Three Principal Paths

A New Year’s Teaching with David K Stumpf

December 28, 2018 – January 1, 2019


Bring in 2019 in a supportive environment of fellow spiritual seekers. Learn how to cultivate more joy and build healthier habits using the Buddha’s wisdom.

Join Diamond Mountain and David K Stumpf for this introductory class on the Buddhist path to happiness and success.

Over the New Year’s Weekend you will:

  • Receive an introductory overview of the entire Buddhist path from suffering to perfect happiness.
  • Have ample time for personal reflection, contemplation, and journaling
  • Have the opportunity to discuss your practice with David
  • Be immersed in a community supportive of personal growth and renewal

“The three principal paths are renunciation, the wish for enlightenment (or “bodhichitta”), and correct view of emptiness. According to Pabongka Rinpoche’s commentary, “The three principal paths are like the main beam that supports all the rest of the roof; your mind must be filled with these three thoughts if you hope to practice any dharma at all, whether it be the open or the secret teachings of the Buddha. A mind caught up in renunciation leads you to freedom, and a mind filled with hopes of becoming a Buddha for the sake of every living being brings you to the state of omniscience. A mind imbued with correct view, finally, serves as the antidote for the cycle of life”.

Je Tsongkapa(1357-1419), author of Three Principal Paths

“It was the best gift I could have given to myself” – Ale Jasso, attended the 2017 New Year’s Teachings

DKS and wrenches 3A humble Buddhist practitioner for many years, David K Stumpf finished 3 years, 3 months, 3 days of silent retreat in 2014.  He is the author of a compilation of advices on the Buddhist deity White Tara’s prayer and lives with his lovely wife in Tucson, AZ where he enjoys volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and catching up on the latest Minions movie.


Friday, December 28, 2018 3:00pm


Tuesday, January, 1, 2019 1:00pm


Registration Rates^

 Private Cottage   Private Room    Shared Room   
Single Registration  $420  $270  $200
Couple’s Registration**   $460  $310  N/A

^In keeping with his lineage, David teachings are offered free of charge.  Your Registration fee covers accommodations only.  If you find benefit from the teachings a donation to the teacher at the end of the program is strongly encouraged.

**Couple’s Registration is for a shared Queen bed in a Private Cottage or Private Room. Price is per couple.

No meal plan is offered for this teaching.  All cottages have a full kitchen for cooking your personal meals. Please bring the groceries you’ll need for the duration of your stay!

Cottage Information

Most of our Eco-friendly cottages retreat include 12-volt solar electricity, composting toilets, a full kitchen with clean, running water and passive solar design which allows them to naturally stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.  Some cottages have solar heated hot water while others have on-demand hot water systems.

Please visit our Cottages page for more details.

Preparing for Your Retreat

Download this helpful document: Preparing for your Visit – Three Principal Paths.docx

Sample Schedule

Friday, Dec 28 
3:00-4:00 pm  Check-In
5:00 pm  Orientation
5:30-6:30 pm  Dinner
7:00-9:00 pm  Class 1
Saturday, Dec 29
9:00-11:00 am  Class 2
12:00-1:00 pm  Lunch
2:00-4:00 pm  Class 3
5:30-6:30 pm  Dinner
7:00-9:00 pm  Class 4
Sunday, Dec 30 
9:00-11:00 am  Class 5
12:00-1:00 pm  Lunch
2:00-4:00 pm  Class 6
5:30-6:30 pm  Dinner
7:00-9:00 pm  Class 7
Monday, Dec 31 
9:00-11:00 am  Class 8
12:00-1:00 pm  Lunch
2:00-4:00 pm  Class 9
5:30-6:30 pm  Dinner
9:00 pm-midnight  New Year’s Celebration
Tuesday, Jan 1 
9:00-11:00 am  Group Meditation, Q&A
12:00-1:00 pm  Lunch
1:00 pm Farewells

Cancellation Policy

Registration fees are 75% refundable if cancellation occurs prior to November 28, 2018.

No refunds will be offered if cancellation occurs on or after November 28, 2018.  You are welcome to request an exception to this policy.