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Your Chance to View and Comment on the November 5th Presentation

For Your Perusal…    Presentation by Lynelle and Steve McNiel, November 5, 2017 CONCEPTUAL DESIGN OPTIONS FOR SACRAMENTO DHARMA CENTER The originals of the drawings in this presentation will be on display at the Center in the west lobby until… Read more »

Nov. 5th Celebrate our First Full Year Together

You’re invited to Sacramento Dharma Center’s One-Year Anniversary Celebration Sunday, November 5, 2017 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. 1:30 – 2:00 ~ Meet and greet 2:00 – 2:15 Welcome ~ The first year in review 2:15 – 2:30 ~ A… Read more »

Yard Sale Event ~ Sept 2nd

Volunteers are needed at the Center Friday evening from 5pm till at least 9pm, and early Saturday morning at 7 am. Help with this fun event at the 3111 Wissemann location. Sale is Saturday from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm…. Read more »

Summer News

Our second annual Interdependence Day ice cream social was a sucess ~ a celebration of our donors, volunteers, and all sangha members who make the Center our home. It’s been a busy few months since the last edition of the… Read more »

Interdependence Day Ice Cream Social ~ July 8th!

Join us for our Second Annual Interdependence Day party, Saturday, July 8th, from 2 to 4 p.m. We are celebrating the support of our generous donors, energetic volunteers, and the greater Maha Sangha that makes our center possible! Enjoy some… Read more »

Revised Schedule for Dharma Center Envisioning

To allow for the possibility of more attendance, and for us to have access to the entire property while we are together, we have altered our timing of the envisioning. There will still be two dates, but they will be… Read more »

Introducing our New Volunteer Coordinator

We want to update you on the status of the SDC volunteer program and some ideas and plans that have been percolating for a while. First of all, we want to honor all the volunteers who have come forth to… Read more »

March News~We have been busy!

Pond? Veggie garden? Labyrinth? Tear walls down, put walls up? You are invited to speak your dreams and wishes for SDC’s future. Save these dates, May 20 or 21: as many members of SBMG, VSZS, and SIM as can come… Read more »

SDC Opens to the Whole Community!

It was grand, wasn’t it?! January 29th, your Dharma Center doors stood wide open, welcoming 150 guests from sanghas near and far, the surrounding neighborhood, and those who’ve brought us specialized skills: our broker Kari Bryski; Linda Tigue representing our… Read more »

SDC – Grand Opening Jan 29th!

We invite you to celebrate Sacramento Dharma Center’s Grand Opening in our beautiful new home! We welcome the whole community, honored teachers, neighbors and supporters, with gratitude to all who helped us realize our vision. Program: 1:00 – 1:30 pm:… Read more »

The Dharma Center joins the 2017 Sacramento “March for the Dream”

Sacramento Dharma Center invites you to join the 2017 Sacramento “March for the Dream” This annual march is an opportunity to express solidarity with faith and community organizations working for peace and justice in Sacramento. We will march under a… Read more »

For the Benefit of all Beings – Inauguration Day Meditation

The Center is hosting a morning of meditation January 20th from 9 am till noon. The election is over. We are faced with dramatic change. We need each other more than ever. • Come join us for a non-partisan, Buddhist-inspired… Read more »

Winter News & Year End Gift Match

Visitors to the Sanctuary have had the opportunity this month to practice in the cold like Zen masters of old. The room’s antiquated rooftop heating unit has been working one minute and not the next, making scarves and heavy jackets… Read more »

Welcome to Family Sangha

Coming together on Sunday December 11th, 10:30 – 12:30. If you have children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or young friends with whom you’d love to share the path of kindness and mindfulness – please bring them and stay for the adult… Read more »

Generosity is our Foundation

Sacramento Dharma Center is created by dana, or generosity – your generosity. We all benefit from your dana of service and funding. From the founding donors to SDC’s initial Capital Campaign, to volunteers who rake, dig, blow, sweep, and mulch… Read more »

The Sunday after Thanksgiving is a Work Day!

