ABOUT THE RETREAT
The annual New Year's Retreat at Menla Mountain is a beautiful way to both close one year, and begin the next with fresh intention, clarity and purpose. This theme for this year's retreat is "Working with Enemies." Join us and explore a range of inner and outer enemies, looking at the fear, anger, and anguish generated by being stuck in a mode of “us” and “them”. The retreat will focus on the liberation that we are capable of, and on Buddhist teachings and techniques that help us to realize that liberation. The format of the teaching portion of this retreat will be a mix of discourse, dialogue, question and answer, and meditation practice, helping us to make possible an experience of a more true happiness, one infused with reality, wakefulness, wisdom and compassion, as we begin the new year. For more details, including the daily schedule, click below.
ABOUT THE TEACHERS
Sharon Salzberg is a central figure in the field of meditation, a world-renowned teacher and NY Times bestselling author. She has played a crucial role in bringing meditation and mindfulness practices to the West and into mainstream culture since 1974, when she first began teaching. She is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA and the author of ten books including NY Times bestseller, Real Happiness, her seminal work, Lovingkindness and her forthcoming release by Flatiron Books, Real Love. Renowned for her down-to-earth teaching style, Sharon offers a secular, modern approach to Buddhist teachings, making them instantly accessible. She is a regular columnist for On Being, a contributor to Huffington Post, and the host of her own podcast: The Metta Hour. For more information visit her website HERE.
Robert AF Thurman is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University as well as co-founder and President of Tibet House U.S. and its Menla retreat and spa in service of H. H. the Dalai Lama and the people of Tibet. A close friend of the Dalai Lama’s for over 50 years, he is a leading world-wide lecturer on Tibetan Buddhism, a passionate activist for the plight of the Tibetan people, a skilled translator of Buddhist texts, and inspiring writer of popular Buddhist books. His most recent book is the newly published 300 page graphic novel, Man of Peace: the Illustrated Life Story of the Dalai Lama of Tibet. In partnership with Nena Thurman and other teachers and dedicated contributors, he now focuses on making Tibet House US and its Menla retreat and spa a global center for the promotion, study and practice of Tibetan Buddhist healing arts and sciences of body, mind, and spirit, dedicated as a complement to the vast life work of its patron, His Holiness the Dalai Lama. For more information visit his website HERE.