Over five days in April, retreatants will gather in a tranquil setting 90 miles north of New York City. There, they will find refuge, peace and inner growth, as Rinpoche provides daily dharma teachings, shares practical approaches to daily life and leads meditations designed to instill wellbeing by helping retreatants gain the skills of awareness. Join us.
Discovering the Dharma™ is a retreat series that progresses through all the major topics of Mahayana Buddhism. Through imparting Buddhist teachings and practical approaches to daily life, it transmits a wealth of skills for making one’s life more meaningful.
April 29-May 3, 2015
Garrison Institute, Garrison, New York
Equally meaningful for beginners and long-time practitioners, this retreat, designed and led by Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche, focuses on the power of meditation and techniques to unleash that power.
- Get the tools to develop a consistent daily practice
- Learn to create positive mental energy that affects all your experiences
- Discover how to let go of attachments that cause you suffering
- Develop your innate compassion
There are no prerequisites for this retreat. All are welcome.
- The Mind: Foster positive energy
Observe your mind and how it affects your world. Learn to transform harmful thoughts to create a positive and helpful attitude—which, in turn, creates a positive relationship with all your experiences.
- Mental Purification: Uncover attachments and learn to let go
We all have the potential to cause suffering—for ourselves and for others. Engage in a critical assessment of how attachment acts as an obstacle to happiness and learn how to let go, engaging in profound meditation practices such as “exchanging self with others,” that transform the energy of attachment into the root of happiness.
- Compassion and Bodhicitta: Cultivate and Integrate These Essential Qualities
Discover practices that develop your innate qualities of compassion, and learn to use them to generate the mind of bodhicitta.
- Daily Practice: Establish Consistency and Acquire the Skills to be Successful
Assemble the tools you need to develop a successful daily practice and receive the elements necessary to open your mind and develop wisdom through insight. Get some tips for making every action meaningful.
New Retreatants: Beginning meditators are invited to a half-day pre-session on the techniques of calming meditation.
Check-in: Check-in begins at 3 pm on April 29, with dinner from 6-7 and the first session at 7. The retreat ends at noon on May 3, followed by lunch. Retreatants must leave by 3 pm. Early arrivals and late departures may be arranged in advance with the Garrison; any additional overnights will incur an additional fee.
Accommodations: The Garrison Institute offers single, double and triple/quadruple rooms, with prices varying accordingly. There are also nearby campgrounds, as well as other rooming options.
Transportation: The Garrison is easily accessible by car, bus or train. It is 90 miles north of Manhattan, and one mile from the Garrison Train Station. For directions and further information on transportation, click here.
Scholarships: Dharmakaya offers a limited number of tuition discounts for students in financial need. Please contact Gary Wheaton at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more. The Garrison Institute also offers various scholarship programs, including a discount for students of Himalayan Heritage. Please apply directly.