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May-June Sangha Schedule


Wednesday Sangha Sittings – 6:00PM (Orientation for first time meditators at 5:15PM)
May 27: Patricia Komarow, Dharma Techer – The Role of Faith in Buddhism: Contemplation on Trusting Your Experience

June 3: Jason Goss, Practice Leader – Metta Meditation, Five Precepts and Three Refuges
June 10: Michele Sneath, Dharma Teacher – An overview of the Twelve Links of Dependent Origination with a special emphasis on one of the two links (Vedana) in which the chain can be broken. Breaking the chain of dependent origination leads to the end of dukkha or suffering.
June 17: Patricia Komarow, Dharma Techer – Insight (Vipassana) and the Three Marks of Conditioned Existence
June 24: Joan Norris, Practice Leader – Panel Discussion of three RMI members on what has been most helpful and challenging in their Buddhist practice? This will follow meditation.

Guided Four Divine Abidings Meditation every first and third Sunday at 4:00PM: May 17, June 7, and June 21.

Sunday sits at 9:00AM, Monday sits at 6:00PM


DHARMA KIDS – Sunday June 7 – 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.


Buddha Day 30 May

Buddha Day 2015

Focus on Practice:

Contemplative Practice: A letter from the RMI Dharma teachers on our focus for the second quarter of 2015: Contemplative Practices

On 11 March Pat Komarow led a contemplative practice on the Five Remembrances. Check them out here.

On 15 April Pat led A Charnal Ground Contemplation on Death – see blog post

Our Dharma Talks Are Back Online!

Available under the “Buddhism” menu above and at this direct link:


Ruth Denison Memorial

Ruth Denison is a root teacher of our Founder and Spiritual Director, Dr. Lucinda Green.

A series of videos from Ruth’s memorial service is available at

This video was made by Ann Hershey in 1995. It shows Ruth teaching and speaking about her teaching and how she came to her particular approach.

​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.

This video includes Lucinda’s eulogy.

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


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”, starting May 3, 2015.

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)

Metta sitting flyer

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):

The Book Of Ruth: Sayings of Ruth Denison


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





Upcoming Classes

Introduction to Meditation: Mindfulness of the Breath (Anapanasati)

Patricia Komarow, Dharma Teacher, and Jason Goss, Practice Leader

6/23/15 - 6/30/15

Tuesdays | 6:00pm

Cost: Donation is requested—$10-$15

Registration Deadline:

Registration: To pre-register, contact Pat at (If not pre-registered, please come 10 minutes early to the first class.)

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The Path to Happiness

Morgan Smith, Practice Leader

7/9/15 - 7/30/15

Thursdays | 6:00-7:00 PM

Cost: Suggested $5 - $10 donation per class

Registration Deadline: 6/30/15

Registration: Please let Morgan Smith know you are interested in attending by June 30th. E-mail him at to register and/or request more information!

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