Special Events Archive

DEMENTIA FRIENDLY YELLOW SPRINGS

Saturday, July 14, 1:00 – 2:15 PM

Please join Dharma Center members and interested community members to learn about dementia, including how to respond warmly, compassionately, patiently and effectively to our loved ones and neighbors living with dementia and their caregivers.  Training to be held at the Dharma Center, 502 Livermore St., YS.

Presenter: Karen Puterbaugh From the Greene County Council on Aging

***********************************************************************************************************

The Yellow Springs Dharma Center

 happily invites you to celebrate our 

25th Anniversary !

Yellow Springs Dharma Center  

Sunday June 3rd: 11am gathering followed by Lunch at Noon

Buddha’s Enlightenment Day Celebration 11 am

Our traditional yearly gathering to celebrate the birth, enlightenment and

parinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha.

Indian buffet lunch at Noon

Please RSVP by May 30 to Dianeah Wanicek 767-1034 or dwanicek@gmail.com

Be sure to let us know if you are coming…….
remember it’s Not a Potluck – you are our guests!

Dont forget!  Sunday June 3: Buddha’s Enlightenment Day Celebration/25th Anniversary Celebration

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

A Public Talk on Buddhist Meditation

by Venerable Wellawatte Seelagawesi

Sri Lankan Meditation Teacher

Wednesday evening, May 30, 2018

7:00 pm Meditation with Bhante

7:45 pm Public Talk    

Through meditation one begins to train and sharpen the mind, reduce stress and live in a more deeply peaceful way with oneself and with the world. The right practice of meditation can hold physical and mental health benefits for the practitioner.

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 29 – 31. He is the founder of the Nissarana Meditation Center in Sri Lanka and the International Society for Noble Sharing. Bhante Seelagawesi is a gifted Dharma teacher also known for his skill in healing with herbs and chanting.

There is no charge for this event ~ all are welcome ~ donations are accepted.

For further information call 937-767-1034

Upcoming Special Events

(see below for more details)

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

May 29-31, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: Venerable Wellawatte Seelagawesi, Sri Lankan Meditation Teacher,  Wednesday, May 30: 7:00PM Meditation with Bhante; 7:45 Public Talk

***********************************************************************************************

PEMA CHODRON

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:     7:25 – 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.

*****************************************************************************************

Special Events

Upcoming Special Events

(see below for more details)

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

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

May 29-31, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: Venerable Wellawatte Seelagawesi, Sri Lankan Meditation Teacher, Public Talk Wednesday, May 30, 8:00PM

***********************************************************************************************

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.

****************************************************

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!

Welcome our friends Sister Molini and Sister Dhamma Vijaya back to the Center!

The sisters will be visiting Mar. 6 – 13, 2018.

Guided Meditation led by the sisters: Wednesday Mar. 7, 7:00pm

We welcome all to come to a

Dharma Talk and Pot Luck on SUNDAY MARCH 11. 

Dharma Talk at 10:00, Lunch at 11:00.

More information at info@ysdharma.org

 Saturday Night Movie!

February 17, 2018….7:00PM

The Dharma Center begins the celebration of its twenty-fifth year with this great 25 year old cult film.

Come for the free popcorn, stay for the movie and conversation afterwards.

What does this movie have to do with Dharma and the Four Noble Truths?

 “A genuinely hilarious film that glimpses the meaning of life.” David G. Allan, CNN

“What if there is no tomorrow?….. There wasn’t one today.” Phil (main character)

“It’s not true that life is one damn thing after another — it’s one damn thing over and over.” Edna St. Vincent Millay
(she said this but not about the movie….she died in 1950.)

New Year’s Eve Meditation for World Peace

BuddhaInSnow

7:00 – 8:00 PM
Inviting the possibility for enlightenment for all beings in the year 2018

~ 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!

PEMA CHODRON

with Tim Olmsted

Live Video Streaming Retreat: Sept. 15, 16, 17, 2017

Friday 7:00 – 9:30pm; Saturday 9:00am – noon, 2:30 – 5:00pm; Sunday 9:00am – noon

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.

“Tim Olmsted is the former director of Gampo Abbey and president of the Pema Chodron Foundation. He travels and teaches widely throughout the United States. He also spends much of the year traveling internationally and teaching meditation in his role as a senior instructor for Tergar International, a worldwide meditation community under the guidance of the Tibetan meditation teacher, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche.”

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 on campus from the end of Friday night’s retreat session until Saturday dinner; online participants are invited to observe silence in their homes as well.

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

For more information contact info@ysdharma.org or call 767-7140.

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

Buddha-under-the-bodhi-tree-2

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

BuddhaInSnow

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 wisdom, courage 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

14102511_647024215465129_3989432192739938366_n

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. 

