Retreat and Buddhist Study Centers

ARYALOKA – Newmarket, NH

Aryaloka is a place dedicated to the study and practice of Buddhism. We are part of the Triratna Buddhist Community – an international network of public centers, communities and projects. Our mission is to create the best possible conditions in which to explore and practice the Buddhist path. We study and practice meditation and Buddhadharma in a spiritual community based on the ideals of compassion, generosity, and awareness.

BARRE CENTER FOR BUDDHIST STUDIES – Barre, MA

The Barre Center for Buddhist Studies is dedicated to exploring Buddhist thought and practice as a living tradition, faithful to its origins, yet adaptable to the current world. The study center offers a variety of courses, workshops, retreats, and self-study programs to further research, study, and practice. All courses support both silent meditation practice and conscious investigation of the teachings.

CAMBRIDGE INSIGHT MEDITATION CENTER (Theravadin) – Cambridge, MA

Teachers: Larry Rosenberg, Narayan Liebenson Grady, and Michael Liebenson Grady.

Located in the heart of Cambridge, CIMC provides an environment where the contemplative life can be developed and protected amid the complexities of city living. Here, people of all religious, non-religious, and philosophical persuasions, can come together to learn, support and deepen practice.

CAMBRIDGE ZEN CENTER – Cambridge, MA

Teachers: Zen Master Bon Yeon; Zen Master Bon Haeng
Publications: One Hundred Days of Solitude (Zen Master Bon Yeon)

The Cambridge Zen Center is a not for profit Zen Buddhist organization founded according to the teachings of the late Zen Master Seung Sahn and the tradition of the international Kwan Um School of Zen. The center provides Zen training, education and support through formal practice and everyday life.

DHAMMA DHARA (Vipassana)- Shelburne, MA

Teacher: S.N. Goenka

The Vipassana Meditation Center Dhamma Dharā is one of about 100 centers worldwide offering courses in Vipassana Meditation, taught by S.N.Goenka and his assistant teachers in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin.

DZOGCHEN MEDITATION CENTER – West Bath, ME

The Dzogchen Meditation Center — Ka-Nying Surmang Chöling was founded by direct students of the 11th Trungpa, Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and works to preserve his unique transmission of the Nyingma and Kagyu teachings of Tibetan Buddhism.

The Dzogchen Meditation Center is located in Mid-Coast Maine on the New Meadows River in West Bath

GARRISON INSTITUTE – Garrison, NY

The Garrison Institute and its program initiatives work to apply the power of contemplation in practical, systematic ways to the key change fields of education, contemplative care and ecology.

INSIGHT MEDITATION SOCIETY (Theravadin) – Barre, MA

IMS is one of the Western world’s oldest and most-respected meditation retreat centers. We are dedicated to providing a spiritual refuge for all who seek freedom of mind and heart.

Our experienced teachers offer guidance in Buddhist meditations known as vipassana (insight) and metta (lovingkindness). While the context is the Buddha’s teachings, these practices are universal. They help to develop awareness and compassion in ourselves, giving rise to greater peace and happiness in the world.

INSIGHT MEDITATION CENTER OF NEWBURYPORT (Theravadin) – West Newbury, MA

IMC offers a variety of practice opportunities including daily sittings, classes, retreats, workshops. We also have a lending library with texts from various Buddhist traditions. The center is designed to offer opportunities for new students as well as those with a deeper ongoing commitment to practice.

MILAREPA CENTER (Tibetan Buddhism) – Barnet, VT

Ven. Amy Miller, Director

Milarepa Center is a Tibetan Buddhist retreat center in the Gelugpa tradition. We host a variety of programs encompassing compassionate and wise practice through study, meditation and service.

MORGAN BAY ZENDO (Zen, Ch’an and Vipassana)- Surry, ME

The Zendo is located in Surry, Maine, and offers an opportunity for people to practice Buddhist meditation whatever their background or faith may be. Zendo practice includes elements from Zen, Ch’an and Vipassana schools of Buddhism.

OMEGA– Rhinebeck, NY

Through innovative educational experiences that awaken the best in the human spirit, Omega provides hope and healing for individuals and society.

NOTE: Pema Chodron is a visiting teacher at Omega – please consult their website for information on upcoming programs (Oct. 25-27, 2013) and live-streaming video opportunities.

PEMA OSEL DO NGAK CHOLING (Nyingma) – Vershire, VT

Teachers: Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche
Dungse Jampal Norbu
Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel
Publications: It’s Up to You (DKR)
Light Comes Through (DKR)
Uncommon Happiness (DKR)
Like a Diamond: Transformation in the Three Yanas (DKR)
The Power of an Open Question (EMN)

MSB’s main study and practice centers, Phuntsok Choling in the mountains above Boulder, Colorado, and Pema Osel Do Ngak Choling near the rural town of Vershire, Vermont, offer annual study and practice programs to the public. Our mountain retreat center, Longchen Jigme Samten Ling, offers students the opportunity to deepen their understanding in retreat, and is the sight where Sangdo Palri, Guru Rinpoche’s Palace of the Glorious Copper-Colored Mountain, is currently under construction. Students gather at Mangalam Dharma City Centers in America and abroad to practice, listen to the weekly LINK teachings, and work together in support of the Dharma. Please visit the MSB Centers page to learn more about our activities.

SKY MEADOW RETREAT (Vipassana) – Greensboro Bend, VT

Teacher: Miles Sherts
Publications: Beyond Perception

Sky Meadow is a small, independent, family run retreat center and organic homestead offering small group retreats and workshops in an exceptionally quiet and private setting. We are not affiliated with any organized religion or group and welcome anyone who yearns for clarity, meaning, and a sense of connection with others.

SPIRIT FIRE MEDITATIVE RETREAT CENTER – Leyden, MA

Practice of Living Awareness Meditation

Spirit Fire draws upon the Ageless Wisdom of the world and universal human experiences to create programs that guide people in the exploration of what is within, beyond, and all around.

Classes, programs, and retreats are created with level of interest and commitment in mind, as well as availability thus online and on-location options. Our programs are affordable yet beyond value. Join those who have found the challenge from within to be the brightest one, and in the process discover yourself, your life, and humanity.

WONDERWELL MOUNTAIN REFUGE – Springfield, NH

Lama Willa Miller
Publications: Everyday Dharma

Wonderwell Mountain Refuge is a Buddhist retreat center in Springfield, New Hampshire. We are affiliated with Natural Dharma Fellowship and host a variety of retreats and programs oriented towards teaching the practices of the Buddhist tradition, deepening meditation practice, and integrating meditation into daily life.