May 18 – 22 Retreat


Bodhisattva is a Sanskrit word meaning “awakened.”  Such a person is liberating all sentient beings from suffering even at the cost of delaying their own enlightenment.

A Bodhisattva Reads the News

 How would such an accomplished Dharma practitioner read today’s news? How might an awakened person respond to the persistent barrage of aggression and deprivation confronting us today?

At this retreat, we’ll explore how two revered Dharma texts proclaim sanity, even in the midst of global madness: Shantideva’s The Way of the Bodhisattva, composed in 8th-century India, and The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva, by 13th-century Tibetan master Tokmé Zongpo.

Please join us for a study and practice intensive aimed at joining our energies with bodhisattvas of every tradition and culture who, like us, aspire to pacify the suffering of our world.


A five-day retreat dedicated to exploring how our Dharma practice can help us navigate these difficult times with effectiveness and grace.


In the Black Forest at

Benet Hill Monastery

3190 Benet Lane

Colorado Springs


Wednesday May 18, 5 PM to Sunday May 22, 3 PM


Dharma Works is a Colorado Springs-based group dedicated to the practical application of the

Buddha’s teachings in our everyday lives.

Director Jennifer Woodhull, PhD is an upadhyaya (minister in the Shambhala tradition) and a close student of teacher and author Pema Chödrön.

She has studied and practiced Vajrayana Buddhism for 38 years and has taught in the U.S. and South Africa since 1996.


Costs as listed on the registration form include lodging, tuition; additional dana optional.

Please register by April 18th.

All 12 meals will be available in the Benet Hill dining hall, at a total cost of $120.

You may bring some or all of your own meals, to be eaten at your lodgings.

The cost of these meals will be added to your lodging and tuition fee at the following rates:

each breakfast: $5;  each midday meal (largest) $14;  each evening meal $11.

For more information, contact Ellie at

  O N G O I N G   E V E N T S

Join Us

for meaningful teachings and discussions on Sunday evenings, 6-7:30ish pm. Wood is starting a new series on March 15, 2022.  All are welcome to join us regardless of the week you join.


The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva


Recommended study references

*Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche: The Heart of Compassion

*HH the 17th Karmapa: Traveling the Path of Compassion

*Dzatrul Ngawang Tenzin Norbu: A Guide to the Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva

*Thubten Chodron: The Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva

Ken McLeod: Reflections on Silver River

Barbara Du Bois: Brave, Generous, & Undefended

*Text can be found at this link

(Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche Root Text is on page 29)

Visit the resource page for recorded teachings.

Contact us for more information.


Wood is offering lojong teachings for sangha in South Africa. These gatherings are scheduled on the first and third Sundays of the month at 6 PM during US daylight savings, South African time (10 AM Mountain Time). 
This option offers a different time for people who have difficultly making it on any given Sunday evening, and is also an opportunity to go back to earlier lojong slogans they may have missed.
All are welcome to join us at these online gatherings.

Click on the WhatsApp group link,
if you’re interested.

Needless to say, it’s fine to attend both gatherings!

M O R E   R E S O U R C E S

Weekly Zoom Gatherings

Join us for our weekly sangha meeting on Zoom at 6 PM every Sunday evening. Click below to hear recordings of previous talks.


We’re fortunate to have access to many excellent Dharma books. The few featured here represent a more or less random selection of those we’ve found particularly helpful. The emphasis on Chögyam Trungpa’s and Pema Chodron’s books reflects the inspiration of our lineage.

Private Dharma Counseling

Dharma counseling is a form of personal support based on Buddhist insights, ethics, and practices. Our teacher, Jennifer Woodhull, has an active Dharma counseling practice. Please indicate in the “message” space of our contact form that you would like to explore this possibility.