Death, Afterlife and the Journey of Transformation in Tibetan Buddhism and Kabbalah

About This Event


Within the ancient writings of both the Tibetan Book of the Dead (the Bardo Thodol) and the Kabbalah (the book of Jewish mysticism) are depictions of the ever-changing journey of the soul from birth to death, into the afterlife and reincarnation. This workshop will explore these teachings as transformational maps of consciousness providing wisdom in encountering the enigmatic mysteries of living and dying, bereavement and healing. Through study of sacred texts, group explorations and meditation practices, participants will be guided as they explore the journey of their own lives.

STAY SAFE DURING COVID-19: In the interest of safety, we are limiting enrollment in this program to 10 people. We are committed to your health and safety; please read our COVID-19 Precautions & Preparations to understand our strategies.

Introduce someone to the Center and you'll BOTH get a 10% discount on their first Dharmakaya Center program. Apply at check-out.


Intimate setting with personal access to the teacher

Interactive sessions with question and answer periods

Guided meditations

Delicious all-vegetarian meals with locally sourced ingredients

Option to extend stay on Personal Retreat

Daily morning and evening yoga salutations in the Meditation Hall

Extensive library of dharma books

Expansive wooded grounds with beautiful flora and fauna


There are no prerequisites for this program; it is appropriate for all.


Do you know someone who would like this program, but hasn't been to the Center? Bring them, and you both get a 10% discount on your entire program package. For the discount to apply, there must be two reservations, at least one of whom has not taken a Dharmakaya Center class previously. At checkout, apply the Discount Code: BringAFriend.


Jewish Views of the Afterlife, Simcha Paull Raphael. Revised 3rd, 25thanniversary edition. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, Publishers, 2019.

The Grief Journey and the Afterlife: Jewish Pastoral Care for Bereavement, Simcha Paull Raphael. Boulder, CO: Albion-Andalus Inc., 2015.

The Tibetan Book of the Dead, Sogyal Rinpoche. San Francisco: Harper San Francisco, 1992.



Friday December 4, 2020

3:00 PM

Check in begins

6:00-7:00 PM


7:00-9:00 PM

Group Introduction

The Cycle of Life, Death and Re-Birth

The Tradition of the Bardos

MEDITATION: In-Womb Consciousness


Saturday December 5, 2020

7:00-8:00 AM

Morning Salutations and Meditation, optional

8:00-9:00 AM


9:30 AM-12:00 PM

Process of Dying and Near-Death Experiences

MEDITATION: Encountering Our Images of Death

12:00-1:00 PM


2:00-5:00 PM

Afterlife as a Journey of Consciousness Soul-Guiding

MEDITATION: Encountering Loved Ones in World Beyond

6:00-7:00 PM



Sunday December 6, 2020

7:00-8:00 AM

Morning Salutations and Meditation, optional

8:00-9:00 AM


9:30 AM-12:00 PM

Practical Implications of Afterlife Teachings

Reincarnational Drama and Healing

MEDITATION: Past Life Recall - An Inner Journey

12:00-1:00 PM


1:00 PM

Checkout and Departure






Venue Highlights

Perched atop a wooded hillside in the hamlet of Cragsmoor, the Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing is surrounded by nearly 100 acres of forest.

With only 24 bedrooms, we offer an intimate retreat experience. We support that experience by offering three delicious vegetarian buffets per day, walking paths and outdoor meditation spaces, a library with a fireplace, a fire pit, and of course our lovely, comfortable accommodations.

Group organizers appreciate our breathtaking location, elegant new facility and the administrative support and years of experience to ensure a smooth week.


Our two dormitories offer a simple, peaceful environment that supports your retreat experience, with rooms for those on both personal and solitary retreats. Each room has a meditation cushion and zabuton. Rates include breakfast, lunch and dinner with the resident community, as well as towels and housekeeping. All guests are welcome, but not required, to join the daily meditation and other activities (although separate tickets are required for all ticketed events).

• Our junior suites have a double bed, private bath, private terrace, a refrigerator and ample room for practice.
• Our private rooms have a double bed and room for private meditation, with a shared bath.

Rooms may be shared by those in a committed relationship.


  • A/C in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Restaurant
  • House Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


Ancient wisdom describes 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. Our chefs are passionate about creating meals that are both flavorful and healthy. We use the freshest, most nutritious, least processed foods available; when possible our ingredients are organic and locally sourced.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in your accommodation fee. To promote good health, we serve delicious, varied, nutritious vegetarian food, with options at every meal. All our meals are served on a buffet, with ingredients listed next to each dish, enabling guests to avoid dairy, as well as glutens, nuts and other allergens.


CAR. You will find a link for driving directions on our website. The parking lot is immediately to your left when you enter the Center grounds. You may drive up and drop your luggage at the Welcome Center, but may not leave your car unattended there; someone will be happy to shuttle you back down to the parking lot.

TRAIN. From Newark, La Guardia and Penn Station, you can take the Metro North train into Middletown, New York, approximately a 30-minute drive from the Center. For teachings, retreats and other special events, we will provide van service at set times. Otherwise, please take a taxi from the train station to the Center.

BUS. From New York City, you can take the Shortline Bus into Ellenville, New York, approximately a 15-minute drive from the Center. For teachings, retreats and other special events, we will provide van service at set times. Otherwise, please take a taxi from the train station to the Center.

PLANE. Newark, La Guardia and Stewart Airports all offer convenient services. From Newark or LaGuardia you can complete your trip by train; from Stewart you may rent a car or take a taxi service.

Cancellation Policy

100% deposit refund for cancellation 30+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 15-29 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-14 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
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  • Kelly Proctor   October 07, 2020

      Relaxing getaway close to NYC

    Had a lovely time at the center. It's near NYC and Sam's Point / Minnewaska. Everything was clean and I never felt worried about Covid.

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