Schedule

Tuesday Night TeachingsTuesday Night Teachings
The Four Noble Truths ---- Third of four talks
with Elizabeth Monson
Tuesday, April 22  7:00 pm
Cambridge Friends Meeting House

Buddhist tradition posits the Four Noble Truths as the Buddha's very first teaching -- the foundation of the Buddhist path. In this series of four talks, January 28th, March 25th, April 22nd, and May 13th, we will explore how each truth relates intimately to our process of opening and awakening to our deepest natu... More Details

 
Mindfulness and CompassionMindfulness and Compassion
A Retreat for Couples
with Bill Morgan, PsyD, Susan Morgan, CNS
Thursday, April 24  5:00 pm - Sunday, April 27, 2014 3:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Settle into a four-day retreat where your only job is to tune in to what is happening inside of you and inside of your partner. Remember what it feels like to be present, interested, and appreciative of yourself, your partner, and the life you are creating together. Learn to use mindfulness and compassion practices t... More Details

 
Tuesday Night TeachingsTuesday Night Teachings
Lama Gursam Rinpoche
with Yogi Lama Gursam
Tuesday, April 29  7:00 pm
Cambridge Friends Meeting House

Natural Dharma Fellowship welcomes Yogi Lama Gursam Rinpoche to Cambridge. Rinpoche, whose religious training began at the age of six, is a senior teacher in the Drikung Kagyu lineage, a student of Chetsang Rinpoche (head of the Drikung Kagyu lineage) and Garchen Rinpoche, and the founder of the Bodhicitta Foundati... More Details

 
Tuesday Night TeachingsTuesday Night Teachings
Sacred World
with Lama Willa Miller, Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel
Tuesday, May 6  7:00 pm
Cambridge Friends Meeting House

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 t... More Details

 
Bringing Queerness to the PathBringing Queerness to the Path
An Afternoon Retreat Exploring Sexuality and Buddhadharma
with Lama Rod Owens, Lama Karma Sangye Rinchen
Saturday, May 10  1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Cambridge Friends Meeting House

The Natural Dharma Fellowship invites interested gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, queer, and pansexual practitioners to continue our open and honest exploration of the integration of sexuality and Buddhism within a safe and supportive environment. More Details

 
Brendan Kennedy RetreatBrendan Kennedy Retreat
with Brendan Kennedy
Sunday, May 11  5:00 pm - Sunday, May 18, 2014 2:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

This retreat will focus on different ways of practicing with the mind and without the mind to experience the absence of the thinking and conceptual mind, indirectly accessing with the thinking mind and directly without the thinking mind. Ironically enough, the more you become familiar with the thinking mind the easie... More Details

 
Tuesday Night Teachings ---- Fourth and final talk of this seriesTuesday Night Teachings ---- Fourth and final talk of this series
The Four Noble Truths
with Elizabeth Monson
Tuesday, May 13  7:00 pm
Cambridge Friends Meeting House

Buddhist tradition posits the Four Noble Truths as the Buddha's very first teaching -- the foundation of the Buddhist path. In this last of four talks, we will explore how each truth relates intimately to our process of opening and awakening to our deepest nature. Through expanding our relationship to each noble t... More Details

 
Cultivating Compassion and Serving the WorldCultivating Compassion and Serving the World
with Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche
Thursday, May 15  5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Braun Room • Andover Hall

Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche's teachings are direct, lively, and practical with a strong emphasis on the view of the Great Perfection, the uncontrived non-conceptual meditation of Mahamudra, the tireless implementation of the Bodhisattva’s conduct, and the Mahayana’s teachings on wisdom and compassion. More Details

 
The Art of Training the MindThe Art of Training the Mind
with Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche
Friday, May 16  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cambridge Friends Meeting House

Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche's teachings are direct, lively, and practical with a strong emphasis on the view of the Great Perfection, the uncontrived non-conceptual meditation of Mahamudra, the tireless implementation of the Bodhisattva’s conduct, and the Mahayana’s teachings on wisdom and compassion. More Details

 
The Nature of Mind, Compassion and ActionThe Nature of Mind, Compassion and Action
with Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche
Saturday, May 17  10:00 am - Sunday, May 18, 2014 12:00 pm
Andover Chapel • Andover Hall • 2nd Floor • Harvard Divinity School

Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche's teachings are direct, lively, and practical with a strong emphasis on the view of the Great Perfection, the uncontrived non-conceptual meditation of Mahamudra, the tireless implementation of the Bodhisattva’s conduct, and the Mahayana’s teachings on wisdom and compassion. More Details

 
Natural Awareness               - Event in Freeport MaineNatural Awareness - Event in Freeport Maine
Everyday Practices for Discovering Innate Wisdom
with Lama Willa Miller
Sunday, May 18  11:00 am - Sunday, May 18, 2014 4:00 pm
Tashi Gatsel Ling

Most of us believe that happiness can be established if we just have the right conditions in our life -- The right job, the right home, the right spouse, etc. The timeless teachings of the Wisdom traditions, however, tell us otherwise. The causes of happiness are not primarily external: Happiness is found by disc... More Details

 
Sangha Practice DaySangha Practice Day
Saturday, May 24  6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

All contemplative traditions welcome! Enjoy a relaxing day-long retreat or stay for the weekend. Deepen your solo practice, participate in the Natural Dharma Fellowship Lineage Practices, explore the natural beauty of the seasons of Wonderwell and connect to opportunities for guidance from the teachers in residence. More Details

 
Dharma SundayDharma Sunday
Grit (Paramita Series)
with Lama Samten Drolma
Sunday, May 25  10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Visit the refuge for a Natural Dharma Fellowship morning of meditation, contemplation, and a community potluck. More Details

 
Freedom in MotionFreedom in Motion
Yoga as Embodied Prayer An Introduction to Pranadanda Yoga
with Demetri Velisarius
Thursday, May 29  5:00 pm - Sunday, June 1, 2014 2:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

In this weekend retreat, which is suitable for all levels, we will learn five Kriyas (movement patterns) that will culminate in the expression of Lama Tsoknyi's prayer in movement. More Details

 
Compassion and its ShadowsCompassion and its Shadows
The Work of Opening the Heart
with Lama Willa Miller, Leah Chyten
Friday, June 6  8:00 pm - Sunday, June 8, 2014 3:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Many of us were first drawn to spirituality, and specifically to Buddhism, by it vision and descriptions of the warm, inclusive and awakened heart of bodhicitta. We are drawn also to the teachings and practices that provide tools to develop and train in love and in compassion. However, we rarely consider an absolutel... More Details

 
Breathing Through the Whole BodyBreathing Through the Whole Body
with Will Johnson
Friday, June 13  5:00 pm - Sunday, June 22, 2014 10:00 am
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Part of Natural Dharma Fellowship's Body Series, Will Johnson introduces us to his unique modality, Breathing Through the Whole Body. This embodied Mahamudra retreat incorporates meditation, movement and bodywork to unleash the potential for freedom in the body-mind continuum. In this 8-day retreat participants will ... More Details

 
Skillful CompassionSkillful Compassion
A one day meditation retreat
with Lama Willa Miller
Saturday, June 28  11:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Ranch 1 Halls Hill Road Falmouth

In this one day retreat, we will explore the topic of compassion, and how to deepen is presence in our lives. Compassion is not pity, but rather the deep realization that our pain is the world's pain. Through this kind of understanding, compassion becomes not just a positive human trait, but rather the key to our ful... More Details

 
Sangha Practice DaySangha Practice Day
Saturday, June 28  6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

All contemplative traditions welcome! Enjoy a relaxing day-long retreat or stay for the weekend. Deepen your solo practice, participate in the Natural Dharma Fellowship Lineage Practices, explore the natural beauty of the seasons of Wonderwell and connect to opportunities for guidance from the teachers in residence. More Details

 
Dharma SundayDharma Sunday
Concentration (Paramita Series)
with Lama Willa Miller
Sunday, June 29  10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Visit the refuge for a Natural Dharma Fellowship morning of meditation, contemplation, and a community potluck. More Details

 
Natural Dharma Fellowship Annual Summer RetreatNatural Dharma Fellowship Annual Summer Retreat
Natural Compassion
with Lama Willa Miller, Lama Samten Drolma, Elizabeth Monson
Sunday, July 6  5:00 pm - Sunday, July 13, 2014 1:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

In this week-long meditation retreat, we will explore the role of compassion and love in Buddhist practice. By opening and expanding the heart through specific meditation practices, we discover how situations of difficulty--so often rejected as unwanted and unneeded-- are actually essential to helping us become more ... More Details

 
Sangha Practice DaySangha Practice Day
Saturday, July 26  6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

