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Way Seeking Mind Talk

Sunday ~ March 1 ~ 2pm

This past year the Dharma Center began a series of Way Seeking Mind Talks given by senior practitioners in our sangha.  The Way Seeking Mind Talk comes from the Zen tradition and is generally an initial talk given by practitioners to describe their journey to Buddhist practice.  It can also be a talk given by seasoned practitioners of any Buddhist tradition to reflect with the sangha on what is alive in their practice now.  It is meant to be a more informal and personal talk than a traditional dharma talk.  

We continue the series with one of our Center’s founders, Donna Denman. Donna will share her history of practice, begun on a trip with her husband in 1987 that took them to Asia among other destinations.  She has been a student of Zen for over 30 years, initiating our Zen group at the Dharma Center.   Her intensive experience with Zen koans continues to inform her practice and understanding of the Buddhist Path.

All are invited.



Wednesday evenings from 7:45 to 9:00 PM

November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & Dec 7

This fall the Yellow Springs Dharma Center will offer training in meditation each Wednesday evening from Nov 2 to Dec 7.  Sessions will include short talks, opportunities to practice a variety of basic methods, and time for questions.  Robert Pryor will be the instructor, and he will use Joseph Goldstein’s book, The Experience of Insight as a basis for the techniques introduced.  This training is primarily intended for those relatively new to Buddhist practice though all are welcome. For more information contact Robert at 937.767.1034.

Introduction to Meditation Course


A  Meditation Course

September 7, 14, 21, 28 & October 5, 12, 2016

 Wednesday evenings 7:45 pm

Through meditation practice one trains and sharpens the mind while naturally reducing stress levels and reactive habitual patterns.  Meditation can make it possible to become more effective in all aspects of life, living from a clearer, kinder and more centered frame of mind.

You are welcome to join a six week training in meditation.  The course is given free of charge and is for beginners as well as those wanting to support an ongoing practice.  The periods of meditation practice are guided and short, gradually building to longer, sustainable times as the course progresses.  Discussion and  inquiry follow each session.  During the course we will refer to the book, The Joy of Living, Unlocking the Secret & Science of Happiness,  by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche.   Course facilitator is Dianeah Wanicek.  For more information email her at

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


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.

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Next 6 week course will begin March 9.  Wednesdays 7:45 – 9:00pm

Watch here for further details.


Introduction to Meditation, a 6 week course

Medicine Buddha sm with sig

Wednesdays, 7:45 – 9:00PM, Jan. 6 – Feb. 10, 2016.

Optional text:  Being Zen: Bringing Meditation to Life by Ezra Bayda

Lead by Katie Egart; for more information zen(at)


TIME TO STAND UP: An Engaged Buddhist Manifesto for Our Earth
The Buddha’s Life and Message through Feminine Eyes
By: Thanissara

Book Discussion Group will meet on four successive Thursdays in September at the YS Dharma Center, 502 Livermore St. in Yellow Springs, from 7:45pm to 9:00pm

Time to Stand Up Book Cover
September 3 – Chapter 1, “A Great Awakening”
September 10 – Chapter 2, “A Great Struggle”
September 17 – Chapter 3, “A Great Illumination”
– Chapter 4, “A Great Challenge”
September 24 – Chapter 5, “A Great Love”
– Chapter 6, “A Great Service”

Contact: kegart13 (at) or 767-7140 for more information.


Silence: The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise
By Thich Nhat Hanh
Thursdays 7:45 – 9:00PM
May 7, 14, 21 and June 4, 11 and 18

(we are skipping May 28 due to a visiting teacher at our Dharma Center)

This beautiful little book addresses many issues regarding silence and how to hold it in our very busy society. The book was published this year and may be one of the last books he will be able to write since he had a major stroke last fall. This book is written in his typical style and is very accessible to readers. I hope you will join me on this journey of exploring silence.

May 7: Introduction and Chapter 1 –  a steady diet of noise

May 14:Chapter 2 – radio non-stop thinking

May 21: Chapter 3 – thundering silence

June 4: Chapter 4 – deep listening

June 11: Chapter 5 – the power of stillness

June 18: Chapter 6 – paying attention and Chapter 7 – cultivating connection

There will be 2 books available at the Dharma Center to take for a night and return for others to read. The book is also available on Kindle.

