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 Rinpoche of Dharmata Foundation.
Our vision is a world of Bodhisattvas*
* Those whose path of awakening is through serving others.
Our mission is to be a welcoming center of spiritual refuge for all, where the ancient wisdom of the Buddha comes alive in modern life through teachings, inquiry, practice, and the warmth of community (Sangha).
Our Sanctuary Statement
In 2017 we felt it was important to publish a statement about our commitment to offering Dharma Refuge as a place of spiritual refuge and sanctuary, that is open to everyone, without exception. Read our full sanctuary statement in our blog.
We warmly welcome everyone with a sincere interest in going beyond the limitations that create our shared experiences of sorrow and anxiety. Our path is the path of the Bodhisattva—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. As Bodhisattva's in training we aspire to awaken for the benefit of all beings.
Dharma Refuge warmly welcomes you to visit any of our weekly meditation practices, day-long retreats or special programs of training and study.
Meet our teachers
Our Board of Directors
President – Dave Faller
Vice President - Bob Brown
Secretary, Membership Chair – Jane Ellen Bleeg
Treasurer – Roopa Varadarajan
BOD Director, Spiritual Director/Teacher - Sue Kochan
BOD Director, Volunteer Chair - Ellen Nakhnikian
Tech Committee Chair - Dave Flanagan
Lineage and Special Event Committee Chair - Elaine Richane
As a 501c3 all financial contributions to Dharma Refuge are tax deductible. We rely on the generosity of our community to continue to share the ancient teachings and practices of the Buddha in our wild and wooly world! If you're interested in supporting our activities, we invite you to learn more about membership and contribution opportunities.
Our financial management practices and standing are fully transparent. If you have specific financial questions you're welcome to contact our finance team, and our treasurer or assistant treasurer will be in touch with you!
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.”
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copyright 2017 Dharma Refuge; Dharma Refuge is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.
Dharma Refuge meets at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School; First Floor, follow the signs when you enter the front door.
1100 South Goodman Street, Rochester, New York 14620
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