The Heart of Compassion: A Residential Retreat with Viveka in NY

Led By: Viveka
Tuesday, June 18th evening to Sunday, June 23rd, 2024 at 12 p.m.

In Person at Sky Lake Retreat Center
22 Hillcrest Lane, Rosendale, NY 12472

Event Description:

On this retreat, we will practice and play with living with the pressures of our times and explore how to respond with mindfulness, metta (loving kindness), and compassion. 

The meditation emphasis is the Bodhichitta practice (also known as Tonglen or giving-and-receiving). We will use ritual and chanting to access collective care and compassion, rather than shouldering it all as a solo being.


The retreat will take place at Sky Lake Retreat Center. Set amid a forest of tall cedars and white pines on the northern crest of the Shawangunk Mountains, Sky Lake is a contemplative center for Buddhist meditation, contemplative arts, and community celebration. As a Shambhala land-center it is part of an international community of meditation centers founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. 

Two hours north of Manhattan in the mid-Hudson valley, the center is a haven from urban life. You can walk in the woods, enjoy extraordinary hiking trails at nearby Mohonk Preserve, or stroll around the spring-fed pond. Wildlife is abundant.

Sky Lake is easily accessible by car, bus or plane. Pickups can be made at the Rosendale Bus Station.

About the Leader:

Viveka is the co-President of the Triratna NY-NJ sangha. Her teaching emphasizes awakening here and now — grounded in the body and accessed through a spacious, appreciative curiosity. Her teaching style is informed by over 20 years of dharma practice and long silent retreats, interaction with a diversity of Buddhist teachers and practitioners, and her work as a certified coach, facilitator, and trainer supporting people in social change movements to realize lasting transformation.

She lives in San Francisco, California.

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