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Margha means “path” in Sanskrit and refers to the path to enlightenment envisioned as a process of deep, gradual and individualized development. The Margha Program—in the spirit of its name— is a path-based curriculum that provides an opportunity for students to train thoroughly and deeply in a variety of meditative practices, in a way that is flexible and recognizes the uniqueness of individual students.
Vajrayana means “the diamond vehicle” and refers to a branch of practices that flourished in Tibet. These practices work with the principal of pure vision, in which we embrace ordinary thoughts and emotions as the unlikely catalysts to recognizing that our nature, and the nature of others, is love and wisdom inseparable. In the practices of Vajrayana, we especially welcome the challenging aspects of life—our difficult thoughts, emotions, and physical reality—as the fodder for awakening.
SanghaCare is a network of mutual support connecting NDF members who need temporary or supplementary care due to illness, surgery, natural disaster or other critical event with other members who are able to meet those needs. Both practical and spiritual support is available.
Lama Willa Miller
Willa B. Miller, PhD is the Founder and Spiritual Director of Natural Dharma Fellowship in Boston, MA and its retreat center Wonderwell Mountain Refuge in Springfield, NH. Continue reading
Lama Rod Owens
Lama Samten Bryn Dawson
Help us Raise 2.5 Million Dollars for Needed Renovations Donate through PayPal Wonderwell reopened on May 6, 2016 after completing the first phase of a major renovation project to make Wonderwell safer, more accessible, more energy-efficient, more comfortable, and more beautiful than ever. We still need to raise over 1.2 million dollars for the next[…]
Wonderwell 2017 Schedule Update For 2017, Wonderwell’s Schedule webpage will list all upcoming retreats for the year. These retreats will be open for registration. We hope that this will allow everyone to see all retreats offered in a given year and plan for which ones you may wish to attend. Please note that this is a[…]
Update on “Wonderwell: The Next 100 Years”: Phase I Has Been Completed! This month, we are devoting the NDF Newsletter to updating you on recent developments at Wonderwell Mountain Refuge. As you may know, the Town of Springfield brought to our attention last year that continued occupancy of Wonderwell would require us to bring the[…]
In this video, Lama Willa discusses the Six Paramitas in the context of Natural Meditation. What does meditation have to do with ethics and compassionate action?
Wonderwell Opens For 2016 Retreats On May 5th, Wonderwell joyfully reopened for retreats! So far, five retreats have taken place. The Foundation for Active Compassion Teachers’ Retreat explored the practices of devotion and compassion. Lama John Makransky continued his exposition of the Tibetan Buddhist sources for the practices of sustainable compassion. Dzogchen yogi, Brendan Kennedy[…]
UPDATE: WONDERWELL – THE NEXT HUNDRED YEARS Construction at Wonderwell is in full swing as we approach our early May re-opening date. When the community returns, Wonderwell will be safer, more accessible and more energy efficient than ever before. Among the changes that have occurred are: • A new wheelchair-accessible entrance and wheelchair-accessible bathroom. • New[…]
Wonderwell Recognized as Historic Site We are pleased to announce that Wonderwell Mountain Refuge has recently been added to the New Hampshire State Historic Registry. This recognition not only confirms the value of our lovely retreat center, but also allows us to focus on preserving the particular historical elements of the building that help to[…]
Update on Wonderwell: The Next Hundred Years Many of you may know already, but for those who have not heard, Natural Dharma Fellowship’s retreat center Wonderwell Mountain Refuge will be undergoing renovations and upgrades to bring our beautiful old building into fire, food and life safety compliance for the State of New Hampshire. Because these[…]
Wonderwell: The Next 100 Years Wonderwell Mountain Refuge has launched a fundraising campaign to pay for necessary upgrades and renovations to bring our historic building in food and fire safety code compliance. While these renovations are in harmony with the long-term vision of Natural Dharma Fellowship, we should be very clear: For Wonderwell to stay[…]
Ecosattvas Unite! Lama Willa, Kaira Jewel Lingo and Thanissara (Mary Weinberg) have been invited to kick off the first session One Earth Sangha’s Ecosattva Training Program on August 13, 2015. Join 300 aspiring ecosattvas in ten weeks of online sessions, under the guidance of a wonderful line up of Dharma Teachers, including Lama Willa, Joanna[…]
NDF Annual Sangha Sunday–Save the Date! Join us at Wonderwell Mountain Refuge on September 27 for Annual Sangha Sunday, and celebration of Wonderwell’s Fourth Birthday. This is no ordinary Dharma Sunday….we have an enhanced schedule that includes our Annual Meeting and a celebration of our fourth year at Wonderwell! The schedule: 10am-12:30pm Dharma Sunday, our[…]
Published on Nov 24, 2014 Lama Rod Owens and angel Kyodo williams discuss the challenges of being teachers of color in predominantly white communities. Read their conversation in the Winter 2014 issue of Buddhadharma. From YouTube
Featured News: Natural Dharma Fellowship Completes First Dathun As July comes to a close, Natural Dharma Fellowship has completed its first annual Dathun at Wonderwell Mountain Refuge. We would like to take a look back at the month and express our heart-felt gratitude for all those involved in this wonderful new adventure. Wonderwell was deeply[…]
Translation by Willa Miller (for Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche’s teachings at Wonderwell, June 2014)
Namo Guru Bhya
Throughout the mandala of the vast expanse of space, ready to be known,
The mandala of the sun of wisdom, the knower, shines,
Causing the heart-lotus of wise and loving fortunate ones to bloom—
I bow at the feet of the glorious protector, my sacred teacher.
