Prices
  • MENLA Deluxe Queen – $862.00
  • MENLA Private Queen Shared Bath – $784.00
  • MENLA Deluxe Double - Shared bath (Shared Room) – $646.00
  • MENLA Deluxe Quad (Shared Room) – $604.00
  • MENLA Standard Single – $668.00
  • MENLA Standard Double (Shared Room) – $608.00
  • MENLA Standard Triple (Shared Room) – $568.00
  • MENLA Standard Quad (Shared Room) – $548.00
  • Shared Dorm Housing – $500.00
  • Camping – $480.00
  • Commuter – $440.00

Pricing includes Accommodations, Meals and Tuition

Location: Menla

Address: 375 Pantherkill Rd, Phoenicia NY 12464

Contact:
[email protected]
(845) 688-6897 ext 0

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Outing the Ego: from Anxiety, Addiction and Depression to Love, Relief and Understanding

With Mark Epstein, M.D. and Robert AF Thurman

August 24 - 26, 2018

Both Buddhist and Western psychologies have found that the ego, the primary mechanism of defense against the unpredictability of the world, is not always to be trusted.  Anxiety, addiction and depression have their roots in the ego’s misguided attempts to control our experience.  Based in a belief in its own separateness, the ego all too often acts in a frightened, clumsy and inefficient manner, whispering to us in our inner thoughts and driving a wedge between self and others.

While the ego is a necessary construction, it can be treacherous.  It is a mistake to give it too much power.  Focused on discussion and meditation practice, this workshop will focus on using the Buddha’s Eightfold Path to bring the ego out of its hiding places.  Until we face the ego head on, we can never find the relief and love we yearn for.  Using material from Mark’s new book, Advice Not Given: A Guide to Getting Over Yourself, as well as ancient Buddhist wisdom, Mark and Bob will offer thoughtful and inspiring alternatives to our habitual egocentric preoccupations.

Partial Scholarship Opportunities

We are very happy to be able to offer a limited amount partial scholarship opportunities for this event. Do note that these will be offered to guests in need on a case to case basis. Please reach out to our director Michael Burbank at [email protected] for more information.

Work/trade options also available. This rate includes 50% off of program tuition, accommodations and meals in exchange for a minimum of 3 hours of work a day. If you are interested in this option please email [email protected]


Schedule

Friday, August 24th

  • 3 – 8pm Check- in
  • 6 – 7pm Dinner
  • 7:15 Welcome Program (Nalanda Conference Center) 

Saturday, August 25th

  • 7 – 8am Tibetan Nejang Longevity Yoga (Nalanda Conference Center)
  • 8 – 9am Breakfast
  • 9:30 – 12pm Program (Nalanda Conference Center)
  • 12 – 1pm Lunch
  • 1 – 4pm Free time for Spa Treatments, Hiking
  • 2:30 – 4pm Qi Gong with Paul Bloom (Nalanda Conference Center Yoga Studio)
  • 4 – 6pm Program (Nalanda Conference Center)
  • 6 – 7pm Dinner
  • 7:30pm Program (Nalanda Conference Center) 

Sunday, August 26th

  • 7 – 8am Tibetan Nejang Longevity Yoga (Nalanda Conference Center)
  • 8 – 9am Breakfast
  • 9:30 – 12pm Closing Program (Nalanda Conference Center)
  • 12 – 1pm Lunch and Departure 

Note: Schedule is subject to change at anytime

 

Teachers

Mark Epstein, M.D.
Mark Epstein, M.D. is a psychiatrist in New York City and the author of a number of books about the interface of Buddhism & psychotherapy, including Thoughts without a Thinker, Going to Pieces without Falling Apart, Going on Being, Open to Desire, Psychotherapy without the Self & The Trauma of Everyday Life. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard University and is currently Clinical Assistant Professor in the Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis at New York University. For more information about Mark Epstein, M.D. please visit www.markepsteinmd.com.
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Robert AF 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 & Spa in service of HH Dalai Lama & the people of Tibet. A close friend of the Dalai Lama’s for over 50 years, he is a leading world-wide lecturer on Tibetan Buddhism, passionate activist for the plight of the Tibetan people, skilled translator of Buddhist texts, and inspiring writer of popular Buddhist books. His most recent book is the 300 page graphic novel, Man of Peace: the Illustrated Life Story of the Dalai Lama of…
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