***********************************************************************************

**************************************************************************************************************

BUDDHA ENLIGHTENMENT DAY CELEBRATION Buddha-under-the-bodhi-tree-2

SATURDAY May 21

8:00 – 10:00 PM

Meditation

CIRCUMAMBULATION UNDER FULL MOON

POEM SHARING

CHANTING FROM 3 TRADITIONS

TEA

Bring flowers for the altar

Yantra Yoga pic

Yantra Yoga Weekend Retreat

May 13, 14 and 15

with visiting teacher Lynn Sutherland,authorized Yantra Yoga Instructor

Friday   7~9pm   

Saturday   10:30am~12:30pm & 2:30~5pm

Sunday   10:30am~12:30pm & 2:30 ~ 5pm  

Enrollment is limited and registration is necessary.

To register please contact: Dianeah 767-1034 or atvajrayana@ysdharma.org 

Yantra Yoga, the Yoga of Movement, is one of the oldest recorded systems of yoga in the world. Practiced in Tibet since the 8th century, this uninterrupted lineage was introduced to the West in the 1970’s by one of the foremost Dzogchen masters of our time, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu.  Yantra Yoga is a unique system of movement sequences and pranayama patterned to positively effect the vital energy or prana by retraining the relationship between the breath and movement. By consciously synchronizing movements with specific ways of breathing and of holding the breath, Yantra Yoga coordinates and harmonizes the vital energy, thereby enhancing physical health and allowing the mind to become calm and clear. As we experience this deepening sense of physical, energetic and mental integration, we have the possibility to discover true relaxation, well-being and presence. Yantra Yoga can be practiced by and benefit people of all ages. It is excellent method for developing mindfulness and supporting any meditation practice.

In this weekend course, we will focus on Complete Breathing, the Nine Purification Breathings, the Five Exercises to Loosen the Joints, the Eight Movements for Purifying the Prana, and the Vajra Wave. Emphasis will be on cultivating presence and awareness while developing and deepening our understanding and experience of the breath. This course is the foundation for further study and practice of Yantra Yoga. It is open to new as well as experienced practitioners who wish to deepen and refine their practice.

Lynn Sutherland is a student of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu and an authorized Yantra Yoga Instructor.  She has taught retreats and courses throughout the US, Mexico and Canada and collaborated on the book, Yantra Yoga: The Tibetan Yoga of Movement. She began her study and practice of Buddhism, yoga, martial arts and somatics as a university student, and for the past thirty years has been a Certified Feldenkrais® Teacher/Practitioner. Lynn lives and maintains a private practice in Chicago

A registration fee of $25 will hold your place for the retreat. This fee will defray the cost of Lynn Sutherland’s transportation to and from Yellow Springs.  Please be aware that the fee does not include an honorarium for the teacher. The Dharma Center relies on your generosity to donate to the teacher at the end of the session what you feel the teachings were worth to you as a practitioner.  Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche has asked that we work this way with donations for the teachings, and this is also the policy of the Yellow Springs Dharma Center.

Phakchok Rinpoche Teachings
Yellow Springs Ohio
March 2-3, 2016

Phakchok1

Compassionate Heart: Living to Accomplish a Victory for Humanity 

Co-sponsored by Antioch College
March 2:  7 pm

Coretta Scott King Center
Antioch College
700  Livermore St., Yellow Springs Ohio 45387

****

The Essential Teaching of Padmasambhava

March 3:  1:00 – 4:00 pm
Yellow Springs Dharma Center
502 Livermore St. Yellow Springs Ohio  45387

****

Daka Yeshe Do: The Buddha’s Five Keys to Wisdom

March 3:  7 pm
Yellow Springs Dharma Center
502 Livermore St. Yellow Springs Ohio  45387

Phakchok Rinpoche was born in 1981 and is a lineage holder of the Profound Treasures of Chokgyur Lingpa from the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism. As a meditation master with a family and the responsibility of monastic institutions, Rinpoche’s life defines what it means to be a dharma practitioner in today’s world. He emphasizes that a practitioner should find a balance in their life, and that altruistic activity should address the needs of those in one’s community and beyond as an expression of the compassion and wisdom cultivated in practice. In 2006 Phakchok Rinpoche and Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche founded the Chokgyur Lingpa Foundation, a humanitarian organization founded in America in 2006. CGLF has benefited thousands of sentient beings through healthcare and education undertakings. But in the wake of the devastating Nepal earthquake, CGLF have been plunged into a much more crucial role in the lives of literally thousands of Nepali people.

For more information: vajrayana@ysdharma.org

unnamed-1

 All Sangha Potluck Lunch

Sunday January 10 at Noon

Please bring a vegetarian dish to share.  Tea, water and place settings will be provided.

  ++++++++++++++++++++++++++

New Year’s Eve Meditation

for World Peace

BuddhaInSnow7:00 – 8:00 PM

Inviting the possibility of Enlightenment

for all beings in the Year 2016

~ 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 2016

~ Kuan Yin Bonfire Offerings and Sounding the Gong

Happy New Year Everyone!

