Practice

Margha

Margha means “path” in Sanskrit and refers to the path to enlightenment envisioned as a process of deep, gradual and individualized development.

Vajrayana

In the practices of Vajrayana, we welcome our difficult thoughts, emotions, and physical reality as the fodder for awakening.

Ecosattva

Ecosattva Council is a process of reflection, reckoning, and listening for collective wisdom around various issues.

Dharma Dialogues

“Ecosattvas in the Anthropocene”
A year-long interview series of monthly conversations on Buddhist responses to climate change.

Natural Dharma Fellowship

Practice Groups

Most practice groups have not returned to in-person meetings at this time. Some groups are meeting online.
The Wonderwell local group is meeting in-person on Thursday evenings.

Please see below for information about each practice group (organized by onsite location).  Feel free to use the contact email provided for each group to get more up-to-date information.

Cambridge Sangha

The Natural Meditation Practice Group (of the Mahamudra and Dzogchen traditions) supports the ongoing deepening of students in the four aspects of natural meditation: one-pointedness, simplicity, one-taste, and non-meditation. These guided meditations, Q and A, and discussions offer an opportunity for students to find connection and support for their ongoing natural meditation.

Meeting Status: We are currently meeting online.

Day/Time:  Tuesdays at 7:00 PM

Meeting Location: Virtual meetings on Zoom until further notice.
Please see 
Schedule for upcoming Tuesday Night Meditations and to get Zoom link. 

For more information: Terri: info@naturaldharma.org

Address: Cambridge Friends Meeting House, Longfellow Park, Cambridge, MA

SCHEDULE for July and August — Every Thursday
Time alternates between 8:00 AM and Noon (Eastern)

8:00 AM 12:00 Noon
July 14th
July 28th
August 11th
August 25th
July 7th
July 21st
August 4th
August 18th

Bardo Practice Group

In 2021, several beloved members of our NDF community passed away. Close friends of the deceased organized bardo practices on their behalf.  Many participants expressed that these group practices were deeply moving, supportive, and rich with Dharma teachings on life, impermanence, and death, and expressed a desire to continue these practices on a regular basis.

In this spirit, we are offering a weekly online Bardo/Death Practice Group through August as a trial for continuing in the future, and we are considering adding a Prayer Circle Group. 

NOTE: This group is focused on general bardo practice, and is not a 49-day practice for specific individuals. However, there will be an opportunity to honor individuals during each session.

Day/Time:  Thursdays at 8:00 AM + 12:00 PM (see schedule to the left)

Meeting Location: Online via Zoom

Registration: Email us to receive Zoom details

For more information: ndfzoombardo@gmail.com

Email List: If you would like to be added to the mailing list for this practice, please fill out this Google Form.

Download Bardo Practice PDF 

Wonderwell Local Meditation Group

Meditation sessions are now taking place most weeks (see schedule below) in the Meditation Hall at Wonderwell. Sessions with NDF Teachers (a guided meditation, dharma talk, Q&A) alternate with with peer-led sessions (silent 45 minute meditation, followed by time for conversation and connection). Attendees must be fully vaccinated (including booster), and masks are required inside the building. Please join us!

Meeting Status: In-person

Day/Time:  Thursday Evenings: 6:00–7:30 pm.  

July 28: Silent Meditation and Conversation
August 4
: Silent Meditation and Conversation
August 11: 
with David Bayer – Guided meditation, Dharma talk, Q&A 
August 18: no meeting due to retreat taking place at Wonderwell
August 25: 
with Kathe McKenna – Guided meditation, Dharma talk, Q&A

Meeting Location: Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Address: 253 Philbrick Hill Road, Springfield, NH 03284

For more information and to be added to local mailing listcoleman.judith@comcast.net

Other Practice Groups

Watertown, MA

Awakening Heart Practice Community

Our community engages in practices that support awakening and compassionate action in the world. We are grounded in Buddhist and other wisdom traditions, inspired by the teachings of Lama John Makransky, Lama Willa Baker, Rupert Spira, and other teachers. Our community welcomes those beginning to explore contemplative practice and experienced meditators. People of all faith traditions, as well as those who do not identify with any faith, are invited to join us. 
 