What a wonderful opportunity for us to offer dana for our Dharma Center! Part of our shared practice is working with ‘what is’.  Within this turbulent world, we are fortunate, my friends, to have a Dharma Center as part of… Read more »

Sacramento Dharma Center Dedication

Sunday, November 6, 2016 ~ from 1:00-3:00 Sustaining Sangha members are invited to the once-in-a-lifetime Sangha Dedication and Celebration of opening our Dharma Center, come and participate as each sangha creates a dedication of our sanctuary and shared space, inside… Read more »

We Have Been Busy

Arriving home: Move-in, storage, and first gatherings have taken shape for Valley Streams Zen Sangha and Sacramento Buddhist Meditation Group in October. We look forward to Sacramento Insight Meditation’s first night at SDC on November 3rd. Work in progress: SBMG… Read more »

Your Dharma Center is now fully open!!

The Board of Sacramento Dharma Center is delighted and profoundly grateful to announce, that on October 12th the Center received the City of Sacramento’s Certificate of Occupancy that allows gatherings in excess of fifty (50). Although smaller groups had begun… Read more »

We’re moving in…soon!

With a flurry of volunteer activity getting the Dharma Center clear and clean, our Founding Sanghas are now arranging for trucking and schlepping their supplies, and setting up house at SDC. There is leave-taking of our familiar Dharma homes at… Read more »

Impermanence: Transitions at SDC

We have seen comings and goings over the last few weeks at Sacramento Dharma Center, evidence of both impermanence and progress. The issuance of the City Building Permit on August 10th, the arrival of 80 new chairs, the removal of… Read more »

Ailing English Oak Removed & Turned to Mulch

After much investigation, the first of several unhealthy trees on the grounds of Sacramento Dharma Center was felled this week. Visitors will see that the tree is being ground to chips, a procedure that destroys the infestation and transforms the… Read more »

Things are hopping !

May our efforts to create Sacramento Dharma Center be of benefit in countless ways! Many of us have felt rocked by the barrage of events this summer that divide our human family. If ever there was a time to establish… Read more »

Creating a home, Welcoming to All…

Your Sacramento Dharma Center Board is doing the work of readying the Center to be welcoming and comfortable for all who come to develop and deepen their practice. Before our three Sustaining Sanghas – Sacramento Buddhist Meditation Group; Sacramento Insight… Read more »

We have the keys to our home!

Take a long slow deep breath and join with us in celebrating – Sacramento Dharma Center is a physical reality! A building, a large tree shaded yard, room to be and room to grow enriching our own Sanghas and their… Read more »

Closing in on opening our doors! Can you help?

Sacramento Dharma Center’s physical location is rapidly moving from dream to reality – your gift now can put us over the top for our Wissemantn Capital Campaign! A donation now will be doubled by a $5000 Matching Grant, thanks to the generosity… Read more »

Closing escrow soon!

Everyone involved in the effort to complete the purchase of 3111 Wissemann Drive, our real estate agent Kari Bryski, our lender Bank of the West, Church Mutual Insurance, and Chicago Title are working for us to be able to close… Read more »

Another Milestone!

A significant event in the development of Sacramento Dharma Center went without a hitch Thursday evening when our application for our Conditional Use Permit for 3111 Wissemann Drive was passed unanimously by the City Planning Commission. Thanks to the excellent… Read more »

We’re in the Home Stretch!

“This is an exciting moment for all of us as we see our collective vision becoming a reality,” said Susan Orr, our president. “If all goes well, we will be able to quickly address immediate concerns and work with all… Read more »

Visitors flock to Open House!

“At first, we felt so delighted to welcome people to the Open House. But gradually the ones we welcomed became welcomers, and it was just all of us, together, right here!” Tours, posters asking for creative uses of the space,… Read more »

Walk Through The Doors to Our Proposed Dharma Home!

Come to our open house Saturday, March 5th Noon – 2pm at 3111 Wissemann Drive! Over five years ago, three meditation-based Buddhist Sanghas joined together in a search for a home to share that would accommodate and encourage the expanding… Read more »

Wonderful News!!!

The dream of a dedicated Dharma Center in Sacramento came closer to reality today! Sacramento Dharma Center has entered into escrow on a lovely property in the bucolic College Greens neighborhood off Folsom Boulevard near Watt Avenue. It’s an important… Read more »

More Photos of 3111 Wissemann Drive

To enjoy more photos click on the title of this news post! Take a ride by. Open House coming soon.      

