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   Volume 10, Issue 4                                                   Inside this issue:                                                           Page
   April 2007                                                                      Dharma Talk
                                                                                        o Joan Sutherland                                            -2-
                                                                                        o Sarah Bender                                               -3–
       Quotes to ponder:                                                           Special News / Updates                                            -4-
         “Expectation is
                                                                                        o This I Believe                                             -5–
       just premeditative
                                                                                        o March 17 Meditation                                        -7–
                                                                                        o Banda the Bodhisattva                                      -8–
        “You can explore the                                                       Sangha Business
        universe looking for                                                            o Steering Committee Update                                  -8–
       somebody who is more                                                             o All-Sangha Meeting                                         -9-
       deserving of your love                                                      Poems, Reviews, Letters                                           - 10 -
       and affection than you                                                      Events and Activities                                             - 11 -
        are yourself, and you
                                                                                   Weekly Schedule                                                   - 11 –
          will not find that
         person anywhere.”                                                         Other Local Groups                                                - 12 -
                                                                                   Out-of-State Events                                               - 12 -
                                                                                   At-A-Glance Calendar                                              - 13 -

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                                Spring in the Universe
                                   By Joan Sutherland
          A Happy Spring to you all! I know better than to natter on about tender
   blossoms and the kiss of the sun at this time of year on the Front Range, when
   getting snowed in is just as likely, so here are some slightly more philosophical
   spring musings.
          People who wonder about these things have mentioned that perhaps the most
   amazing thing about the universe is that there should be something rather than
   nothing. “Why,” Stephen Hawking asked, "does the universe go to all the bother of
   existing?" Every spring, this wonderful and completely mysterious circumstance
   that there is something plays out all around us. Every spring, my garden
   transforms from bare sticks and soggy leaves to a glorious riot of colorful and
   fragrant somethings. Winged somethings dart around and build nests; furry
   somethings drop by before daybreak to eat the tasty little green somethings.
   There’s a venerable apple tree just outside my door, so old that its bent trunk is
   supported on a wooden crutch. Every winter, it’s reduced to an arthritic skeleton,
   and every spring new, straight branches sprout from the gnarled old ones. And
   then, swellings appear on the branches, which become tight buds, which open into
   white and pink blossoms, which blow away on the wind to make way for another
   three seasons of green leaves and the shade they cast on the patch of lawn
          Do you remember the poem by Lisel Mueller about what the dog hears? That
   all of this unfolding around us—plants heaving into the light, children growing—
   must be making some kind of sound that perhaps a dog’s more sensitive ears can
   pick up? There’s nothing silent or static about spring; it’s the constant unfolding of
   the vastness up so close in our faces we can’t possibly miss it. It reminds us that
   that unfolding is going on all the time, in every direction, visibly and invisibly, on
   intimate scales and vast ones, too. All things everywhere, the old scriptures say,
   are preaching the Dharma.
          When the great American philosopher William James was explaining how the
   school he helped create, pragmatism, compared with rationalism, he said this:
   Rationalism presumes that reality is a done deal, already complete; for pragmatism
   reality is an ongoing creation, awaiting further developments. The universe is “still
   pursuing its adventures.” Lovely spring-like thought, that. Makes me want to hoist
   sail or pick up a pen or throw myself down in the grass under the apple tree. Makes
   me happy to think of the universe as a sort of Walt Whitman figure, traveling

