Diamond Mountain Retreat Center (DMRC) was founded 19 years ago.  It was incorporated in the state of Arizona as a Buddhist religious non-profit organization on May 5, 1999.

Diamond Mountain is located in the quiet foothills adjoining Fort Bowie National Historic Site, in Southeastern Arizona, occupying 1040 acres, with 27 retreat houses, and a total capacity for 100 retreatants. It has a large temple and auditorium seating 150 people; and a new, extensive dining hall and food services building of 2500 square feet, legally approved to accommodate 150 people.

The principal activity at Diamond Mountain is to host retreat groups of all types though primarily within the Buddhist tradition of our founder, Je Tsongkapa (who lived 1357-1419).  The center was founded by American Buddhists who were trained in this tradition by Khen Rinpoche, Geshe Lobsang Tharchin (1921-2004) though we are not affiliated with any foreign religious organization.

We currently host two major Buddhist retreats per year, of 2 to 3 weeks in duration each attended by about 100 people along with other 10-day meditation retreats throughout the year. Additionally, Diamond Mountain is host to individual retreaters that come from around the world for varying lengths of time, from 3 – 90 days, utilizing our specially built houses for the purpose of their personal transformation. Throughout most of the year, we have smaller weekly classes in Buddhist philosophy and literature, and smaller retreats of about 20 to 30 people each throughout the autumn, winter, and spring.

Following traditional Buddhist guidelines which are over 2,000 years old, our founding members selected an ideally remote location for the Retreat Center.

Now Hiring: 

  1. Retreat Center Director
  2. Event and Volunteer Coordinator
    Take our events to the next level.
  3. Guest Services Manager
    Provide the warmth and hospitality that retreaters need to do their work.
  4. Facilities Maintenance Team Member
    You love to “fix” things.

Diamond Mountain is indeed a magical place.

The silence is profound. Working here allowed for lots of personal space and growth. For someone interested in spiritual practice, to be able to work and practice with the support of other practitioners was an amazing opportunity. The days are set up with the flexibility to allow for personal practice in the morning with work and interaction with others for the afternoon. The people who work there are kind, supportive, joyful and compassionate. All in all, it was a wonderful 8-year experience, an opportunity which I will treasure always.

Tahiya Knapp
Guest Services Manager 2014 – 2018
Volunteer: supporting the 3-year retreat in the commissary, which organized food for the 32 retreaters 2011 – 2014

Serve the Lineage

“Diamond Mountain allowed me to balance my desire to serve my lineage while also serving a great number of people who need meditation and retreat centers like Diamond Mountain to allow them to practice deeply to transform their lives. Being a part of this result is a huge boost to why I woke up every day and was happy to work. It is a beautiful, special and sacred place that is just amazing to be living in.”

Michael Dunn
Director 2018 – 2018
Head of Board

Photo by Diamond Mountain Retreat Center