Basic Buddhism: The Core Teachings

About This Event

A DHARMAKAYA CENTER RETREAT

What is Buddhism? Its history? Its relevance today?  In an easy-to-digest approach we will discuss the many concepts and meditation practices in Buddhism and how they form an interlocking and cohesive spiritual path toward greater awareness.

STAY SAFE DURING COVID-19: In the interest of safety, we are strictly limiting enrollment to 10 people; please read our COVID-19 Precautions & Preparations to understand our additional strategies.

This is program is often paired with Basic Buddhism: Dharma in Daily Life, offered November 6-8.

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

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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 interactive teachings and discussions will answer (many of) your questions about:

The historic Buddha

The core Buddhist teachings on compassion, wisdom, karma, emptiness, and impermanence

The scientific basis of many of the practices

How to meditate

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.

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

Intimate setting with personal access to the teacher

Interactive sessions with question and answer periods

Personal and guided meditations

Delicious all-vegetarian meals with locally sourced ingredients

Option to extend stay on Personal Retreat

Extensive library of dharma books

Expansive wooded grounds with beautiful flora and fauna

OPEN TO ALL

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

BRING A FRIEND DISCOUNT

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.

SCHEDULE

(subject to change)

Friday, August 28

3:00 PM

Check in begins

6:00-7:00 PM

Dinner

7:30-8:30 PM

Welcome and Introduction

Calming Meditation Techniques

Saturday, August 29

7:00-8:00 AM

Morning Salutations and Meditation, optional

8:00-9:00 AM

Breakfast

9:30 AM-11:30 PM

Program

12:00-1:00 PM

Lunch

2:00-4:30 PM

Program

6:00-7:00 PM

Dinner

7:30-9:00 PM

Firepit, weather permitting

Sunday, August 30

7:00-8:00 AM

Morning Salutations and Meditation, optional

8:00-9:00 AM

Breakfast

9:30 AM-11:30 PM

Program

12:00-1:00 PM

Lunch

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.

Accommodations

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.

Amenities

  • 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

Menu/Cuisine

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.

Directions

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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