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3 Day To Begin, Begin: An Introduction to Traditional Buddhist Meditation in Cragsmoor, New York
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Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing, 191 Cragsmoor Road, Cragsmoor, Ulster, New York, United States

Introduction to Traditional Buddhist Meditation Retreat in the USA

You have been hearing about meditation and are curious about starting a practice—or maybe you have been practicing but want to go deeper. Where to begin? This weekend program will ground you in the fundamentals of Tibetan Buddhist meditation, with clear instruction, interactive discussion, and practice in a range of techniques.

Meet the instructors

Gary
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Highlights

  • Personal and guided meditation sessions
  • Intimate setting with personal access to the teacher
  • Interactive sessions with question and answer periods
  • Delicious all-vegetarian meals with locally sourced ingredients
  • Expansive wooded grounds with beautiful flora and fauna
  • Extensive library of dharma books
  • 2 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


3 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
13:00

Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing's two residence halls offer a simple, peaceful environment that supports your retreat experience. Rates include breakfast, lunch, and dinner. To maintain an atmosphere of calm, the rooms do not have televisions, telephones, or internet access.

Program

Program description

Meditation has been praised for its many benefits—a means of reducing stress, improving health, increasing focus. It can help you achieve all those things. Yet for Tibetan Buddhists, the meditator is above all an inner traveler. By quieting the mind, opening your heart, and listening deeply it is possible to reach a space of deep peace and inner spaciousness.

This weekend program will explore the value of meditation—calming the mind and releasing attachment and negativity. You will learn proper posture, how to bring your mind back to focus when it wanders, when movement is a valuable aid. You will discover numerous meditation styles and techniques, from simply following your breath, to walking meditation, to explorations of compassion and loving-kindness. Above all, you will gain the tools to build a sustainable daily practice.

You will leave with valuable skills that can change how you choose to relate to, react to, and view the world around you. That growing sense of awareness and understanding can ultimately transform your life.

Open to all

There are no prerequisites for this program; it is appropriate for meditators at all levels and those simply interested in learning more about themselves.

Schedule

Friday, April 16

  • 15:00 Check in begins
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Dinner
  • 19:30 - 21:00 Welcome and introduction
  • Meditation

Saturday, April 17

  • 07:00 - 08:00 Morning salutations and meditation (optional)
  • 08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
  • 09:30 - 11:30 Meditation
  • 12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 16:30 Meditation
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Dinner
  • 19:30 - 21:00 Evening meditation (optional)

Sunday, April 18

  • 07:00 - 08:00 Morning salutations and meditation (optional)
  • 08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
  • 09:30 - 11:30 Meditation
  • 12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 Checkout and departure

Instructors

Gary Wheaton

Location

Perched on a beautifully wooded hillside in the village of Cragsmoor, New York, this 90-acre campus is a world apart, a place to shed the intensity of modern life, a place to find yourself. The design is intimate, elegant, simple, with outdoor spaces for walking meditation and two terraces with lovely views of the woods.

Food

Eating farm to table

Ancient wisdom describes the food as a source of prana, or life force. The Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing was founded on the premise that nourishing food is integral to wellbeing. The chefs are passionate about creating meals that are both flavorful and healthy. They use the freshest, most nutritious, least processed foods available; when possible the ingredients are organic and locally sourced.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Program
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • All meals, tea, and coffee station
  • Full use of campus

What's not included

  • Flights

How to get there

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Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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