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 Teachings: After our two 20-minute meditations, there will be a 25-ish minute Dharma talk by David Gardiner before discussion. Each talk will cover a fundamental Buddhist teaching. We will announce the topic in advance. Tuesday, June 16, the talk will be on “The three integrated trainings: Preserving, Deepening, Clearing” (a.k.a., ethical conduct, meditative stabilization, understanding/insight)

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.

Winter Weather Policy

Our hosting institution, Unity Spiritual Center, follows the policies of Colorado Springs School District 11, so when District 11 closes schools, our events are canceled.

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

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

This retreat will be led by an experienced local teacher, at Benet Hill Monastery, Black Forest, Colorado Springs:

Jennifer Woodhull Full Moon Fall Retreat, Oct. 31 -Nov. 7: “Illuminating the Six Paramitas (Perfections)” (flyer here)           


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

canceled for the time being

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.