Glimpsing the Nature of Mind:
Meditation Retreat in Upstate New York
with Ven. Amy Miller

Friday, April 14 to Sunday, April 16
at Garrison Institute

Register via Garrison Institute (space is limited)

This weekend is a wonderful opportunity to take a break from the daily grind, experience the happiness of a calm mind, and strengthen our spiritual practice. This immersion experience will allow us to return with newfound insights and will offer tools to develop a healthy mind on the path to enlightenment.

As in previous years, we will experience the integrative approach that has made these retreats so successful. Alternating concentration (shiné) and analytical meditations, we will keep silence during the breaks, focusing on each moment as an opportunity for practice and transformation.

The nature of mind will be a central theme during this retreat. As our mind quiets, we are able to observe it more accurately and develop the tools for making it more stable, flexible, and sharp. Under the kind and wise guidance of Ven. Amy, we will gain a deeper experiential understanding of the mind’s continuity beyond this life, its unlimited potential, our deep connection to others, and what it means that “everything comes from the mind.”

This retreat will benefit both relatively new Buddhists and more experienced practitioners. Join us for our third annual spring retreat at Garrison Institute with Ven. Amy Miller.

Quotes by students from last year:
The level and depth of my meditation practice achieved in the idyllic setting of the Garrison Institute, under the guidance of Ven. Amy Miller, simply cannot be compared. So looking forward to repeating this experience once again.” -Lauren, Shantideva Member
The Garrison Institute is a perfect setting to immerse yourself in Venerable’s expertise with her wise and warm style. I am very much looking forward to attending!” – Wendy, Shantideva Member
The Shanditeva Meditation Center retreat led by Ven. Amy at Garrison Institute has become a yearly must-not-miss-event in my calendar. Surrounded by friendly folks, it is a great way to deepen one’s practice…and the food is glorious.” – Georges, Shantideva Member
Dates and Times:

To receive a detailed schedule, please click here.

Friday, April 14
Registration is from 3 to 6pm, followed by dinner and an evening session. Silence will start after dinner.

Saturday, April 15
There will be sessions of concentration and analytical meditations with short discussions and an opportunity to take the Eight Mahayana precepts and do purification practices.

Sunday, April 16
There will be sessions of concentration and analytical meditations with short discussions. The retreat will conclude after lunch. Silence will break before lunch.

Location and Directions:

Garrison Institute: 14 Mary’s Way, Route 9D, Garrison, NY 10524

Garrison Institute, although located in a very tranquil environment, is also relatively close to New York City.

By train: Garrison, New York is just over an hour from Grand Central Station. Take the Metro North Railroad to the Garrison Train Station via the Hudson Line. Train times vary but generally arrive and depart approximately every hour. A no-cost, no reservation required shuttle service is available from the Garrison Train Depot to the Garrison Institute during registration hours (approx. 3-6pm) and immediately after lunch on Sunday. There is also a one-mile-long walking path through the woods from the Garrison Train Depot to the Institute, lovely during good weather.

By car: If you would like to come by car, here are some maps.

More information about transportation (including how to walk from the station and the different options to come by car) is available here.


All-inclusive: retreat expenses, the Center’s teacher offering, accommodations, three vegetarian meals per day, tea/coffee, apples, shuttle from the local train station, and use of facilities.

Single Room : $390 all-inclusive
Double Room: $350 all-inclusive
Triple or Quad Room:$320 all-inclusive
Commuter: $240 all-inclusive


To register via Garrison Institute, please click here.

Please note: If you are registered for the retreat, please read the general information and suggestions page.


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Cancellation Policy:

Per Garrison Institute, for individuals cancelling up to one week in advance of a retreat, there is a $50 processing fee.

For cancellations within a week of the retreat, in addition to the $50 processing fee, there will be a fee of $40 per day for the length of the retreat to cover direct costs for food. If you cancel after 4pm the night before a retreat starts (May 12), there will be no refund. It is in your best interest to be certain of your intention before registering for this program.


If you are inspired to sponsor teacher offerings, the teacher’s lunch, flower offerings, guest refreshments, or the teaching space, please click here. You may indicate in your donation whether you would like the funds to be used for a specific purpose.

About the Teacher:

Photo by Charles Eshelman

While taking a break from political organizing in Washington DC, Amy J. Miller (Ven. Lobsang Chodren) first encountered Tibetan Buddhism in the spring of 1987 during a course at Kopan Monastery in Nepal. Since then, she has spent a great deal of time engaged in meditation retreats, study, teaching, and Buddhist center management throughout the world. Ven. Amy has been teaching extensively since 1992 and was ordained as a Buddhist nun in June 2000 by the great Tibetan master, Ven. Choden Rinpoche. She has also directed several FPMT centers and projects for decades and has completed a seven-month solitary retreat. Click here for a full biography.

Ven. Amy is the co-author of Buddhism in a Nutshell and a contributor to Living in the Path, a series of online courses produced by FPMT. Her teaching schedule and other information can be found at

Ven. Amy’s teaching style emphasizes a practical approach to integrating Buddhist philosophy into everyday life. She is happy to help people connect with meditation and mindfulness in an effort to gain a refreshing perspective on normally stressful living.