Sivananda Ashram & other spiritual retreats in Upstate New York, via NYTIMES.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Dec 18, 2008
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I’ve spent nearly a fourth of my life at spiritual retreat centers—I lived and practiced and studied at Karme Choling while at high school in Vermont, and for a year after, and for many summers…and I’ve spent 10 summers and a few years working for Shambhala Mountain Center, in Colorado. And I did a little time at Denma Ling. But beyond my limited experience—Shambhala Buddhist retreats—there’s hundreds of other such institutions, a few of which are profiled in the below recent New York Times article. All offer spiritual practice and study, work, community and a respite from mental and physical ADHD culture.

Click here for article with slideshow, with thanks for tip to Marc Matheson, who wrote:


Today’s New York Times features a visit to contemplative communities located in upstate New York state, USA, including Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, located in Woodstock and the seat of His Holiness Orgyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa.
Other centers profiled include Zen Mountain Monastery, Vivekananda Retreat, Dai Bosatsu Zendo, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch, Blue Cliff Monastery, and Ananda Ashram. Missing is Sky Lake Lodge.

…The three dozen participants started out with two half-hour Buddhist meditation sessions before dawn. They then spent the next two hours doing what’s called work practice, which consisted of scrubbing toilets and raking leaves, all in silence. An afternoon of instruction on the essentials of Buddhism led to more meditation, cleaning the dinner dishes, and sleeping in dorm-style accommodations. Sunday was an abbreviated version of the day before.

Perhaps what was the most unusual aspect of this austere weekend at Zen Mountain Monastery in Mount Tremper, N.Y…




About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


3 Responses to “Sivananda Ashram & other spiritual retreats in Upstate New York, via NYTIMES.”

  1. lindsey says:

    Thank you Waylon! My heart literally felt like it was filling up as I was reading the article! I’ve written in the past about my time at Ananda Ashram. I found visiting there essential to keeping a good perspective while living in New York City, which I certainly found overwhelming at times. City dwellers can also check out Joan Suvall’s talks in the city the first Wednesday of every month at the Arch Space (details on, for a little taste of ashram life in the city.

  2. Vinn says:

    Please do not use red text on your website, as this can hardly be read by the
    visually impaired.