Buddhist meditation is booming in the United States. 50 years ago laypeople interested in learning this ancient practice had to travel to exotic lands in Asia, but we are now able to travel a few hours away from our homes and participate and learn.
If you are reading this post I am sure you are aware of the benefits of meditation, so I will not bother going into them. I am writing this post to compile and share a list of different retreat centers in the United States. Most of these places I have not visited personally. Some of them you can stay for free, some of them you need to pay for retreats. Some of these places are retreat centers and some of them are actual monasteries. A former professor at my University was the main compiler of this list, so send your love to him. I know there are probably dozens others that I did not mention. Here is the list:
These two centers are located in California. They were founded by Tarthang Tulku, who was one of the first Tibetans to come to America. They are very well established and offer live/ work programs and retreats.
This retreat center was founded by the Tibetan master, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinponche
Wonderwell Retreat Center is located in New Hampshire. It was founded by Lama Willa Miller who is an American woman with more than a decade of retreat experience.
These three centers are in Thich Nhat Hanh’s lineage. Deer Park is in California. Blue Cliff is in NY, and Plum Village is in France
These centers are in the Shambhala lineage founded by Chogyam Trungpa. Karme Choling is in Vermont. I have been on a retreat there and found the accommodations to be very comfortable and the people were interesting and some had a lot of experience. Gampo Abbey is in Canada and Rocky Mountain Center is in Colorado and the last link helps you find Shambhala centers around the US/world.
Tibetan Center near Denver founded by an America Lama
This Zen center was founded by Zen Master Joan Halifax
This organization was founded by Bernie Glassman. There are many meditation groups around the country in this line
San Francisco Zen Center has two other sister locations. They are in Shunryu Suzuki Roshi’s line who wrote the classic Zen Mind Beginner Mind
Zen Mountain Monastary in NY offers a one month and one year live and work program. Unfortunately you need to pay for these unlike some other centers
Sonoma Mountain Zen Center in California. It is in Suzuku Roshi’s Soto Zen style
Zen Mountain Center in Calfornia
Furnace Mt Zen Center in Kentucky
Center in New Hampshire that offers retreats
This link is for the Insight Meditation Society. It was founded by Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein and Sharon Salzberg. It is in Barre, MA. I have never been there but I have heard good things
This center is headed by Bhante G who wrote Mindfulness in Plain English. It is located in West Virginia.
This center is located in Northern California outside of San Diego. It is in the Thai Forrest Tradition and is headed by Ajahn Geoff who is a great American master.
This monastery is in the same lineage as the one above. I have stayed here and although it is new it is in a beautiful location with several monks who live there.
This center was founded by Jack Kornfield. It is in California
The infamous SN Goenka centers. There are several across the United States. I have been to the center in Texas and I got my own room. Also pretty incredible that there is not cost.
Tis’ the season to attend a retreat and deepen your practice. Are there other places that I missed?