Special Events

Thursday July 13   7:00 PM

Antifragile Dharma

“How to gain spiritual strength during times of change.”

Amita Schmidt
Vipassana Teacher



Amita Schmidt is a meditation teacher, spiritual coach, and licensed clinical social worker.

Her training includes over 25 years of Vipassana Buddhist practice, including numerous three-month long silent meditation retreats. She was the Resident Teacher for the Insight Meditation Society for six years. She is the co-founder of Southwest Sangha, a self retreat meditation center in New Mexico.  She has studied with spiritual teacher Adyashanti since 2003.  Amita’s teaching has been deeply informed by her long history of Buddhist practice, her connection with Adyashanti, and her work as a psychotherapist. Amita leads mindfulness meditation retreats and healing depression workshops nationally.  She uses various tools to help unburden trauma, anxiety, fear, and depression. Her work focuses on insight, mindfulness, loving kindness, and a compassionate connection with oneself. She is also the author of Dipa Ma: The Life and Legacy of a Buddhist Master.

For more information call 937.767.9919 or email info@ysdharma.org


You are invited to celebrate with us

Buddha’s Enlightenment Day

Sunday May 21, 2017


10:00 to 11:00 am program

11:00 to 1:00 pm Pot Luck

we hope you will join us for this annual celebration!


2017 Retreats

Zen Sesshin  Oct. 20 – Oct. 25, 2017

Vipassana Retreat May 5-7 or May 5-12, 2017 More information here


New Year’s Eve Meditation for World Peace


7:00 – 8:00 PM
Inviting the possibility for enlightenment for all beings in the year 2017

~ 30 minute peace meditation

  • Setting the Intention, Remembering Bodhicitta, Meditation and Dedication.

~ Chanting Across the Traditions

• Metta Chant – sending out loving kindness
• Kannon~ Sutra for Timeless Life Chant
• Guardian Practice – Subduing negativity and activating peace

~ Our wishes and intentions for 2017
~ Kuan Yin Bonfire Offerings and Sounding the Gong

Happy New Year Everyone!



The Dharma Center is collaborating with the Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions to offer

Eco-Sattva Training

An Audio Course for aspiring Eco-Sattvas

Thursdays, 7:45 – 9:00PM, Jan. 12 – Feb. 16, 2017

How will we act on climate disruption with wisdomcourage and compassion?

What does it mean to express a Buddhist response to climate change? What does our wisdom tradition and our love for this life call us to do? How can we respond with wisdom, compassion and courage?

The term “EcoSattva” is a blend of “eco” or “ecology” with “Boddhisattva,” an enlightened being wholly dedicated to the freedom and well-being of others. We hope to support aspiring EcoSattvas in a diverse and powerful body of response, tailored to their aspirations and abilities and grounded in the demands of their local situations. Specifically, the course will endeavor to

  1. Root action on climate in Dharma practice
  2. Develop Sangha by connecting EcoSattvas with each other and outside partners
  3. Inspire and inform “appropriate response”

For more information on the course teachers and content go here.


Daniel Terragno Roshi

“What is a Zen Koan?”

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, 8:00PM


following evening meditation 7:00 – 7:40PM

Daniel Terragno has been the Zen Teacher of the YSDC Zen group for 15 years. He is a native of Chile who resides in the Redwoods of Northern California where he is the founder and spiritual director of Rocks and Clouds Zendo in Sebastopol, a Zen community in the tradition of the Diamond Sangha (www.rocksandclouds.org). He also regularly teaches in Argentina and Chile. In addition to his work as a Zen teacher, Daniel makes his living as a cabinetmaker.  Daniel is the author of QUERIDOS BODISATVAS, a book of letters to his South American sanghas. 








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