Practice Period 2017


Dear Bodhisattvas,


Here begins Springs Mountain Sangha’s 2017 practice period, March 4 to April 23! You might see it as a time of rededication to awakening, the way and our companions. Or it may be something else for you.


A time to rest in the vast arms of the moment as often as possible. That’s a discipline all of its own.

A time to clear away whatever is finished, whatever is simply noise, to free the field for hearing the song of what’s beautiful, coming towards you.


A time to respond with courage to the suffering of the world, as it lands on your doorstep or in your heart.


A time to ask the questions you are usually too busy to ask.


A time to subvert delusions and heal divisions.


Or other……………..


This practice period begins close to the Tibetan New Year and to the start of Lent, and straddles the vernal equinox. It’s a time of rising energy, of turning towards the unfurling of the new.


Right away there’s a retreat offering from Andrew Palmer and Wet Mountain Sangha:


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



And to support our resolve and nourish our awakening during this time, SMS will be offering the following, in addition to our regular schedule:



Sunday Afternoon Koan Series

with Sarah Bender, Sensei


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:




Practice Support Groups



We will have a daytime as well as an evening support group during our practice period.They are to bring forward what is alive for us during this dedicated time.  We will have a period of sitting followed by an hour of discussion.


Friday Mornings

Clay Taylor, discussion leader


When:  every Friday, March10- April 14


Time: 9:00 to 10:30 am


Where:  Clay Taylor’s house

1510 Hermosa Place

Colorado Springs, CO  80906


Contact: Clay Taylor at (719) 217-2065






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




The period will conclude with our Spring 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


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


registration deadline April 5th will be firm





Some more notes will be coming your way, but for now, let me wish you a nourishing, challenging and beautiful practice period. May it bring good to a world that needs us.