Drop-In Meditation Class!


“Happy Hour with August and Kaye”


The Mt. Adams Zen Buddhist Temple is sponsoring a weekly drop-in meditation class in Hood River, facilitated by August Jensen and Kaye Jones, focusing on Vipassana (mindfulness) and Metta (loving-kindness) practices. Each session will consist of a short Dharma talk (presenting the view, theory, philosophy of practice) and instruction on formal technique, followed by a period of meditation practice, to conclude with a group discussion and Q & A.

Aimed at developing our ability to open to, and inhabit our lives, this group welcomes all skill-levels, from beginner to advanced practitioners. Each week we will explore different aspects of the practice (body, breath, emotions, mind, thinking, daily life) and leave space at the end to discuss the variety of challenges and insights we discover along the path.

Location: Hood River Foundation for Vibrant Living, 1029 May St. Hood River
Time: Thursdays at 5pm, beginning April 18th
Cost: Donation

Payment by Dana — Buddha teaches us that generosity is the first quality of an awakened mind. It opens our heart, frees us from attachment, and echoes our basic goodness. Kay and August offer this class out of their own free time. Dana (giving) donations are welcome — giving up, giving in, and just plain giving.


August Jensen is a recent transplant to Trout Lake with his partner and son. He received a Master’s Degree of Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa — a Buddhist Contemplative University in Boulder, Colorado. A veteran of the Iraq war, he has worked as a biologist, wilderness rites of passage guide, school counselor, and psychotherapist. August is a former student of the secular tradition of Shambhala Buddhism, developed by the Tibetan Buddhist Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche (also the founder of Naropa University). Currently, he is a mindfulness teacher and pastoral counselor at the Mt. Adams Zen Buddhist Temple, and was recently accepted into the Buddhist Ministerial training program in Vietnamese Zen.

Kaye Jones is a homesteader in Trout Lake, an educator, and mother of three with her partner Adam. She is a student of nature, and of reality, and chaos~ as understood through the lens of the dharma and natural systems. Kaye has her MSc in Holistic Science from Schumacher College, and is a student of Tibetan Buddhism.  Her study of Vajrayana is in the lineage of Chogyam Trungpa and Dharma Ocean, with a focus on somatic meditation. Joanna Macy has been Kaye’s root teacher and collaborator for 15 years. She is at work providing research for a forthcoming book on Joanna Macy’s life-work to be published by Shambhala in 2020.