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| PO BOX 444 Manitou Spgs CO 80829-0444
Bodhimind Center is headquartered in Manitou Spgs, CO, and is a 501(c)(3) organization. EIN: 26-4784307. Donations are tax-deductible. The IRS' NTEE classification is Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations within the Human Services - Multipurpose and Other category. The IRS ruling year for tax exemption was 2014.
(Source: IRS Business Master File and Form 990)
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BodhiMind Center's mission is to contribute to individual and community well-being by nurturing the growth of wisdom and compassion through educational and spiritual programs rooted in, but not limited to, the values and practices of the Buddhist tradition. Our regular attendees include people who identify as Christian, as Jewish, as atheist or agnostic, and as Buddhist. We offer all people opportunities to enrich their intellectual lives through lectures, seminars and book groups, and ways to deepen spiritually by identifying and by practicing methods for intentionally cultivating specific spiritual virtues. “Bodhimind” is a traditional Buddhist term for an attitude that strives to help awaken all beings to their fullest potential for insight, freedom and love. BodhiMind Center seeks to share the riches of the Buddhist tradition with all interested and to foster a community of people dedicated to integrating Buddhist teachings and practices into their daily lives, whether those people self-identify as Buddhist or not. We understand Buddhist practices to work toward the cultivation of universal qualities of kindness, compassion, and wisdom. While drawing deep inspiration primarily from the teachings of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, BodhiMind Center is nonsectarian in spirit and welcomes people who share in the vision of deepening our capacities for more skillful and compassionate living. In our ten years of operation we have both expanded our programs and dramatically increased the number of attendees. We are now implementing ways to make our program offerings more regular, to refine and strengthen our communication processes and to raise funds to purchase our own property (rather than borrowing a space from Colorado College). We aim to become a prominent, secular resource in the Pikes Peak region for the study and practice of Buddhist ideals.
For several years running we have had two meetings every week: Tuesdays at 5:30 pm and Saturdays at 9 am. Without paying for any media promotions (other than our website), weekly attendance has tripled in the past five years, likely only from word-of-mouth and internet searches for “meditation.” Our basic approach of doing what we do well with integrity and consistency has allowed more and more people to benefit from our programs. We have seasoned scholars and practitioners of Buddhism who offer instruction in philosophy and in concrete forms of practice, but we do not limit ourselves to one lineage or interpretation. We offer people guidance toward learning about Buddhist ideas and practices without any restrictions from orthodoxy. We have also created a community of people united by their interest in benefitting from the study of Buddhism. This social dimension is also important to many who attend our gatherings. We also host regular special events. Several times a year we offer workshops and seminars led by local experts, and at least once every year we invite a Buddhist monk (from India) to teach for a week or so. A year-end holiday party has become a renowned treat, with an average of fifty people attending. We also regularly invite scholars or monastic Buddhist teachers from within the U.S. to offer weekend workshops and the like. Lastly, we have maintained a regular book study group and an outdoor (hiking) group. Our eclectic offerings draw lots of people.
For the past several years Colorado College has generously allowed us to use – three times per week – a building on its campus for our events. This is made possible by our Director, David Gardiner’s, being a professor of religion at the College. Prof. Gardiner’s expertise in Buddhist studies, combined with his more than 35 years of meditation practice and his extensive network of living resources, provide BodhiMind Center with strong leadership. For large events – such as a Sand Mandala Tour we sponsored last year performed by three visiting Tibetan Buddhist monks – we benefit immensely from our connection with Colorado College, which has offered us appropriate spaces and helped our events both through helpful staff members and an effective PR engine. On occasion these events serve to fundraise for a Buddhist monastery or a children’s school in India. BodhiMind Center events have raised over $50,000 for three different non-profits in India. We also have a very active working Board whose members assist in maintaining our website, putting out a weekly newsletter and keeping alive both our Facebook and Meetup webpages. Lastly, our strong relationship with other, more traditional Buddhist groups in the region allow us to create events – such as last year’s and this year’s annual Buddha Day festival (which BodhiMind Center organizes) – that reach hundreds of people each year outside our regular attendees. In the future we hope to offer a large annual retreat (we have held a few but not every year) and an increased curriculum of classes in both textual study and in meditation. BodhiMind Center also intends to begin a fundraising drive within the next year to purchase our own property so that can continue to grow without the limitations of borrowing a space from the College.
We have already seen significant growth in weekly attendance. Since our primary means of promotion is word-of-mouth, it is clear that an increasing number of people find our offerings helpful. Our recently expanded Board of Directors has also begun to articulate clear plans for our future growth that have energized the Board as well as some of our regular volunteers. This represents a new surge of creative energy that holds a strong sense of purpose. We hold Board meetings at least once per quarter and have an annual meeting with all interested members to garner feedback. Thus, we continually assess our work. Our next major project will be to begin a capital campaign for acquiring a property. When this campaign succeeds, we will have moved to a new and significant stage in our growth.
BodhiMind Center has become a spiritual home for an increasingly large number of people in the Pikes Peak region. Our various weekly programs and special events held throughout the year bring together hundreds of people who share a commitment to learning from Buddhist traditions. This concentration of the energies of many into a recognizable community with shared spiritual values – a community that is not expressly religious in nature – is a wonderful accomplishment and a contribution to the betterment of the civic life of our region. In addition to expanding our programming and acquiring our own property, we continue to work mindfully on the challenge of balancing the secular and the religiously oriented impulses of our organization. While BodhiMind Center welcomes those in our community who identify as being religiously Buddhist, and we wish to nurture their aims, we also offer all our programs freely without any expectation that attendees adopt a religious framework. So far, we have fairly successfully supported persons with both orientations – whether religiously Buddhist or secular – to feel at home in our community. Maintaining such openness of spirit and breadth in our programs will continue to be our commitment and our challenge.
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