Wednesday Sangha Sittings – 6:00PM (Orientation for first time meditators at 5:15PM)
March 18: Guest Speakers Gail Gustafson and Jeff Bickford from Tibetan Buddhist MahaKalaRadio Sangha – Body & Energy — Awakening in Daily Life
March 25: – Karen Recktenwald, Practice Leader – The First Foundation of Mindfulness, On and Off the Cushion
April 1: Patricia Komarow, Dharma Teacher – Guided Compassion (Karuna) Practice, and Taking of The Five Precepts and Three Refuges
April 8: Michele Sneath, Dharma Teacher – The Four Material Elements
April 15: Patricia Komarow, Dharma Teacher – A Charnal Ground Contemplation on Death
April 22: Karen Recktenwald, Practice Leader – Death, The Dharma and Difficult Emotions
April 29: Sarah Bender, Guest Speaker and Dharma Teacher for Springs Mountain Sangha – Discovering The Power of The Vow
Sunday sits at 9:00AM, Monday sits at 6:00PM
DHARMA KIDS – Sunday April 5 – 8:00-8:45AM
Dharma Kids is our program for children ages 4-12. 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.
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.
RUTH DENISON MEMORIAL INFORMATION: click here
NEW CLASS IN APRIL:
New “Metta” Art at RMI
The RMI space has been gifted with a beautifully framed piece of calligraphy in Chinese characters which represent “metta”. In the everyday usage, it is translated as “benevolent” and in the subtle art form of the characters, the calligraphy has a deeper meaning of “the present intention of kindness”.
Barbara Resch, a calligraphy artist and Buddhist practitioner with BodhiMind Center here in Colorado Springs created this gift for Pat Komarow and she in turn had it matted, framed, and donate to RMI.
Take a look at the back wall between the air conditioner and window where the glass-cut Bodhi tree resides. Though the “Metta” piece is small, it is a jewel and reminds us of the ever present invitation to surround all living being with unconditional love.
New “Metta” Offering Coming to 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)
Loving-kindness meditations are a highly effective way to generate positive causation, bring true peace and love into our lives, and release ourselves from habitual suffering. When we train ourselves to desire the happiness and well-being of others, with the unconditional love of a mother who cares wholeheartedly for her little ones, we find our whole world pervaded by the positive qualities of joy, peace, and beauty. The training can be compared to sunbathing. As our body absorbs the sun’s heat, it becomes warm and gradually emanates that warmth into our surroundings. In the same way, through devotion and trust in the Buddha of Loving-Kindness, we immerse our mind in his unconditional love, which we then radiate to those around us.
NOW TAKING WAITLIST RESERVATIONS: 2015 SPRING MEDITATION RETREAT 1-3 MAY 2015
After a winter of cold, join your spiritual friends in celebration of spring and a return of Dr. Lucinda Green as teacher. The beautiful grounds of The Franciscan Retreat Center in Colorado Springs through which we will enjoy walking meditation will feature blooming fruit trees and bulbs in a display of Mother Earth renewing her bounty. This is a time for all of us to renew our dedication to our practice and experience that special rejuvenation which only comes through a retreat, and the teachings and interviews with Dr. Green.
Download the registration form here.
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