Begin your journey of self-transformation through meditation and the cultivation of mindfulness in the Vipassana tradition

Posted By admin on January 17th, 2010

The way of the Buddha is to know yourself;
To know yourself is to forget yourself;
To forget yourself is to be awakened by all things. Dogen - Thirteenth Century Zen Monk


Programs & Schedule

Special Event: Taos Mountain Sangha and Open Heart Sangha are pleased to announce: Chado New Mexico will be offering a Japanese Tea Ceremony to help us celebrate the opening of Taos Center for Mindfulness and Meditation.

April 12th, 9 a.m. start (Please arrive early to get settled before sit)
20 minute sit.
Bowl of Tea offered on the altar to bless the space
Tea served to all participants
10:30 (or so) conclusion.

The Japanese “Tea Ceremony” is more than simply a sip of tea. The selection of utensils used for tea-preparation and the purification of these utensils before making tea creates an atmosphere of quietude, gratitude, and open-heartedness. Serving a bowl of powdered-green tea (”matcha” in Japanese) to another is like serving a piece of one’s heart. After sitting in meditation, sipping foamy green tea is quite refreshing and uplifting. Please join us in a special tea gathering in our new Meditation Center.

Donations kindly received and appreciated. For more information contact Barbara Sheppard at bjsheppard@taosnet.com

Wednesday Evenings -6:30 to 8:30PM - Sit and Dharma Talk - all are welcome.

Tuesday 4:00 to 5:30 PM Study Group - all are welcome. A great opportunity to explore teachings of the Buddha in print or recorded form. Please bring your own tea mug.

SPRING PRACTICE PERIOD - Thursdays from April 3rd to May 22nd, 3:00to 5:00 PM.

Barbara Sheppard or Mary Simonini will ring bells for alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation. No instructions or dharma talk - just an opportunity for anyone to practice in silence. You may stay for all or any part of meditation period; entering or departing in silence is a courtesy to all. Meditators from all traditions are welcome.


Beginner-intermediate meditation classes, non-residential retreats and special classes are offered at various times throughout the year.  For more information on non-residential retreats and special classes see our monthly newsletter or visit TaosMountainSangha.org.

Please see Scholarship Page on this website.

Dana - The Practice of Generosity

Taos Mountain Sangha is supported solely by dana.  Dana (pronounced “dah-na”) is a Pali word meaning generosity.  Dating back to the time of the Buddha, there has existed interdependence between those who offer the teachings and those who receive them.  The teachings are given freely, since they are considered priceless.

Taos Mountain Sangha also offers opportunity for people to become Sustaining Members with a pledge of dana on a regular basis.  Inquiries may be made to the President of the Sangha.