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It's OK to Be Vulnerable: Drawing Strength from Openness
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What if it were all right to be vulnerable? What if being vulnerable actually made you stronger? Discover how it can in this weekend program of teachings, discussion, and guided meditations. Open to all. $70 commuter price (Friends of the Center price: $59.50).

6/28/2019 to 6/30/2019
When: Friday, June 28, 2019
7:30 pm
Where: Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing
191 Cragsmoor Road
Cragsmoor, New York  12566
United States
Contact: 845.640.4593

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We are often taught that vulnerability is a sign of weakness, something that must remain hidden at all times. And so we become closed—especially when we feel we are being criticized or are in danger. We erect barriers in an attempt at self-protection.

Despite our best attempts, those barriers don’t work. And in these challenging times, it seems more important than ever to keep an open heart, an asset that in itself offers a source of great strength.

In this weekend program, we will explore:

  • How to become comfortable with uncomfortable feelings

  • How to let emotions be our teachers

  • How to practice loving-kindness as an antidote to hatred and fear

  • How to treat ourselves with the same compassionate support we offer our friends

We can’t always change what is happening around us, but through simple practices, we can learn to address it calmly.

The weekend includes teachings, interactive discussion and simple guided meditations, in addition to the regularly scheduled Center activities. 

When not in class, relax in the Center’s beautiful and tranquil environment. Enjoy the view from the patio or a nearby hike, curl up with a book in the library or contemplate the stars while sitting by the fire pit. You are always welcome to join the regularly scheduled Center activities, including the Center’s Sunday study program.


6:00-7:00  Dinner
7:30-8:30  Program - Introduction and Meditation
7:00-8:00  Morning Salutations and Meditation (Optional)
8:00-9:00  Breakfast
9:30-12:00  Program
12:00-1:00  Lunch
2:00-5:00  Program
5:00-6:00  Evening Salutations and Meditation (Optional)
6:00-7:00  Dinner

7:00-8:00  Morning Salutations and Meditation (Optional)
8:00-9:00  Breakfast
9:00-10:00 Program
10:00-11:00  Sunday Meditation Service: The Center’s Group Study Program (Optional)
11:00-12:00  Sunday Meditation Service: Prayer, chanting and meditation (Optional)
12:00-1:00  Lunch


  • Program: $70 Includes full program

  • Room with shared bath: $220 Includes private room with double bed and shared bath for two nights

  • Room with private bath: $330 Includes private room with double bed and private bath for two nights



There are no prerequisites for this program; it is appropriate for meditators at all levels and those simply interested in exploring the teachings.



There is ample parking for those who wish to drive themselves. Directions can be found here. We offer van service from the Middletown, New York train station, meeting select Metro North West trains and from Ellenville, New York, meeting the Shortline bus. You must email us at least 24-hours in advance if you want to take advantage of this service.

Please see our Plan your visit page for more information.



John Henderson has been a meditator for over 20 years and a student of Trungram Gyalwa Rinpoche's since 2003. He translates his practice into his work as a business professional and entrepreneur with a focus on healthcare related enterprises.

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