The Art of Appreciation Retreat
October 16-25, 2015
Thank you to all of our guests from the Asian Classics Institute who came and made “The Art of Appreciation” such a resounding success! Over 140 people from 10 different countries joined us in the high desert for teachings by Geshe Michael Roach, long-time benefactor and teacher at Diamond Mountain. He continued his translation and instruction on Pabongka Rinpoche’s Gift of Liberation, a great work of ancient wisdom describing the Steps on the Path to Enlightenment.
We also enjoyed special treats like dance classes with the talented Elisa Monte and a classical guitar concert by Dr. Eduardo Costa, internationally renowned artist. In addition, there was yoga, celebration, and a 3-day deep retreat nestled within the 10 days.
During the event we celebrated the Grand Opening of our new Je Tsongkapa Student Center. Chef Chaz and his staff prepared delicious meals in our state-of-the-art kitchen that we enjoyed together in our beautiful new dining room.
One our favorite things here at DMRC is seeing the peaceful and shining faces of our guests when they emerge from deep retreat! This is the second event DMRC has hosted where guests completed their own silent personal retreats within the 10-day program. After a traditional ceremony to establish a retreat boundary, guests spent three days in silent contemplation and practice of what they had learned.
We also had the special treat of celebrating two weddings during the 10 days. Congratulations to the happy couples!
Our thanks to Rob Haggerty Jr & others, for these wonderful photographs!