Special Events

Upcoming Special Events

(see below for more details)

April 21 Saturday, 7:30PM:  Movie Night  A Zen Life: DT Suzuki

May 3 Thursday, 8:00PM:  Rebecca Bradshaw  Four Faces of Compassion

May 18-20, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, : Livestreaming retreat with Pema Chodron

May 28-30, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: Venerable Wellawatte Seelagawesi, Sri Lankan Meditation Teacher,

Movie Night

Saturday April 21, 7:30PM

“A ZEN LIFE – D.T. Suzuki” is a 77-minute documentary about Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki (1870-1966), credited with introducing Zen Buddhism to the West.

Gary Snyder calls D.T. Suzuki “probably the most culturally significant Japanese person in international terms, in all of history.”

Along with Gary Snyder, there are exclusive interviews of many people respected in their own right who knew D.T. Suzuki in person, including his secretary Mihoko Okamura, and rare footage of Thomas Merton, John Cage, Erich Fromm, and Suzuki himself.

D.T. Suzuki had an excellent grasp of written and spoken English, combined with an exhaustive knowledge of Eastern and Western religions and philosophies. He was highly successful at getting Westerners to appreciate the Japanese mentality, and Japanese to understand Western logic. The effect he had on Western psychoanalysis, philosophy, religious thinking, and the arts was profound. His numerous writings in English and Japanese serve as an inspiration even today.

Dr. Suzuki first lived in the United States from 1897 to 1908. In 1911 he married an American, Beatrice Lane, who helped him with his work until her death in 1939. After the War he traveled and taught extensively in the United States and Europe. Of note is a series of very popular open lectures he gave at Columbia University. Many renowned Western philosophers, artists, and psychologists were affected by his writings and friendship, including Carl Jung and Erich Fromm, Christmas Humphries, Father Thomas Merton, Martin Heidegger, Karl Jaspers, Dr. Albert Stunkard, Alan Watts, Richard De Martino, Robert Aitken, John Cage, Alan Ginsberg, and Gary Snyder.

Come on over and enjoy green tea and Japanese treats!



Thursday, May 3, 8:00PM

Four Faces of Compassion

 Dharma Talk with Rebecca Bradshaw

Rebecca Bradshaw

Insight Meditation Society Teacher
and YSDC Vipassana Retreat Leader

The Buddha’s Teachings offer a way to develop openness of heart and mind to the wide range of joy and sorrow that is this human life. Rebecca Bradshaw is a guiding teacher at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, and also teaches at other locations in the United States and abroad.  She has been teaching meditation since 1993, and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Her teaching explores the convergence of love and wisdom. Rebecca is visiting Yellow Springs to lead the annual Vipassana retreat held by the Dharma Center from May 4 – 11.

As will all events at the Yellow Springs Dharma Center, there will be no charge for this talk, however donations to the Center and dana (generosity) for the teacher are always welcome.



Live Video Streaming Retreat: May 18, 19, 20, 2018

Pema Chödrön is widely beloved for her insightful, down-to-earth teachings of Tibetan Buddhism for Western audiences. In this weekend retreat, hear for the first time her wisdom teachings coming out of a yearlong sabbatical of contemplation and study.

This online retreat includes talks, guided meditations, and question-and-answer sessions with Pema Chödrön. Tim Olmsted guides us in meditation practices that show us how to apply these insightful teachings to our everyday lives. Silence is observed at the Center during the course of the retreat.

This online retreat is appropriate for professionals as well as beginners, advanced students, and everyone in between.

Friday:     7:00 – 9:30 PM: Workshop

Saturday: 9:00-12:00 noon: Workshop

12:00 – 2:30: break, lunch on your own

2:30 – 5:00 pm: Workshop

Sunday:   9:00 – 12:00 noon: Workshop

This unique opportunity is offered free of charge, donations to the Center appreciated.


May 28–30, 2018

Venerable Wellawatte Seelagawesi, Sri Lankan Meditation Teacher,

to visit Yellow Springs Dharma Center 

Bhante Seelagawesi is a fully ordained monk in the Theravada Buddhist tradition of Sri Lanka.  He will be in residence at the Yellow Springs Dharma Center from May 28-30. He is the founder of the Nissarana Meditation Center in Sri Lanka and the International Society for Noble Sharing. Bhante Seelagawesi is a unique individual with talents in teaching the Dharma (in English), and healing with herbs as well as chanting. He has visited Yellow Springs several times in the past to teach meditation, and we are happy to announce his return.
For more information call 937.767.1034.