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Where and When
- Members' Homes: In 1988 or thereabouts, Joan Granger sent a
letter to people in the Albuquerque area who were on the IMS mailing list,
inviting them to join her in starting a vipassana sitting group in
Albuquerque. Five people came to the first meeting. Three of
those continued to meet and were enough to form a little sangha.
We met in Joan's house on Sunday nights and announced our
meetings in the IMS newsletter. Soon other people started
showing up and we took turns meeting in people's homes. Sometimes
as many as 15 people would crowd into someone's living room.
We'd usually sit and then listen to a taped dharma talk or
take turns reading aloud from a book, or have a discussion.
We met in members' homes, on Sunday nights, for approximately
9 years, until Eric became our teacher. A Tuesday night group
also met for a number of years during this period.
- Unitarian Church: In 1997, Eric Kolvig moved to Santa Fe and
was teacher for both the Santa Fe and Albuquerque sanghas. During that
time we started meeting on Thursday nights in a large room at the
Unitarian Church on Carlisle.
- Adelante: In January 1999, when the Unitarians needed
to reclaim our meeting room during a remodeling project, sangha member
Mike Kivitz, director of Adelante Development Center, graciously
allowed us to meet at the Adelante headquarters on Balloon Park
Road. We met there on Thursday nights for approximately 2 years.
- Nahalot Shalom: In 2001, after we outgrew the meeting room
at Adelante, we moved to Nahalot Shalom, a synagogue on Rio Grande
Blvd. We met there for 9 months.
- The Wat: In 2002, the monks at the
Wat, 145 Madison NE, where we currently meet, generously allowed us
to use their temple for our meetings. They have been wonderful dharma
friends and host for our sangha.
- Thursday Night Meetings: See
Previous Thursday Nights Activities.
- Sunday Night Meetings: See
Previous Sunday Nights. (In November 2009, we
added Sunday night meetings at Bhava Yoga Studio to our schedule.
A sangha member who attended UNM could not attend on Thursday
evenings because of classes and took the initiative to find
a place to meet on Sunday. Bea, the owner of Bhava, has been
welcoming and generous with the sangha.)
- Retreats: See Previous Sangha
Retreats. (This includes residential retreats, day retreats, and
- Teacher Residencies: See
Previous Teacher Residencies.
- Community Potlucks: See
Previous Community Potlucks.
- Other: We've done many other things as a sangha.
A few examples: regular Sunday all day sittings, study groups (e.g.
diversity study group,
sutta study group), support
women's support group), visioning parties, Thursday night dinners,
membership meetings, board meetings, fund raising activities such as
yard sales and a
auction, celebrations, world
cafe, and consensus
- Long-term resident teachers:
- Eric Kolvig: During the years
1997 through 1999, Eric was the resident teacher for
the Santa Fe and Albuquerque sanghas and joined our sangha
on Thursday nights about twice a month. Then 2005 through
2010, he traveled to Albuquerque about once a month to sit
with us and give a dharma talk.
Shaila was resident teacher for the Santa Fe and Albuquerque sanghas
from September 2001 through July 2003. She joined us on Thursday
nights about twice a month.
- Others: We have had many many other wonderful teachers join us
for talks, retreats, and residencies. See links in the
Activities section above for details.
- We started the sangha website in January or February 1997.
Our web address, for nearly 4 years, was the unwieldy
The UNM Computer Science Department graciously let us run
the website from their server. We did so until February 2009.
- In September 2000, we got our own domain name,
- In February 2009, we moved our website from the UNM server to
Dreamhost, making use of their free
web hosting for non-profit organizations.
- Check out the
early sangha website pages archived through Wayback Machine.
Much early sangha history is preserved on these pages.
Many (but not all) links on the pages actually work.
- Incorporation: In June 1999, the Albuquerque Vipassana
Sangha received its official Certificate of Incorporation from
the State of New Mexico. See
- Tax-Exempt Status: In June 2000, we received tax-exempt
501(c)(3) status from the IRS.