A bright gold tour filled with rice surrounded by silk cloth of yellow, red and blue.
  • Commuter – $570.00
  • Private Room: Single – $1,120.00
  • Private Room: Couple – $1,540.00
  • Junior Suite: Single – $1,470.00
  • Junior Suite: Couple – $1,940.00

Date & Time Details: Friday, September 3 (check in 3-6 PM; program starts 7 PM) until Wednesday, September 8 1 PM

Location: Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing

Address: 191 Cragsmoor Road Cragsmoor, New York 12566

Contact: [email protected]

Check-in Time: 3 pm – 6 pm

Cancellation Policy: Refundable up to two weeks prior to the program (less a $50 processing fee). See our policy to learn more.

Per Person Price: Prices are per person and are all-inclusive.

  • Commuter – $520
  • Private Room (shared bath): Single – $995
  • Private Room (shared bath): Couple – $770
  • Junior Suite (private bath): Single – $1270
  • Junior Suite (private bath): Couple – $970

Discovering the Dharma I

With Trungram Gyalwa Rinpoche

September 3 - 8, 2021

build strength through inner joy


In Discovering the Dharma I, H.E. Trungram Gyalwa Rinpoche sets out the twin foundations of Buddhism—compassion and wisdom—as well as guiding retreatants in the fundamentals of developing a strong meditation practice, over five days of engaged learning and guided practice.

ONLINE OPTION: To make the teachings more broadly available,  Rinpoche is also offering this program via live-stream. Learn more and register here. Please note that you must attend in person to qualify for Discovering the Dharma IV.

STAY SAFE DURING COVID-19: We are committed to your health and safety; please read our COVID-19 Precautions & Preparations to understand our strategies.

People sitting in a large circle listening to Trungram Gyalwa Rinpoche


The Mind: Cultivate Positive Energy
Observe the mind and how it affects our world. Learn to transform harmful thoughts to create a positive and helpful attitude. This helps you cultivate a positive relationship with all your experiences.

How to Meditate: Enhance Concentration and Calm Your Mind
Learn the purpose of meditation and experience first-hand the various techniques of calming meditation, known as Shamata. You will learn how to deal with obstacles to successful meditation as well as the physical and psychological preparation necessary for meditation.

Compassion and Bodhicitta: Cultivate and Integrate These Essential Qualities
Discover practices that develop your innate qualities of compassion. Learn to apply these techniques to generate the mind of bodhicitta.

Mental Purification: Uncover Attachments and Learn to Let Go
Learn how to let go of the attachments that lead to unhappiness. We all have the potential to cause suffering—for ourselves and others. Engage in a critical assessment of how attachment acts as an obstacle to happiness, and engage in profound meditation practices, such as “exchanging self with others,” that transform the energy of attachment into the root of happiness.

Daily Practice: Establish Consistency and the Skills to be Successful
Assemble the tools you need to develop a successful daily practice and receive the elements necessary to open the mind and develop wisdom through insight. Get some tips for making every action meaningful.

Taking Refuge: Give Yourself the Gift of Commitment to Practice
Learn what it means to take refuge in the Three Jewels and the benefits that flow from this. Understand how taking refuge helps to magnify your personal intention to achieve enlightenment.



  • Intimate setting with personal access to Rinpoche
  • Interactive sessions with question and answer periods
  • Optional Refuge ceremony
  • Shamatha and guided meditations
  • Tibetan yoga practice
  • 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
Black and White picture of seated Tibetan monk


There are no prerequisites for this program; it is appropriate for meditators at all levels and those simply interested in exploring the teachings. Although it is part of the Discovering the Dharma series,  the first three programs may be taken in any order.

Seated man silhouetted at sunset


(subject to change)

Friday, September 3
3:00 pm  Check in begins (Reception Hall)
4:00 pm  Optional pre-session: Calming Meditation Techniques
6:00 pm  Dinner (Dining Room)
7:30 pm  Welcome (Milarepa Hall)
7:45 pm  Rinpoche: Introduction to Meditation (Milarepa Hall)
10:00 pm  Lights out
Saturday, Sept 4; Sunday, Sept 5; Monday, Sept 6; Tuesday, Sept 7
6:00 am  Wake up and prepare
6:30 am  Walking Meditation (Courtyard)
7:00 am  Breakfast (Dining Hall)
8:00 am  Rinpoche Teaching and Q & A (Milarepa Hall)
10:00 am  Yoga (Milarepa Hall)
10:30 am  Guided Meditation (Milarepa Hall)
11:15 am  Group Discussion
12:00 pm  Lunch (Dining Hall)
1:00 pm  Free time
2:00 pm  Personal Meditation: Calm-abiding Meditation (Around Campus or in Room)
3:00 pm  Walking Meditation (Courtyard)
4:00 pm  Personal Meditation: Analytical Meditation (Around Campus or in Room)
6:00 pm  Dinner (Dining Room)
7:00 pm  Rinpoche Teaching and Q & A (Milarepa Hall)
9:00 pm  Yoga (Milarepa Hall)
9:30 pm  Guided Meditation (Milarepa Hall)
10:00 pm  Lights out
Wednesday, September 8
6:00 am Wake up and prepare
6:30 am Walking Meditation (Courtyard)
7:00 am Breakfast (Dining Hall)
8:00 am  Rinpoche Teaching and Q & A (Milarepa Hall)
10:00 am  Refuge, Gratitude Mandala Offering (Milarepa Hall)
12:00 pm  Lunch (Dining Hall)
1:00 pm Checkout (Reception Hall)



Trungram Gyalwa Rinpoche
H.E. Trungram Gyalwa Rinpoche is the founder and spiritual director of the Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing. Known as a scholar, teacher and meditation master to thousands of students around the world, Rinpoche is also the first incarnate lama to earn a PhD in the West. He completed his doctoral studies in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism at Harvard University in 2004. He is the head of the Trungram lineage, its monasteries, meditation centers, schools, dharma centers and groups around the world. One of the highest tulkus of the Kagyu lineage, he is a Rime master, having received teachings from the great masters of…
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Cragsmoor, New York 12566

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