Natural Dharma Fellowship is a Buddhist community that supports the cultivation of contemplative and ethical practices for a better world

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Book Reviews

Reviews of publications
by NDF dharma teachers.

Our non-profit organization, founded by Lama Willa Miller, supports a robust transmission of traditional Buddhist lineage teachings and also encourages an active and ongoing integration of these teachings into the many contexts of modern life.
retreats for activists, caregivers, educators, writers, artists, couples, and families
  • 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.

Dharma Teachers

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Lama Willa Miller

Founding Teacher, Spiritual Director

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

Elizabeth Monson

Dharma Teacher, Associate Spiritual Director
Elizabeth Monson, PhD, has been studying, practicing and teaching Tibetan Buddhism in the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages for over twenty years. Continue reading

Lama Rod Owens

Dharma Teacher
Lama Rod Owens is a graduate of the traditional 3 Year Retreat program at Kagyu Thubten Choling Monastery where he received his teaching authorization from his root teacher, The Venerable Lama Norlha Rinpoche. Continue reading

Lama Samten Bryn Dawson

Dharma Teacher
Since graduating from the traditional Tibetan Buddhist three-year retreat under the guidance of Lama Norlha Rinpoche, Lama Samten has devoted her energy and creativity towards connecting a wide range of students to their innate compassion and embodied wisdom. Continue reading

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