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    around, trying things out, praising and lamenting and sleeping in the shelter of a
    few trees himself.
           James also said that, while pessimists think that the world is beyond
    saving—and who hasn’t felt pessimistic from time to time of late—pragmatists
    think that the world’s salvation is possible. It could happen. Not in an apocalyptic
    day of judgment or a final subsidence of everything back into emptiness, but piece
    by piece, a little at a time, because of the actions of individual beings. Here is
    James’ spring-like way of saying something about how Guanyin, the bodhisattva of
    compassion, uses all those hands and eyes:
          Our acts, our turning-places, where we seem to ourselves to make
          ourselves and grow...why may they not be the actual turning-places and
          growing-places of the world—why not the workshop of being, where
          we catch fact in the making?
           What would it be like to enter our April retreat together with something
    like this in mind? That we are the buds on the apple tree ready to unfurl again, and
    if you step back a bit you see that that is how the apple tree is made, of the
    unfurling of all the buds at once? We’re always in the workshop of being, but in
    retreat we become more aware of it, more able to catch fact in the making. We’ve
    slowed down enough and got quiet enough to actually see how all beings make the
    world together, with our acts and our thoughts and our hearts’ radiations. Not just
    a single mind creating its own reality—what a lonely, disconnected idea that is!—but
    the whole workshop of being, gearing up for the busy season. In a retreat, we’re
    setting aside some time to appreciate that, and to notice what each of us is
    contributing, or withholding. James would say we’re doing a little something toward
    the salvation of the world. Not a bad way to spend a few days together this
    spring, in sun or snow or something we dream up together.

                                      March 19, 2007
                                      By Sarah Bender
On this gorgeous, bright and breezy day tipping into spring
I noticed the fat buds on the persistent little currant bushes outside my kitchen window
and said, Thank you.
I yelled at the Flicker drilling its hole in the end of my house
and said, Thank you, all the same.
I read Frank Actis’s e-mail about going to the anti-war demonstration, and said, Thank
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I thought about all those people, and the parents of all those children, who have died
and those who are suffering
in service to our great and troubled nation
in a war I believe is wrong,
and I said, Thank you.
I thought about people everywhere who live and die for freedom
to the best of their understanding
and I said thank you to all of them.
I thought about the young woman who started an organization named Hagar
which starts cottage industries for girls so they can escape from slavery
in the sex industry that is based on the appetites of wealthy Americans
and I said, Thank you.
I noticed that I don’t know what to do
and that I grieve the sloth, the cowardice and the self-absorption
that sometimes keep me from doing what I could do
And I noticed that fortunately, I am STILL here to do it
even though I most often don’t know what to do
and I said, Thank you.
Today is a day of reckoning,
But it is not a day for despair.
Humanity along with all the other beings goes on living
on our miraculously beautiful and irrevocably broken planet
and I love us with such a tenderness,
I can’t give up on us yet. I won’t.
So today, with all beings, I vow
To wake up
To hold my own endless suffering and all the suffering I touch
      tenderly and to keep putting it down
To notice that it is ALL gates,
To walk the road that is made of my footsteps.

                                   ~ Colorado Springs, March 19, 2007

Editor’s note: Sarah shared this beautiful poem with the Sangha at the Monday night talk
on March 19 at Shove Chapel.

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                                     This I Believe
                              Encouraged by Judith Steed
      Dear Readers,
      We began this column this January and as you can see, the offerings have been
amazing. As I have been “encouraging” your contributions to this column, I felt
compelled to come up with something myself. MMmmm, well, this proved harder than
I imagined <smile>. Still, I persevered, and you will see below after Judith Lee’s
contribution, my own words.
      So let me encourage you some more. What do you believe? Right here and now?
Not forever and always, but just in this moment. What do you believe?
      We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you!
      ~ Judith S.

