September 20th, 2020 Daylong for BIPOC with Pawan Bareja

For more information on BIPOC Daylong Retreat click here.

This retreat is open to all self-identified BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color).

We are all interconnected and interdependent. This is immediately evident during our current pandemic and protests to bring awareness to issues of race and systemic injustice in our society. Yet, our old wounds and past traumas may sometimes interfere with our heart’s desire to support non-harming, respect, and interdependence. Using somatic and mindfulness practices, we’ll explore ways to cultivate resiliency, safety and kindness to balance inner and outer stressors. We’ll develop tools to reconnect to our own inner sources of strength, peace, and empowerment, which will enable us to develop resilience and sustain happiness in the midst of current events.

Our time together will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, movement, written reflection, mindful self-care, connection in community, and Q&A.

Please register in advance:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining through zoom.

This is a donation/dana based retreat. There will be opportunities to offer voluntary monetary contributions for the teachings at the close of the course.

Saturday Morning Support SANGHA

We would like to invite any self-identified Black, Indigenous, People of Color to join us in our Saturday Morning Support Sangha. This is a peer led group that meets every Saturday morning from 10am to 11am, Pacific Daylight Time

We start with a brief welcome, then a 30 minute sit in silence with a metta offering, followed by a brief update on what’s happening at Dhamma Dena, and then a sharing centered on a dharma teaching, and close with a dedication of merit. People can feel free to bow out after the 30 minute sit or stay for the whole hour.

Saturdays: 10-11 am PDT

Zoom ID: 882 7807 3424

Register in advance for this meeting:

Click here to register

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We will be online starting at 9:45 to help you log on / sound check :)

Audio Offerings from our Sangha

Join The Conversation

Dhamma Dena BIPOC Sangha has a google group where we share resources, organize and seek support from the sangha, and post updates relating to Dhamma Dena. To post to this group, send email to

It can also be accessed here: This is a google group / listserv for Dhamma Dena People of Color Sangha, past, present and future. Feel free to add folks. You can also get in touch at

Friends are the path

We are a very small organization that centers supporting the Vipassana meditation retreats and dharma practices for BIPOC and queer communities. If you would like to be a part of future programming, as students or volunteers, please contact

Discussion Topics

We choose themes for discussion, and each week a sangha members prepares to ground and lightly guide our discussion after the sit. These are the topics we have covered since beginning to sit on Saturday mornings together, in April 2020.

April 18th - The First Noble Truth

April 25th - The Second Noble Truth

May - Four Noble Truths & The Eight Fold Path

May 2nd - The Third Noble Truth

May 9th - The Fourth Noble Truth

May 16th - Wise View

May 23rd - Wise Resolve

May 30th - Wise Speech

June - The Eight Fold Path

June 6th - Wise Action

June 13th - Wise livelihood

June 20th - Wise effort

June 27th - Wise mindfulness

July - Taking Refuge in the Triple Gem

July 4th - Samadhi / Wise Concentration

July 11th - The Buddha

July 18th - The Dharma

July 25th - The Sangha

August - The Five Hindrances

August 1st - Sensual desire

August 8th - Anger

August 15th - Sloth, torpor & boredom

August 22nd - Restlessness & worry

August 29th - Doubt