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Self-Knowledge: Find freedom through connection (A Discovering the Dharma Retreat)
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Self-Knowledge (Discovering the Dharma 2) is an intense six-day retreat that explores many of the core Buddhist teachings: How all things are interconnected and conditional, the laws of action and consequences, the nature of cyclical existence and the meaning of emptiness. $550 commuter price (includes all meals). Begins Friday at dinner, ends Wednesday after lunch.

8/31/2018 to 9/5/2018
When: Friday, August 31, 2018
3:00 PM
Where: Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing
191 Cragsmoor Road
Pine Bush, New York  12566
United States
Contact: 845.203.1275

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SELF-KNOWLEDGE: Find freedom through connection

Discovering the Dharma 2



Join us for an intensive six-day retreat, as Trungram Gyalwa Rinpoche shows us how to apply Buddhist teachings to our daily lives. Equally meaningful for beginners and long-time practitioners, this retreat explores many of the fundamental Buddhist teachings. The program includes:

Dependent Origination: Examine How All Things Are Connected and Conditional
Study one of the fundamental insights of Buddha: Everything exists in relation to other things. All things exist in a conditional state and in a continual process of change. This is a fundamental building block for developing greater insight, awareness and inner transformation.


Karma: Review the Law of Actions and Consequences
Introduce yourself to the non-theistic, rational, ethical system that teaches how intention—in physical actions, speech and thought—always leaves imprints that lead to consequences at a later time. Learn the facts about the law of cause and effect. Know how to reduce harmful acts and increase helpful acts. Find out ways to deal with life most effectively and take control of your future.


Death and Rebirth: Explore the Real Nature of Cyclical Existence
Understand the process of death and rebirth; what dies and what is reborn. Learn to recognize and fulfill your highest purpose in this life, and develop the skills to help yourself and others at death.


Meditation on Emptiness
The realization of emptiness is imperative to attain freedom and enlightenment. Learn analytical meditation, which helps break through the shell of our preexisting concepts and creates the right conditions to eventually experience emptiness. Familiarize yourself with stabilizing meditation and resolve the nature of mind as taught by Mahamudra teachers.


Each day includes teachings and guided, silent and walking meditations, as well as mindful group discussion and exploration. There will be opportunities to take refuge and to speak privately to Rinpoche.


There are no prerequisites for this retreat.



  • Retreat (commuter), $550: Includes one retreat ticket and three meals a day.
  • Retreat with single room, $950: Includes one retreat ticket, all meals and a private, single room with shared bath for the length of the retreat.
  • Retreat with double room, $1500: Includes two retreat tickets, all meals, and a double room (one double bed) with shared bath for the length of the retreat.


GETTING THERE: There is ample parking for those who wish to drive themselves. Directions can be found here. The afternoon of August 31, we offer van service from the Middletown, New York train station, meeting select Metro North West trains. You must email us in advance if you want to take advantage of this service.


Please see our Plan your visit page for more information.

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