News & Announcements


New Events When the Monks Return, Oct. 17-23, 2018


Our appreciation is boundless for all of you who made the Great Compassion Mandala Tour possible, with heartfelt offerings of time, monetary donations, food, flowers, transportation, housing, and such genuine caring!

Our three beloved Geshes will be back, to rest, do individual sessions, lead meditation, and see Colorado Springs!

Meal Requests: We kindly request offers of meals for the monks and help with events. Please visit our Volunteer Opportunities page for details. Thank you!


bodhimindcentermeditationcourtesyrickmeinig.jpgSpecial Thursday Meditation: The Essence and Practice of Great Compassion with Family and Ourselves

Thursday, Oct. 18 | 5:30-7:30 PM

Geshe Tsewang will lead a special BodhiMind Center meditation. He will discuss the essence and practice of great compassion, in regard to family that we find difficult to relate to and in regard to ourselves when we’re reactive:

  • Exploring our own hooks or propensities that can be triggered by certain others

  • Pausing, being mindful, and being resourceful when we are stressed and off balance

  • Being compassionate toward ourselves and resilient after we’ve been reactive

Suggested donation of $10, Woman’s Club, Colorado College, 20 Mesa Rd., Colorado Springs, CO.



Saturday Meditation and Luncheon with Geshe Tsewang

Saturday, Oct. 20 | 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Geshe-la will lead our regular Saturday meditation. Afterward, you can join him for lunch. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share!

Suggested donation of $10, Woman’s Club, Colorado College, 20 Mesa Rd., Colorado Springs, CO.
Photo by Rebecca Wilson, Courtesy of Siddhartha School Project



BodhiMind Center will be accepting donations for the institute. All proceeds generated by the tour go toward the education and food funds for the Ngari children.


About Ngari Institute of Buddhist Dialectics

Founded in 1979 by the Ladakhi alumni of Sera Jey Monastery (located in South India), the Ngari Institute of Buddhist Dialectics is an Indian NGO dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan Buddhist culture in the Himalayan region. In 2010, the monks established hostels for orphans and extremely poor children from the remote area between Ladakh and Tibet who would otherwise miss educational opportunities. Currently, 60 students, ages 5-14, live at the institute and attend local schools. The institute provides them with room, board, tuition fees, book and clothing allowances, and access to medical care, as well as a Buddhist and cultural education. Learn more about the institute at



Photos from the Tour

We continue to add photos from the tour on our Facebook page!




Geshe Tsewang will be available Thursday, Oct. 18 (10:00 and 10:30 AM) and Monday, October 22 (9:30, 10:00, 10:30, and 11:00 AM) to perform individual healing blessings and house blessings:

Healing blessing: You can set up an appointment (about 30 minutes) with Geshe to talk privately with him and receive a healing blessing. Suggested donation: $75.

House and business blessings: During this onsite blessing, Geshe will chant prayers and mantras to promote the health, peacefulness, and productivity of the house or business and land. The ceremony takes 30-45 minutes, plus travel time. Suggested donation: $350.


Please contact Karen Recktenwald to schedule a blessing:

It is traditional to offer an envelope with a donation inside when you receive a blessing. Any donations will go toward the education and food funds for the children at Ngari Institute in Ladakh, India.



Our Regular Events

Weekly Group Meditation: Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 PM (discussion ends 7:15 PM

Two 20-minute meditations with basic instructions. Fine for both beginners and experienced meditators. 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 Meditation: 9:00-11:00 AM

Come start the weekend with awareness, lightheartedness, and an inner smile for yourself and others, with Rick or Karen. Meditation focus: seated and sometimes with movement, discussion, and readings.

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

Book Discussion Group: The Book Group is currently taking a break.

The book group selects a book, usually about some aspect of 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.

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

BodhiMind Center Outdoor Activities Group

Our great outdoors is an immeasurable gift of nature. We are 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.

If you would like to join our outdoor activities group, send an email to 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.