Groups & Events

Walking meditation. Photo credit: Matt Nash, 2018.

In naming this community “Dharma Friends Community,” we highlight the importance of relationships with friends on the path. All Dharma Friends gatherings intend to support each participant as a friend would offer support. Additionally, we see the teachings themselves as offering the help of a good friend.

Callie Justice leads all Dharma Friends groups and events, unless otherwise indicated. To find out more about Callie, visit the Leadership page.

All teachings at Dharma Friends Community are offered freely as a practice of dāna. Dāna, or “giving,” is a central practice taught by the Buddha. In relating to others from a sense of open-handedness, freely giving (particularly in support of the growth of the Dharma), we create rich conditions of mind and heart for the development of the Buddha’s path. Participants will likewise have the opportunity to offer donations in support of the teachers.

Upcoming Groups and Events

Click on any event below for more information. To view our full calendar, please click here.

Group Descriptions

Dharma Friends small groups are kept to a membership of no more than eleven people. The small group size is intended to help participants develop relationships with one another, and to give each individual time to use the group for exploring what the Buddha’s teachings offer to them personally.

All small groups meet in the Dharma Friends Community Meditation Hall, which is located in Durham near the NC School of Science and Math.

Upcoming Groups

  • Deepening Practice on the Noble Eightfold Path

    There will be two ongoing primary focuses over the six month period that this group meets. Every week we will work with contemplation practices from the early Buddhist discourses for cultivating insight, and for one week each month we will investigate the question 'How do the teachings of the Buddha support us as we face the unfolding Climate Crisis?'

    Additionally, we will continue to develop core practices such as mindfulness of breathing, lovingkindness meditation, precepts reflections and meditations for establishing right mindfulness. Each session will include time for meditation, for sharing of the teachings and for group discussion.

    There will be two sessions of this Practice Deepening Group. The Sunday Morning group will meet weekly from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. The Sunday Evening group meets weekly from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Both sessions run from September 15th, 2019 to March 15th, 2020. (Please note: We will not meet the last Sunday in December and the first two Sundays in January.)

    Teachings are offered by Callie Justice on a donation basis at the Dharma Friends Community Meditation Hall near the NC School of Science and Math in Durham.

    To request more information and to register please visit the Contact page and select one of the two Practice Deepening Group options.

  • Beginning the Buddha’s Path

    This group offers an introduction to newcomers, and is also meant to be beneficial to those who already have some experience with the Buddha’s teachings.The next Beginning the Buddha’s Path Group will meet weekly for six weeks on Tuesdays from 7:00 to 8:30 pm beginning on October 15th and concluding on November 19th, 2019. Click here for more information.

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