A Weekend with David R. Loy: Buddhist Teacher, Environmental Activist, Author

A Weekend with David R. Loy:  Buddhist Teacher, Environmental Activist, Author

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Healing Ecology:  A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency

Evening Public Talk and Weekend Retreat/Workshop

With David R. Loy


Friday September 18, 2015   (Evening Public Talk)

Saturday September 19 – Sunday September 20, 2015   (Weekend Retreat/Workshop)

San Geronimo Lodge,  Taos, New Mexico


Intro for the public talk:

Public Talk Title:  Why Buddhism and the Modern World Need Each Other: the nonduality of personal and social transformation.

This lecture is open to the public and will address issues that we face daily. The highest ideal of the Western tradition has been to restructure our societies so that they are more socially just. The most important goal for Buddhism is to awaken and realize one’s true nature, which puts an end to dukkha “suffering/unsatisfactoriness” due to the delusion of a separate self. Today it has become obvious that we need both; not just because social transformation and personal transformation complement each other, but because each project remains incomplete without the other.


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Retreat Title:  “Healing Ecology: A Buddhist Perspective on the Eco-crisis”

This day and a half retreat will focus on important questions and issues related to the topic. There will be periods of sitting meditation and reflection, interspersed with large and small group discussion.

David Loy writes: “Does Buddhism provide any special insight into the ecological crisis? Do its teachings imply a different way of understanding the biosphere, and our relationship to it, which can really help us at this critical time in history, when we are doing so much to destroy it?

Though Sakyamuni Buddha lived in a very different time and place, Iron Age India, according to the Buddha,there are precise and profound parallels that can be madebetween our usual individual predicament and our present ecological situation. The basic problem in both cases is an uncomfortable sense of separation, our misunderstanding of that discomfort, and thus our inappropriate responses, which tend to aggravate the initial difficulty.

This suggests that the eco-crisis is as much a spiritual challenge as a technological and economic one. Does this also mean that there is also a parallel between the two solutions? Does the Buddhist response to our personal predicament also point the way to resolving our collective one?”


This retreat is open to anyone interested in exploring these topics.


Teacher David R. Loy is a professor, writer, and Zen teacher in the Sanbo Zen tradition of Japanese Zen Buddhism. He is a prolific author, whose essays and books have been translated into many languages. His articles appear regularly in the pages of major Buddhist journals as well as in a variety of scholarly journals. He is on the editorial or advisory boards of various journals and international organizations.

David lectures nationally and internationally, focusing primarily on the encounter between Buddhism and modernity: what each can learn from the other. He is especially concerned about social and ecological issues. He also leads meditation retreats. (To find out about David Loy and his forthcoming lectures, workshops, retreats, and books, please see his website: www.davidloy.org)


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The Retreat Facility

San Geronimo Lodge is situated among fruit trees along the banks of the Acequia Madre, and provides the privacy, quiet, and sense of harmony that is most conducive to intensive practice. There is a beautiful meditation hall and indoor and outdoor walking areas.

The Mountain Hermitage will have full use of San Geronimo Lodge during this weekend with David Loy. There will be bedrooms available to book for those who wish to spend Friday and/or Sat. night at the Lodge. The meditation hall, walking spaces, dining room, kitchen and bedrooms are all within one building. There is one wheelchair accessible double bedroom, to allow for an attendant, if needed.



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Friday September 18, 2015 Evening Public Talk will be from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm.Fall aspens Durango mts 2

Retreat/Workshop Schedule on Saturday and Sunday

Saturday September 19, 2015

9:00 a.m. – Workshop begins

12:30 p.m. – Lunch

1:30 p.m. – Workshop continues

5:00 p.m. – End of first day

                                                                                                                                  Sunday September 20, 2015

                                                                                                                                 9:00 a.m. – Workshop begins

                                                                                                                  12:30 p.m. – Workshop ends and Lunch begins


Fees for the Friday September 18, 2015 Evening Public Talk only is $10 per person. If you will just be attending the Evening Public Talk, you can pay at the door. All proceeds will go to David R. Loy.

Fees for the weekend retreat/workshop (including the Friday Evening Public Talk) are on a sliding scale to allow you to pay according to your means. Our actual cost for the weekend events is $135 per retreatant. A portion of our scholarship funds is being allocated for this retreat to allow us to continue to offer the low range on the sliding scale. Please pay as much as you are able to allow others to attend who need to pay less. Any amount above $135 will be gratefully received and treated as a tax-deductible donation.