If you have any questions, please call me. Linda Potter 937-572-9077


Thursdays 7:45 – 9:00PM
February 5 – March 19, 2015

PART 2 OF:  Mindfulness: A practical guide to awakening  by Joseph Goldstein

“From education and medicine to business and politics, we are in the midst of a great flowering of mindfulness. And with each new application we find for it, priceless benefits emerge. Yet the original purpose of mindfulness has remained throughout the centuries: spiritual awakening. With Mindfulness, Joseph Goldstein shares the wisdom of his four decades of teaching and practice in a book that will serve as a lifelong companion for anyone committed to mindful living and the realization of inner freedom.”

To be led by Robert Pryor with group members sharing facilitation roles.

For more information contact Dianeah at 937-767-1034

Book Discussion Group Thursdays June 30 – August 4 7:45pm-9:00pm
Dying With Confidence: A Tibetan Buddhist Guide to Preparing for Death by Anyen Rinpoche This book is designed to help Western Buddhists or spiritual practitioners work through the toughest questions about death, including how one prepares for the moment of death. The book includes instructions on how to create a “dharma will” for both living and dying; how to support Sangha members loved ones through the experience of death (the designation of “entrusted dharma friends”); the practice of phowa or transference of consciousness; how to make decisions about pain medication and organ donation; and other practical considerations for a spiritual death.

Work Practice. August 13 and 14. Each second weekend of the month the Center holds work practice following the morning meditation: a mindfulness and awareness practice in silence. Working for about 30 minutes in the garden and in the house is a wonderful opportunity to support and sustain the Center while engaging in practice off the cushion. All are welcome to help!

Dharma Center Tables at the Yellow Springs Bookfair Saturday August 20 8am to 4pm Millslawn Yard
Support the Dharma Center Library – Visit Our Tables at the Yellow Springs Bookfair
Books in all genres; nearly all priced just $1 or $2!! All proceeds go to the Library
To donate books or for more information, call Mary at 767-2113

Sutta Discussion August 28 at 9:00am
On the fourth Sunday of the month, from 9:00 to 10:30 AM, the Vipassanā Saṅghā convenes a Sutta-based discussion on meditation practice in daily living. Open to all interested in the study of foundational Buddhist practice. For a detailed schedule, use this link: Sutta Discussion

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

Orientation. Mondays 7:45 pm, August 8 and 22. This is a good place to start. Orientation to the Center & basic instruction in meditation, the most universal Buddhist practice.

Paramitas Discussion. August 6 and 27. Discussion to follow Zen meditation. Last Saturday of the month, discussion among sangha; first Saturday of the month, Teacher Daniel Terragno is Skyped in to continue discussion. Text is Aitken Roshi’s The Practice of Perfection. Note: Daniel will be in S. America from August 10 through September 8, so he will not join us the first weekend in September. Instead he will be with us on September 10.

Saturday 7:00 pm, August 27, 2011

Lynnell Lewis will return to Yellow Springs to present an evening of sacred chanting at the Dharma Center. With Indian tambura accompaniment, Lynnell teaches and leads chanting from all Buddhist traditions as well as Hindu, Sufi, Christian,and African. The program is free, and everyone, regardless ofexperience, is invited to participate. For more information call 767-2113.

Introduction to Meditation.
Wednesdays 7: 45 – 9:00 pm, September 7 – October 12, 2011

The Fall Introduction to Meditation class led by Joyce Reena Appell will begin on Sept. 7 and run thru Oct. 12, Wednesdays, from 7:45-9 p.m. The book for class will be, Ven. Henepola Gunaratana’s, Mindfulness in Plain English. It is one of the clearest introductory texts on the practice of meditation. This class will also teach “quieting habits” of breathing, stretching, and slight sitting adjustments. For information, contact Joyce Reena Appell at 767-5671.

Trustees Meeting at the Dharma Center.
Monday 7:00 pm, August 15, 2011

Introduction to Meditation Course.
Wednesdays 7: 45 – 9:00 pm, Jan.5 – Feb. 16, 2011

The winter Introduction to Meditation class, led by Joyce Appell, will began on January 5th. “The life of the mind does not pause”. This class will teach and cultivate “quieting habits” of breathing, stretching, and slight sitting adjustments to build confidence and competence in mindful meditation.

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