News and Announcements

We are delighted to announce that we will resume in-person meeting in May! They will be at the Unity Spiritual Center at 1945 Mesa Rd., Colorado Springs. See the photo and link below.We also plan to continue sharing the teachings by Zoom.

*** IMPORTANT MESSAGE ABOUT OUR ONLINE MEETINGS: You must sign up for our emails in order to get the ZOOM Link. This can be done on our website via the Contact tab near top left, where a link to the sign-up page opens. Alternately, you can receive our weekly email by signing up with BodhiMind Center’s Meetup group, at Meetup.com

Everyone is welcome to our meetings, with no experience necessary. We have no formal membership. Our approach is to use ideas and practices from the Buddhist tradition to enrich our lives. Feel free to drop in at any time. We hope you’ll find something helpful in our meetings, whether from talks, meditations or discussions.

Both our Tuesday and Saturday weekly meditation meetings include some teaching and discussion. Either meeting is approachable for someone new to learning about Buddhism. The difference between the two meetings lies only in the two who lead them, David Gardiner and Karen Recktenwald, whose styles and emphases reflect their personalities!

Since the start of the pandemic, nearly all our Tuesday post-meditation Dharma talks have been recorded and available for listening and downloading from the Guided Meditation/Dharma talks link. The Dharma talks in 2020 from March through July, in particular, are intended to provide an introduction to the foundations of Buddhist philosophy and practice. 

Meditations and Teachings Now Live Online

We use a single Zoom meeting ID for ALL BodhiMind Center meetings. However, the meetings require that you use a password. You must sign up for our emails in order to get the password. This can be done on our website via the Contact tab near top left, where a link to the sign-up page opens.

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) pay via PayPal or credit (or debit) card using this PayPal link. Many people have been doing this, at $5 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 p.m. on Tuesday, or 8:50 a.m. on Friday), just click on the link above. 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 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.

This Is Where We Will meet from May

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

BodhiMind Center Regular Events (Now on Zoom, see above)

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. 
Former 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 Karen. Meditation focus: seated and sometimes with movement, discussion, and readings.

Suggested donation of $5, but no one turned away for lack of funds. 
Former Location: 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 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. 
Former location : Tibetan Meditation Center, 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 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.