Wonderwell: The Next 100 Years

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 Read more about Wonderwell: The Next 100 Years[…]

June 2016 Newsletter

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 Read more about June 2016 Newsletter[…]

April 2016 Newsletter

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 Read more about April 2016 Newsletter[…]

Eco-Sattva Training: An Online Course for Aspiring EcoSattvas

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 Read more about Eco-Sattva Training: An Online Course for Aspiring EcoSattvas[…]

September 2015 Newsletter

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 Read more about September 2015 Newsletter[…]

Granite State Sangha

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 Read more about Granite State Sangha[…]

Two New Sister Organizations

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. Read more about Two New Sister Organizations[…]

Help Build a Permanent Home for Tara: Statue Consecration

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 Read more about Help Build a Permanent Home for Tara: Statue Consecration[…]

Lama Willa and Lama Rod quoted in article about HH Karmapa’s visit to Harvard Divinity School

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 Read more about Lama Willa and Lama Rod quoted in article about HH Karmapa’s visit to Harvard Divinity School[…]

NDF Annual Report 2013 and Letter from Lama Willa Miller

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 Read more about NDF Annual Report 2013 and Letter from Lama Willa Miller[…]

Teaching Dharma in the West (an Asian Perspective)

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 Read more about Teaching Dharma in the West (an Asian Perspective)[…]

Dissertation Reviews features Lama Willa’s work

The website Dissertation Reviews has a feature on Lama Willa’s “Secrets of the Vajra Body” By Jenny Bright Published: April 14, 2014 Willa Miller’s dissertation focuses on Yang dgon pa Rgyal mtshan dpal’s (1213-1258) Explanation of the Hidden Vajra Body (Rdo rje lus kyi sbas bshad), and provides Buddhist and Tibetan studies scholars a rare portrait of a Read more about Dissertation Reviews features Lama Willa’s work[…]

Wonderwell featured in two NH Magazines

Wonderwell Mountain Refuge was recently featured in two NH Magazines: New Hampshire Magazine and Kearsarge Magazine. Here’s a quote from the New Hampshire Magazine article titled “Practice Meditation in New Hampshire: Meditation and mindfulness: going deep in the Granite State” BY MADISON KRAMER The Wonderwell retreat center looks how you’d want a meditation retreat to look, offering a breathtaking view of Mount Croydon and Read more about Wonderwell featured in two NH Magazines[…]

New York Times Op-ed: The Morality of Meditation

Work by Gaëlle Desbordes and the Lama Willa was recently mentioned in a New York Times Op-ed titled The Morality of Meditation. Congratulations Gaëlle and Lama Willa! By DAVID DeSTENO Published: July 5, 2013 Meditation is fast becoming a fashionable tool for improving your mind. With mounting scientific evidence that the practice can enhance creativity, memory and scores Read more about New York Times Op-ed: The Morality of Meditation[…]