Upcoming Classes at the Dharma Center

Scroll down to see all our upcoming classes and workshops, listed in chronological order. These listings are color coded:
Insight Meditation events are in Blue,
Zen events are in Black
and Tibetan Events are in Maroon.
Green listings are multi-lineage events.

(These color codings are for reference as to the lineage source or orientation of the teacher, but all events are open to all practitioners.)

Please remember to avoid fragrances and scented products of any kind when attending classes, groups or events at the Dharma Center.  (This includes strong laundry soap fragrances which remain in your clothing.)  Many people have fragrance allergies or chemical sensitivities and we ask your support in providing a fragrance-free environment.  Thank you!

An Introduction to Insight Meditation

Saturday, May 26
9:45 am – 1:00 pm

with Tempel Smith

You are invited for a morning of basic instructions and Q&A with Tempel Smith.  Come meet our teacher-in-residence and get a basic understanding of the path of Insight meditation.  All are welcome.  No prior experience or registration required.

Dependent Origination

Class for Experienced Students Only

May 29; June 5, June 12
7:00 – 8:45 pm

with visiting teacher, Tempel Smith


Considered the highest teaching the Buddha offered, Dependent Origination describes the workings of karma, emptiness, non-self, conditionality, why we are stuck in samsara and how we truly break free. Yet very few students in North America have the opportunity to study these teachings, especially from a practice and experiential dimension.  During these three classes we will have a chance to explore Dependent Origination as it arises in our daily lives and how to use these teachings to break free of these imprisoning mental patterns.

Registration for this series will be available over the BDC website mid-April.
(Note: “Experienced Students” are those who have attended at least two residential retreats of 5 or more nights, in any Buddhist lineage.)

This is an event in the summer practice period.  To find out about other summer practice period offerings, click here.

Limitless Expressions of the Heart

May 30; June 6, 13, 20
7:00 – 8:45 pm

with visiting teacher, Tempel Smith

The Buddha taught four limitless expressions of a free heart called the Brahma Viharas: loving-kindness, compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity. These warm, clear, and expansive qualities of heart are both tastes of the path to freedom and the outcome of awakening. Within these four Brahma Viharas are many other beautiful tones of heart such as gratitude, forgiveness, loyalty, generosity, etc.  We will practice and develop one Brahma Vihara per week.

May 30:  Loving-Kindness – Metta
June 6:  Compassion – Karuna
June 13:  Empathetic Joy – Mudita
June 20:  Equanimity – Upekkha

Drop in, open to all. No prior experience or registration required. Come to any or all, as you are able. Offered for a suggested, sliding scale contribution.

Tempel Smith began practicing meditation in 1989 at Insight Meditation Society (IMS). He has taught meditation and Buddhist psychology since 2001 and is a senior teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, leading retreats and directing their dedicated practitioner program.

For more information on the Bozeman Insight Community, please visit their website.

This is an event in our summer practice period.  To learn more about other practice period offerings, click here.

Our Streamed Programs are also highly recommended for beginners or those relatively new to these practices.  These are offered without prior registration- come and check it out, leave when you want or need to.  For more on these pre-recorded workshops please click here…

 The Dharma Center provides a safe and inclusive environment for anyone and everyone to pursue the cultivation of wisdom and compassion.

All people