News and Announcements


We are at our new location!

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

Our first meditation session at the new location, Unity Spiritual Center, was Tues., Jan. 7, at 5:30 PM. Over 60 people attended. The format is the same as before, with two twenty-minute sits with a short break between. 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


Five Upcoming Events

TALK, DISCUSSION at Unity

1) David Gardiner talks on Confucianism, at Unity, Sun., Jan. 26, 
9:00 am11:00 am3:30 pm, at Unity Spiritual Center, 1945 Mesa Rd. (part of Unity’s Interfaith program) Each talk is the same.  Description: “Confucianism” is a term for an ancient and still thriving Chinese tradition that promotes ideals and practices that nurture social harmony. Whether it ought to be considered a religion is a matter of debate. Confucius was a secular teacher who lived around 500 BCE, and whose many students put his words into writing. Key themes he emphasized were: benevolence, propriety, reciprocity and humility. He taught at a time when when he, and many others, believed that the ethical norms that had sustained classical Chinese culture for centuries were eroding due mainly to the greed and vanity that were fostering political strife. His aim was to set people back on a harmonious and peaceful course of social engagement that embodied a kind of submission to an impersonal cosmic pattern or force known as the Way (or Dao). 
 

2) World Cafe at Unity, Thur., Jan. 23, 6:30-8:30 pm
Rotating group conversations to prepare for David Gardiner’s “Confucianism” talks on Jan. 26th. Topics are: (1) What is religion? What is it about these words — spirituality, cultural tradition, philosophy, ritual — that doesn’t fully capture what we mean by “religion”? (2) What is the importance of preserving traditional patterns (norms) of social behavior? What examples are important to you, and why? (3) Why should it matter whether we honor our forbears/ancestors? What are good ways to do it? (4) What are some differences between values and rules? Are they opposed to one another or do they stem from a common source?

MANDALA CREATION AT TIBETAN MEDITATION CENTER

3) Sand Mandala at Tibetan Meditation Center
Visit any time: Sunday Feb. 2 to Sat. Feb. 8, 10 am to 5 pm; Completion, Sun. Feb. 9, 11 am. 3470 W. Carefree Circle, Colorado Springs, 80917 (Facebook page here)

TWO BUDDHIST RETREATS

(With two experienced local teachers, both at Benet Hill Monastery, Black Forest, Colorado Springs)

4) Paulette Morris retreat, March 20-22     (flyer here)

Three Perceptions: Suffering, Impermanence and Non-Self

5) Sister Ayya Dhammadhira retreat, May 7-11 (flyer here)

 “Impermanence: Our Greatest Teacher



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: 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: 5:30-7:15 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 beginning 2/3/19: Unity Spiritual Center in the Rockies, 1945 Mesa Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80904


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 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.