Look Who’s Talking about SDC!

The February 11th Business Journal has a wonderful article about SDC board member Helen Hobart’s work as a staff chaplain at the The Sutter Center for Psychiatry. In the article she also talks about the Dharma Center and our vision…. Read more »

Opening in 2016 is our Goal!

Throughout the fall, you’ve been hearing about investigations to obtain a building for our Founding Sanghas to call home and it’s high time we updated you on where we are looking, what we are looking for, and the preferences that… Read more »

Who really really wants a Dharma Center?

So — who’s behind the Dharma Center? Who are these people that want to actually acquire a physical home, for practicing this dharma path of kindness and wisdom?  My friends? Here’s a great collection of photos where you can see… Read more »

Wrapping up a busy year!

The Sacramento real estate market is hopping, and the Sacramento Dharma Center Board has been hopping, too, actively investigating the opportunities as they arise. In the last two months we have made several non-binding offers, one at full price, on… Read more »

Thus Have I Heard…

Welcome to the launch of conversations exploring how Sacramento Dharma Center is taking shape, under the title “Thus Have I Heard.” Your responses are invited, as well as your own thoughtful writing. Our first writer suggests that SDC empowers our… Read more »

States of Grace

It was a privilege to host Grace Dammann and filmmaker Mark Lippman for the screening of States of Grace this past Wednesday. We were inspired and deeply moved by this beautiful film. This is a warm and personal story of Grace’s heroic journey… Read more »

How does someone in a wheelchair enact her Bodhisattva vow to save all beings?

You are invited to the only Sacramento screening of the remarkable independent film States of Grace, sponsored by Sacramento Dharma Center, Wednesday October 14th, 7:30 pm at the Century Downtown Plaza Theater! This 75-minute film describes the challenging recovery of… Read more »

We’re getting there. Can you help?

We continue to be grateful for your enthusiastic response to our Sustaining Circle appeal. We now have 80 Sustaining Circle monthly donors pledge to donate $2,812 a month. This is encouraging momentum to help us reach our goal of 120… Read more »

See this remarkable film and support SDC!

You are invited to the only Sacramento screening of the remarkable independent film States of Grace, sponsored by Sacramento Dharma Center, Tuesday October 14th, 7:30 pm at the Century Downtown Plaza Theater. Grace Dammann and Mark Lippman, one of the… Read more »

Introducing Kari Bryski

We want all of our friends to know that on Monday August 24th Susan Orr, Julia Mullen, Linda Dekker (the executive committee) and Joette Sebastiani (building committee chair) had a lively and engaging meeting with our new real estate consultant… Read more »

A major milestone is in sight!

Because of kind donors, because of You!, this month SDC took strides toward a major milestone: the SAFE credit union commercial loan officer sat down to talk with Board members Linda Dekker and John Penfield, looked over SDC financial reports,… Read more »

July news!

The Sacramento Dharma Center Board held its first quarterly meeting with representatives of the Boards of our three founding – and Sustaining Sanghas – Valley Streams Zen Sangha, Sacramento Insight Meditation and Sacramento Buddhist Meditation Group. The intention to have… Read more »

Can you help us reach our goal, only 40 more?

We continue to be grateful for your enthusiastic response to our Sustaining Circle appeal. We now have 80 Sustaining Circle monthly donors pledge to donate $2,812 a month. This is encouraging momentum to help us reach our goal of 120… Read more »

Important Update…

Most of you are probably familiar with the realities of looking for a home to buy or lease, it can take a while and many apparent opportunities fall through for any number of reasons beyond your control. And you keep… Read more »

Coming Together For a Purpose

Our June 13th For the Love of the Dharma Party was a huge success! Thank you to all who attended, and to those who helped make it happen.  It was fantastic to see so many people coming together to support… Read more »

Gratitude for our new Sustaining Circle Members!

