News & Announcements

 

New Temporary Location for Tuesday and Saturday Meditations

Beginning Tuesday, June 6, meditations on Tuesdays and Saturdays will be held in the Faculty Commons room in Cossitt Hall on the CC campus, 906 N. Cascade Ave. (Northwest of the Worner Campus Center). Here is a link to Cossitt Hall on the CC map. Bring your own cushion if you’d like as there are none in the Faculty Commons. We’re sorry for any inconvenience.

~ The BodhiMind Center

 

Update on Khen Rinpoche’s June 9–18 Visit

Our founding teacher Khen Rinpoche Lobzang Tsetan will be visiting in early June. He was born in Ladakh, India, and educated in monasteries in Tibet and in India. Rinpoche is the acting abbot of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in exile in India and founder of Siddhartha School, a school for K-10 students in Ladakh. His life and teaching are the driving inspirations behind BodhiMind Center. We have some important updates for the events we are planning:

 

Khen_Rinpoche_Smiling_Outdoors_Courtesy_BodhiMind_CenterTuesday, June 13: Meditation Led by Khen Rinpoche, Followed by Reception

Khen Rinpoche will lead our weekly meditation. BodhiMind Center will provide tea and some snacks for the reception; your contributions of snacks or desserts are appreciated.

New location: Colorado College, Cossitt Hall, South Dance Studio, 906 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Time: 5:30 PM

Suggested donation amount: $10

 

 

Lineage_TreeWednesday, June 14: Guru Yoga: Meditation on the Pure Inspiration and Blessing of Seeing the Buddha Qualities of One’s Teacher

This event will be by RSVP to bodhimindcenter@gmail.com, and we will send a confirmation with the address and a reading on Ganden Lhagyema (guru yoga) that you should read before the event.

Time: 7:00 PM

Suggested donation amount: $20

 

 

nalanda_photoFriday, June 16: University Study as Spiritual Practice: The Role of the Nalanda Buddhist Monastery in Indian and Tibetan History

Rinpoche’s talk will be about the Nalanda tradition and its importance for Tibetan Buddhism. Nalanda was a major center of learning that flourished in northeastern India from the 7th century BCE to 1200 CE. It was home to Buddhist scholars such as Nagarjuna, Aryadeva, Buddhapalita, Chandrakirti, and Shantideva, and its texts promoted the use of logic and epistemology as a method of learning and for investigation of human emotions and the nature of reality. The Dalai Lama has said of Nalanda: “The great Buddhist institution of Nalanda now lies in ruins, yet the knowledge it fostered, based on the Buddha’s teachings, contributed immensely to Buddhist understanding, particularly in its Sanskrit tradition. This was the tradition that spread to China and later to Tibet. Only insects and pigeons live in the ruins today, but the knowledge that flowed from this place survives. Through rigorous study and practice, the Nalanda tradition was kept alive in Tibet.”

Location: Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, Screening Room, 825 N Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903

Time: 7:00 PM

Suggested donation amount: $20

 

 

 


BodhiMind Center Outdoor Activities Group Now Forming

Our great outdoors is an immeasurable gift of nature. It reminds us of our dependency on each other. We are forming 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.

Have you ever noticed that you felt much better after you shared any of the activities listed above with friends old and new? Have you ever noticed that you felt much better and at peace when you walked into a forest or sat in a forest and listened to the sounds there, or walked on a hiking trail? Among other reasons, it may be because the forest inhabitants do not judge you.

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.

 


Our Regular Events

Weekly Group MeditationTuesday, 5:30 – 6:30 pm (discussion until 7 pm

Two 20-minute meditations with basic instructions. Fine for both beginners and experienced. 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: New location for June appears above; normally at 20 Mesa Road


Saturday Group Meditation9:00-11:00am

Come start the weekend with awareness, light heartedness, and an inner smile for yourself and others, with Rick Knapp or Karen Recktenwald. Meditation (seated and sometimes with movement), discussion and readings.

Suggested donation of $5, but no one turned away for lack of funds.    Location: New location for June appears above; normally at 20 Mesa Road


Book Discussion Group: 7:10-8:30 PM every other Tuesday following meditation (but currently on summer break)–see event calendar

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

The group has selected What Makes You Not a Buddhist by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse as the next book that will be discussed. The group has also decided to take a break before beginning the discussion of this book. They will first meet to discuss What Makes You Not a Buddhist  on Tuesday, July 18, following BodhiMind Center meditation.

Some recent book selections:

  • After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age by Stephen Batchelor
  • The Quantum and the Lotus: A Journey to the Frontiers Where Science and Buddhism Meet by Matthieu Ricard and Trinh Xuan Thuan
  • Opening the Eye of New Awareness by the Dalai Lama

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


First Monday Meditation: First Monday of every month, 5:30-7 pm   [Canceled until July 3rd]

Similar to Tuesday meditation but with some more traditional Buddhist practices, such as:

*Expressing gratitude for and imagining blessings from the historical Buddhist lineages of these teachings

*Visualizing all beings as the field of one’s compassionate commitment for developing Bodhimind, the intention to awaken all one’s capacities for helping to free beings from the mental habits that are the primary causes of suffering

*Practicing visualizing ourselves as purified, positively transformed and inspired by imagining healing lights emanating from images of Buddhas and bodhisattvas

Other additionsRecitation of traditional verses (in English) at beginning and end of each session to set intentions for our practice, including: Taking refuge in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha; acknowledging the force of both our negative and positive actions; Committing to developing Bodhimind (the altruistic aspiration to awaken); Optional prostrations, to express refuge; Occasional periods of mantra recitation              Location: 20 Mesa Road