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August Sangha Schedule


Wednesday Sangha Sittings – 6:00PM (Orientation for first time meditators at 5:15PM)
Aug 5: Patricia Komarow, Dharma Teacher, Mudita or Appreciate Joy and Gratitude
Aug 12: Victor Bradford, Dharma Teacher, The First Noble Truth
Aug 19: Patricia Komarow, Dharma Teacher, Working with Common Reactive Thought Patterns
Aug 26: David Lease, Practice Leader, Audio Dharma: 5 Precepts and 3 Refuges

Guided Four Divine Abidings Meditation every first and third Sunday at 4:00PM: Aug 2 and Aug 16

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

DHARMA KIDS – Sunday August 2 – 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.

Noble Conversation with Noble Friends

You are invited to take part in a sangha activity focused on improving your practice in daily life — namely, a KM or Kalyana Mitta group.

KM stands for Kalyana Mitta, which means Noble Friends — the Buddha considered positive, supportive friends to be among the most important parts of living a good life, whether in a monastery or outside.  We hope to take advantage of the treasure of each others’ company and support as we explore the Dharma.

KM groups include from four to eight individuals who commit to meet for an hour or two once a month to discuss a topic of interest.  The topic can be a specific part of the Buddha’s teaching, it can focus on how the teachings can help us navigate through all the challenges of our daily life, it can be a film or book study group, or it can focus on an activity within the community.

An initial planning group for a proposed new KM group will be held on Saturday 20 June at 6PM in the sangha.

This group will explore the value of KM groups, investigate a topic (or topics), and select a mutually agreeable time for the group to meet.

You are encouraged to attend this meeting, although anyone who is interested in joining may send their name, contact information, preferred topic(s), and available times to Vic Bradford at, by 4 July.We will then contact you with further information.


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 July 5th. E-mail him at to register and/or request more information!

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