News & Announcements

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Mark Your Calendar: Buddha Day Is Saturday, June 8!

Join the Pikes Peak region’s Buddhist communities in celebrating the Buddhist concept of refuge. The final schedule is coming soon!

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Fire Puja • Meditation • Dharma Talks • Children’s Activities

  • Morning Session: 9:00–Noon
  • Potluck Lunch: 12:00–1:00 (We appreciate your offering of finger foods.)
  • Afternoon Session: 1:00–4:00

Town Hall Meeting Room • Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care

2550 Tenderfoot Hill Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80906

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Donations to support a local nun, Pikes Peak Hospice, and future events are welcome.

For questions, contact BodhiMindCenter@gmail.com.

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Khensur Rinpoche Completed

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Wonderful Teachings!

Our beloved Tibetan Buddhist teacher and friend from India, Khensur Rinpoche Lobzang Tsetan, gave various Buddhist teachings with us in March and April. It was a great joy to share this concentrated time with Rinpoche, focusing on clear methods for cultivating enhanced wisdom and compassion.

See below for summaries.

 

The theme for Rinpoche’s teachings was “Transforming Adversity into Our Path”

Saturday, March 30:  Being with Our Pain

  • Thinking about the nature of our suffering and its causes, especially in relation to circumstances and people that we find to be unpleasant
  • Finding ways to become more aware of what triggers our negative emotional reactions, and why
  • Mindfully breathing to develop awareness of our true feelings, our discomfort
  • Simply allowing the negative feelings/energies to be; learning to be with them without running away from them and without identifying with the story lines we create about them

Monday, April 1:  Tonglen Practice

  • Training in a meditation practice that opens our heart and mind more fully to being fully present with the suffering of other beings, even ones we find to be difficult
  • Visualizing breathing in our awareness of their pain, their struggle; imagine taking their struggles into our own bodies and transforming them, dissolving them, releasing them; breathing back the peace and calm within us that comes from that release and from our compassionate concern for them
  • Dedicating ourselves to practicing such awareness often, and to developing a deeper understanding of its many benefits

Tuesday, April 2  (followed by a reception): The Power of the Six Perfections of Bodhisattva Practice

  • Six Perfections: Generosity, Ethical Behavior, Patience, Vigorous Effort, Concentration, Insight
  • Seeing how the six overlap and include one another
  • Understanding how the first five are considered “compassionately engaged Method or Skillful Means” and the last one “Wisdom”
  • Recognizing the importance of combining Method and Wisdom in our practice

 


Our 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


Book Discussion Group: The Book Group is currently taking a break.

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

Free (donations of tea and snacks are appreciated)            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 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.

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Events taking place….

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 bodhimindcenter@gmail.com.

Muditayā (With Joy),
— Ann Lee Hsieh