News and Announcements

Meditations and Teachings Now Live Online

Our meetings will remain live online via Zoom technology, for the foreseeable future. Please see the login information below, for computers and phones.

TUESDAY, AUG. 25, 5:30 pm – Meditation, talk and discussion with David Gardiner
Zoom login:

Talk: “Some Zen Texts”

We will read together some passages from Dogen and Huang-bo to explore the rich imagery and philosophy manifested in their prose. Their language invites us to open to the wonder of words and meaning: to dive directly into the connection between our thoughts and “reality,” and thus to the assumptions we hold about this relationship. There is something deeply immediate and intimate about much of the language of classical Zen literature. It calls us to stop and feel – what IS going on just now, at this moment, this “time being”? What more is there to a meaningful spiritual practice than this call?

SATURDAY, August 29, 9:00 am – Meditation, teaching and discussion with Karen Recktenwald
 Zoom login:

“The Not-Two of Joy and Suffering”
With Karen Recktenwald

Discovering more joy does not save us from the inevitability of hardship and heartbreak.  We may cry more easily, but we will laugh more easily too.  Perhaps we are just more alive.  ~Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Book of Joy:  Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, 2016

I certainly felt more alive looking at the blood red sun rising this morning, exquisite in its beauty and yet heart breaking to know that its vivid color is probably due to smoke from wildfires.We will continue exploring the Book of Joy, in which Archbishop Tutu teaches “as we discover more joy, we have hardship without becoming hard and heartbreak without being broken.”  Why is self-compassion so essential in the Buddha’s Middle Way that allows joy and sorrow?Do you need to stop or pause in order to be “not-two” and simply respond to what’s actually happening?

Archbishop Tutu to the Dalai Lama, “Hey, the cameras are on us, act like a holy man.”              ~ Archbishop Desmond Tutu 

Recorded Teachings: You can find recent BodhiMind Center teachings and some meditations recorded (and downloadable) at this page on our website.

** Please logon to Zoom at least 10 minutes beforehand! And “mute” your device unless you are speaking **


Tuesday Meditation 5:30pm:

Saturday Meditation 9am:


Needing Food? If you or someone you know needs a Food Drop Off, please call or email Karen Recktenwald at or 415-845-1286. Please contact Karen as well if you are willing to Drop Off Food for Someone in Need.

DANA (donations): You can still offer Dana to BodhiMind Center in two ways: (1) mail a check to us at P.O. Box 444, Manitou Springs, CO 80829, or (2) via the PayPal button on our website at Many people have been doing this, at $10 to $50 per month – you decide how valuable our offerings are.


How to join a Zoom meeting:

  • About 10 minutes before the designated time (so, 5:20 pm on Tuesday, or 8:50 am on Friday), just click on the link. If you have already uploaded Zoom on your device, you will be taken to a Zoom room (on their website)If you have not used Zoom before, you will be prompted to download the app.
  • The only thing you will need is the link provided for the and possibly the Meeting ID
  • Follow the instructions on the Zoom site. (Here is a video showing the process for joining a meeting: Zoom tutorial on YouTube)
  • Make sure your device (computer or phone) has the sound switched ON.

The process will likely be smooth for some and less smooth for others. It might depend upon your familiarity with various internet tools and the age of your device. Please be patient, and let us know later by email ( if you have specific problems. We will do our best to get further information out to everyone to make it as easy as possible to participate.

Tuesday and Saturday Meditations

(This information will be relevant when we all return to normalcy …)

Unity Spiritual Center in the Rockies, 1945 Mesa Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80904

Our Tuesday and Saturday meditation sessions are at the new location, Unity Spiritual Center, and the format is the same as before; scroll down for details.. There is still a break for tea followed by discussion. Note that only beverages in a container with a closing lid are allowed in the sanctuary itself. Otherwise tea may be enjoyed in the lobby area. Suggested donation: $5

Upcoming Events

LOCAL BUDDHIST TEACHINGS: We have learned of new opportunities for learning from Colorado Springs teachers that will be of interest to this community. See below:

Our Practice, Our World, RETREAT with Ayya Dhammadhira and Kusa Ivan Mayerhoffer (both online and outdoors) – Sept. 9 – 13

Upcoming Buddhist Retreat (not sponsored by us but highly recommended!)

Jennifer Woodhull Full Moon Fall Retreat, Oct. 31 -Nov. 7: “Illuminating the Six Paramitas (Perfections)” (flyer here). This retreat will be led by an experienced local teacher, at Benet Hill Monastery, Black Forest, Colorado Springs.          


BodhiMind Center Regular Events

Weekly Group Meditation: Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 PM (discussion ends 7:30 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: Unity Spiritual Center in the Rockies, 1945 Mesa Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80904

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 beginning: Unity Spiritual Center in the Rockies, 1945 Mesa Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80904

First Monday Meditation: 5:30-7:30 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 : 3470 W. Carefree Circle, Colorado Springs, 80917 (Facebook page here)

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.