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By Judith Lee
        I’ve come to not trust what I believe. The foundation of what I knew has eroded, a few unsteady
chunks still intact. Some of the pieces that fell away are common and anticipated. You know, those
familiar ones of “life should be fair,” “if I please them, they’ll give me love.”
        Other ones are more surprising (to me) and more unsettling. Most of these involve concepts of
identity. “I’m not that?” “That irritating quality in him is present in me?” Yuck. Who wants to be
enlightened to all that?
        When first given the topic, “This I Believe,” my mind flashed to the Wayne Dyer book, Your
Sacred Self. Within it, he talks about distinguishing between “believing” and “knowing.” Beliefs are
often conditioned, long-term thoughts that are usually not grounded in reality: “I am not capable of that.”
“Caring people don’t act that way.” Beliefs come from outside of yourself. And they always contain a
measure of doubt.
        “Knowings” (okay, his language is sometimes grating), on the other hand, are experiential. They
come from within. I ride a bicycle; I then know that I have that ability. These are things you know in
your gut or know in your heart to be true.
        So I’m questioning everything I believe. This dismantling continues to be painful but is definitely
instructive. And I am turning instead to listening to my heart. Now, one might think this wouldn’t be
hard, but for a person who has lived a lifetime in her head, trying to please others, I am finding this
excruciatingly difficult. Lots of indecision (“do I want this because I should, or because I really do want
it”). Paralysis. Everything is in question.
        What I know is a short list. Pretty objective, too. I am alive. There are forces out there that I
can’t begin to understand but are pretty fantastic to observe sometimes. That’s about it. Not much to
hang a hat on. Which might explain why I feel so untethered.
        My work now is to be okay with that anchorless place. I wish I knew it is something I am
equipped to handle. Guess I’ll settle for believing in the possibility right now.

By Judith Steed
       I believe that I act in light of what I believe, and I believe I have some kind of consistency
to my sense of reality. I believe that I am who I am, and that I am perfectly capable of analyzing
the world and people around me and act accordingly. I also believe that this is a bunch of
                                                Take Two
       “Wisdom tells me I am empty. Love tells me I am everything. My life is the stream that
flows between.” It is a quote from a Tibetan Lama, and it spoke to me and feels very Zen-ish.
This stream is full and rich, annoying and sad, surprising and boring. But the stream is the
thing. There are slippery rocks and whirling eddies. There are times of gentle floating down,
muddy and wet, towards the sea and times of fighting up stream—gasping, spluttering, scared,
and angry. Sometimes I feel alone. Sometimes I can see others. Sometimes I am crass or
jealous, sometimes I am kind even compassionate, sometimes I reach out and other times, I
push away.
                                               Take Three
       I believe that enlightenment is messy and dynamic. Enlightenment resides not “just” in
emptiness nor in non-duality, but in it all. Zen to me means choices. Zazen, koans, traffic,
work, home, parenting, Dharma talks, the community, and breath help me feel my way into the
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choices, the white spaces and the themes that I haven’t acknowledged before, actually I haven’t
known were there.
      Still, I believe that I am reactive and not so conscious most of the time. Thank goodness,
I come to sit on Mondays, sit at home some, attend retreats sometimes, and have this
community to remind me what I believe, but then ask me on Tuesday, <smile> and I might tell
you something completely different.

                     March 17th Buddhist Silent Meditation for Peace
                                      By Leee Overmann
        About forty members of the Springs Mountain Sangha, Rocky Mountain Insight,
Thubten Shedrub Ling Center, and Shining Mountain Sangha met on the morning of March
17 at the Colorado College’s Worner Center to meditate on peace.
        Outside, the day was perfect: glorious spring weather with a feel of “aliveness” in the
air, the kind that makes you feel glad to be right here, right now. The city streets bustled
with the gathering busy-ness of Saint Patrick’s Day and its associated parades and
demonstrations. The breeze brought the temperatures and noises inside the hall, which was
itself filled with an incredible—almost electric—energy. Yet Gaylord Hall was also peaceful
and still. The familiar sound of the bell that divided the periods of seated and walking
meditation served to enhance the quiet.
        I can’t say what others might have meditated on this morning, but for me, with a son
in the Army, I meditated on an end to war. I envisioned people putting down weapons and
embracing each other. I pictured children smiling up at both their parents.
        Carol Bruce-Fitz of the Shining Mountain Sangha closed the meditation with a poem
entitled “Peace” by Thich Nhat Hanh from his book, Call Me By My True Names (Parallax
Press, 1999).

They woke me this morning
to tell me my brother had been killed in battle.
Yet in the garden
a new rose, with moist petals uncurling,
blooms on the bush.
And I am alive,
still breathing the fragrance of roses and dung.
eating, praying, and sleeping.
When can I break my long silence?
When can I speak the unuttered words that are choking me?
        Author's note: This antiwar poem was written in Vietnam in 1964, when to
pronounce the word "peace" meant you were "communist," helping the communists, or just
defeatist. When Pham Duy, a well-known musician, put this poem to music, he used the
title "A Dream."

