In the Beginning
Around 1984 a group of Yellow Springs residents began to meet for meditation in private homes and later at Rockford Chapel. In 1993 the apartment at 502 Livermore Street became available and the owners graciously agreed to allow the space to be used for a Dharma Center. In August of 1993 the group formed The Yellow Springs Dharma Center as a non profit corporation. Ten years later, in 2003, a successful capital campaign enabled the Dharma Center to purchase the building as a permanent home.
In the early years the Center served as a bridge between Antioch College and the wider community. The residents were often Antioch college students who were alumni of the Antioch Buddhist Studies program. They lived in and cared for the Center, participating in the creation of a mindful Buddhist living environment. The Center continues to build on these relationships but has expanded its community outreach to other local colleges as well as to Buddhist practitioners in the wider Miami Valley area.