Three Principal Paths: A New Year’s Teaching

About This Event

Celebrate New Year’s weekend with Diamond Mountain Retreat Center.  The end of the year is a time for reflection and intention setting.  Join David Stumpf for this introductory course in Buddhist Philosophy.  Perfect for total beginners and advanced practitioners alike, David explains the fundamentals of Buddhist Philosophy with a clarity and depth of knowledge that belies his years of personal practice.  By the end of this 4-day teaching, you will go home with a new set of tools to help you find more joy and more peace in 2019.  

A humble Buddhist practitioner for many years, David K Stumpf finished 3 years, 3 months, 3 days of silent retreat in 2014.  He is the author of a compilation of advices on the Buddhist deity White Tara’s prayer and lives with his lovely wife in Tucson, AZ where he enjoys volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and catching up on the latest Minions movie.

Retreat was the best gift I could have given to myself

Event Highlights

  • Receive an introductory overview of the entire Buddhist path from suffering to perfect happiness
  • Have ample time for personal reflection, contemplation, and journaling
  • Have the opportunity to discuss your practice with an experienced practitioner
  • Be immersed in a community supportive of personal growth and renewal


Friday, Dec 28
3:00-4:00 pm Check-In
5:00 pm Orientation
5:30-6:30 pm Dinner
7:00-9:00 pm Class 1

Saturday, Dec 29
9:00-11:00 am Class 2
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
2:00-4:00 pm Class 3
5:30-6:30 pm Dinner
7:00-9:00 pm Class 4

Sunday, Dec 30
9:00-11:00 am Class 5
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
2:00-4:00 pm Class 6
5:30-6:30 pm Dinner
7:00-9:00 pm Class 7

Monday, Dec 31
9:00-11:00 am Class 8
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
2:00-4:00 pm Class 9
5:30-6:30 pm Dinner
9:00 pm-midnight New Year’s Celebration

Tuesday, Jan 1
9:00-11:00 am Group Meditation, Q&A
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Farewells

Venue Highlights

Located in the Chiricahua Mountains of Arizona, we are surrounded by incredible natural beauty. The stillness and silence is unreal. Its the perfect place to unwind, relax and get into the rhythm with nature.

Our cottages were built with retreat in mind and are incredibly conducive to long solo retreats and deep spiritual work and healing. Our staff has years of retreat and meditation experience and are qualified to support and enhance your dharma, meditation and retreat experience.

Our cottages are available for individual retreat as well as group events.

We have several group meeting spaces available for rental. Our largest meeting space (Main Hall) is made of Adobe bricks, and finished with American Clay interior walls and cork floors. The Main Hall can accommodate up to 150 guests and has full AV capacity. We have 2 smaller group meeting spaces in our Retreat Valley. Tara Temple is nestled in a grove of trees near the historic Bear Springs and can accommodate up to 30 guests. Blue Sky Dome is our smallest and most rustic meeting space made of earth-bag and mud plaster it is the perfect environment for deep meditation and low-tech events. Located atop a hill Blue Sky Dome boasts the most spectacular views of our property.


Most of our Eco-friendly cottages retreat include 12-volt solar electricity, composting toilets and passive solar design which allows them to naturally stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. We have Standard, Economy and one Deluxe cottage available throughout most of the year.

All standard cottages include 12-volt solar electricity, a composting toilet, an indoor shower, a full kitchen and clean, running water. Some cottages have solar heated hot water while others have on-demand hot water systems.

All economy cottages include 12-volt solar electricity, a composting toilet, a full kitchen and clean, running water. Some cottages have solar heated hot water while others have on-demand hot water systems. Our economy cottages are more rustic in design and most have an outdoor shower.

Our deluxe cottage can house up to 5 people, has on-the-grid AC electricity, 2 flush toilets, an indoor shower, a full kitchen, on-demand hot water and clean, running water.


  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea
  • House-Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Ayurvedic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


Our kitchen can offer your group nutritionally balanced and nourishing vegetarian/ vegan meals to enhance your retreat experience with us. We offer teas throughout the day. Our chef will work closely with you to ensure that our menu meets and exceeds your expectations. For an additional fee we can provide smoothies and/ or fresh juices and specialty coffee drinks.


We are located 2 hours southeast of Tucson International Airport.

For visits of 1-7 days, renting a car from the airport and driving to our center is usually the most affordable option. For longer individual stays, we offer roundtrip shuttle service from Tucson Airport for $150 per person.

For groups of 3 or more, we can offer recommendations on local transportation companies to provide transportation for your group to our retreat center.

Tags: buddhism meditation

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