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       “The journey of a thousand leagues begins with a single step. So we must never
       neglect any work of peace within our reach, however small.” ~ Adlai E.

                                            Banda the Bodhisattva
                                                 by Judith Lee
        Immediately after euthanizing my dog Banda two weeks ago, I wrote this in my journal: “I see the
lessons but can’t learn from them.” She held up so many positive qualities for me to see, and I wouldn’t
take them to heart.
        For example, she had a huge, accepting heart. That’s actually the reason I adopted her. Run over
a couple times, shattered ankles, she let me administer painful treatment to her open wounds when she
first came into the shelter where I worked. No complaints, no biting, only a quiet willingness to bear it.
Any dog willing to take that deserved being adopted. And for the next eleven years, she walked on those
shattered ankles with gusto.
        Now, I can’t say I bite, but I definitely am not accepting of my pain. I sometimes wear my
physical and emotional scars like those sandwich-board advertisements: “look at me, I’m wounded.”
        And in spite of what the world doled out to her, she always met it with enthusiasm. Every car
with an open door was an opportunity for adventure. Completely grateful for those short walks when I
was grumpy about having to take her. Talk about “in the moment.”
        When first introducing her to people, I would always add, half-apologetically, “she’s got a small
brain, but a big heart.” That just shows my ego involvement in having a not-smart dog. But she didn’t
care. She also didn’t care that she was at the bottom of the pecking order, below five other dogs, and even
below my cat. She just kept enjoying the life that she had.
        As for me, can I ever learn that lesson? Will I ever stop trying to earn the favor of those imaginary
“others”? Can I hope to ever accept my supposed deficiencies and greet the world with such gusto?
        I’ll try, Banda.

                                     Steering Committee Update
                                            By Leee Overmann
      Mindfully meeting in March (the eleventh, to be exact), the Steering Committee opened the
meeting with soup. (What—you were expecting a koan? Koans for the stomach; soup for the soul!)
Present and partaking were Sarah, William, Pete, Elizabeth, Clay, Robert, and Leee.
        Robert provided the Treasure’s report, as well as the proposed budget prepared by the Finance
Committee. The budget will function as a statement of the Sangha’s goals and help realize the Sangha’s
vision. The Steering Committee reviewed and approved the proposed budget on a short-term basis and
recommended it for presentation to the Sangha for approval on a long-term basis. And, as you may
already know the Sangha membership approved the budget (see a fuller description of the March 12 all-
Sangha meeting below). The Finance Committee will review, adjust, and report the budget as needed
on a semi-annual basis and include it as a topic for discussion at the all-Sangha meetings.
       Andrew has graciously volunteered to be the Sangha’s publicity coordinator! He will be the
contact person for upcoming events and will help determine what needs publicity, priorities, scheduling,

