Diamond Mountain Retreat Center
Where Meditation flourishes
Based upon our unparalleled record of retreat instruction and practice, Diamond Mountain Retreat Center, wholeheartedly welcomes everyone—users of the ancient methods for attaining deeper spiritual realization—and modern secular seekers after a happier, more balanced life.
We believe in retreat as a way to help all people achieve their personal, spiritual, and professional goals.
We practice and live the Buddhist tradition of Je Tsongkapa (who lived 1357-1419). The center was founded 19 years ago by Americans who were trained in this tradition by Khen Rinpoche, Geshe Lobsang Tharchin (1921-2004),
one of the greatest Tibetan lamas of modern times. It was incorporated in the state of Arizona as a Buddhist religious non-profit organization in 2001.
Diamond Mountain, Inc is a 501 c(3) nonprofit organization
Geshe Michael Roach returns to Diamond Mountain for a 10-day retreat exploration of Nagarjuna’s Wisdom. We will investigate the deeper meanings of his writings, and how to apply his understanding of reality to our daily lives. We will also be studying ACI 3: Applied Meditation direct from Geshe Michael with new insights and learnings over the last twenty years of teaching around the world.
Geshe Michael Roach will continue translating of Master Nagarjuna’s (~250AD) masterpiece, simply titled Wisdom. Geshe Michael will combine guided, deep meditation with teachings over the course of a 4-hour class. This in-depth class will be followed by lunch and the afternoon is free for personal study and retreat. Homeworks will accompany each class to help you gain a deeper understanding of the morning’s teachings and learn how to apply the morning teaching to your life.
ACI continues this summer with its third teacher training module in two parts: 1) in-person training at Diamond Mountain with Geshe Michael Roach and Senior ACI Faculty at the Wisdom of Nagarjuna Retreat, and 2) then an intensive five days at Diamond Mountain Retreat Center with ACI Faculty to train more deeply and delicately as an ACI Teacher.
Immediately following the Arya Nagarjuna Retreat, Diamond Mountain offers an exclusive opportunity to experience 3 full days of supported solo retreat and enjoy the sweet and magical blessings of self-guided retreat. Take time to relax, rejoice, meditate and contemplate on what you have learned and how you have grown in 10 short days. Allow the teachings and realizations you’ve experienced in the past 10 days settle into your subconscious and transform your life in a very deep and powerful way.
Diamond Mountain retreat houses are available for a solo retreat or group rentals. Retreaters are supported by a team of knowledgeable, experienced meditators. Our staff care for our guests in every aspect of their retreat experience, from guidance on how to prepare for your retreat to meditation instruction once you’ve arrived.
Diamond Mountain offers unparalleled conditions for retreats of all types. Our 27 private retreat houses, spread over 1,000 acres, offer a joyful connection to the rhythms of nature around you. Enjoy walking paths and spectacular night skies filled with stars. Located in the pristine desert mountains of Arizona, an hour from the nearest grocery store, Diamond Mountain Retreat Center offers a space designed to support you on your journey of self-discovery.
Guided by Buddhist values that hold kindness, service and contemplative wisdom in the highest regard, our vision is to provide you with all the conditions necessary to nurture your inner growth for a happier life, regardless of your belief system or religion.
We have highly trained clergy in residence at Diamond Mountain, always prepared to give counsel and guidance.
Are you interested in using service as a spiritual practice?
We offer several volunteer programs (2 weeks – several Months) and if you are interested in staying for a longer period of time at Diamond Mountain, please check out our open positions.