Dhamma Dena Roof/Siding Repair Fund

Dear Friends of Dhamma Dena Meditation Center,

Dhamma Dena has been a refuge for thousands of students for over 45 years and needs your help to continue in our mission.

Powerful winter storms brought beautiful desert flowers and visible leaks in all of our buildings. We are dropping everything so we can put a new roof on Samadhi House, and replace the siding on the main house before the monsoon rains come in July. We found a trusted local contractor who is available and we need to jump on this opportunity.

$30,000 will cover the costs to take off the existing roof, remove any damaged plywood underneath, reroof and insulate the existing propane pipes that run along the roof. The Main House siding on the back wall and part of the front and side walls have degenerated so that you can see some of the internal walls.

We hope you will join us to raise the roof!

We are a Vipassana Buddhist Center situated in the Mojave Desert of California, near Palm Springs and Joshua Tree National Park. It was founded almost forty years ago by pioneer Buddhist teacher Ruth Denison, one of only four westerners initiated as a teacher by the eminent Burmese meditation master Sayagyi U Ba Khin. The center is named for Dhammadinna, a female disciple of the Buddha renowned for her wisdom.

May Dhamma Dena Meditation Center stay alive to support all of us finding our way to liberation.


Dhamma Dena Meditation Center is dedicated to supporting and awakening our capacity to love unconditionally and wisely. Through silent retreats, work retreats, self-retreats or as staff we orient towards building the strength to live our lives free of the clouds of anxiety, fear, obsessions, depression and confusion. We understand that the practice of transforming these energies benefits ourselves, our loved ones and our immediate communities, and ripples outward to the world. We care about ending ignorance and injustice in societal institutions and policies that sustains inequity, disenfranchisement, and the destruction of the earth.

Dhamma Dena is committed to building accessibility by supporting all those who want to come to the center, those who are people of color, transgender, gay, lesbian, queer, gender non-conforming, those who have immigrated, those who live with physical disability, those with chemical sensitivity, and those without financial resources. We are dedicated to building beloved community where all parts of ourselves feel welcome and honored.

You can offer support through our GoFundMe campaign below. Thank you.

or send a check to PO Box 183, Joshua Tree, CA 92252

Joy Harjo writes in one of her poems for calling the Spirit Back,

“….Welcome your spirit back from its wonderings. It may return in pieces, in tatters. Gather them together. They will be happy to be found after being lost for so long.

…Then, you must do this: help the next person find their way through the dark.”

May Dhamma Dena Meditation Center stay alive to support all of us finding our way to liberation.