Featured Articles and Journals: retreat

February 24, 2017
The other night, I tried to turn off my computer but the white circle in the center of my screen kept spinning for several minutes. Was it stuck, “loading”? Or, like me, had it been reading The New York Times too much and not exercising? If you’ve...
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November 3, 2015
Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, a popular Tibetan teacher who has written several best-selling books and is the leader of the
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July 20, 2015
I was fortunate to spend a week this month on retreat with a teacher who had kickstarted my personal exploration of the Buddhist path a few years ago. By then, I'd been studying Buddhism for a while, but it had been largely intellectual until I did...
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November 3, 2014
When you go on a retreat, there's always a talk near the end about transitioning back to "the real world." You've been in a place where people are mindful and intentional, less stressed by the details of daily life. You're about to re-enter the rat...
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October 16, 2014
The last week has found me back in the booth recording more Shambhala titles, and while I continue to enjoy the experience, last night I offhandedly described the process as being “pounded by the Dharma.” For days I have spent hours upon...
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October 2, 2014
I have narrated several audiobooks over the last few years, and in conversation with a publisher some time ago we began discussing Buddhism, meditation, and the Dharma. It was a casual conversation, vague and general. Then I got a call asking if I...
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July 13, 2014
"We'd thought you'd float in in lotus position," a friend greeted me on my return to work after a month of retreat. "You must be so relaxed," another co-worker said to me later.
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June 9, 2014
(The Buddha) relinguished the watcher, and his mind opened into incredible presence. One of the first thing that happens on retreat is that I become aware of my watcher, the voice in my head who congratulates, castigates, and criticizes meand my...
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May 30, 2014
When I began studying Buddhism around eight years ago, a weekend retreat seemed like a big deal. Then I heard about month-long retreats, and thought that must be a vestige of some archaic past. Who can leave their life for a month to go on retreat?...
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June 21, 2013
  Recently I visited a very traditional Zen temple in the New York City area run by a monk who has spent most of his life living and practicing at a beautiful monastery tucked away high up on a mountaintop somewhere in Asia. He’s a real life...
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April 5, 2013
This is a love letter to everyone who has helped contribute in some way to my being able to go on a week-long meditation retreat at Karme Choling next week. I don't just mean the people who donated to my online effort to raise the funds...
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February 24, 2013
I AM JUST NOW emerging out of a long period of retreat where I spent much of my time in solitude — reading, reflecting, experimenting with various forms of prayer, and just sitting. The last three months of this period I spent in a simple guest...
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February 5, 2013
I was drawn to my first Buddhist mindfulness retreat during a time when my son, Narayan, was four, and I was on the verge of divorce. During a slow, icy drive through a winter snowstorm on the way to the retreat center, I had plenty of time to...
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January 23, 2013
When it all goes quiet behind my eyes,
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October 31, 2012
An Excerpt from Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi by Brian Leaf
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May 7, 2012
I learned a whole lot of things at the mostly silent 28 day meditation retreat called dathun
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February 4, 2012
Meditation has made me less shy. But that still doesn't mean I want to eat lunch with you. And that's not a problem.
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December 5, 2011
Recently, I participated in the "closing" of a Kagyu Tibetan Retreat at Kagyu Thubten Choling monastery in upstate New York.   These traditional Tibetan retreats last for three years, three weeks, and three days...
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by mahoK
August 28, 2011
Last week I participated in a real oxymoronic situation. It was a week-long urban retreat, the first ever organized by the New York Shambhala Meditation Center.  We spent the whole week commuting between the center and individual home in a...
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June 30, 2011
I just read Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, which is a Freakonomics type look at how we view success.
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June 25, 2011
Sitting on the cushion, watching my mind lets me see that there is a gap – however infinitesimal – between the stimulus and the response. If I am aware enough to notice the gap, I can then choose how to react: to mouth off, to back off...
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June 15, 2011
  I was telling someone this story the other day and I thought that you all may find it just as interesting.  Last year, on one of my retreats I spent a week in Assisi, Italy.  If you ever get to Italy this is one town you have to...
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June 12, 2011
I am on retreat.  (posted in advance with scheduling options)  
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by jiryu
March 7, 2011
Read about the street retreat I did last year for some background.  Here are Genro Roshi's instructions for the retreat:
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