All contemplative traditions welcome! Enjoy a relaxing day-long retreat or stay for the weekend. Deepen your solo practice, participate in the Natural Dharma Fellowship Lineage Practices, explore the natural beauty of the seasons of Wonderwell and connect to opportunities for guidance from the teachers in residence. More Details

 
Dharma SundayDharma Sunday
Wisdom (Paramita Series)
with Lama Willa Miller
Sunday, July 27  10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Visit the refuge for a Natural Dharma Fellowship morning of meditation, contemplation, and a community potluck. More Details

 
Eco-Dharma Conference 2014Eco-Dharma Conference 2014
with David Loy, PhD, Colin Beavan, Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Dr. Kritee, PhD, Lama Willa Miller, David Stember, Rev. Danny Fisher, Patrick Groneman
Thursday, August 7  5:00 pm - Monday, August 11, 2014 2:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Join us in the foothills of the White Mountains of New Hampshire for a unique event featuring prominent Buddhist teachers, scholars, and environmental activists discussing in depth the intersection of Buddhist practice and stewardship of the earth. Conference participants will also be invited into this discussion. Th... More Details

 
Miraculous ExpressionMiraculous Expression
Natural Meditation and the Creative Process
with Hojin Osho Kimmel, Lama Samten Drolma
Saturday, August 16  5:00 pm - Thursday, August 21, 2014 2:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

How wondrously strange and miraculous it is to be born human. As soon as we enter this world, relationship occurs; expression occurs. Expression is inescapable—in every moment of our life, we are constantly revealing and being revealed. Entering into Buddhist mind training, we begin to look at expression with the u... More Details

 
Vajrayana Annual Practice IntensiveVajrayana Annual Practice Intensive
with Lama Willa Miller, Lama Rod Owens, Lama Samten Drolma
Saturday, August 23  5:00 pm - Friday, August 29, 2014 2:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Join us for NDF's annual gathering for Vajrayana practice. Schedule includes full noble silence, delicious meals, 4 meditation sessions per day, a structured practice schedule, and a daily dharma talk. If you are looking for the time and space for intensive practice, supported by the energy of a group, this retreat i... More Details

 
Sangha Practice DaySangha Practice Day
Saturday, August 30  6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

All contemplative traditions welcome! Enjoy a relaxing day-long retreat or stay for the weekend. Deepen your solo practice, participate in the Natural Dharma Fellowship Lineage Practices, explore the natural beauty of the seasons of Wonderwell and connect to opportunities for guidance from the teachers in residence. More Details

 
Dharma SundayDharma Sunday
Upaya (Paramita Series)
with Lama Willa Miller
Sunday, August 31  10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Visit the refuge for a Natural Dharma Fellowship morning of meditation, contemplation, and a community potluck. More Details

 
Living with DyingLiving with Dying
with Lama Willa Miller, Cheryl A. Giles, PhD, Dr. Jonna Goulding, MD, Dr. Leo Shapiro, MD
Thursday, September 4  5:00 pm - Sunday, September 7, 2014 2:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Being in the presence of the dying can be a rewarding and meaningful encounter. However, it can also challenge us to face our deepest fears and uncertainties. Especially, in the healthcare profession, we are often not offered the tools we need to stay with the truth that our patient is dying. We are often encouraged ... More Details

 
The Wisdom of the BodyThe Wisdom of the Body
Awakening the Energies of the Five Dakinis
with Lama Willa Miller, Lama Samten Drolma, Jane Burdick, Deborah Jai Levy, Janine Grillo-Marra
Monday, September 8  5:00 pm - Sunday, September 14, 2014 12:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

"Great wisdom lives in the body". These are the words of the Hevajra Tantra. In this long weekend program, guided by a team of teachers grounded in practices of the body, we will discover how deep wisdom can be known right through this human form, and through the arts of movement and yoga. Drawing on the theory and p... More Details

 
Sangha Practice DaySangha Practice Day
Saturday, September 20  6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

All contemplative traditions welcome! Enjoy a relaxing day-long retreat or stay for the weekend. Deepen your solo practice, participate in the Natural Dharma Fellowship Lineage Practices, explore the natural beauty of the seasons of Wonderwell and connect to opportunities for guidance from the teachers in residence. More Details

 
Dharma SundayDharma Sunday
Resilience (Paramita Series)
with Lama Willa Miller
Sunday, September 21  10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Visit the refuge for a Natural Dharma Fellowship morning of meditation, contemplation, and a community potluck. More Details