We are delighted to report that in a few short weeks we have more than doubled the number of monthly contributing supporters or ‘Sustaining Circle members’. Your response to our Sustaining Circle campaign has been wonderful, and we are so… Read more »

Join us June 13th for a party

We’re having a party to show our appreciation for your support of Sacramento Dharma Center!  For the Love of the Dharma! Please join us on June 13th from 6 to 9 pm. We’ll have dessert, great home grown music, time to… Read more »

More exciting news!

Today, May 12th, our Board submitted a Letter of Intent to purchase a building for our future Dharma Center! This is a wonderful location across from Sierra Two Community Center on 24th Street near 2nd Ave., down a quiet alleyway named… Read more »

Exciting news!

For several years, SDC has had its eye on a property on 24th St., across from Sierra Two Community Center. Once we knew it was coming available, we promptly toured the property and engaged a highly experienced and determined broker,… Read more »

April News

On April 14th, your Dharma Center board adopted an implementation plan with timeline to accompany the new strategic plan, soon to be posted here on our website. New President Susan Orr, VP Julia Mullen, Treasurer John Penfield, Secretary John Phelps,… Read more »

What have we been up to?

First, we are excited to tell you that we have three new board members Julia Mullen, Joette Sebastiani, and John Phelps. They have brought a breath of fresh air to our Board and really rolled up their sleeves and dug… Read more »

Giving Thanks

We are thinking of all our Sangha friends and supporters this week of thanksgiving, wanting to express our deep gratitude for the ways you have encouraged us and been patient with us as we do our best to find a… Read more »

Update on 3240 B Street property

The past seven months have been busy ones for the Dharma Center Board with meetings, inspections and evaluations related to the proposed purchase of the property at 3240 B Street. We must report that we were unable to negotiate a… Read more »

The Open House was a great success!

We want to thank all the wonderful folks who attended the open house at the 3240 B Street property on the 14th. We had a great time and hope you did as well. Your input was very encouraging, here is… Read more »

Open House June 14th

Join us for an Open House, or should we say Open Dharma Center, at the site of our proposed new location at 3240 B Street in Sacramento Saturday June 14th. Have some treats and take a tour. Come any time… Read more »


Do you have carpentry, computer, organizational skills or any special knowledge or abilities you are willing to share? We want to hear from you! Send us a message via our website contact page and tell us how best to get in… Read more »

Save the date!

We are planning to have an open house during the afternoon of June 14th at the proposed location for the Dharma Center. We are busy with inspections now and if all goes well we hope to see you then. We did… Read more »

We’re on our way!

We now have the final purchase agreement for the property at 3240 B Street! Our broker received the signed agreement this morning, May 2. We will put down a refundable deposit with the escrow company by Monday. This starts the… Read more »

We have wonderful news!

After weeks of negotiation we have signed a purchase agreement with the sellers of the Armenian Church property at 3240 B Street. The church has a sanctuary, large social hall, and a small one bedroom house, all on a nice… Read more »

Join our Sustaining Circle

Please become a partner and join our Sustaining Circle by pledging to make a monthly donation that reflects your enthusiasm and support for our vision. We are pleased to announce that you can now set up monthly donations on the… Read more »

We may have found our home!

The Buddhist Center and sanctuary we hope to create may be located at 3240 B Street, the former home of St. James Armenian Apostolic Church which recently went on the market! We are currently negotiating a purchase agreement with the… Read more »

We have a new website!

Welcome to our new website we hope you enjoy it. We needed to upgrade our website in order integrate a calendar as well as other features that will enhance your experience on the site. We will also be able to… Read more »

Founding Donor Appreciation Event February 9, 2014

We are eager to show our appreciation to our founding donors on February 9th from 2:30 to 5:00 pm at Riversong Meditation located in Sierra 2 Center for the Arts, 2791 24th St, upstairs in Room 14. The support from… Read more »

Indiegogo Campaign Results

We are pleased to announce the results from our Indiegogo online fund-raising campaign that ran from November 18th through December 31st and raised $17,800. Adding this to what we raised previously during 2013 we are very close to making our… Read more »

Help Support SDC

You can help the Dharma Center vision be realized! We are excited about our online fund raising campaign with Indiegogo. Go the the site and watch our video, then please donate what you can! We’ve raised $400,000 so far, please… Read more »