Newsletter 46 | July 5, 2019
Tim Desmond a Student of Thich Nhat Hanh

Tim Desmond is an esteemed Buddhist scholar, psychotherapist, author, Distinguished Faculty Scholar at Antioch University New England, and student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Co-founder of Morning Sun Mindfulness Center, he lives in Alstead, NH, and teaches mindfulness and self-compassion practices to professional and popular audiences around the world.

Do you struggle with stress or negativity? Cutting-edge research shows that self-compassion is not only a skill anyone can strengthen through practice but also one of the strongest predictors of mental health and wellness. Learn how mindfulness-based self-compassion practices can help you find greater health, peace, emotional stability, and joy.

Using techniques cultivated from his teacher, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, along with work in several distinct fields including neurobiology, cognitive neuroscience, psychotherapy outcome research, and positive psychology Tim integrates traditional Buddhist teachings and mindfulness with cutting-edge science to create effective ways to bridge the gap between the ancient tradition of mindfulness and modern life. Mindfulness isn't about separating ourselves from the problems in the world. Instead, it is about re-learning how to get out there, connect with the suffering of every living being and in doing so, embrace our own personal suffering, let go, and move on.
Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison

Koshin's new book "Whole Hearted" is now available at Buddha for You inside the DBT.

Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, MFA, LMSW, DMIN, co-founded the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, the first Zen-based organization to offer fully accredited ACPE clinical chaplaincy training in America. NYZCCC delivers contemplative approaches to care through education, direct service, and meditation practice. Paley Ellison is the academic advisor for the Buddhist students in the Master in Pastoral Care and Counseling program at NYZCCC’s education partner, New York Theological Seminary. He has served as the co-director of Contemplative Care Services for the Department of Integrative Medicine and as the chaplaincy supervisor for the Pain and Palliative Care Department at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center, where he also served on the Medical Ethics Committee. He is currently on the faculty of the University of Arizona Medical School’s Center for Integrative Medicine’s Integrative Medicine Fellowship, and he is a visiting professor at the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, of the University of Texas Health Science Center of Houston Medical School. Paley Ellison is a dynamic, original, and visionary leader and teacher.

Koshin is the author of Wholehearted: Slow Down, Help Out, Wake Up (Wisdom Publications, 2019). He is also the co-editor of Awake at the Bedside: Contemplative Teachings on Palliative and End of Life Care (Wisdom Publications, 2016). His work has been featured in the New York Times, PBS, Tricycle and others. Through his six years of training at the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association as well as clinical contemplative training at both Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center and NewYork Presbyterian Medical Center which culminated in his role as an ACPE Certified Educator, chaplain, and Jungian psychotherapist. He began his formal Zen training in 1987, and he is a recognized Soto Zen Teacher by the American Zen Teachers Association, White Plum Asanga, and Soto Zen Buddhist Association. He serves on the Board of Directors at the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care and Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.
Zen (Meditation) Rock Garden coming soon to the front of the Dharma Bum Temple. Our version of the world famous Ryoan-Ji in Kyoto, Japan. It will be nice to have an outdoor meditation space for all to enjoy.

We spent more than 2 years taking care of everything inside the Dharma Bum Temple. Now it is finally time to give some much needed love to the outside garden area. This will be a work in progress but we are excited to see it to a beautiful completion. Stay tuned for details as we work to transform the front of the Temple. - Click here for more information Ryoan-Ji
Free Movie Night
Enlightenment Guaranteed
Friday July 5th at 7pm

Two brothers want to get their screwed-up lives together by going to Japan for a retreat in a Zen monastery. En route, their midlife crisis turns into a midnight crisis when they get lost in Tokyo's neon jungle and can't find the way back to their hotel. It's down and out in Asia's brave new world. With no credit cards, directions, and with no Yen in their pockets, they wander through an alien environment where the simplest everyday thing becomes a major, if often comical, challenge. Soon both realize that they have to leave their ordinary lives behind and are on a voyage to themselves. Click here for movie Trailer!
Day of Silence Retreat
Saturday July 6th at 8am-12pm

A half-day of meditation is an opportunity to explore the meditation practice in consecutive periods focusing, dwelling, contemplating and relaxing into silence. This time will be perfect for beginners and for those already established in their meditation practice.

