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Retreat: The Foundations of Buddhist Practice

October 14-16


This retreat will explore how the “path” unfolds from an honest assessment of our present situation; from developing confidence that we have the power to make changes; from convincing ourselves that it’s more than worthwhile to work on strengthening our skills of generosity, love and compassion; and by gaining insight into the ultimately unfixed, transparent and open nature of everything around and inside us and how this nature is conducive to growth and transformation.

e will explore these matters with the help of a classical guide, a short and succinct text by the 14th century Tibetan master Tsong-kha-pa, called The Three Principles of the Path. And we will discuss the important background that these teachings have in the ideas of the 11th century Indian master Atisha, especially his understanding of the “three capacities” we have for spiritual practice. The teachings of these two monks create a clear and powerful model for anchoring our own approach to Buddhist practice.

Content: Meditation, Teaching, Discussion, outdoor time and quiet/journaling time, group meals.
Location: The Colorado College Cabin in Divide, 45 mins from downtown Colorado Springs.
Teacher: David Gardiner, Professor of Religion at Colorado College and Director of BodhiMind Center
Time: Friday, October 14th, 6:30 pm until Sunday Oct. 16th, 2:30 pm
Costs: $50 for meals (dinner Friday, three meals Saturday, breakfast and lunch Sunday), suggested donation of $50 to BodhiMind Center (not required), and optional donation to the teacher.
Housing: Bunkbeds will hold up to 24 people (must bring own sheets/blankets or sleeping bag, and towel). Large commercial kitchen. Modern bathrooms with showers. Large modern cabin, three floors, quiet and remote location with wrap-around deck and beautiful views of distant hills to the west.

Deposit of $50 for food required by Monday, Oct. 3rd.

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Or mail check to BodhiMind Center, Box 444, Manitou Springs, CO, 80829.

For more information, contact David Gardiner at More details will be provided upon receipt of your food deposit.


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BodhiMind Study Group for an Online Course:

Buddhism Through Its Scriptures

Buddhism Through Its Scriptures is a FREE online class offered by Harvard University.  This course allows you to learn about the rich and diverse beliefs and practices of Buddhists across time and place and to experience Buddhism through its scriptures, both relationally as well as academically.  Click here to access the website for the course. A BodhiMind study group has formed for this class and has been meeting since the end of May, following the Tuesday night meditation from 7:15 pm. Details are on the event calendar.


  • GROUP MEDITATION: Every Tuesday, 5:30 – 6:30 pm (discussion following until 7 pm)
    Two 20-minute meditations with basic instructions. Fine for both beginners and experienced. Main focus: developing mindfulness of body, feelings and thoughts; learning to observe inner and outer conditions without judgment; cultivating patience and compassion. Followed by a Dharma talk and discussion, with tea. OK to arrive late or leave early.  Suggested donation of $5, but no one turned away for lack of funds.  Location:  20 Mesa Road
  • BODHIMIND BOOK GROUP:  Every other Tuesday (See our calendar for dates.)  The group is currently reading the book Opening the Eye of New Awareness by the Dalai Lama. The discussion begins about 7:10 pm. following Bodhimind Center Tuesday evening meditation. Everyone is welcome to attend. There is no need to have the book or attend every session (although it is helpful to do so).  Since each discussion is open and free flowing, those attending on a regular or sporadic basis are welcome to take an active or nonactive role in the discussion.   Free.  Location:  20 Mesa Road


See our Event Calendar for details about all our events. ***