Just as with her own life a mother shields
from hurt her child,
her only child,
Let all-embracing thoughts
for all beings be yours.
— The Buddha, the Metta Sutta
Eighteen years ago the word mission stood at the heart of what was to become The Mountain Hermitage. The founding of The Mountain Hermitage would manifest a deeply personal mission – to transform a dynamic idea to actions that would carry the Dhamma into the wider world. The few, but powerful words of The Mountain Hermitage Mission Statement have steered every action we have taken, every retreat, and now every online offering we have offered, and guided our continuing efforts to realize that vision in all that we do.
We define our sole purpose: To offer the Buddha’s teachings … to spiritual seekers in their search for truth and liberation, and add this significant commitment:…with a heartfelt emphasis on multicultural practitioners.
On behalf of those we serve, we invite you to join us as we bring this heartfelt emphasis to fresh reality through supporting spiritual seekers. For many prospective retreatants, monastics, and people all over the world, the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting economic downturn have exacerbated an already difficult financial condition. Scholarship needs for our in-person and online retreats have increased over the past seven years and will likely continue into the uncertain future that faces us all.
Words from a Grateful Scholarship Recipient
“I am filled with a sense of joy, delight and amazement that such good fortune could be part of my life.
The time at the Retreat went by quickly, each day revealing some new aspect of clinging to ‘I, Me and Mine’ and
allowing the graceful release of that habitual clinging.”
Your generous gift of $1,000, $500, $250, – or whatever amount you feel you can share, will help support TMH and an array of 2021-2022 TMH online & in-person retreat offerings that embody our core mission of bringing the Dhamma to all. The Mountain Hermitage is navigating these uncertain and turbulent waters as best it can. But make no mistake – it is wholly the support and shared mission commitment of friends in the Dhamma that breathe life and vitality into all that we do.
Because of the generosity of all of you who have supported us in the past and who continue to support us, The Mountain Hermitage is able to continue as an organization and to continue offering in-person & online retreats in the upcoming year and beyond… At this time of great uncertainty, we find ourselves in the unique situation of offering in-person retreats which may or may not happen due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We have shifted gears toward offering online practice opportunities and we have much gratitude to the Dhamma teachers, Dhamma practitioners, and our dedicated board of directors and staff who continue to support us and our mission. We are blessed indeed!!
2020 ONLINE OFFERINGS
Marcia Rose offered 4 Sunday International Sangha Mini-Retreats ONLINE on the following dates: September 27, 2020; October 25, 2020; November 22, 2020; and December 27, 2020.
Another online retreat was the Half Day People of Color ONLINE Retreat on October 10, 2020. The guiding teachers for this retreat are Kamala Masters and DaRa Williams. This retreat offered an opportunity for exploration of what constitutes authentic personal expression of the traditional teachings and what bridges the contexts of practice between the Buddha’s time and our present day cultures.
Finally, from November 8 – 12, 2020, Marcia Rose with teaching assistant Kristina Baré taught a Five-Day Concentration/Samatha Online Dana Retreat for Experienced Students. This Concentration retreat supported the strengthening of mindfulness which leads to wisdom. This retreat was open to experience students.
2021 – 2022 ONLINE & IN-PERSON RETREAT OFFERINGS
February 11 – 18, 2021 “The Heart of the Matter” Metta-Upekkha Online Dana Retreat with Marcia Rose & teaching assistant Kristina Baré
April 10, 2021 International Sangha Online Mini-Retreat “The Great Blessings of Our Precious Human Existence” with Marcia Rose
June 11 – 18, 2021 Finding Freedom Through Insight Meditation Online Dana Retreat with Brian Lesage
August 15 – 21, 2021 Recognizing Natural Awareness Insight Meditation Retreat with Gregory Scharf @ Blue Sky Retreat Center @ San Geronimo, Taos, NM CANCELLED
Update on TMH’s COVID – 19 Protocol
It is our deep hope that the November, December 2021 & the February 2022 retreats will be held in-person. However, as you all know, it is hard to predict the future. We want to make sure that everyone participating at a TMH retreat will be safe. We will continue to seek guidance from our NM department of health and the CDC as well as from our Board, teachers, and staff. If you apply for one of these 3 aforementioned retreats, you will be asked to submit a copy of your vaccination card, agree to wear a mask when in a space with other people, and agree to follow certain guidelines that will help us all stay healthy. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Thank you again for your support of TMH and for your patience and understanding.
See our Retreat and Event Schedule for extensive information on these 2021 & 2022 retreats — including the Practice Guidelines document, the Application Form and Scholarship Forms.
“It was my deepest practice experience, and rewarding in more ways than I could have imagined.”
AND PLEASE NOTE:
Every month we add a new Dharma article to the Reflections on Practice page.
Please check back for new insights.
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