Practical Ethics and Profound Emptiness: A Retreat in the Hudson Valley with Venerable Thubten Chodron

Friday, October 6 to Sunday, October 8
at Garrison Institute

Register via Garrison Institute (space is limited)

What makes someone a good leader, and how can we embody those qualities in our own spheres of influence? Join Venerable Thubten Chodron for a weekend of timeless teachings from second-century Indian sage Nagarjuna on how to live in line with our values and by doing so benefit ourselves and all sentient beings. Venerable will teach from her latest book, Practical Ethics and Profound Emptiness: A Commentary on Nagarjuna’s Precious Garland by Khensur Jampa Tegchok.

Dates and Schedule:

Friday, October 6- Sunday, October 8
On October 6 registration will be from 3pm to 6pm, followed by dinner and an evening session.

For a detailed schedule, please click here.

Location and Directions:

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

Located in a very tranquil environment, Garrison Institute is also 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 lovely one-mile-long walking path through the woods from the Garrison Train Depot to the Institute.

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: $250 all-inclusive


To register via Garrison Institute, please click here.


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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, housing, flower offerings, 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

Venerable Thubten Chodron has been a Buddhist nun since 1977 and has studied and practiced Buddhism under the guidance of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tsenzhap Serkong Rinpoche, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and other Tibetan masters. She is the founder and abbess of Sravasti Abbey, a Buddhist monastic community in Washington State. It is the only Tibetan Buddhist training monastery for Western monks and nuns in America.

Ven. Chodron emphasizes the practical application of the Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She has published many books on Buddhist philosophy and meditation in several languages and is the only nun who has co-authored a book with His Holiness the Dalai Lama: Approaching the Buddhist Path (the first in a series) and Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions. Her latest book is Practical Ethics and Profound Emptiness, and her Buddhism for Beginners and Open Heart, Clear Mind are widely recommended introductory books. Other recent publications include Good Karma: How to Create the Causes of Happiness and Avoid the Causes of Suffering, a commentary on The Wheel of Sharp Weapons by Dharmarakshita. The first in a series of books co-authored with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Approaching the Buddhist Path is now available.

Ven. Chodron travels worldwide to teach the Dharma and is active in interfaith dialogue and Dharma outreach in prisons. Visit to access archives of her extensive teachings in video and written form and Sravasti Abbey’s YouTube channel for current teachings and Dharma talks.