Photo by Stephanie on Instagram of the old water tanks at Dhamma Dena Desert Vipassana Center, our neighbor. (Elevated water tanks were necessary in this area before public water lines were installed in the mid-1980s.)
Dhamma Dena was founded in 1977 by Jay’s dhamma teacher, Ruth Denison, and built, decorated and maintained by her and her students through the decades. Today it is a collection of houses, cabins and camper trailers spread across several acres. Now 92, Ruth has retired from formal teaching but Dhamma Dena endures, holding several meditation retreats a year, as well as free daily silent morning sittings in the center’s zendo.
Our friend Caroline Ryder profiled Ruth for Spirituality & Health a year and a half or so ago: read her article here