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Get Your Sit Together!

Welcome Noble Friends, our theme for the New Year is a playful "Get Your Sit Together: Establish or renew your commitment to your practice". We want you to know RMI is here to support your practice, with regular sittings, classes and retreats. Strengthen your meditations and grow your Dharma wisdom with Rocky Mountain Insight.

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September Sangha Schedule

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Wednesday Sangha Sittings – 6:00PM (Orientation for first time meditators at 5:15PM)

Our September theme is “Many Ways to Meditate”

6 Sep: Marga Callender, Meditation Instructor – Guided Metta (and full moon chanting)
13 Sep: David Reinberger, Meditation Instructor – Vedana
20 Sep: Matt Hane, Meditation Instructor – Body Scan
27 Sep: Dr. Vic Bradford, Dharma Teacher

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

DHARMA KIDS – Sunday 10 Sep – 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.

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Upcoming events:

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 SPECIAL SCREENING: WALK WITH ME OCT 11

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We need enough people to sign up by September 25th to make this happen! Please follow this link to make you reservation now:

https://gathr.us/screening/21071

 

Beginner Half-Day Silent Retreat: Saturday, September 16th 8:30am – 12:00pm

Practice Leader: Matt Hane
Dates: Saturday, September 16th
Time: 8:30am – 12:00pm

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, September 16th 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 alternate 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:matt.hane@gmail.com to sign up or to ask questions about the retreat.

 

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NEW! Introduction to Meditation Class: Tuesdays, October 3rd and 10th  at 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Teacher: Dr. Vic Bradford
Dates: Oct 3rd and 10th
Time:  6:00pm – 7:30pm

RMI is offering a two evening Introduction to Meditation Class on Tuesday October 3rd and Tuesday Oct 10th. This two session class is an introduction to Buddhist meditation, with an emphasis on Mindfulness with Breathing (Anapanasati). The Buddha used this meditation method, and his teachings provide some excellent advice for us.  Anapanasati is one of the methods we can use as an effective foundation for cultivating a meditation practice. Join us…ask questions…share in discussions. Designed for beginners, this class also offers a “refresher” for seasoned meditators. Taught by Dr. Vic Bradford, Dharma Teacher, the suggested donation is $10-15 and no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Please contact Vic at  stpdk2000@yahoo.com to register; if not pre-registered please arrive 15 minutes early to the first class.

The RMI Dedicated Practitioner Program is a Go!

The RMI Dedicated Practitioner Program is a go! Matt Hane will facilitate the six month program (October 2017 – March 2018) and we will focus on Four Noble Truths/Eight-Fold Path & Four Foundations of Mindfulness, with a half-day retreat in December 2017 and March 2018. We will meet on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month from 9:00am – 10:30am starting October 7th. The cost of the program is $50.00 to cover printing and material costs and an offering of dana is also suggested; no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Email Matt at: matt.hane@gmail.com to sign up or to get more information about the program.

Forest Meditation, Saturday, October 7th at 11:00am

Practice Leader: Matt Hane

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 11:00am and lasts until 10:00am. RSVP toinfo@catamountinstitute.org or 719-471-0910 x106.

RMI Fall Weekend Retreat: October 20-22, 2017

Dharma Teacher: Lucinda Green
Dates: Friday, October 20 – Sunday, October 22, 2017
Time: 3:00pm Friday – 1:00pm Sunday

Renew your spirit and deepen your practice with Dr. Lucinda Green, who will teach Emptiness and Com-passion. The beautiful grounds of Benet Hill Monastery through which you will enjoy walking meditation will begin the autumnal display of changing colors. Restore the serenity that only comes from retreats,

The bedrooms are comfortable double rooms with shared baths located in the same hall as the vihara. Full vegetarian meals are provided beginning Friday evening through Sunday noon. Shared rooms are $200/person. The retreat begins Friday Oct. 20 at 3:00 p.m. and ends Sunday, Oct. 22nd after the noon meal. Preregistration deadline is August 31st. A $95 deposit made out to RMI, is required. For information contact Pat Byrne at 719-687-6981 or flowermum27@yahoo.com.

Thanks,
Matt

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Now Available!

ED Deck

Purchase at http://lucindagreenphd.com/audio-and-books/enlightenment-deck/

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INFORMATIVE AND INTERESTING LINKS:

Dharma Talk: An Exhortation by Ayya Khema

Five Things to do at the Beginning and End of a Mediation

WESAK 2016 CELEBRATION photos on our Facebook page

DEPENDENT ORIGINATION By Dr. Victor Bradford, Dharma Teacher

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

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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

 

 

 

 



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