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and deadlines. He will also contact people to make flyers and posters, contact media outlets, and
coordinate delivery of posters to specific places. His offer was gratefully accepted.
   April Retreat. Twelve full-time registrants plus Joan and five part-timers.
   Service Committee. Clay has several projects in mind and will schedule a Service Committee
   Meeting, probably in mid-April.
   Upcoming Events. There will be a Pan Buddhist gathering on May 5 with an hour of meditation for
   adults followed by activities for families with children. It will take place at Slocum Commons.
                             All-Sangha Meeting, March 12, Shove Chapel
        The Sangha met to discuss the
new budget on March 12 at Shove Chapel
(see picture at right). As the Sangha’s
Treasurer, Robert requested the meeting
because he wanted members to know
how the Sangha’s resources were being
used to further Sangha goals. He and the
new Finance Committee (David C., Clay
T., and Skip S.) discussed ways of
helping the community think about its
finances and formulated a budget to
assist this process. The budget will help
send forth the Sangha community vision,
especially for the future.
        The budget focuses on specific
goals and requires a higher level of
commitment than the current donations. It
calls for the Sangha to raise about fifty
percent more funds than last year, a goal
of $15,000 in contributions. Robert said that in six months time (September 2007), the Sangha would
review the budget and make revisions and adjustments as needed.
        Robert reviewed each line item in the budget supported out of contributions, including teacher
support (our first priority), communications (newsletter, telephone, and Web site), gifts, and supplies, and
new line items for service and facilities. He noted that fifty dollars per person per month would support
this budget; he noted that some members would not be able to do that much, and some would be able to
do more.
        A question and answer session explored various question, including dues, the Sangha’s nonprofit
status, and full disclosure in finances. The call for the vote followed. There was consensus, and the
budget stood approved by a quorum of members.
       William closed the meeting. Sarah offered thanks to Robert and said it feels like the community’s
energy is rising. She noted that we are involved in many activities, and the practice just keeps getting
stronger and deeper. To have a Service Committee and be thinking of our own place means that the
community is growing.
        I sent the full minutes of the all-Sangha meeting, including the approved budget, to the Sangha’s
list server. If you’d like a copy, please contact the Sangha’s Recording Secretary, Elizabeth, at

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                                                          the stone beneath you. I Am
     POEMS, REVIEWS, LETTERS                              your skin, your muscle, your bone.
                                                          But what is this?
Children who in Spring                                    I am the role you play. I Am
are taught to swallow anger                               the untamed confusion. I Am
                                                          the Crisis and the Savior.
quickly lose their wings.
                                                          Why is this?
                      ~ Lucinda                           3.
                                                          I lead you and bring you back.
                                                          I go with you and return with you.
          Poetry in Open Spaces                           I lift you from and secure you to
 (Presented in the meditation hall March 12)              the Foundation. The Vast Interior.
           As Wendall Berry said, "Nature poetry          Whose thought is this?
[meaning virtually all poetry] is a revelation of         4.
poetry that is [already] within the world." As I see      I am the nucleus. I Am
it, there is "poetry" all around us, poetry offering      Attraction, whom you have named Gravity,
itself to our open minds and heart, so we may             whom you have named Positive and Negative,
learn and share with others. The things of this           whom you have named Male and Female. I Am
world are in a constant process of saying, "I Am, I       the meeting place between flesh and stone. I Am
Am, I Am...," asserting their existence and                  the wild overflowing,
revealing themselves to us. However, I'm not              That breaks the levy.
sure we listen all the time. I know I don't. Or           What is it that understands this?
maybe we just don't ask the open-ended
questions that allow the process of speaking and          5.
listening in the first place. Consequently, we            I am the excuse for or against your self. I Am
might be missing out big time.                            the trickster, giving soft impressions. I Am
                                                          only the image of lightness. I Am
           Moreover, it's fun and interesting to          really stone disguised, veiled in fiber and the ten-
question what is possible, what the things of this           thousand strands.
world are actually able to do. Can they think?
Feel? Love? Have personalities? To bring this             I have confused your body.
into Zen practice, we could easily replace the            6.
word "poetry" (above) with the word "koans."              I am not your utensil. I Am
           From this place, I find myself asking,         Not your gadget. I Am
how did those present on Monday react or                  Not your apparatus. I Am
interact with the words on our cushions? How do           Your appendage.
we now?                                                   But what am I really?
           During the writing process of the              7.
following koan, I thought some about the words a          I am largely a decision of the body. I Am
meditation cushion (or chair) might say to all of         largely an act of the body. I Am
us (hence, the poems were taped on cushions).             largely a process of body. I Am
This was partially to encourage awareness                 your breath's bolster.
around the role and relationship we have with the         Whose body is this?
objects around us, but especially those objects
that literally and metaphorically "hold" our                     ~ Justin “that one blond-haired kid”
practices. In the process of writing, the dialogue I                                       Michelson
was having (with the cushion) expanded beyond
                                                                    Dear Readers, Justin graciously offered his Poetry
           Thanks for letting me share (the lines         in Open Spaces in the meditation hall on March 12. Please
are numbered, to indicate how they were divided           explore these stanzas and consider responding to them or
for the exercise on Monday):                              sharing your own though the pages of The dharma rag.
1.                                                                  Look for Justin’s remaining stanzas in the next
I am the clothes you are in. I Am                         issue, along with your responses!
the brick behind you. I Am                                                        ~ Your friendly editors

