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Pikes Peak Buddha Day

May 10th | 1:00 to 4:00pm

Manitou Bindu at 513 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs CO 80829

The Pikes Peak Buddhist Community presents the 2nd annual Buddha Day celebrating Vesak, the birth, enlightenment, and paranirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha. Our intention is to promote loving kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity.

Last year, we reached 17 local Sanghas and communities and had over 150 participants. This year we are planning more activities, including a guided meditation, speakers, kirtan (chanting), food, walking meditation, eating meditation, tai chi, intention paper making, and a children’s program with the creation and dissolution of a sand mandala, and time for socializing.

We also invite you to participate in planning the event. Our next meeting is Saturday April 12 at 3:00pm at Rocky Mountain Insight, 2525 W. Pikes Peak Ave. Studio A. Volunteers are needed and most welcome.

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Sponsored by Smokebrush Foundation

Upcoming Classes & Special Events

The Foundations of Mindfulness | Part One: Coming Home to the Body


Date: Apr 20, 2014

Time: 1:00 to 5:00pm

This practice intensive introduces meditations taught by the Buddha for bringing mindfulness, calm, and insight into the body. The guided meditations will cover mindfulness of the body, integrating mind and body through the breath, exploring the nature of the body, and using the body as a focus for developing mindfulness in daily life.  Lead by Ben Mikolaj, this class will emphasize practice but will include instruction, guided meditation, and time for discussion. If you are looking for an opportunity to relax your mind and body, deepen your mindfulness, or sharpen your insight then this is the practice intensive for you.

Cost: Suggested Donation $20 to $50

Please e-mail Ben Mikolaj at to RSVP.

Ask a Buddhist Teacher Night with Ben Mikolaj

ben on pikes peak

Date: Apr 30, 2014

Time: 7:30 to 8:30pm

Do you have a question for a Buddhist teacher about an aspect of practice, theory, or ethics in Buddhism? Have you been struggling with a particular problem in your practice that you can’t seem to overcome? Would you like to know more about Buddhism from a Buddhist teacher in a relaxed, casual environment? Then join us April 30th from 730 to 830pm after our regular sangha event for a Q&A with Ben Mikolaj, our Associate Spiritual Director. Any topic related to Buddhism or meditation is up for grabs. Tea will be served.

There is no set fee for this session, but we ask for a dana (donation) of what you think the teachings are worth or what you can afford. If you would like further guidance in giving dana, we suggest a range of $5 to $10 for this session.

Please e-mail Ben Mikolaj at to RSVP.

The Four Divine Abidings


Pat Komarow

4/12/14 - 5/3/14

Saturdays | 9:00 to 10:30am

Among wholesome qualities the Buddha recommended cultivating, he named four as Divine Abidings:. Loving-Kindness, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy, and Equanimity.. This class includes guided meditations, lecture, discussion, the origins, definitions, benefits, and practices of these four qualities, with special focus on how to integrate them into our daily lives.

Cost: $40

Registration Deadline: 4/1/14

Registration: Please contact Pat Komarow at (719) 375-1922 or e-mail her at to register.

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Eightfold Path Study


Morgan Smith

5/29/14 - 7/24/14

Thursdays | 6:00 - 7:00pm

Study the Path to Enlightenment

Learn the Eightfold Path, its meaning, and its importance. Create a self-understanding of each factor. Cultivate ways to practice and contemplate each factor in everyday life. Discuss with a sacred community your revelations. This 9-week in depth course investigates all aspects of the Eightfold Path and its application to your daily life.

Cost: $5 / session

Registration Deadline: 5/22/14

Registration: Please contact Morgan Smith at to register.

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Meditation Orientation