News & Announcements

 

Meditation Cancelled Saturday May 27 and Tuesday May 30

Due to remodeling at our usual meeting space, the meditations scheduled for 9:00 AM Saturday, May 27, and 5:30 PM Tuesday, May 30, have been cancelled. We are in the process of securing temporary space and we will send out an announcement when a space has been confirmed.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Khen Rinpoche Is Coming June 9–18!

Our founding teacher Khen Rinpoche Lobzang Tsetan will be visiting in early June. Events are being planned and locations determined. Here is the current schedule:

 

Chenrezig_TonglenSaturday, June 10: Daylong Retreat, The Heart That Gives and Takes: The Tonglen Practice of Compassion in Tibetan Buddhism

Rinpoche will teach the Tonglen (Giving and Taking) practice, which is a subset of Lojong (Mind Training). The doors will open at 9:00 AM for setup and walking meditation; the retreat begins at 10:00 AM and ends by 4:00 PM. Please bring a brown bag lunch and maybe something to share with Rinpoche.

RSVP: Please RSVP to bodhimindcenter@gmail.com. The number of attendees is limited. We will send you a confirmation and the Brushes’ address. We will also send you a short Tonglen reading that you should read before the retreat.

Suggested donation amount: $30

 

 

Khen_Rinpoche_Smiling_Outdoors_Courtesy_BodhiMind_CenterTuesday, June 13: Meditation Led by Khen Rinpoche, Followed by Reception

Khen Rinpoche will lead our weekly meditation. BodhiMind Center will provide tea and some snacks for the reception; your contributions of snacks or desserts are appreciated. Please note: Due to remodeling at our usual meeting space, this event will move to a different location on the Colorado College campus; we will announce it soon. The time is still 5:30 PM.

Suggested donation amount: $10

 

 

Lineage_TreeWednesday, June 14, or Thursday, June 15: Guru Yoga: Meditation on the Pure Inspiration and Blessing of Seeing the Buddha Qualities of One’s Teacher

This event will be by RSVP, and we will send a confirmation with the address and a reading on Ganden Lhagyema (guru yoga) that you should read before the event. The date, time, and location will be announced later.

Suggested donation amount: $20

 

 

nalanda_photoFriday, June 16: University Study as Spiritual Practice: The Role of the Nalanda Buddhist Monastery in Indian and Tibetan History

Rinpoche’s talk will be about the Nalanda tradition and its importance for Tibetan Buddhism.

Location: Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, Screening Room, 877 N Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903

Time: 7:00 PM

Suggested donation amount: $20

 

 

 


BodhiMind Center Outdoor Activities Group Now Forming

Our great outdoors is an immeasurable gift of nature. It reminds us of our dependency on each other. We are forming a group interested in outdoor activities like hiking, outdoor sitting meditation, walking meditation, outdoor potluck picnics, or even a combination of such activities. Members may choose to do as much or as little as they like depending on their interests and constraints.

Have you ever noticed that you felt much better after you shared any of the activities listed above with friends old and new? Have you ever noticed that you felt much better and at peace when you walked into a forest or sat in a forest and listened to the sounds there, or walked on a hiking trail? Among other reasons, it may be because the forest inhabitants do not judge you.

If you would like to join our outdoor activities group, send an email to avtinc2000@gmail.com  to be included on the group’s mailing list.  Anyone on the mailing list may propose any date and any combination of outdoor activities. The group will avoid scheduling conflicts with BodhiMind Center meditations or other BodhiMind Center events.

 


Our Regular Events

Weekly Group MeditationTuesday, 5:30 – 6:30 pm (discussion 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 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


Saturday Group Meditation9:00-11:00am

Come start the weekend with awareness, light heartedness, and an inner smile for yourself and others, with Rick Knapp or Karen Recktenwald. Meditation (seated and sometimes with movement), discussion and readings.               Location: 20 Mesa Road

Suggested donation of $5, but no one turned away for lack of funds.    Location: 20 Mesa Road


Book Discussion Group: 7:10-8:30 PM every other Tuesday following meditation – see event calendar

The book group selects a book, usually about some aspect or relationship to Buddhism. Chapters are targeted for each meeting and then discussed over tea and snacks. Everyone is welcome to attend. There is no requirement to have read the book or attend every session (although it is helpful to do so). Each discussion is open and free flowing, welcoming all to take an active or nonactive role in the discussion.

The group will be finishing its current book at the next meeting. It has selected What Makes You Not a Buddist by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse as the next book that will be discussed. The group has also decided to take a break before beginning the discussion of this book. They will first meet to discuss What Makes You Not a Buddhist  on Tuesday, July 18, following BodhiMind Center meditation.

Some recent book selections:

  • After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age by Stephen Batchelor
  • The Quantum and the Lotus: A Journey to the Frontiers Where Science and Buddhism Meet by Matthieu Ricard and Trinh Xuan Thuan
  • Opening the Eye of New Awareness by the Dalai Lama

Free (donations of tea and snacks are appreciated)            Location: 20 Mesa Road


First Monday Meditation: First Monday of every month, 5:30-7 pm   [Canceled until July 3rd]

Similar to Tuesday meditation but with some more traditional Buddhist practices, such as:

*Expressing gratitude for and imagining blessings from the historical Buddhist lineages of these teachings

*Visualizing all beings as the field of one’s compassionate commitment for developing Bodhimind, the intention to awaken all one’s capacities for helping to free beings from the mental habits that are the primary causes of suffering

*Practicing visualizing ourselves as purified, positively transformed and inspired by imagining healing lights emanating from images of Buddhas and bodhisattvas

Other additionsRecitation of traditional verses (in English) at beginning and end of each session to set intentions for our practice, including: Taking refuge in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha; acknowledging the force of both our negative and positive actions; Committing to developing Bodhimind (the altruistic aspiration to awaken); Optional prostrations, to express refuge; Occasional periods of mantra recitation              Location: 20 Mesa Road