News and Announcements

Emptiness Seminar Makeup Class

Thursday, Nov. 7, 6:00-8:00 PM

Mark Your Calendar: Weekend Workshop with Ven. Tenzin Dasel is Dec. 6-8.

Venerable Tenzin Dasel, an American Buddhist nun in the Tibetan tradition, will lead a weekend workshop/nonresidential retreat titled A Call to Awakening: Being the Lotus.” Details to come

Friday, Dec. 6: evening session
Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7-8: morning and afternoon sessions

Mark Your Calendar: Our Annual Holiday Party will be Dec. 8.

Shantideva: The Perfection of Forbearance/Patience
Instead of Anger

6 Wednesdays, Oct. 16-Nov. 20, 6:00-8:00 PM

Shantideva, 7th-century monk and teacher, shows us how to make skillful decisions when someone who thinks so differently from us triggers our anger.  In fact, his 134 verses have suggestions on how to more clearly see our own nature and the nature of anger with just about anyone or anything that upsets us. With his guidance, we’ll work on developing patience, self-control, tolerance, compassion and humor when anger arises (which it will!). We’ll practice resetting our own nervous system. Each session will include meditation, a Dharma talk, group discussion, and exploration, as well as investigating how forbearance/patience practice and interventions can become a more regular part of our daily life.

This seminar will be based on the book the Bodhicaryavatara, translators Crosby and Skilton, Chapter 6, “The Perfection of Forbearance.” The book is for sale on Amazon here. Purchasing the book (only $10 by Prime) offers the advantages of: a wonderful introduction by Paul Williams on the philosophy of Mahayana Buddhism; notes at the end on some of the verses in the chapter; and the entire 10 chapters of this classic Buddhist text! Alternatively, a free PDF version of the chapter we will read is available online here

Teacher: Karen Recktenwald
Maximum Participants: 15
Register: Send email to Karen Recktenwald to register

Registration Deadline:  Monday, October 14
Suggested Donation:  $60 (Please contact  Karen Recktenwald if a scholarship is needed for the book or group)

BodhiMind Center 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

First Monday Meditation: 5:30-7:15 pm

This gathering offers more-traditional elements such as the presence of a relatively formal Buddhist altar and hanging scroll paintings, an opportunity for prostrations (expressing the Taking of Refuge in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha), recitation of verses before meditation to establish intention, and recitation of concluding verses to dedicate our practice to the benefit of all beings. We will do this on the first Monday of each month, in addition to our regular Tuesday meditation. 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

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.

Reading the Therīgātha group

The Therīgātha is the earliest compilation of women’s poems not only in India, but also in the world. It is important in the study of early Buddhism as well as the history of women’s literature. These poetesses were contemporary with the Buddha in the 6th Century BCE. Through their poems we see that under the influence of Buddhism, women could not only practice the dharma but also exceed their male brothers. These elderly nuns (bhikkhuṇīs in Pali) are the equal of men in spiritual practice as well as in the improvisation of deeply thoughtful verses that address the issues particular to women and to all mankind as well.
The Buddha always showed a concern for not violating the customs; therefore, He was not willing to ordain women at the beginning. However, the Śakya ladies were so unrelenting that the Buddha finally yielded. These nuns came from all levels of the caste system: brahmin, noble, merchant, and slaves. A lot of them attained arahantship. Despite the rules demanding bhikkhuṇīs to pay excessive respect to bhikkhus (monks), these
bhikkhuṇīs were highly respected by bhikkhus, Theras (elderly bhikkhus), and laymen. Their poems are sincere, heartbreakingly beautiful, and full of insight and wisdom that we can apply them to our own lives to inspire spiritual practice and appease afflictions.
There will be a meeting once a week. If you are interested, please send a message to

Muditayā (With Joy),
— Ann Lee Hsieh