Listen friends with faith and good fortune
To this candid soulful advice, this affectionate counsel!
May you engage this expression of the way things are—
This guidance that comes from my heart is best nurtured in the depths of your own.
Featured News: Natural Dharma Fellowship Summer Transitions I am writing this letter from the deck of Wonderwell Mountain Refuge, on a crystal clear June afternoon, during our very first Annual NDF Dathun (month-long practice period). What a blessing to meditate together in the golden light of summer. Some transitions in leadership are afoot this month[…]
Featured News: Natural Dharma Fellowship Goes to the White House From Lama Willa Miller On May 14, 2015, a diverse group of leaders of many Buddhist communities in the United States descended on Washington for a three hour briefing at the White House, the first ever of its kind. I attended this gathering on behalf[…]
Granite State Sangha, based in Concord, NH, has been added to our Practice Group page. They also have a website: granitestatesangha.com with a calendar and gallery and more! You can also follow them on Facebook. From their website: We are a small, friendly, dedicated group of meditation practitioners located in Concord, New Hampshire. Whether you have never tried[…]
Presented by Enlightening Conversations November 13th and 14th Harvard Divinity School Sperry Room in Andover Hall 45 Francis Ave. Cambridge, MA 02138 The second program in a series in which Psychoanalysts and Buddhist teachers speak openly and honestly about the nitty-gritty of human liberation. Through panels and small group conversations, these conferences engage all participants—speakers and[…]
Hemera Foundation Wonderwell Mountain Refuge is now a site for Contemplative Scholarships for Educators through Hemera Foundation. These scholarships support educators’ growth through contemplative practice in a retreat setting, allowing individuals the opportunity to cultivate mindfulness, compassion, personal well-being, and professional efficacy, and, in turn, embody and apply these qualities to promote positive school cultures.[…]
The statue in the main hall is the embodiment of the female Buddha Tara: she who transforms obstacles into wisdom, sickness into embodied compassion, and fear into transcendent loving kindness. With the time and talents of local sangha member Michael Lawrence, her home is being created as a focal point for the practice and teaching[…]
Tibetan Buddhist leader blazes an innovative trail ByJoshuaEaton | ReligionNewsService March27 CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Wrapped in the maroon and gold robes of a Tibetan monk, Ogyen Trinley Dorje isn’t what most people picture when they think of innovation. To his followers, Dorje is the 17th Karmapa — the leader of the Karma Kagyu school of[…]
Dear Friends and Sangha of Natural Dharma Fellowship, At the close of 2014, my heart is filled with a deep sense of gratitude for the community of Natural Dharma Fellowship: for the dharma friendships, local practice groups, circle of supporting teachers, and sister organizations. Continue to read NDF Annual Report 2013 and Letter from Lama Willa[…]
with Lama Willa Miller November 17–21, 2014 Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health Great wisdom lives in the body. —The Hevajra Tantra Take your yoga practice to the next level. Drawing on the tantric wisdom tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, this retreat offers practices that help you recognize the wisdom that resides naturally in the human[…]
In this talk, Buddhist teacher and minister Anam Thubten discusses his journey from Golok, in Eastern Tibet, to teaching Buddhist wisdom with an American community. This talk is part of the Buddhist Ministry Initiative Speaker Series. Source Harvard Divinity School
Anam Thubten, a visiting teacher at Natural Dharma Fellowship, is coming to Boston this week and speaking at Harvard Divinity School about the art of teaching Dharma. When Thursday, September 25, 2014, 5:30 – 7pm Where Harvard Divinity School, Braun Room, Andover Hall, 45 Francis Ave., Cambridge, MA (MAP) Sponsor The Buddhist Ministry Initiative Note In this public[…]
The Arts of Contemplative Care, by Cheryl Giles and Lama Willa is reviewed in the current issue of Journal of Global Buddhism, by Wendy Cadge, Associate Professor of Sociology: To read more click here.
We are pleased to announce the launch of a new crowdfunding initiative to help us bring an amazing line-up of speakers to the 2014 Eco-Dharma Conference to be held at Wonderwell Mountain Refuge August 7-11. Donations start at only $9, and gratitude gifts are available. Please join us to help us cover the costs of[…]
From the Buddhist Geeks website Lama Willa Miller, David Loy, and host Vincent Horn conclude a Geeks of the Round Table discussion on the intersection of Buddhism with ecological activism. They explore the idea that the Buddha was a social and political activist, what it means to acknowledge ecology as an ethical issue, and how these[…]
From the Buddhist Geeks website Lama Willa Miller and David Loy join host Vincent Horn for Geeks of the Round Table to discuss how Buddhist concerns intersect with ecological & activist concerns. The trio talk about the upcoming Eco-Dharma Conference, examine some ways Buddhist philosophy can contribute to the global ecology discussion, and then[…]
Vajrayana Buddhism introduces us to a sacred world through the rich and magical imagery of deities and mandalas. But until we understand the wisdom behind this imagery it will have no personal meaning for us. The Vajrayana challenges us to question: “How do we understand deity beyond conceptual fabrication? What is the nature of deity?[…]