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Get a core understanding of the history of Buddhism, its neuroscientific basis and its key concepts, while spending a relaxing weekend in the country. Perfect for the beginner or the merely curious. Weekend program of teachings, discussion, and simple meditations. Open to all. $70 commuter price includes Saturday lunch (Friends of the Center price: $59.50).

 Export to Your Calendar 8/16/2019 to 8/18/2019
When: Friday, August 16, 2019
7:30 pm
Where: Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing
191 Cragsmoor Road
Cragsmoor, New York  12566
United States
Contact: 845.640.4593

Online registration is available until: 8/16/2019
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Is Buddhism a religion or a philosophy? Is it the same thing as mindfulness? How does karma work? Does meditation really relieve stress? Why?

This engaging weekend program of teachings and discussions will answer (many of) your questions about:

  • The historic Buddha

  • The basic Buddhist teachings on compassion, wisdom, karma, emptiness and impermanence

  • The scientific basis of many of the practices

  • How to meditate

Above all, it will include practical ways to apply the teachings to your daily life.

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 Fee

  • Program: $70 Includes one retreat ticket (Friends of the Center price: $59.50).



Either choose your room or, if you are staying offsite, add a commuter fee; both include three meals a day.

  • Room with shared bath: $145/night Includes private room with double bed and shared bath (total price $360)
  • Room with private bath: $200/night Includes private room with double bed and private bath for two nights (total price $470)



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


GETTING THERE: 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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