Plans for online meetings at RMI during current COVID-19 situation.
Rocky Mountain Insight’s meditation center will be closed through at least April 30th as a precaution and best practice response to the COVID-19 pandemic that our community and the world are experiencing. Our Monday sittings are cancelled during this time. Wednesday orientations are also suspended. To continue to support our practices we will be virtually hosting our 6pm Wednesday evening Sangha Night sittings and Dharma talks, as well as the Sunday morning sitting, streaming them over the Zoom platform. What is Zoom? It is an easy to use web-based audio and video conferencing platform you will be able to use to connect in to RMI using your computer web browser, your mobile device, or any telephone.
The first connection method is via your favorite web browser on your computer. This will give you full audio and video capability assuming you have a microphone and camera on your computer. Click on the link below for either the Wednesday or Sunday session and follow instructions. If you have not used Zoom before you will probably be prompted for a download, follow the instructions to do so, and if prompted for a Meeting ID it is 755197211 for Wednesday and 155999616 for the Sunday session. If prompted, choose internet audio to use your computer for the audio versus dialing in separately on a phone.
The second method is to download and install the Zoom app to your iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. You will probably be prompted to create an account, but as a participant that is optional. Click on the link below for either the Wednesday or Sunday session and follow instructions. Or just open the app and enter the appropriate Meeting ID. As before select internet audio versus dial in if prompted.
The third method is to dial in via any phone. Of course, this will be voice only. Dial 669-900-9128 and then when prompted enter prompted for a Meeting ID it is 755197211 for Wednesday and 155999616 for the Sunday session. If prompted for a user number it is not necessary.
We hope you can join us, RMI is here to support your practice. If you have not connected to Zoom before please follow one of the sets of directions above at least 10 minutes prior to our start time to get setup.
Our current circumstances are highlighting the truth of the interconnected and interdependent nature of our existence. The Dharma and our practices are more important than ever, mindfully bringing wisdom and compassion to the forefront to care for ourselves and others.
May all beings be well, may all beings be happy.
With Metta from your friends at Rocky Mountain Insight.
Where is RMI? (Center closed through April 30th)
We are located in Old Colorado City in the public parking lot bounded by Pikes Peak Ave., Colorado Ave., 25th St. and 26th St: 2525 W Pikes Peak Ave Suite A, Colorado Springs, CO 80904
Wednesday Sangha Sittings – 6:00PM – Virtual via Zoom (https://zoom.us/j/755197211)
Our theme for this year is The Four Foundations of Mindfulness
1st – Matt Hane – A guided Metta meditation
8th – Ananda Marga Callender – Contemplation of Vedana
15th – Dr. Vic Bradford – Contemplation of the State of Mind
22nd – David Reinberger – Contemplation of Mental Contents – Overview
29th – Michele Sneath – Contemplation of Mental Contents – Sense Desire
Sunday sittings at 9:00AM – Virtual through April 26th via Zoom (https://zoom.us/j/155999616)
DHARMA KIDS – (April 19th Cancelled)
Dharma Kids is our program for children ages 4-12 typically held the second Sunday morning of the month. We use stories, crafts and child-friendly meditation techniques to teach the basics of the Dharma. Lessons in mindfulness and compassion are related to the kids’ everyday experiences of anxiety, boredom, anger and sadness to help them become happier, calmer and more understanding.
Monday sittings at 6:00PM (Cancelled through April)
Recovery Dharma – Saturday at 6:00PM (Cancelled through April)
Recovery Dharma is a peer-led movement and community that is unified by our trust in the potential of each of us to recover and find freedom from the suffering of addiction. We believe that recovery means empowerment, and we support each other as partners walking the path of recovery together. Our program uses the Buddhist practices and principles of meditation, self-inquiry, wisdom, compassion, and community as tools for recovery and healing. Recovery Dharma welcomes anyone who is looking to heal from addiction and addictive behavior, whether it’s caused by substance use or process addictions like codependency, gambling, eating disorders, relationships, technology, or any obsessive or habitual pattern that creates suffering.
Our meetings are open to anyone interested in recovery from addiction of all kinds. No meditation experience is necessary.
Classes: (April classes will held virtually)
Introduction to Meditation Class: Saturday April 4th & 11th from 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Designed for beginners, this class offer detailed instruction about how to meditate that goes beyond mindfulness apps and YouTube. This is a great way to start a meditation practice and to meditate with other people. The class is led by Matt Hane, RMI Meditation Teacher, who has meditated since 2008. The suggested donation is $10-15 and no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. The two-part class will be held on Saturday, April 4th and 11th from 1:00pm – 2:30pm at Rocky Mountain Insight. Please email Matt at email@example.com to sign up or arrive 15 minutes early to the first class.
Full Day Silent Retreat: Saturday May 16th: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Matt Hane, RMI Meditation Teacher, is leading a one day silent retreat that offers the opportunity to deepen your spiritual practice in a retreat setting. Practice instructions will be offered, along with periods of walking and sitting meditation. This is a good retreat for those who are new to meditation and for longer-term practitioners, too. The retreat will be held at Catamount Institute, 740 W. Caramillo St, Colorado Springs 80904 and RMI will provide water and tea. All participants are asked to bring their own sack lunch and water bottle. Attendance is limited to 15 people. Cost is a sliding fee of $35 – $45 for the day plus Dana for the teacher. To pre-register, contact Matt Hane at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founder, LucindaGreen, Ph.D. and Leigh Brasington at Pecos Monastery in Pecos, New Mexico.
This retreat is currently full. However, it is possible that there may be cancellations. To be placed on a wait list for the retreat, send an email to email@example.com requesting to be placed on a wait list. No deposit is needed to be on the wait list. When there is an opening, the organizer will contact you. At that time, you will have to put down the $500 deposit if it is prior to May 1, 2020. On or after May 1, 2020, the entire amount for room and board will be required. Thank you.
Recent Dharma Talks:
Mindfulness of Breathing, by Ananda Marga Callender
The Gift in Taking Refuge in the Triple Gem, by Marga Callender
The Power and Efficacy of Mindful Awareness by Dr. Lucinda Green
The Relationship of Generosity and Joy, by Marga Callender (NEW!)
The Book Of Ruth
We have lost our Dear Ruth, but her wise and witty words live on. Now available here for download, a pdf version of “The Book Of Ruth: Sayings of Ruth Denison” (19MB, may take a minute to open):
Ruth Denison is one of RMI Founder Lucinda Green’s root teachers. For those who are unfamiliar with Ruth’s teaching, it is probably best understood as a combination of U Ba Khin’s vipassana meditation technique, her teacher Charlotte Selver’s sensory awareness techniques, Theraveda Buddhist doctrine, and Ruth’s own studies, discoveries and innovations. In addition, through the decades, Ruth has constantly refined her teaching, routinely emphasizing one aspect or another of the technique to suit what she understands to be a student’s needs in that moment, in that place.
Collected with devotion by Jain
Edited by Lucinda “Treelight” Green, Ph.D.
Original publication: 2005, Rocky Mountain Insight
Prepared for digital distribution by Jay Babcock, Joshua Tree, 2015