A Retreat with Venerable Amy Miller
Wake Up Time: Establishing a Path to Peace and Contentment in Challenging Times

Saturday, November 11 from 10am to 5pm
Sunday, November 12 from 1pm to 6pm

at Jewel Heart Center


Isn’t it exhausting trying to keep up with all of your daily activities? Do you sometimes feel like a hamster on an endless spinning wheel, frantically engaging with life? Do you want to learn how to decrease stress, deal with situations manageably, and make realistic and positive changes to your lifestyle? What about treating yourself to peace of mind with some calming meditation? And if now is not the best time, then when?

It’s wake up time!

Join us for this delightful retreat experience with Venerable Amy Miller, during which we’ll explore the Buddha’s teachings and a variety of guided meditations that will enhance your happiness, sense of wholeness, and well-being. Meditations that follow a graduated path to enlightenment will be offered, including:

  • appreciating our precious human life
  • death and impermanence
  • karma
  • transforming suffering into happiness
  • developing the good heart
  • the nature of reality (emptiness)
  • tonglen (taking and giving)

There will be short teachings, discussion, and a Q&A afterward.

This retreat is especially recommended for Discovering Buddhism students who have participated in Module 3: Presenting the Path. It is a unique opportunity to integrate the teachings and instructions from this module through formal meditation practice. This is also a wonderful opportunity for anyone interested in developing a meditation practice or deepening an already existing one. Open to all levels of practitioners.

Dates and Times:

Saturday, November 11:
10am-1pm: 2 meditation sessions, short teachings, and discussions with a tea break (silent)
1pm-2pm: lunch break (silent)
2pm-5pm: 2 meditation sessions, short teachings, and discussions with a tea break (silent)
Sunday, November 12:
1pm-6pm: 3 meditation sessions, short teachings and discussions with tea breaks (silent)


Jewel Heart Center: 260 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Directions: 260 West Broadway is just below Canal Street. The entrance is in the St. John’s Lane alleyway that runs parallel to and between Varick Street and 6th Avenue. Here is a map showing the location of Jewel Heart Center.

Subway Transportation: 1 to Franklin St.; A, C, E to Canal St.; N, R to Canal St.

Suggested Donation:

Weekend Retreat: $110, which includes light refreshments, lunch, and materials.
Shantideva Meditation Members: $99

Donations may be made online or at the door.


To register, click here.

Online registration will close at 3pm on Friday, November 10. Walk-ins are welcome.

Financial Assistance:

While the Dharma is given freely and no one is turned away for lack of funds, we invite you to inquire about volunteering or other ways you might support our efforts to make these teachings available in New York. As an emerging volunteer organization, Shantideva Meditation Center relies entirely on donations to cover the cost of space rental, transportation, housing, materials, and administration. Thank you for your generosity.

To apply for a scholarship, please complete:
Scholarship for Shantideva Meditation Center (Word document) and email it to: email hidden; JavaScript is required at least one week before the event. We are happy to answer any questions at (646) 801-1579.


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 if you would like the funds to be used for a specific purpose.

About the Teacher:

Photo by Charles Eshelman

Ven. Amy Miller 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 directed several FPMT centers and projects for decades and has completed a seven-month solitary retreat. Her 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. Venerable teaches and leads retreats and pilgrimages around the world.

She will lead a very special pilgrimage in the Kathmandu Valley up to Lawudo in October 2018. Her teaching schedule and other information can be found at www.AmyMiller.com.