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MANY EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES!                                           WEEKLY SCHEDULE
                                                                   We meet at Shove Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada
                                                                   on the campus of Colorado College
           Details for SMS Events                                  Monday Evenings
  April 2007                                                       6:10 PM to 7:30 PM
  •   Precepts Study Kick-Off. Joan Sutherland:                           First Monday of the month: 30-minute Sutra
      Sunday, April 1, 3 PM, Sarah’s house. Follow-on
      sessions will be held on the following Sundays                      service, walking meditation, one 25-minute period
      (see the at-a-glance calendar for dates).                           of meditation
  •   Dharma Talk: “To Love the World                                     Second Monday: One 25-minute meditation
      Fiercely.” Joan Sutherland: Monday, April 2,                        period, walking meditation, followed by a social
      7:00 PM, Shove Chapel.                                              gathering
  •   Retreat: Spring Nectar Meditation                                   Third Monday: One 25-minute meditation
      Retreat with Joan Sutherland: Wednesday,
                                                                          period, walking meditation, followed by a dharma
      April 4 to Sunday, April 8 at the Franciscan
      Retreat Center in Colorado Springs. Robert King                     talk or reading
      will serve as registrar. Please contact him with                    Fourth Monday: Two 25-minute meditation
      questions or to register for the event at
                                                                          periods with a walking meditation in between
  •   WITR: Sarah will conduct WITR at her home                           Fifth Monday: Two 25-minute meditation
      on Friday, April 20, 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM, and                       periods with a walking meditation in between, or
      Sunday, April 29, from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM.                         one 25-minute meditation period, walking
      Please contact her at sbender@corb.com for an                       meditation, and the second meditation period will
      appointment.                                                        be replaced by a community member sharing a
  May 2007                                                                personal Zen practice experience: “Way-Seeking
  •   Event: Pan Buddhist gathering: In honor of the                      Mind.” If you'd like to take a turn, please
      Buddha’s birthday, which is May 2, area                             contact Sarah Bender to schedule.
      Buddhists will gather at Slocum Commons on
      the afternoon of Saturday, May 5 for an hour of              Wednesday Mornings
      meditation for adults, followed by activities for            6:00 AM to 7:00 AM
      families with children. Please contact Victoria
      Garrison at manchestervicky@hotmail.com for                  Saturday Mornings
      more information.
                                                                   6:30 AM to 8:30 AM
  •   Event: Big Mind Meditation II: Will be
      rescheduled in May the Woman’s Club. There                          Summer hours are 6:00 AM to 8:00   AM
      will be a morning meditation followed by the Big                    After the meditation, many of us walk to a
      Mind meditation.                                                    nearby coffee shop for breakfast
  •   WITR: Sarah will conduct WITR at her home
      on Friday, May 11, 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM, and                  Sunday
      Sunday, May 13, from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM.                    We often have steering committee meetings or
      Please contact her at sbender@corb.com for an                discussion groups or workshops
                                                                   Newcomers are welcome! Please come fifteen
  June 2007
                                                                   minutes early if you would like an orientation.
  •   All Day Retreat: Saturday, June 16, at the
      Woman’s Club, 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
                                                                            Please remember to check
     Dharma Talks given by SMS teachers are
  available on CD for $10.00 each. For a list of                              the Web site for changes
  available talks and to order, please contact
  Andrew at apalmer1@myway.com.                                                      and additions!
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                                                                    Out-of-State Events
Peter Matthiessen is a naturalist, novelist, co-
                                                             Pacific Zen Institute, Santa Rosa,
 founder of The Paris Review, and author of                  California (www.pacificzen.org)
    more than twenty works of fiction and
                                                             • PZI Sesshin, Sonoma County,
 nonfiction, including “The Snow Leopard,”
“At Play in the Fields of the Lord,” “Bone by
Bone,” “Blue Meridian,” and “In the Spirit of                       June 19–16 and October 13–20
    Crazy Horse.” He will speak at 7 PM                      • Koan Seminar with John Tarrant,
 Wednesday, May 2 in Packard Hall, 5 West                      Santa Rosa Center, California
          Cache La Poudre Street.
                                                                        May 26        July 21