Sliding scale fee: $60 – $150

*The above fee does not include lodging at the San Geronimo Lodge. If you would like to stay at the Lodge please contact Pam Tyler at 575-751-3776. The Lodge has created a special discount rate for those who are participating in this retreat/workshop. The rate is $99 per nightfor a double occupancy room (breakfast is included.) If you have more than two people in a room, there will be an extra $20 per person charge. Please make your overnight reservations at least one month ahead of the retreat/workshop to ensure availability.*Buddha Touch Earth Mudra cropped



The retreat fees only cover basic expenses and operating costs. David Loy is offering this weekend without asking for any set fee for himself. He will depend on DANA – on the generosity of the participants- for his support.

DANA, an ancient Pali word meaning generosity, giving, or gift, is central to the 2,600-year-old tradition of Buddhism. The teachings of the Buddha have been offered freely since the time of the Buddha. There was and is no way to put a price on the teachings of the truths – they are valuable beyond any fee one could set.

At the end of the retreat, envelopes will be provided for you to offer Dana to David. Giving to the teacher, from the heart, whatever feels appropriate, is the practice of Dana. You may also wish to offer Dana to the Hermitage staff or to The Mountain Hermitage itself to support operating expenses and future scholarships.


Use of Fees

Your fees for this weekend retreat/workshop will be used to pay for: rental of the San Geronimo Lodge space and attached expenses; other general retreat expenses; a retreat cook; food expenses; teacher transportation; and a small parsonage allowance to the teacher to help cover ongoing home expenses for the duration of the retreat.


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Please send your deposit with your registration for the weekend retreat/workshop. The deposit is $40 minimum.

The deposit will not be banked until your registration is confirmed and will be applied to the total fee. The deposit will be returned in full to those who are still on the waiting list at the time that the retreat begins.



The full deposit must accompany your application. No monies will be banked until you are accepted into the retreat.

The balance of the retreat fee is due when you arrive for the retreat. You are also most welcome to mail the balance to us in advance. If possible, we appreciate you paying the full fee (deposit plus balance) at the time of application or on acceptance of your registration as this improves our efficiency. However, this is not absolutely necessary.

Please pay by check or money order in US funds, drawn on a US bank. We cannot accept foreign cash or bank drafts, but we can accept international money orders in US dollars. From January 1, 2015 you will be able to pay by credit card via PayPal.

Checks/money orders should be made payable to THE MOUNTAIN HERMITAGE.


Cancellation Policy

Cancellation fees apply to all confirmed registrations.

Cancellations received on or before August 3, 2015: your deposit will be returned minus a $5 cancellation fee.

Cancellations received between August 3 and August 21, 2015: your deposit will be returned minus a $15 cancellation fee.

Cancellations received between August 21 and September 9, 2015: your deposit will be returned minus a $30 cancellation fee.

Cancellations received on or after September 9, 2015, including non- attendance at the retreat: your deposit cannot be refunded. If you have already paid the balance, then that balance will be refunded minus the $40 cancellation fee/deposit. CANCELLATION FEES WILL BE APPLIED TO THE MOUNTAIN HERMITAGE SCHOLARSHIP FUND (after the cost of the retreat is covered).

In the event of specific, unusual emergency circumstances, the cancellation policy can be discussed with The Mountain Hermitage Office Manager after the retreat is concluded.

If you attend the retreat but for some reason decide on your own to leave early, the deposit and balance you have paid cannot be refunded to you.


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Anyone interested in attending the Weekend with David R. Loy retreat/workshop should read this document, then complete the Registration Form and Waiver of Liability, attach your deposit, and mail to: The Mountain Hermitage, P.O. Box 807, Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557

Registrations will be accepted only by mail, not by phone, fax, or e-mail, because they must be accompanied by the appropriate deposit. Incomplete registrations, including those without sufficient deposit, will be returned for completion.

Each Registration Form will be reviewed carefully and processed by date received. We will respond within four weeks from receipt of your application.

If the retreat/workshop is already full when the Hermitage receives your Registration, you will not be accepted and your deposit will be returned if you chose not to be put on the waiting list.


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Places are limited to 40 retreatants for the whole weekend, so early application is advised. Once the retreat is full, you will be notified and placed on a wait list, and we will contact you if a place opens up. If it does not, then your deposit will be returned.

If you are placed on the wait list and you then cancel your registration before a space has become available, your deposit will be returned.

If you are placed on a wait list and are unable to attend the retreat, please let us know immediately. As long as your name remains on a list, we assume you wish to attend. If a space becomes available, we will automatically confirm your registration. Once you are confirmed for a retreat, you are liable for applicable cancellation fees if you subsequently cancel.


Printable Documents and Forms

General Retreat Information

Registration Form

Waiver of Liability Form