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June 2, 2022—June 5, 2022

In Person: The Future of American Buddhism Conference

To attend a retreat or event: all guests, teachers, and staff are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 including any eligible boosters. If this is not an option, a medical exemption with documentation from a doctor is required,  a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours AND a personal quarantine for 72 hours before arriving on site. 
We will continue to follow any COVID-19 guidelines set forth by our local officials, NYS and the CDC.

Naropa University and the Lenz Foundation present an in-person gathering of our network and the larger American Buddhist community of which we are all a part.

The conference series consists of a robust online run-up training and discussion program which will commence virtually, and culminate with the conference at Garrison Institute in June, 2022.

The in-person gathering will feature: 

  • 6 LIVE Panel Discussions
  • Twice-daily workshop sessions
  • Daily Yoga and Meditation Practice
  • Grant-making Panel

You must complete both of the following steps in order to fully register for this retreat.


The discussion topics reflect the Lenz Foundation’s response to an online conference plan survey (65 different organizations responded), as well as extensive discussions among members of the conference advisory committee.

Themes explored: 

  • Tradition and Innovation—how is Buddhism appropriately innovating in an American context without losing connection with its Asian transmissions and roots?
  • Leadership, Power and Empowerment—how are American Buddhist communities addressing abuses of power to create healthy communities? How are leaders and teachers across diverse identities being empowered?
  • Dharma for the Environmental Crisis—how is American Buddhism contributing to solving the critical environmental issues of our time?
  • Engaged Buddhism—what are examples of engaged initiatives in America that bring contemplative methods to social, educational, and political issues?
  • BIPOC Wisdom and Skillful Means—how are BIPOC, Asian-American and other Buddhist communities bringing innovative new structures and modalities to American Buddhism?
  • What is an inclusive sangha? Digital Dharma and Virtual Sangha—what new platforms and venues are propagating dharma in America, and how has this changed the face of American Buddhism?

American Buddhism is in a time of major transition. This moment of rapid social change is influencing the development of American Buddhism, even as American Buddhism is having an outsized influence on our culture. Our communities have provided a refuge for personal spiritual growth, but many have been sidetracked by privilege, cultural insularity, and spiritual materialism. How can we open to the wealth of diversity and potential for spiritual depth dedicated to the welfare of the world? We need to break free from the isolation of our individual communities, caused in part by the pandemic, and come together. We need to identify lessons learned from the past and explore how to move into a collective future informed by our younger generation and the many voices that represent American Buddhism today. We invite you to engage in an inclusive, interactive, dynamic conversation that will bring diverse practitioners from various lineages, generations and social locations into deeper connection. Together we can shape a vision to foster wise and compassionate action in the future. Let us gather to reflect on this moment and actively shape our future through community vision, conversation, and collaboration. Please join us!

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.

Registration Options

Dorm Room SOLD OUT
Double Room
Single Room
These costs include room and board only. Please be in touch with the group regarding any additional program fees.
NOTE: Dorm rooms are for groups of 3 or 4. Roommate(s) may be specified when registering.