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Resilience: Build strength through inner joy (a Discovering the Dharma retreat)
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This life-changing retreat spans important lessons in how to let go of painful attachments and develop your innate compassion, with a special focus on the physical and psychological preparation necessary for meditation—and how to deal with obstacles to successful meditation. $550 commuter price (includes all meals). Begins Friday at dinner, ends Wednesday after lunch

9/1/2017 to 9/6/2017
When: Friday, September 1, 2017
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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Join us for a life-changing six days, 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 focuses on the power of meditation and techniques to unleash that power. The program includes:

The Mind – Cultivate Positive Energy 
Observe the mind and how it affects our world. Learn to transform harmful thoughts to create a positive and helpful attitude. This helps you cultivate a positive relationship with all your experiences.

How to Meditate – Enhance Concentration and Calm Your Mind
Learn the purpose of meditation and experience first hand the various techniques of calming meditation, known as Shamata. You will learn how to deal with obstacles to successful meditation as well as the physical and psychological preparation necessary for meditation.

Compassion and Bodhicitta – Cultivate and Integrate These Essential Qualities
Discover practices that develop your innate qualities of compassion. Learn to apply these techniques to generate the mind of bodhicitta.

Mental Purification – Uncover Attachments and Learn to Let Go
Learn how to let go of the attachments that lead to unhappiness. We all have the potential to cause suffering—for ourselves and others. Engage in a critical assessment of how attachment acts as an obstacle to happiness, and engage in profound meditation practices, such as “exchanging self with others,” that transform the energy of attachment into the root of happiness.

Daily Practice – Establish Consistency and the Skills to be Successful 
Assemble the tools you need to develop a successful daily practice and receive the elements necessary to open the mind and develop wisdom through insight. Get some tips for making every action meaningful.

Taking Refuge – Give Yourself the Gift of Commitment to Practice

Learn what it means to take refuge in the Three Jewels and the benefits that flow from this. Understand how taking refuge helps to magnify your personal intention to achieve enlightenment.


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, $1080: Includes one retreat ticket, all meals and a private, single room with shared bath for the length of the retreat.
  • Retreat with double room, $1683: Includes two retreat tickets, all meals, and a double room (one double bed) with shared bath for the length of the retreat.


GETTING THERE: We offer van service from the Middletown, New York train station, meeting select trains from Penn Station. The afternoon of September 1, we will pick up passengers on Metro North West trains scheduled to arrive at: 2:30 pm, 4:20 pm and 5:43 pm. 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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