 
Essence Love and the Nature of MindEssence Love and the Nature of Mind
with Tsoknyi Rinpoche
Friday, September 26  5:00 pm - Thursday, October 2, 2014 2:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s precise instructions help us to discover the “essence love” hidden in our emotions, the unconditional warmth and kindness of our basic being. This empowers us to access further qualities of awakening within the deep nature of our minds: clarity, insight, unconfined compassion, bodhicitta. More Details

 
Valley Insight Meditation Society Visiting Teacher RetreatValley Insight Meditation Society Visiting Teacher Retreat
Friday, October 3  - Sunday, October 5, 2014
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

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Write Meditation RetreatWrite Meditation Retreat
with Philip Osgood
Friday, October 10  5:00 pm - Sunday, October 12, 2014 2:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

At the Write Meditation retreat, we will delve into the creative writing process within the context of Buddhist meditation practice and explore how the qualities of mindfulness and compassion can enhance the generative flow of creative writing. This retreat has much to do with Listening... listening with the h... More Details

 
Dharma SundayDharma Sunday
Sunday, October 26  10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Visit the refuge for a Natural Dharma Fellowship morning of meditation, contemplation, and a community potluck. More Details

 
Yin-Yang Yoga and Meditation RetreatYin-Yang Yoga and Meditation Retreat
with Janine Grillo-Marra
Thursday, November 6  5:00 pm - Sunday, November 9, 2014 2:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Experience balance and wholeness through yin yoga and other movement practices, meditation and social silence. Yin yoga is a deep and passive practice while the yang style is gently flowing with a slow and therapeutic approach. Shake Your Soul® is a playful dance-based program. Mindfulness activities, journaling and... More Details

 
Dharma SundayDharma Sunday
with Lama Willa Miller
Sunday, November 30  10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Visit the refuge for a Natural Dharma Fellowship morning of meditation, contemplation, and a community potluck. More Details

 
Dharma SundayDharma Sunday
Jnana (Paramita Series)
with Lama Willa Miller
Sunday, December 28  10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Visit the refuge for a Natural Dharma Fellowship morning of meditation, contemplation, and a community potluck. More Details

 
Natural Dharma's Annual Winter RetreatNatural Dharma's Annual Winter Retreat
The Power of Original Wisdom
with Lama Willa Miller, Lama John Makransky
Friday, January 2  5:00 pm - Friday, January 9, 2015 2:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Begin the year with Natural Dharma's Sangha as we join together to deepen—through meditation and teachings—our connection with our innate original goodness. This week-long retreat, guided by Lama Willa and Lama John Makransky, will focus on transformative practices that allow us to directly access the love and wi... More Details

 
TummoTummo
Level III Vajrayana Intensive
with Lama Willa Miller
Monday, January 12  5:00 pm - Sunday, January 25, 2015 2:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

A deep winter retreat for the transmission of the practice of Tummo (Inner Heat), the first of the Six Yogas of Naropa. This retreat combines teaching, transmission, individual guidance and intensive practice. Teachings occur in the mornings. Afternoons are reserved for individual practice. More Details

 
ChenrezigChenrezig
The Bodhisattva of Compassion
with Lama Willa Miller, Lama John Makransky
Friday, February 20  5:00 pm - Sunday, February 22, 2015 2:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Join Lama John and Lama Willa at Wonderwell for the transmission of the practice of the Bodhisattva of Compassion Chenrezig. The practice of Chenrezig supports the deepening of innate qualities of wisdom and compassion, and is a complement to all forms of meditation practice. More Details

 
Living with DyingLiving with Dying
with Jonna Goulding
Friday, April 10  - Sunday, April 12, 2015
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

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Brendan Kennedy RetreatBrendan Kennedy Retreat
with Brendan Kennedy
Friday, May 8  5:00 pm - Friday, May 15, 2015 2:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

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The Nature of Mind in BuddhismThe Nature of Mind in Buddhism
with Trungram Rinpoche, Lama John Makransky, Lama Willa Miller
Friday, September 18  5:00 pm - Sunday, September 20, 2015 2:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

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Gesture of Awareness and QigongGesture of Awareness and Qigong
with Charles Genoud, Peter Wayne
Friday, October 2  5:00 pm - Friday, October 9, 2015 2:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

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