New Year’s Dharma + Yoga Retreat : Opening Dialog 2017

Opening Dialog with Sharon Salzberg and Robert A.F. Thurman : Tibet House US Annual New Year’s Dharma and Yoga Retreat at Menla Retreat and Dewa Spa, Phoenicia, New York, December, 2017.

This is an excerpt from the Tibet House US Member Archive recording of the “Real Love: Annual Dharma + Yoga Retreat” with Sharon Salzberg & Robert Thurman held in Phoenicia, New York at Menla January, 2017.

To learn about the Annual Dharma + Meditation retreat with Sharon Salzberg & Robert AF Thurman at Menla please visit:

Opening Dialog with Sharon Salzberg and Robert A.F. Thurman : Tibet House US Annual New Year's Dharma and Yoga Retreat at Menla Retreat and Dewa Spa, Phoenicia, New York, December, 2017.Photos of Robert Thurman  and Sharon Salzberg by Justin Stone-Diaz.

“Bob and I are old friends. Bob, before he was at Columbia, was at Amherst College and the center that I co-founded, the Insight Meditation Society, is in Barre, Massachusetts which is about 45 minutes away from Amherst.

So I remember Bob living in this big yellow house and these are the days when the Dalai Lama would come to visit, as I’m told, you know, wander around Bob’s house opening up closet doors and saying things like, “Untidy. Untidy..” So we got to be friends. Then Bob came to New York City, Columbia, and eventually they established this gorgeous retreat center called Menla Mountain Center in Phoenicia, New York and we began teaching there together.

We come from two different strands of Buddhist tradition and yet I think we both enjoy really exploring the relevance of these teachings to modern life really as we find it.”

Sharon Salzberg via


Sharon Salzberg is a central figure in the field of meditation, a world-renowned teacher and New York Times bestselling author. She has played a crucial role in bringing meditation and mindfulness practices to the West and into mainstream culture since 1974, when she first began teaching.

She is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA and the author of ten books including NY Times bestseller, Real Happiness, her seminal work, Loving Kindness and her most release by Flatiron Books, Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection.

Suggested Books + Audio by Sharon Salzberg

Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection (Book), Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation (Book), Real Happiness at Work (Book), Voices of Insight (Book), Loving Kindness (Book), Faith (Book), Love Your Enemies (Book), Heart as Wide as the World (Book), Insight Meditation : A Step by Step Course on How To Meditate (Audio + Book), Room to Breathe: An At-Home Meditation Retreat (Audio), Loving Kindness Meditation (Audio) & Guided Meditations for Love & Wisdom (Audio).

To learn more about Sharon Salzberg please visit:
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About Robert A.F. Thurman

Robert Thurman is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University as well as co-founder and President of Tibet House US and it’s Menla Retreat & Dewa Spa in service of HH Dalai Lama & the people of Tibet. To listen to his free weekly podcasts please visit:

Suggested Books & Audio by Robert A.F. Thurman:

Man of Peace: Illustrated Life Story of Tibet’s Dalai Lama (Book), Infinite Life: Awakening to Bliss Within (Book), Anger: The Seven Deadly Sins (Book), Inner Revolution (Book), Circling the Sacred Mountain : A Spiritual Adventure Through the Himalayas (Book),  Essential Tibetan Buddhism (Book), The Tibetan Book of the Dead: The Great Book of Natural Liberation Through Understanding in the Between (Book)  The Jewel Tree of Tibet: The Enlightenment Engine of Tibetan Buddhism (Book),  The Central Philosophy of Tibet (Book),  The Holy Teaching of Vimalakirti: A Mahayana Scripture (Book), Life & Teachings of Tsong Khapa (Book), Why the Dalai Lama Matters: His Act of Truth as the Solution for China, Tibet, and the World (Book) Tibetan Book of Health: Sowa Rigpa, The Science of Healing (Book) & Liberation Upon Hearing in the Between: Living with the Tibetan Book of the Dead (Audio).

Connect with Robert A.F. Thurman