Periods of seated meditation, walking meditation, temple cleaning and community tea will all be carried out in silence. You will enter the Temple in silence and you will leave in silence, creating the opportunity at the end to return your day in silence.
Singing Bowl Meditation
Sunday July 7th at 2pm

We welcome back Damien Rose for another beautiful Singing Bowl Meditation at the Dharma Bum Temple!
The sound of Tibetan singing bowls might be described as complex purity. Within the sound that is heard when the bowl is struck, there exists the “anahat nad,” the “unstruck sound” that can be a representation of the indwelling spirit – hidden, yet fully alive and beautiful. Damien Rose, a musician and healer, uses the sounds of the bowls to evoke communion with the eternal and lead listeners into a state of deep peace and relaxation that promotes healing and well-being.
DBT Family Sangha
2nd & 4th Saturday at 9am
Next Meeting: Saturday June 13th at 9am


Parents come experience meditation and discussion with other parents. Meanwhile the kids (toddlers to 12) will have classes downstairs learning about compassion, patience and morality through reading, crafts and activities. We will also be planning gatherings and social activities as to bring our community together. It takes a village!  
Dharma Bum Teens
Every Sunday at 12pm

Dharma Bum Teens meets every Sunday at 12pm for meditation and discussion. Led by Delta Beta Tau students from SDSU, we explore how generosity, morality, patience, diligence, concentration and wisdom play out in our lives.
 Recorded Special Event with Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Ajaan Geoff)

Filmed live at the Dharma Bum Temple on Thursday June 13th. This was a beautiful talk.

New Recording from Jeff's Class: Intro to Buddhism and Meditation

Check out the newest meditation and Dharma Talk from Jeff Zlotnik recorded Tuesday July 2nd at 7pm.
New Shrine Statues: From Creation to Blessing

In 2018, leading up to our one-year anniversary in the new Temple building, a lovely couple, long-time community members who spend a lot of time in the main hall, approached us. They said they wanted to help complete and create a really special place at the front of main meditation hall. Watch this video to learn more...
New Statue Blessing Ceremony

Saturday May 4th we held a very special ceremony blessing the new statues at the Dharma Bum Temple. This is very auspicious occasion and we are honored to share it with you all! We are grateful for Venerable Bhante Piyananda for coming back to San Diego for this beautiful day. Watch the video to view entire ceremony...
Current Schedule
 We have a full schedule so check out the website for all the latest events or click here to join the DBT Sangha Group on FB.
New Dharma Bum Temple T-shirts have arrived! Yes that is the DBT Emaciated Buddha. Yes that is the Heart Sutra. Yes those are beautiful words! Want a T-shirt but not in San Diego? Let us know and we will send you a link to purchase a shirt.
Bring in Your Old Electronics 
and Ink Cartridges to Support the 
Dharma Bum Temple!   

We’ll Recycle*:  Cell Phones - Blackberry’s - Ink Cartridges - GPS Devices - iPods - Digital Cameras - Video Cameras - Camcorders - Ebook Readers - Tablets -
Calculators - Smart Watches

For more information, please email  
*Please limit your contributions to the items listed above.
Monthly Donations
Supporting the Dharma Bum Temple on a monthly basis is important so we can sustain the Temple. You may click below to make a one time donation or choose to make a recurring donation of any amount. Thank you all for your past, present and future support! 

Many Ways to Support DBT
We have expanded our donation options to make these readily available to everyone! Check out our website to see how you can help.

In April of 2017 we acquired this Dharma Bum Temple for a purchase price of $1,400,000 and we are beyond grateful to be here. Thank you to the 1,123 people back then who donated to make it happen!

The fundraising campaign in April of 2019 raised $50,000 and we made a payment to pay down our debt and we thank everyone who donated during the Spring fundraising campaign.

Our remaining debt on the property is now $592,685 which is amazing. We have an incredible interest rate for the next 2 years so we are going to do everything possible to pay off all debt on this property by April 15, 2021 which will be a huge blessing!

Since there are no fees to donate via Facebook, we will keep an ongoing campaign open if you want to make a donation at any time. These campaigns can stay open for 3 months at a time.

Please consider a donation of any amount to help us secure the financial stability of the Dharma Bum Temple. All donations are tax-deductible and deeply appreciated. There are no fees if you donate here via FB, however you can also donate via the Dharma Bum Temple website if you prefer or bring a check to the Temple.

Thank you for your continuous support!
We recently welcomed in our new shrine statues at the Dharma Bum Temple. The woman who made the statues gifted us 100 replica sets for us to sell and support Temple. So we have a set of Kuan Yin, Manjusri and Samantabhadra on sale now at Buddha for You. The special discounted price is $108 for the entire set. They make a perfect gift for your home as a way to connect with the Dharma Bum Temple. To learn more about the statues CLICK HERE