS member Purpose: To support practitioners in their response to the dukkha of injustice in all its manifestations as an element of awakening Format: Reflection and group practice discussion in support of opening to the truth of how things are and how to bring forth dharma understanding in ways that strengthen wise and compassionate action. We will look at how to hold the activity of social justice with a Buddhist approach. You are encouraged to participate in all four sessions. If you can’t, you can still participate.


Learn to Chant in Pali and English (posted 11/18/2014)

Click here for a flier. Dates & Times: Four Thursdays, 4:30 – 6:00 pm: December 18, January 8, January 29, February 19 Presenter: Tam Saimons, AVS member Purpose: To learn chants in Pali and English as chanted by the Abhayagiri monks and to cultivate the qualities of faith, concentration, effort and wisdom. Format: The group will listen to a talk by Ajahn Passano the first evening and will practice and listen to chanting. Requirements: Open to all.  

Dharma and Climate Action (posted 9/16/2014)

Click here for the flier. Presenters: Betsy VanLeit, AVS member, and Kathryn Turnipseed, community dharma leader. Purpose: To engage Albuquerque members in nationwide dialogue and exploration through OneEarthSangha with nationally known teachers, including Jack Kornfield, Thanissara, Angel Kyodo Williams, Ayya Anandabodhi Bhikkuni and Bhikkhu Bodhi. Format: The group will listen to five weekly conversations with dharma teachers. The conversations will be followed by discussion and reflection. Requirements: None. Open to all. Dates & Time: October 5, 12, 19 and 26 and November 2, 2014, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. Snacks provided.  

Dogen’s Genjo Koan (posted 4/22/2014)

Hilary Heyl and Betsy VanLeit are leading a series of three sessions using the Genjo Koan as the basis for group discussion. The koan is a rich teaching worthy of study line by line. Format: We will continue the process started by Brian Lesage: a brief sit followed by a combination of small and large group discussion of the manuscript and how it applies to our lives. May also incorporate some of Norman Fischer’s audio talks on the koan. After the first session, we may consider rotating facilitators. Requirements for group members: This group is intended for individuals who participated in Brian Lesage’s Dogen discussion group last fall. Dates & Time: April 28, May 5 and May 12, from 6:00-8:00 pm.  

Online Study Group with Brian Lesage (posted 3/9/2014, revised 4/2/2014)

As of April 1 the group is no longer accepting additional members. If you wish your name to be added to a waiting list, contact Mel Schneider, melmelsch@yahoo.com. Brian Lesage leads an online study group beginning April 29. The topic of the group is Freedom Through Seeing the Selfless Nature of Experience, or anatta (the Buddha’s teachings on non-self). The group meets Tuesday mornings from 10:00 to 11:30, about once every 4 weeks, for 5 or 6 meetings. A major focus of the group is exercises and meditatative practices for gaining an experiential understanding of anatta. See the flier for details. Requirements: To join the study-group you must have had a regular meditation practice for at least one year consisting of sitting at least three times a week and occasionally reading Dharma books or going to a group to explore the Dharma. As of April 1 the group is no longer accepting additional members. If you wish your name to be added to a waiting list, contact Mel Schneider, melmelsch@yahoo.com. No fee is charged to participate in the study group. Brian is not paid to teach the classes. However, Brian puts a lot of work into everything he does for our sangha. An opportunity to make an offering to him—and separately to the sangha if you wish—will be provided.   Brian Lesage has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1988 and has taught meditation since 2000. He has studied in the Zen, Theravada and Tibetan schools of Buddhism. He was ordained in the Rinzai Zen tradition in 1996. His training in vipassana meditation includes doing extended meditation retreats in Myanmar (Burma), Nepal and India as well as numerous retreats in the US. He leads retreats and teaches meditation courses nationwide. Brian also has a private practice in Somatic Experiencing, which is a naturalistic approach to healing trauma. You can also visit his website for Somatic Experiencing at www.liberatingawareness.com. Brian lives in Arizona and visits our sangha several times a year to sit with us and give dharma talks. His biography is at: http://www.liberatingawareness.com/biography.html Brian offers individual practice discussions when he visits Albuquerque.  

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