March 2017


Ongoing Events

Newcomer Orientation: 2nd Monday of the month, CC Shove Chapel, Dharma Hall upstairs at 5:45 pm to meet 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’s meditation, with Sarah Bender Sensei:  Shove Chapel Downstairs, from the north entrance. .

5:15 discussions on Mondays at Shove Chapel will focus on supporting an ongoing practice in all of its aspects. Anyone is welcome to join in. .

Dharma Talks:
March 20 Sarah Bender, Sensei
March 27
Andrew PalmerSensei
Work in the Room: Saturday morning, March 18th 6:30 to 8:30 AM with Sarah Bender, Sensei

Individual meetings (up to 20 minutes) with a teacher, which we call “Work in the room,” are opportunities to sit face to face and take up what is most alive for you.

It is also possible to form an individual student-teacher relationship, and these can be very powerful in nourishing our practice. Ask a teacher if you’d like to know more about this.

To schedule an appointment for March 18, please contact Sarah Bender, Sensei (

Steering Committee Meeting: Thurs. . March. 9th,  5:30 -7:30 pm at Linda Hodges house.  Steering committee meetings are open to the entire sangha. Contact: Linda Hodges ( for more information.
Buddhism and the 12 Steps 
For more information contact:
Jacque Minehart


SMS Spring Practice Period
March 4 to April 23

As the days begin to lengthen and the earth warms towards Spring, we can support each other in intensifying practice to nourish what is ready to come forth.

Springs Mountain Sangha designates a period of time as a practice period, and offers several kinds of support for anyone who is wishing to deepen their commitment to or their exploration of the Way.

You may want to make a formal commitment to the practice period, or you may prefer to structure your own, on your own.

Here are some scheduled opportunities

One Day Retreat
Right Under Our Feet March 4th
(registration now closed)

Nothing Hidden Koan Retreat
Offered by Wet MountainSangha
March 10-11, 2017 with Andrew Palmer, Sensei
at The Center for Inner Peace, Pueblo
For more information contact Andrew at
or visit

Sunday Afternoon Koan Series
with Sarah Bender, Sensei

We’ll take up the sayings and koans of Master Linji, founder of the
koan school of Zen in which we practice.

At Creek Bend Zendo
March 12 and 19, April 2 and 9
3:00 to 5:00 PM

contact Sarah Bender:


Thursday Evenings
Frank Actis and Liz Cramer, discussion leaders

When:  March 16, 30, and April 13

Time: 6:00 to 7:30 pm

Where:  Shove Chapel (side chapel)

Contact: Liz Cramer
or (719) 659-3608

Looking Ahead


 Residential Meditation Retreat April 19-23

with Senseis Sarah Bender and Andrew Palmer

Franciscan Retreat Center

Colorado Springs

The retreat will begin with supper April 19, end early afternoon April 23

For more info or for registration form:
Steve Milligan

For the registration form:

cost: $500 (double), $600 (single)

registration deadline April 5th will be firm

Opportunities for Engagement
In the wider community (not sponsored by SMS)

Mindfulness Classes for Youth

For more information, see
or contact Ayya at


Awakening the Heart Mind and Body


An eight-week class with Karen Recktenwald, starting Thursday, Feb. 2

For more info please see the following links or email

Desert Sunrise Retreat in Tucson with Tenney Nathanson, Sensei


Registration is now open for  Desert Rain’s “Desert Sunrise Retreat” in Tucson March 1 – 5, 2017.  Please visit and click on “Retreat Brochure and Registration Form.” This year, the retreat will be held at the Redemptorist Renewal Center at Picture Rocks: .

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: