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July 31, 2020—August 2, 2020

In-Person: Compassion Meditation for an Aching World – A Dharma Gates Retreat with Miles Bukiet

What is compassion meditation? How do we practice it? How does it make us more resilient and able to face challenges? How does it equip us to see what needs to be done and do it? How can it support social, environmental, racial, and economic justice movements?

In a world beset with grave challenges, it is easy to fall into paralysis, nihilism, and reactionary anger. But crises can inspire another way forward – a path of love and effective action.

As we work to make a positive impact, we gain power from turning to ancient practices that have long sustained and strengthened those working to embody kindness and care. During the retreat, we will explore how such practices can empower us to act skillfully in the face of crises.

Join a cohort of emerging leaders (age 18-28) for a weekend of training contemplative skills (mindfulness of breathing & body, compassion cultivation, and interpersonal meditation) and building community. This, like all Dharma Gates retreats, will be an opportunity both to practice and to connect with peers.

Dharma Gates is a non-profit committed to making intensive meditation training accessible to young people.

All experience levels are welcome.

We offer several payment options based on your financial ability. If you need financial aid, just ask. We are deeply committed to accessibility no matter your situation.
To request scholarship funding for this retreat, please visit this page on the Dharma Gates website. 

The health and safety of our guests and staff is a top priority for the Garrison Institute. We continue to follow the health and safety guidelines pertaining to COVID-19 as set forth by our local officials, New York State and the Center for Disease Control. Please visit this page for more information about the new safety protocols in place as well as answers to frequently asked questions.


Miles Bukiet spent most of his twenties studying meditation and related mind-body disciplines full-time at monasteries and practice centers in Thailand, India, China, and the United States. This included more than two years of solitary retreat. He is a co-founder of Dharma Gates and a teacher of meditation at New York University. He received a Master’s in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently studying Social Work at Columbia University. More info: milesbukiet.com

To request scholarship funding for this retreat, please visit this page on the Dharma Gates website. 

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