BodhiMind Center Community Meeting
Tuesday, Sept. 17th, 6:30 pm
(meditation 5:30-6:00, pizza from 6:00)

All are welcome

We seek input on and ideas about all of the following, and on any matters that members feel are important for our continued growth:

  • Our location and physical space
  • Tuesday and Saturday meeting format and content
  • Buddhist monk’s visits: Khensur Rinpoche, Geshe Tsewang, Tenzin Dasel — and on the possibility of others visiting
  • Online access: making recordings (audio and visual) of meetings, events
  • Creating more connections among members: meals, discussion groups, films, and other activities on or off our place at 20 Mesa Rd
  • New programs desired. Examples include: an intro to meditation; detailed support for dedicated practitioners; art classes; movement classes; children’s events…
  • Ways to support attendance by parents with young children
  • Establishing a lending library (we have around 400 donated books, but will need a new space and someone to organize it)
  • Possibilities for social action: climate emergency, housing crises, and more
  • Other ideas you may bring



Emptiness Seminar,  led by Dave Resch

Six Thursdays, from Sept. 19

6-8 pm

 Book discussion and meditation practices from the book Emptiness: A Practical Guide for Meditators, by Guy Armstrong

(Armstrong book preview here)

“It may seem odd for emptiness to serve as the central philosophy of a major religion. In fact, emptiness points to something quite different than ‘nothingness’ or ‘vacancy.’ And by developing a richer understanding of this complex topic, we can experience freedom as we live consciously in the world.”

The seminar will be held on six consecutive Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 PM starting Thursday, September 19, at the Woman’s Club (20 Mesa Rd.). The suggested donation is $60, which includes a copy of the book. To register, reply to this email or email BodhiMind Center directly at The registration deadline is Sunday, September 8

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: 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 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.


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

Muditayā (With Joy),
— Ann Lee Hsieh