Wednesday Sangha Sittings – 6:00PM (Orientation for first time meditators at 5:15PM)
Our July theme is Right Thought
12 July: Lucinda Green, RMI Founder and Dharma Director
19 July: Vic Bradford, Dharma Teacher – “Right Thought as Conflicts Arise”
26 July: Jerry Shifrin, Practice Leader – “The Three Poisons”
Sunday sits at 9:00AM, Monday sits at 6:00PM
DHARMA KIDS – Sunday 9 July – 8:00-8:50AM
Dharma Kids is our program for children ages 4-12 and is now 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.
Forest Meditation, Saturday, August 5th at 9:00am – 10:00am
Studies show that being in nature & meditation both have positive effects on our brains & well-being. At Catamount Institute, we see this first hand every day with our campers and students. Join us for a relaxing, mindful walk through a meandering trail at Sondermann Park. Then, sit Creekside for a simple meditation while listening to the flowing water and singing birds. Mindful walking and meditation will be led by Matt Hane from Rocky Mountain Insight. All experience levels welcome. Children 11 and older are welcome. A donation of $10.00 or more supports programs at the Catamount Institute to get underserved youth into nature. The mediation starts promptly at 9:00am and lasts until 10:00am. RSVP to email@example.com or 719-471-0910 x106.
Dedicated Practitioner Design Session: Saturday, August 12th at 9:00am – 10:00am
Matt Hane considering offering a six-month long dedicated practitioner program running from October 2017 – March 2018. The program would be a mix of in-class instruction, reading assignments, meditation instruction and group interactions. Matt’s goal for this program is to take the participants through deeper dives on specific Buddhist topics such as the Four Noble Truths, Metta, Dependent Origination and others, and to practice the start up or refinement of a meditation practice. I’m thinking that we would also have group activities and plenty of time to ask questions of each other and get support. I’m planning to have a design session on Saturday, August 5th at 9:00am for an hour to create an outline of the program, to discuss alternatives and to gauge interest. Please let Matt Hane know if you are interested in participating in the design session with me by emailing him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOW FULL AND TAKING WAITLIST NAMES – Beginner Half-Day Silent Retreat Saturday, August 26th
Have you ever thought about going on a silent retreat, but didn’t know where to start or go? If so, come to the Rocky Mountain Insight Beginner Half-Day Silent Retreat on Saturday, August 26th from 8:30am to 12:00pm in Colorado Springs. This half-day retreat is an ideal way to begin a personal experience of Buddhism outside of books, podcasts or YouTube videos. You’ll be in the company of other beginners and you will receive detailed instructions about how to meditate and other retreat protocols will be explained. During the half-day retreat we will alternative between periods of meditation instruction, walking meditation and silent meditation. The retreat is limited to 15 people. There is no cost for the retreat and we do suggest an offering of dana to the practice leader. No one will be turned away from lack of funds. For the retreat wear comfortable clothes and bring a meditation cushion if you have one. We have chairs, cushions and benches at the meditation hall, too.
Email Matt Hane, RMI Practice Leader: email@example.com to sign up or to ask questions about the retreat.
INFORMATIVE AND INTERESTING LINKS:
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