Dog Policy


We strongly discourage people bringing their dogs.

Dhamma Dena is in the open desert with quite a bit of wildlife including rabbits, coyotes, wild dogs and rattle snakes and the possibility of them being harmed in unfamiliar surroundings is high. Due to several incidents with dogs fighting we have had to change our dog policy.

While we honor the history of Ruth Denison having dogs here we currently do not have the capacity to cover dogs in our insurance and their presence is frequently disruptive to the Noble Silence that is part of our practice.

If you absolutely need to bring your dog please check in with the manager first and we ask that it be very well trained and on a leash at all times. If you have a service animal as described in the American Disabilities Act they are welcome.

Thank you for understanding and we apologize for what may seem like an inconvenient change in policy.