What we're about

Welcome to the Winding Path Sangha (formerly the Iowa City Sangha) in Iowa City, Iowa.

Our Sangha (or "community") of lay practitioners follows the tradition of Vietnamese Buddhist teacher and peacemaker Thích Nhất Hạnh, who says there is no path to peace; peace is the path.

Because we know that path can be winding and often challenging, and to support peace within ourselves and in the world, our Sangha gathers weekly to meditate, hear from teachings by Buddhist teacher Thích Nhất Hạnh and others, share about our practice, and discern together how to live fully in the present moment at home, at work, and in our community.

Everyone is welcome, regardless of beliefs or previous experience with meditation, Buddhism, or mindfulness practices.

Whatever spiritual path has brought you to us today, however winding, we welcome you.

Learn more about our Sangha by visiting our Website at http://www.windingpathsangha.org .

Upcoming events (5)

Virtual Meditation

Online event

To help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the individual and collective health of the Winding Path Sangha, we've canceled in-person activities for the time being. A letter to the Sangha about our decision may be found at https://sites.google.com/view/winding-path-sangha/response-to-covid-19. We are, however, offering you an opportunity to join us for a virtual meditation session on Wednesdays using the free Zoom app or Web portal, which you can use on a computer or smartphone (details at https://zoom.us/). Once you RSVP to the event, Meetup will display the link to our Zoom meeting. Please note that Zoom now requires participants to wait in a virtual "waiting room" until the organizer allows them to join a meeting, so it's important to sign on a little before our 7 p.m. start (once the meeting begins, it's sometimes difficult for the facilitator to notice someone's entered the waiting room). Please also note that we require all participants to activate their video when joining a meeting, both to help everyone feel more at ease in this online setting, and so we can all benefit from the gift of your smile! Once we begin, we follow our traditional format: *Welcome and inviting the bell *Check-ins *Meditation (20 minutes) *Dharma reading *Dharma sharing *Announcements *Sharing the Merit *Closing and bell We hope you can join us.

Sangha explores Joan Halifax’s ‘Standing on the Edge’ starting October 15

Join Winding Path Sangha member Steve Vincent for a six-week discussion (October 15 to November 12) of Joan Halifax’s “Standing on the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet.” All are welcome. The Zoom link for the event is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84518285922. Discussions will take place via Zoom from 5-6 p.m. for the six consecutive Thursdays, following this reading schedule: October 15: Introduction, Chapter 1—Altruism October 22: Chapter 2—Empathy October 29: Chapter 3—Integrity November 5: Chapter 4—Respect and Chapter 5—Engagement November 12: Chapter 6—Compassion at the Edge Founder of Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and longtime student of Thich Nhat Hanh’s, Halifax explores in her book five psychological territories she calls “Edge States”—altruism, empathy, integrity, respect, and engagement―that epitomize strength of character. Yet each of these states can also be the cause of personal and social suffering. In this way, these five psychological experiences form edges, and it is only when we stand at these edges that we become open to the full range of our human experience and discover who we really are.” More information may be found at https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250101358 We hope to see you!

Virtual Meditation

Online event

To help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the individual and collective health of the Winding Path Sangha, we've canceled in-person activities for the time being. A letter to the Sangha about our decision may be found at https://sites.google.com/view/winding-path-sangha/response-to-covid-19. We are, however, offering you an opportunity to join us for a virtual meditation session on Wednesdays using the free Zoom app or Web portal, which you can use on a computer or smartphone (details at https://zoom.us/). Once you RSVP to the event, Meetup will display the link to our Zoom meeting. Please note that Zoom now requires participants to wait in a virtual "waiting room" until the organizer allows them to join a meeting, so it's important to sign on a little before our 7 p.m. start (once the meeting begins, it's sometimes difficult for the facilitator to notice someone's entered the waiting room). Please also note that we require all participants to activate their video when joining a meeting, both to help everyone feel more at ease in this online setting, and so we can all benefit from the gift of your smile! Once we begin, we follow our traditional format: *Welcome and inviting the bell *Check-ins *Meditation (20 minutes) *Dharma reading *Dharma sharing *Announcements *Sharing the Merit *Closing and bell We hope you can join us.

Sangha explores Joan Halifax’s ‘Standing on the Edge’ starting October 15

Join Winding Path Sangha member Steve Vincent for a six-week discussion (October 15 to November 12) of Joan Halifax’s “Standing on the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet.” All are welcome. The Zoom link for the event is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84518285922. Discussions will take place via Zoom from 5-6 p.m. for the six consecutive Thursdays, following this reading schedule: October 15: Introduction, Chapter 1—Altruism October 22: Chapter 2—Empathy October 29: Chapter 3—Integrity November 5: Chapter 4—Respect and Chapter 5—Engagement November 12: Chapter 6—Compassion at the Edge Founder of Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and longtime student of Thich Nhat Hanh’s, Halifax explores in her book five psychological territories she calls “Edge States”—altruism, empathy, integrity, respect, and engagement―that epitomize strength of character. Yet each of these states can also be the cause of personal and social suffering. In this way, these five psychological experiences form edges, and it is only when we stand at these edges that we become open to the full range of our human experience and discover who we really are.” More information may be found at https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250101358 We hope to see you!

Past events (442)

Mindful Men Group

Online event

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