Respite for a Worried Mind

Sunrise comes early in Vermont

The morning air is cool and the grass is damp as a heavy mist blankets the surrounding hills. Thinking about the first quiet night in you can’t remember how long you make your way across the lawn to the main house for breakfast. The aroma of freshly brewed coffee fills the dining room. The worries of the workweek don’t weigh as heavily on your mind as they did yesterday.

A bumper sticker on a car in the yard proclaims, “hasten slowly and you will soon arrive.” The pace here is slow, but what you have missed is the flurry of activity as work-study participants have prepared the morning meal, made water offerings, and readied the gompa for the morning’s meditation session.

Gompa is the Tibetan word for meditation hall. You have arrived at Milarepa Center, a Tibetan Buddhist retreat center in the Green Mountains of Vermont. The Center practices Tibetan Buddhism in the Gelugpa tradition. Gelugpa is the tradition of His Holiness The Dalai Lama.

Welcome to Milarepa Center (source: Greg Cundiff)

Milarepa Center, part of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition lead by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, holds retreats and hosts world-renowned meditation teachers during its main season. As recently as 2010 the Center hosted a Kalachakra for World Peace offered by His Eminence Choden Rinpoche.

Venerable Amy Miller and other monastics and teachers offer teachings on the Tibetan Buddhist path for beginners and advanced students alike. There are even children’s activities at the Center such as the annual Family Camp.

Milarepa Center is an ideal place to explore your mind. The air is clean and the atmosphere is both relaxed and respectful. The campus sits on 273 rolling acres and features dormitory space and private retreat cabins. Visit the Center’s website to discover how you can regain that which you already possess.

Hasten Slowly and You Will Soon Arrive (source: Greg Cundiff)