Woodstock, New York This glittering temple may look like it belongs in the Himalayas, but in fact, it’s the North American monastic seat of His Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa, the spiritual head of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism—and it’s right here in Woodstock. Guests come to meditate, study Buddhism, and sample the ascetic life. But there’s a catch: Each day, you have to do 90 minutes of “karma yoga” (read: washing dishes and maintaining the grounds). It’s like meditation camp, with monks as counselors.
Karma Triyana Dharmachakra
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Located on 230 acres of forest preserve in New York’s beautiful Catskill Mountains, Zen Mountain Monastery (ZMM), the mainhouse of the Mountains and Rivers Order (MRO), is one of the West’s most respected Zen Buddhist monasteries and training centers. Since its inception in 1980, ZMM has offered spiritual practitioners innovative ways to engage the Buddhist teachings through a wide range of retreats and residential programs that take place within the context of authentic, full-time Zen monastic training. Throughout the year, our teachers, staff and special guests lead retreats that highlight each of the areas that form ZMM’s unique training matrix: the Eight Gates of Zen, a Western rendition of the Buddha’s Eightfold Path
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Woodstock Jewish Congregation
Saugerties, NY is dedicated to the advancement of Jewish ethics, culture and religion. We strive to enable participants to enrich their lives through Jewish worship, celebration, practice, study and fellowship. We are committed to maintaining our loving character by treating all people with care and respect, and to fostering our connection with the state of Israel and Jews around the world. We draw from all streams of Jewish practice. Men and women have an equal opportunity to participate in bringing forth our goals.
It is our hope that the spirit of holiness and the passion for justice generated within our congregation will overflow into our families, workplaces and community at large so we might do our part in fulfilling the ancient directive “to be a light unto the nations."