How Can We Help?
Curious about Buddhism? Want to learn how to meditate? Interested in connecting with a group of heartfelt, spiritually active practitioners? Dharma Works is always open to new faces and voices. Whether you just want to sit quietly with your mind, learn more about the buddhadharma, or compare notes on bringing your practice into everyday life, drop by and see if Dharma Works works for you.
Is Dharma Works for You?
Perhaps you’ve heard a little about Buddhism, and are curious to know more. Maybe you’re a long-time practitioner, looking for a sangha to support your practice. Whatever drew you to this website, we invite you to join us at one of our regular gatherings. These are online at the moment; contact us through the form at the bottom of this page for the information you’ll need to log in. We look forward to meeting you, and to including you in our ongoing exploration of the profound and liberating Dharma.
Where/When Do We Meet?
Current pandemic conditions have moved our weekly gatherings online. We typically meet via Zoom and spend our first half-hour meditating together. Then Wood gives a talk—currently, on one of the lojong, or mind training, slogans—and we finish up with discussion (often lively!).
We miss our real-time, real-place gatherings, of course; but the upside of the online environment is that you can join us from literally anywhere in the world. To be a part of our sangha gatherings, fill in the contact box below, and we’ll send you a link. We’ll be glad to see you!
We Western Dharma practitioners enjoy a wealth of study resources in the form of books, magazines, and online audio and video teachings. Those listed on our “Resources” page (see link, above) reflect the inspiration of our lineage, as well as the insights of other authentic and brilliant teachers. There are plenty of other great Dharma resources, of course; the ones listed here simply offer some directions for you to explore.
Jennifer “Wood” Woodhull has studied and practiced the Dharma since 1984. Her root guru is Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the founder of Shambhala in the West. Accordingly, her Buddhist training is primarily influenced by his Tibetan Kagyu, Nyingma, and Rimé lineages. Wood’s close teacher is American-born nun, teacher, and prolific author Pema Chödrön. She has also received teachings from the Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Lama Tsultrim Allione, and other Vajrayāna teachers.
Wood has taught extensively in her home country of South Africa. She currently volunteers as a chaplain at La Vista Correctional Facility, a women’s prison in Pueblo, Colorado. She is an upadhyaya, or Shambhala Buddhist minister, and holds a doctorate in religious studies. In addition to her activities with Dharma Works, Wood maintains a private counseling practice based on Buddhist ethics and practices.
The Dharma Thrives with Your Support.
In Asian countries, the Dharma is seen as an essential service, like food or medical care. Thus, communities support their teachers as a matter of course. Dharma teachers don’t enjoy that kind of support here in the West. Yet teachers have their own bills to pay and their own teachers to support. If the Western sangha is to survive and thrive, it will take all of our material participation.
Dana, a Sanskrit word meaning “generosity,” is often used to describe financial offerings made in appreciation of Dharma teachings. The dana you contribute here goes directly to our teacher. If you feel you have benefited from her teachings, please consider contributing.
Generosity is the first of the paramitas, or practices that take one to the “other shore” of realization. Thus, the act of giving is said to benefit the giver as much as—and possibly even more than—it does the recipient.
As for how much to offer, it’s traditionally suggested that you give just a little more than feels comfortable. This might be as little as a dollar; the amount is not relevant to this practice.
Whatever you choose to offer, Dharma Works thanks you for your generosity.