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Nov. 15-17 Retreat Deadline


Dear Friends,

We would like to announce our UPCOMING ANNUAL RETREAT, November 15-17, at The Abbey in Canon City. Details just below the next listing. RSVP needed by October 14th at latest.


Sharp Wisdom in the Hands of Soft Compassion

The cultivation of the virtuous skills of wisdom and compassion – respectively, the depth and breadth of Buddhist practice – is a hallmark of the tradition. Cultivating wisdom entails gaining insight into the interdependent nature of everything, culminating in a direct realization of “emptiness.” Compassion, on the other hand, works on opening our eyes and hearts to the struggles of all beings. The complex yet beautiful blend of these two skills manifests in an attitude of “loving all beings even though we know they are ultimately empty of their own independent existence.” This seeming paradox is actually a recipe for deep healing and strengthening.

Our retreat, led by Professor David Gardiner, will explore how the Buddhist tradition lays out ways to effectively engage these two forces together. The aim of the retreat is to deepen not only our understanding but as well to nurture the roots of our practice, including meditation. We will focus on practical methods for employing these skills directly in our lives. And we will discuss traditional and modern ways to think about this Buddhist approach to life practice. Exploring conceptual maps helps to frame our practice within an empowered worldview that wishes, and works, for the well-being of all living beings. This retreat is open to anyone, whether new to Buddhism or experienced.

Cost: $170 for a shared, double room; $195 for a single. All bathrooms are shared. Includes 2 nights of lodging, vegetarian meals from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch, and handouts. Meditation cushions provided. We will have the Abbey complex’s Sisters’ House to ourselves for the weekend.

Please RSVP by Monday, October 14, together with a $50 deposit, to ensure that we meet the minimum of 15 participants. (Once the minimum is met, we will continue to take participants until November 7.) You can send checks payable to BodhiMind Center to 1316B Pikes Peak Ave., Colo. Spgs., CO 80904.

Please refrain from using alcohol or recreational drugs while on retreat. And we recommend no portable music players. You will find the quiet is conducive to 

UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENT -- "Radical Aliveness" Daylong retreat

Saturday, October 12th, 9 am to 3 pm: Day-long retreat by Amma Thanasanti, local American Buddhist Nun, on "Radical Aliveness," with teachings and meditation.

     The Buddha taught awareness of body and compassion as cornerstones to the path of awakening. Bringing attention to the body allows for relaxation, renewal and letting go. Bringing compassion to what we experience allows the heart to release into a loving spacious awareness. To discover the body is to discover awareness, and eventually, the awakened state. Compassion is both an attitude and a non dual way of being. With awareness of body and compassion we find a path to navigate what arises in our daily lives. The freedom that comes allows a radical aliveness with ourselves and all of life. 

AMMA THANASANTI BHIKKHUNI has been meditating for over 30 years and a Buddhist nun for over 20 years.. She founded Awakening Truth whose mission is to create a Bhikkhuni training monastery and ways monastics and lay practitioners can work together to support whole life practice. She is based in Colorado Springs. 

Retreat is offered on a Dana basis. Dana is the ancient Buddhist practice of giving to ones capacity. Here in Colorado the concept of dana is new. A suggested donation of $30 is recommended. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Bring a bag lunch for yourself and something to share with Amma. Please come fragrance free so that those with chemical sensitivities may join. 


BodhiMind Center events are held at the Colorado College Women's Club, 20 Mesa Rd. (near the corner of N. Cascade Ave. and E. Monument St./Mesa Rd.), Colorado Springs, unless otherwise noted. Details about the events are at


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