About Dharma Refuge
We are a Buddhist Sangha operating as a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation in the state of New York. We incorporated in 2010 and practice under the spiritual guidance of Dharmata teacher Sue Kochan and our root teacher Anam Thubten of Dharmata Foundation.
Our vision is to nurture the collective awakening of all beings by walking the Bodhisattva* path together. We aspire to contribute to the shared causes and conditions of inner and outer peace, happiness and freedom from suffering.
* One who aspires to awaken for the benefit of all beings
Our mission is to root the Buddha's unbroken transmission of wisdom and love in the West. We do this by offering Dharma teachings and lineage training opportunities, all through the lens and direct experience of modern life. Our Dharma Center provides a welcoming refuge that contributes to realizing our full potential—our Buddha nature.
Our Sangha, our path
We welcome everyone with a sincere interest in going beyond the limitations that create our shared experiences of sorrow and anxiety. Our path is one of learning to drop the burdens we knowingly and unknowingly carry, the burdens that keep our hearts asleep and our minds bound to a future and a past. We practice accepting life as it is, meeting each moment with mindfulness, acceptance, compassion and ultimately with our innate wisdom—boundless love. Learn more about joining us for one of our weekly meditation practices.
Meet our teachers
Our Board of Directors
President – Bob Brown
Secretary – Kathryn Fiske
Treasurer – David King
Sangha Administrator - Marsha King
Spiritual Director - Sue Kochan
Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School
First Floor - Dharma Refuge
1100 South Goodman Street,
Rochester, New York 14620
From the S. Goodman Street entrance, drive up the hill, park in the ample parking areas and come through the main door in the center of the building. There will be signs directing you to our first floor location inside the building. Our space and the restrooms are all wheelchair accessible.
“What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous.”