We are currently meeting online.

  • Saturdays at 10 am EST
  • Mondays at 7:30 pm EST
  • Wednesdays at 7 pm EST
 
Virtual meetings on Zoom until further notice. Please use contact information below to get a link for the meeting.

Concord or Springfield, NH

Granite State
Sangha

We are a small, friendly, dedicated group of meditation practitioners located in Concord, New Hampshire. Meditation practice is led by an experienced meditation instructor or practice leader, and is followed by a CD teaching and discussion. Lama Rod Owens and other teachers/Lamas join us once a month to lead meditation and teach. There is always time for questions, comments and discussion.

We are currently meeting online.

Sundays from 9:30 – 10:45 AM
Virtual meetings on Zoom until further notice. Please use contact information below to get a link for the meeting.

gssangha108@gmail.com

Don Belanger
603-856-3682

Dori Bongiovanni
603-724-9584

See granitestatesangha.com for more details on location in Concord or Springfield, NH

North Andover, MA

Great Pond Sangha @ North Parish

We practice primarily in the Natural Awareness (Dzogchen, Mahamudra) and Mahayana traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Weekly sittings are drop-in and free of charge. Newcomers welcome. Founded in 2004, we serve the Merrimack Valley and Essex County communities and are affiliated with North Parish Unitarian Universalist Congregation.

We are currently meeting online.

Wednesdays from 7:30 – 9:00 PM – Guided Meditation, Discussion, Dharma Talks, Guest Teachers, Q&A
Fridays from 8:30 – 9:15 AM – Silent Sitting & Walking Meditation

Virtual meetings on Zoom until further notice. Please use contact information below to get a link for the meeting.

For Zoom links, info about other activities, and weekly news, please join our Google Group Mailing List

Mark Lemire or Susan Malloy
greatpondsangha@gmail.com

Laura Howell
Spiritual Director
LHowell108@gmail.com

190 Academy Road North Andover, MA

Brooksville, ME

Natural Meditation Practice Group

This Natural Meditation Practice Group is based on traditional practice techniques of Mahamudra and Dzogchen. We offer guided meditation and discussion as support for our personal development of Natural Awareness, Compassion,  and Love. All are welcome on a drop-in basis. No prior meditation experience is required.

We are currently meeting online.

Thursdays at 6:00 PM

Virtual meetings on Zoom until further notice. Please use contact information below to get a link for the meeting.

Philip Osgood
info.philiposgood@gmail.com
207-326-4047

Sheila Moir
sheila.moir108@gmail.com
207-326-4279

Reversing Falls Sanctuary
818 Bagaduce Road, Brooksville, ME

Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Natural Dharma Practice Group

We practice in the Mahamudra and Dzogchen traditions of natural awareness, including supportive practices to develop mental stability and cultivate compassion. We host NDF teachers, including Lama Willa Miller and Brendan Kennedy to offer weekend workshops to the Philadelphia community, and organize practice days for the sangha. All are welcome, including beginners.

We are currently meeting online.

Sundays at 4:00 PM, Wednesdays at 7:30 PM

Virtual meetings on Zoom until further notice. Please use contact information below to get a link for the meeting.

We meet at sangha members’ homes in Philadelphia and Bala Cynwyd.

Portland, ME

Portland Maine Natural Meditation Practice Group

This Natural Meditation Practice Group is based on traditional practice techniques of Mahamudra and Dzogchen. We offer guided meditation and discussion as support for our personal development of Natural Awareness, Compassion,  and Love. All are welcome on a drop-in basis. No prior meditation experience is required.

We are currently meeting online.

Weekly, Thursdays, 5:40 – 7:00 PM
Virtual meetings on Zoom until further notice. Please use contact information below to get a link for the meeting.
25 Middle Street, Portland, Maine
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