Mar 07 2023

March “One Community” Gathering with Jetsunma

In-person in Missoula and online

About this event

This month’s Sangha gathering: Tuesday, March 7, @ 5:30-7:30pm MST (click HERE to view in your time zone)

Offered in-person in Missoula and online (Address and Zoom link sent upon registration)

*In-person space limited.

Join us in-person in Missoula where we will zoom in as a group or online via Zoom. Address and Zoom link sent upon registration.

The Perfection of Ethical Discipline

Join us for an insightful dharma talk on the paramita (or perfection) of Ethical Discipline. Explore the ancient Buddhist teachings on moral virtue and learn how to cultivate a life of kindness, compassion, and wisdom. Discover the power of refraining from harmful actions, gathering virtue, and helping others, while gaining a deeper understanding of how ethical discipline can help you purify your mind and create a positive impact on the world.

The Paramita of Discipline is one of the Six Paramitas in Mahayana Buddhism, where we at Namchak find our roots. The Paramitas are practices or qualities that one should cultivate in order to achieve enlightenment.

The true meaning of the practice of Ethical Discipline is to release the wish to do harmful actions rather than stubbornly resisting the temptation to do them.

Whether you are a seasoned practitioner or just starting on your spiritual journey, this talk is not to be missed.

Join Jetsunma and the Namchak community to learn how practicing discipline can create a nurturing environment for your spiritual progress.

Register now for a deeply meaningful and insightful evening!


About the teacher: Jetsunma spent nine years in a monastic university program studying all of the major subjects of Buddhism and then followed her studies by spending nine years in closed retreat. It was for this reason that Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche offered her the honored title of Jetsunma. She is the director of the study and practice centers of Turquoise Leaf Nunnery and Kusum Khandro Ling in Nepal. Jetsunma has been living in the USA for the last few years, where she previously spent two years studying psychology and western philosophy at Harvard University, and currently divides her time between living in Montana and New York.

About One Community

For one evening each month, we come together as a community to deepen our understanding of the dharma and connect with our fellow sangha members. Each gathering is facilitated by a different Namchak teacher, thought leader, or staff member and will revolve around our theme of the month. These gatherings are two hours in total. The first half will consist of a dharma talk, and the second half will offer an opportunity for participants to reflect on the teachings through small group discussions in short break-out sessions. These group discussions will be followed by a Q&A session with the teacher. Participation in small group discussions is encouraged but not required. You can always sit these out! We encourage Learning Circles and meditation buddies to attend together. Inviting friends, partners, family members, neighbors, and co-workers is always welcome.

Address and Zoom Link

Missoula address and Zoom link will be provided upon registration. Please note: Confirmation emails from Eventbrite often end up in spam/promotions tab. Please check there if you do not see the confirmation email.

Our Community Commitments

In order to co-create a brave, inclusive, anti-oppressive and learning centered space, in our community we each agree to:

    • Be inclusive of diverse opinions and backgrounds through treating each other with respect and appreciation.
    • Commit to words and actions of non-harm within our group interactions.
    • Learn by immersing in and committing to the practices at hand.
    • Hold personal sharing in confidence.
    • Be present, practice mindful listening, and not offer unsolicited advice.
    • Allow and invite for equal sharing of voices as well as the right to pass.
    • Take care not to speak for others in the group.
    • Assume good intent and come from a place of curiosity and care.
    • Come as we are with permission to be “raggedy.”
    • Be mindful of and take personal and collective responsibility for our own biases including the use of language that may “other,” “cancel,” or dehumanize any person, groups of people, and/or their experiences.
    • Ask for consent before hugging or initiating physical contact during in-person gatherings.
    • Use the “Ouch/Oops” tool to address hurtful comments and language in the moment and to allow space for repair.*

We aspire for this sangha to be a place of refuge

*Ouch/Oops . This is a tool for addressing hurtful comments/language in the moment. If someone says something hurtful, anyone can bring attention to it in the moment by saying “Ouch” and then explaining what was hurtful. If it is a word choice issue, be sure to give the first speaker the chance to rephrase and try again (remember, it’s okay to be raggedy, and we are all assuming good intent!) When someone says something that comes out wrong or hurts someone else, they should start with “Oops” – first, acknowledge the impact of their words, and then try again. This can also be done outside of the event if someone feels an “Ouch,” but does not feel comfortable sharing it with the group at that time. We aspire for this sangha to be a place of refuge.