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September-October Sangha Schedule


Wednesday Sangha Sittings – 6:00PM (Orientation for first time meditators at 5:15PM)
Sep 23: Matt Hane, Meditation Instructor – The “RAIN” Mindulness Meditation technique (for more info please see this file.)
Sep 30: Michele Sneath, Dharma Teacher, The Significance of The Precepts; full moon taking of the Three Refuges and the Five Precepts.

Oct 7: Matt Hane, Meditation Instructor – A guided Metta meditation on the Goodness of Yourself and Others
Oct 14: Jason Goss, Meditation Instructor
Oct 21: Lucinda Green, RMI Founder and Spiritual Director – Lucinda will share a bit about her root teacher’s life, what it was like to train with Ruth Denison, and highlight some of Ruth’s powerful teachings
Oct 28: Guest Speaker Karen Recktenwald, BodhiMind Center – An Exploration of Alignment and Relaxation to Condition The Middle Way

Guided Four Divine Abidings Meditation every first and third Sunday at 4:00PM: Oct 4 and Oct 18

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

DHARMA KIDS – Sunday October 4 – 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.

WE ARE FULL! Thank you everyone and we look forward to a wonderful retreat!

Renew your inner peace, refresh your awareness of the Dharma, ease into the cooler months with the soothing, silent, meditation of a retreat under the guidance of Dr. Green’s teaching in the elegant surrounds of the Franciscan Retreat Center.

For Information or Registration contact Pat Byrne at
Double occupancy $210/person, Singles $260
Registration by September 20th, Deposit $100

Fall 2015 Retreat


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)

Matt Hane, Meditation Instructor

9/8/15 - 9/15/15

Tuesdays | 6:00pm

Cost: Donation is requested—$10-$15

Registration Deadline:

Registration: To pre-register, contact Matt at (If not pre-registered, please come 10 minutes early to the first class.)

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