                                                                     September 22   November 3

                                                             Open Source, www.joansutherland.net
                                                             • April 4–8: Spring Meditation
                                                               Retreat, Springs Mountain Sangha,
                                                               Colorado Springs, Colorado
                                                             • June 8–9: Koan Talk and Workshop,
                                                               Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, Carmel,
                                                             • July 25–29: Summer Meditation
                                                               Retreat, Mountain Cloud Zen Center,
                                                               Santa Fe, New Mexico. See
                                                             • October 1–7: Autumn Meditation
         Other Local Groups                                    Retreat, Springs Mountain Sangha,
                                                               Colorado Springs, Colorado
Wet Mountain Sangha (Pueblo)
                                                             • October 26–28: Koan Retreat,
•   Meets Wednesdays 6:00–8:00        PM                       Mountain Cloud Zen Center, Santa Fe,
    http://wetmountainsangha.org                               New Mexico. See
    (new hyperlink!)                                         • November 4–11: White Deer by
Rocky Mountain Insight                                         Moonlight Meditation Retreat,
                                                               Vedanta Society Retreat Center, Olema,
•   www.rockymountaininsight.org                               California
•   Metta meditations on Fridays
Fireweed Sangha
•   Robert Harkins, 719-540-8617
TSL Group
•   tslcolorado@yahoogroups.com
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              Sun                 Mon              Tue             Wed             Thu                Fri                  Sat
                  1                  2              3                    4           5                 6                    7
           Precept Study      Meditation & Sutra                 Meditation                                              Meditation
               Series              Service                      Shove Chapel                                            Shove Chapel
           Sarah’s House         Joan’s Talk                    6:00-7:00 AM                                            6:30-8:30 AM
                3 PM            Shove Chapel
                                6:10-8:00 PM                                   Spring Sesshin with Joan Sutherland

                  8                  9             10                11             12                13                   14
                                Meditation &                     Meditation                                              Meditation
                              Community Night                   Shove Chapel                                            Shove Chapel
               Retreat          Shove Chapel                    6:00-7:00 AM                                            6:30-8:30 AM
               (cont’d)         6:15-7:30 PM                                                                             Followed by
                                                                                                                         breakfast @

                  15                16             17                18             19                20                   21
           Precept Study
               Series         Meditation & Talk                  Meditation                            WITR              Meditation
            Sarah’s House       Shove Chapel                    Shove Chapel                       Sarah’s House        Shove Chapel
                 3 PM           6:15-7:30 PM                    6:00-7:00 AM                     9:00 AM-12:30 PM       6:30-8:30 AM
          Steering Meeting                                                                                               Followed by
            Woman’s Club                                                                                                 breakfast @
            4:00-6:00 PM                                                                                                  Wooglin’s

                  22                23             24                25             26                27                   28
           Precept Study         Meditation                      Meditation                                              Meditation
               Series           Shove Chapel                    Shove Chapel                                            Shove Chapel
           Sarah’s House        6:15-7:30 PM                    6:00-7:00 AM                                            6:30-8:30 AM
                3 PM                                                                                                     Followed by
                                                                                                                         breakfast @

                  29                30
                WITR             Meditation &
            Sarah’s House       “Way-Seeking
           12:30 PM-2:30 PM       Mind” Talk

2007        Precept Study
            Sarah’s House
                                 Shove Chapel
                                 6:15-7:30 PM

