May 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.  These discussions  focus on supporting an ongoing practice in all of its aspects. Anyone is welcome to join in.  For now, we’ll continue to bring in passages from Zen Master Linji. No prior study required.
Steering Committee Meeting: Thursday May 11th,
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


Please watch for a separate invitation from Sarah Bender, Sensei for a meeting re: support for Joan Sutherland, Roshi
Sunday, April 30 3:30 to 5:00 PM
7528 Jenkin Place



May 6th Saturday Zen Threads Talk by Nanette Phillips during the 8:00 period.  After this!  We wander to Wooglins for food and continuing conversation.

Dharma Talks:
May 15  Sarah Bender, Sensei
May 22  Andrew PalmerSensei 

May 20 Saturday Work in the Room: 6:30 to 8:30 AM with Sarah Bender, Sensei To schedule an appointment for May 20th please contact Sarah Bender, Sensei

May 29th Monday Way Faring Mind Talk by Donella Berry


Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness
a book study, led by Clay Taylor

Clay Taylor is a long standing member of Springs Mountain Sangha and a lay teacher from Berkeley Zen Center in the Soto Tradition

This will be an 8 session study Fridays beginning May 5th
Place:  1510 Hermosa Pl.


Contact:  Clay Taylor 719 217-2065

Looking Ahead
(mark your calendar!)


Continuation of Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness
(see May listing!)



July 9:  Full Moon Walk

July 16:  SMS/WMS  Summer Gathering Pot Luck
4:00 PM

SMS would like to invite everyone to a mid summer gathering  with our sister sangha Wet Mountain Sangha
7528 Jenkin Place COS 80919
Family and Friends Welcome!


August 7:  Full Moon Hike (following our sit)

August 20th:  SMS Retreat/Hike, Catamount


Intro to Zen
September 19-20


Fall Retreat
October 30-November 5
Franciscan Retreat Center
Colorado Springs
save the date!

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


 Monday, May 15, 2017

Lecture: Satish Kumar: “Toward an Era of Ecology and Imagination: Heartening Words for Trying Times” – Former monk and long-term peace and environment activist Satish Kumar visits CC as part of his CO visit to Crestone’s spiritual communities. Editor of Resurgence magazine and cofounder of Schumacher College in the UK. Kumar served as its program director from 1991 to 2010, and was also the primary fundraiser during that time. He is currently a visiting fellow. A former monk and long-term peace and environment activist, Kumar has been quietly setting the global agenda for change for over 50 years. He was just nine when he left his family home to join the wandering Jains and 18 when he decided he could achieve more back in the world, campaigning for land reform in India. In 1973, Kumar settled in the United Kingdom, taking up the post of editor of Resurgence magazine, a position he has held ever since, making him the UK’s longest-serving editor of the same magazine. During this time, he has been the guiding spirit behind a number of now internationally respected ecological and educational ventures as part of the global agenda for change.

12:30 p.m., Olin 1, inside Olin Hall, 1030 N. Nevada Ave. Free to the public



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.
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