Gate, Gate, Paragate, Parasamgate Bodhi Svaha! Our beloved Pat was released from her body 20 Nov 2015.
Wednesday Sangha Sittings – 6:00PM (Orientation for first time meditators at 5:15PM)
Dec 2: Matt Hane, Meditation Instructor – “The Garden in your Heart”, a guided meditation
Dec 9: David Reinberger, Meditation Instructor – The Metta Sutta
Dec 16: Jason Goss, Meditation Instructor
Dec 23: Michele Sneath, Dharma Teacher – Taking of The Five Precepts and The Three Refuges
Dec 30: Sangha Night CANCELLED due to the holidays
Guided Four Divine Abidings Meditation every first and third Sunday at 4:00PM: Dec 6 and Dec 20
Sunday sits at 9:00AM, Monday sits at 6:00PM
DHARMA KIDS – Sunday December 6 – 8:00-8:45AM
Dharma Kids is our program for children ages 4-12 and is held the first 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.
Fearless Love: Integrating Forgiveness, Patience, and Non-Judgment into Our Daily Lives
A Saturday Retreat Hosted by Morgan Smith, Practice Leader
December 5, 2015
Hold the Date: June 9-18, 2016 for a 10-day Jhana Retreat at Benet Hill in Colorado Springs
Noble Friends: We are in the very early, preliminary stages of planning a Jhana retreat at Benet Hill Monastery in Colorado Springs from June 9th – June 18th 2016. If you are interested in the Jhana retreat please save the dates for next June and stay tuned for further details.
In Loving Memory of Ruth Denison
Ruth Denison is a root teacher of our Founder and Spiritual Director, Dr. Lucinda Green.
Spirit Rock recently held a memorial for Ruth Dennison. Various videos can be found at:
A series of videos from Ruth’s memorial service at Dhamma Dena is available at
This video from Ruth’s memorial service includes a powerful letter from Ruth which ends up being a discourse. This is followed by Dr. Lucinda Green leading the circumambulation around the open coffin.
Here is a talk from Robert Beatty on Honoring Ruth Denison
“The Silent Dance of Life” is the first feature length documentary on Ruth Denison and her meditation center “Dhamma Dena” in the Mojave Desert of California. Now aged ninety-two Ruth is a pioneer of Buddhism in the West and a groundbreaker for women everywhere. RUTH-DENISON.COM
See the crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo
“The Book Of Ruth: Sayings of Ruth Denison” is available for download below.
Ruth’s Enduring Legacy Fund supports her continuing work. We are excited about the opportunities to continue to grow Dharma practice by continuing to offer teachings and retreats at Dhamma Dena, which was Ruth’s great wish.
Donate here http://www.dhammadena.com/7.html
New “Metta” Offering Now On RMI’s Schedule
As you know, our first Wednesday sitting of the month is dedicated to Metta Meditation, and as a result of its profoundness and popularity many of you have asked for yet another time to practice this. As a result RMI is happy to announce a new Four Diving Abidings Meditation, commonly called “Metta”.
Every first and third Sunday from 4:00 to 5:00, two of our practice leaders….Jason Goss and David Reinberger….. will guide a Four Divine Abidings Meditation which cultivates the following qualities of the heart:
- Loving-Kindnes (Metta)
- Compassion (Karuna)
- Sympathetic Joy (Mudita)
- Equanimity (Upekka)
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