                 3 PM

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                 Sun               Mon             Tue             Wed           Thu        Fri                 Sat
                                                    1                    2        3           4                   5
                                                                 Meditation                                   Meditation
                                                                Shove Chapel                                 Shove Chapel
                                                                6:00-7:00 AM                                 6:30-8:30 AM
                                                               Happy birthday,
                                                                  Buddha!                             Pan Buddhist Gathering
                                                                                                          Slocom Commons

                  6                   7             8                    9       10          11                  12
            Precept Study        Meditation &                    Meditation                   WITR            Meditation
                Series           Sutra Service                  Shove Chapel              Sarah’s House      Shove Chapel
            Sarah’s House        Shove Chapel                   6:00-7:00 AM           9:00 AM-12:30 PM      6:30-8:30 AM
                 3 PM            6:15-7:30 PM                                                                 Followed by
                                                                                                              breakfast @

                 13                  14            15                16          17          18                  19
                 WITR            Meditation &                    Meditation                                  Meditation
             Sarah’s House     Community Night                  Shove Chapel                                Shove Chapel
            12:30 PM-2:30 PM     Shove Chapel                   6:00-7:00 AM                                6:30-8:30 AM
             Precept Study       6:15-7:30 PM                                                                Followed by
                 Series                                                                                      breakfast @
             Sarah’s House                                                                                    Wooglin’s
                  3 PM

                 20                  21            22                23          24          25                  26
            Precept Study      Meditation & Talk                 Meditation                                  Shove Chapel
                Series           Shove Chapel                   Shove Chapel                                 6:30-8:30 AM
             Sarah’s House       6:15-7:30 PM                   6:00-7:00 AM                              Breakfast-Wooglin’s
                  3 PM
           Steering Meeting                                                                                All Day Retreat
             Woman’s Club                                                                                  The Woman’s Club
             4:00-6:00 PM                                                                                  9:30 AM-4:30 PM

                 27                  28            29                30          31

2007        Precept Study
            Sarah’s House
                 3 PM
                                 Shove Chapel
                                 6:15-7:30 PM
                                                                Shove Chapel
                                                                6:00-7:00 AM

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                     Sun                Mon             Tue                   Wed        Thu   Fri            Sat
                                                                                               1                2
                                                                                                          Shove Chapel
                                                                                                          6:30-8:30 AM
                                                                                                           Followed by
                                                                                                           breakfast @

                       3                   4             5                     6          7    8                9
                                      Meditation &                         Meditation                      Meditation
                                      Sutra Service                       Shove Chapel                    Shove Chapel
                                      Shove Chapel                        6:00-7:00 AM                    6:30-8:30 AM
                                      6:15-7:30 PM                                                         Followed by
                                                                                                           breakfast @

                      10                  11            12                    13         14    15             16
                 Steering Meeting     Meditation &                         Meditation                      Shove Chapel
                      Retreat       Community Night                       Shove Chapel                    6:30-8:30 AM
                   Sarah’s House      Shove Chapel                        6:00-7:00 AM                  Breakfast-Wooglin’s
                  9:00am-4:00 PM      6:15-7:30 PM
                                                                                                        All Day Retreat
                                                                                                        The Woman’s Club
                                                                                                        9:30 AM-4:30 PM

                      17                  18            19                    20         21    22             23
                                    Meditation & Talk                      Meditation                      Meditation
                                      Shove Chapel                        Shove Chapel                    Shove Chapel
                                      6:15-7:30 PM                        6:00-7:00 AM                    6:30-8:30 AM
                                                                                                           Followed by
                                                                                                           breakfast @

                      24                  25            26                    27         28    29             30
                                       Meditation                          Meditation                      Meditation

2007                                  Shove Chapel
                                      6:15-7:30 PM
                                                                          Shove Chapel
                                                                          6:00-7:00 AM
                                                                                                          Shove Chapel
                                                                                                          6:30-8:30 AM
                                                                                                           Followed by
                                                                                                           breakfast @

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