Ekai Korematsu Osho

Ekai photo

Soto Zen Teacher

In residence at the Yellow Springs Dharma Center

May 26-June 1, 2015

Public Talk: Thursday, May 28, 8:00 pm: Zen in America

Zen Meditation Retreat: Friday-Saturday, May 29-30*

Ekai Korematsu Osho was born and raised in Japan, but began his formal Zen practice while a university student in California where he was affiliated with the San Francisco Zen Center. In 1979 he returned to Japan for formal monastic training at Eiheiji the principal Soto Zen monastery. Returning to America in 1983 he founded Kojin-an which later became the Oakland Zen Center. At the request of his teacher Narasaki Roshi he returned to Japan in 1987 to become the director of an International Zen monastery, Shogoji, in Kyushu. From 1994 to 1996 he was again at Eiheiji, and was also the Practice Director at Zuigakuin Temple in Yamanashi Prefecture. At present he lives in Melbourne, Australia, where he is the founder and spiritual director of Jikishoan Zen Buddhist Community. Each autumn since 1997 he has taught Zen meditation to the students on the Antioch Education Abroad Buddhist Studies Program in Bodh Gaya, India.

For more information on Osho’s visit, contact Robert at 937.767.1034.

*For more information on the retreat and registration, email zen (at) ysdharma.org

++++++++++++++++++++++++

Buddha Enlightenment Day
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Buddha-under-the-bodhi-tree-2

On this full moon day, the morning and evening meditations will be followed by a special chant to mark this auspicious day that celebrates Shakyamuni’s great awakening. Flower donations to the Center for the altar will be welcome. Tea and cookies will be served following evening meditation.

PEMA CHODRON

NOTICE SCHEDULE CHANGE: EACH DAY BEGINS AT 9:00 AM

Pema-Chodron2

Live Video Streaming Retreat: May 9 -10

GETTING OFF THE WHEEL OF SUFFERING

Saturday: 9:00AM – 5:30PM.    Sunday 9:00AM – 5:30PM.

We will be live-streaming this two-day retreat at the Dharma Center. The retreat will include meditation led by Joey Waxman (Pema’s student) with talks and live Q&A with Pema Chodron each day.

“Pema Chodron is world-renowned for her ability to convey the essence of the most profound Buddhist teachings with ease, directness, and humor to audiences of every description. Join Pema as she teaches us how our habits keep us spinning, and how we have the ability to stop this process at any moment by connecting with the vast, open space that is inherent in our mind.”

Please plan to attend full days or ½ days to limit disruptions. This unique opportunity is offered free of charge, donations to the Center appreciated.

EACH DAY BEGINS AT 9:00AM

For more information call Katie at 767-7140 or email zen at ysdharma dot org.

Retreat schedule:

Saturday 

  • 9:00-10:00 am: Guided Meditation 1 with Joey Waxman

  • 10:30 am-12:30 pm: Talk 1 with Pema Chodron

  • 2:00-3:00 pm: Guided Meditation 2 with Joey Waxman

  • 3:30-5:30 pm: Talk 2 with Pema Chodron

Sunday 

  • 9:00-10:00 am: Guided Meditation 3 with Joey Waxman

  • 10:30 am-11:00 am: Review with Joey Waxman 

  • 11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Talk 3 with Pema Chodron

  • 2:00-3:00 pm: Guided Meditation 4 with Joey Waxman

  • 3:30-5:30 pm: Talk 4 with Pema Chodron    

 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

You are invited to celebrate with us

Buddha’s Enlightenment Day

Sunday May 3, 2015

Buddha-under-the-bodhi-tree-210:00 to 11:00 am program

11:00 to 1:00 pm Pot Luck

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

New Year’s Eve Peace Meditation

Wheel

December 31  7:00 – 8:00 pm

Inviting the possibility of Enlightenment for all beings in the Year 2015

~ 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
  • • Vajraguru Mantra – Subduing negativity and activating peace

~ Our wishes and intentions for 2015

~ Kuan Yin Bonfire Offerings and Sounding the Gong

Happy New Year Everyone!

New Family Hour March 20, 2011 11am Yellow Springs Dharma Center

Some of our family hour alums doing an art project with Dionne.

Some of our family hour alums doing an art project with Dionne.

A group of interested parents are holding a short organizational meeting at the Yellow Springs Dharma Center, 502 Livermore, to plan for the upcoming Spring Family Hour sessions where we hope to integrate fun, gardening, moving, singing and laughing with awareness. Join us with your energy and input. For this planning meeting child care will be available. Call Melissa Heston for more information at 937-901-0344.

New Year’s Eve Meditation Gathering for World Peace.
Friday Dec. 31 at 7 p.m.

Please join us in a meditation for peace on Friday, Dec. 31st. We will have silent sitting from 7:00 to 7:40 p.m. followed by guided, short peace meditations and chants in the Vipassana, Tibetan and Zen traditions. The event will end by 8 p.m. All are welcome. There will be chairs to sit on as well as cushions. No need to be an experienced meditator! Just bring your heartfelt intention for peace in our fragile world.

Gardening & Tea: Fridays, throughout the spring and summer, 7:45 am, following morning meditation. There is gardening after morning meditation and tea. Tea is at 7:45 am following meditation, and gardening begins at 8:15 am. Please bring tools and garden gloves if you have them.

Solstice Sit(s)

Comments are closed.