December 2017 Newsletter



November Notes!

Sarah will be heading out of town Monday November 20th so there will be no dharma talk.  There will be two simple sits.

November 28th is the deadline for our Lit by A Star Retreat, December 8 and 9.  We have 12-15 people at this time and room for 24 at Creek Bend Zendo.

Please see our webpage at for more details and to download the registration form.

Ongoing Events

Newcomer Orientation: 2nd Monday of the month,
CC Shove Chapel, Dharma Hall upstairs at 5:45 pm for anyone who would like some orientation to meditation, to our tradition, or to our sangha and customs.


5:15 Dharma Study and Discussion before Monday night meditation.
These discussions  focus on supporting an ongoing practice in all of its aspects. Anyone is welcome to join in. This Autumn, we’ll continue taking up koans from The Hidden Lamp, ed. by Florence Caplow and Susan Moon. Each chapter is self-contained, so you can join in at any time.
Place:  Shove Chapel downstairs from the north entrance.

Buddhism and the 12 Steps 
For more information contact Jacque Minehart at


December 2nd:  Zen Threads with Jacob Twersky

 Lit By a Star Retreat with Sarah Bender Roshi
December 8 and 9

This retreat is in the midst of our November Roshi Celebration, our All Sangha Meeting; and the new year which begins our practice period.  In the midst of this season, you are invited,  for just a moment, to “abide nowhere and deeply” (Joan Sutherland Roshi).   

December 16:  WITR with Sarah Bender Roshi

December 18:  Dharma Talk by Sarah Bender Roshi

December 25:  Meditation and Dharma Talk Cancelled (Merry Christmas!)
Looking Ahead
January 1st:  Sutra Service with a special celebration including music.

January 6th:  Zen Threads by Clay Taylor

January 29th:  Way Faring Mind Talk by Camilla Fuller



Wet Mountain Sangha

 Dharma Talks by Andrew Palmer:  the 3rd Wednesday of each month at Wet Mountain Sangha’s Center for Inner Peace in Pueblo, 740 W 15th St, 81003. The service will begin at 6:00 pm.  Starting at 5:00, Andrew will lead a Practice Check In. This is a chance to meet with Andrew and other members to discuss our actual practices and our lives. Feel free to bring any inquiries, or just yourself.

Opportunities for Engagement and Interest


(In the wider community,not sponsored by SMS)

Several sangha members have begun looking into ways we can support the Colorado Springs Sanctuary Coalition. If you would like to join us, please contact Sarah Bender . 
You are welcome to submit requests for posting here to

About Dana

We depend on the generosity of our members to support the work of our sangha. Donations are gratefully received in the Dana bowl in the alcove of the meditation hall in Shove Chapel. Also, everyone is invited to contribute flowers for the altar and cookies for Community Nights.

We now accept PayPal donations. You can get to the SMS PayPal link on the SMS web site at: or by selecting the donate icon:

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