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[…]
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 Read more about August 2016 Newsletter[…]
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 Read more about July 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[…]
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[…]
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 Read more about March 2016 Newsletter[…]
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 Read more about February 2016 Newsletter[…]
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 Read more about October 2015 Newsletter[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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 Read more about August 2015 Newsletter[…]
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 Read more about July 2015 Newsletter[…]
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 Read more about June 2015 Newsletter[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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)[…]
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[…]
Natural Dharma Fellowship happy to announce that Maureen McGee has been voted to join the NDF Board. Maureen has already been serving NDF as a member of the Governance and SanghaCare Committees and is a Mitra in the Margha Program. Welcome, Maureen!
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[…]
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[…]
NDF launches its first live-stream schedule! Join us from anywhere in the world for live webcast teachings this year, beginning in June. http://www.naturaldharma.org/live-teachings-schedule/
Illustrated here, from the January Visioning weekend, are three areas of development with NDF’s core values threading throughout the foundation, sustaining our growth.
We are very pleased to announce that a beautiful Tara statue has arrived at Wonderwell. Our deepest gratitude goes out to everyone who made this possible.
Lama Willa’s Everyday Dharma makes it to a Kindle edition! Check it out here.