Note: We will assign you a roommate if you do not register with one.
A perennial favorite, this fun and inspiring weekend of moderate to rigorous hiking will include a series of three lectures on introductory Buddhist philosophy and basic meditation techniques, including talks on The Holy Teaching of Vimalakirti. This unique program is meant to open your awareness and increase your ability to live in the moment with a greater sense of joy. The invigorating physical exercise of hiking will help purify and cleanse the body while the lectures, discussions, and question-and-answer sessions with Robert Thurman will provide a source of nourishment for the mind.
Friday evening we will have a welcoming dinner and talk. Early Saturday morning we depart from the base of Pantherkill Mountain for 5-10 mile hike with a picnic lunch. The views from the top of Panther are truly amazing, and the hike is quite invigorating—not to mention all the wonderful conversations that naturally arise as we ascend the sacred mountain. Upon return we will unwind with a choice of either a sweat lodge by the stream, restorative yoga, or a wellness treatment (extra fee), before having a celebratory Fourth of July barbeque cookout. We will end the day with a guided meditation and discussion. Sunday morning we will take a stimulating 2-mile roundtrip hike to the breathtaking views of Lookout Cliff on the Menla property and close the weekend with a final lecture/discussion.
Due to this program’s popularity, we encourage you to book as far in advance as possible—space is limited!
Recommended reading: The Holy Teaching of Vimalakirti.
Robert Thurman is professor of Indo-Tibetan Studies at Columbia University, President of Tibet House U.S., a popular lecturer on Tibetan Buddhism, the translator of many philosophical treatises and sutras, and author of numerous books including the national bestseller, Inner Revolution: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Real Happiness; Anger, the fifth book from a series on the Seven Deadly Sins, offered by The New York Public Library and Oxford University Press. His most recent book is titled Why the Dalai Lama Matters: His Act of Truth as the Solution for China, Tibet, and the World, published by Atria Books/Beyond Words.
*Current Tibet House Members receive a 10% Discount on Tuition (Discount Code= member)