• Deluxe Queen – $928.00
  • Private Queen – $862.00
  • Private Queen Shared Bath – $842.00
  • Deluxe Double (Shared Room) – $728.00
  • Deluxe Double - Shared bath (Shared Room) – $688.00
  • Quad (Shared Room) – $530.00
  • Camping – $480.00
  • Commuter – $440.00

Pricing includes Accommodations, Meals and Tuition

Location: Menla

Address: 375 Pantherkill Rd, Phoenicia NY 12464

[email protected]
(845) 688-6897 ext 7507

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Anxiety, Depression & Addiction: Buddhist Psychological Insights for Mental & Spiritual Health for Modern World

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

August 18 - 20, 2017

In his earliest teachings, the Buddha put forth an Eight Fold Prescription for mental and spiritual health. The most spiritual of the world’s psychologies and the most psychological of the world’s religions, Buddhism can best be approached as a set of treatments for mental and emotional dis-ease.

At the heart of the Buddha’s method lies a strategy of changing one’s relationship with one’s inner voice. In anxiety, depression and addiction, the inner voice is accustomed to being in charge. Buddhism seeks to undermine the control habit of the inner voice by creating critical distance from its dictates through mindfulness and critical inquiry (vipassana). This critical distance, when learned, can be a powerful complement to other forms of therapy and can sometimes be a treatment in its own right.

Throughout the weekend we will teach, discuss, question and practice elements of the Buddhist approach.

Comparisons will be proposed to contemporary trends in Western psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. Meditation instruction and time for silent reflection will be offered and relevant teachings from Buddhist philosophy will be described.

12-Step Meetings at Menla

Menla will be sponsoring two open 12-step meetings for anyone actively recovering from, or interested in recovering from, alcohol, drugs, and other addictions. A topic or short reading will be chosen to start the meeting, followed by round-robin sharing. Prior attendance of 12-step meetings not required—open to all with an open mind!  

We will also offer a one hour discussion-based introduction to 12-step recovery, with Q&A, for those not aware of what 12-step programs are and how they work.  (All meetings will be held in the Tara Sanctuary)


Friday August 18th

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


Saturday August 19th

7 – 8am Open 12-Step Meeting (Tara Sanctuary)
7 – 8am Tibetan Nejang Longevity Yoga (Nalanda Conference Center)
8 – 9am 
9:30 – 12pm 
Program (Nalanda Conference Center)
12 – 1pm 
1 – 2pm Spirituality and Addiction: Intro to 12-Step Recovery (Tara Sanctuary)
2 – 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 
Program (Nalanda Conference Center) 


Sunday August 20th

7 – 8am Open 12-Step Meeting (Tara Sanctuary)
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


CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program. SCRC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SCRC maintains responsibility for the program and its content. SCRC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association. For questions about CE, visit or contact David Lukoff, PhD at [email protected]    

  • Please check with your state licensing organization as to the acceptance of the above credits.

***Please check with your state licensing organization as to the acceptance of the above credits. If 14 CE’s are desired, additional cost is $35 by check payable to “SCRC” at the event. Participants must attend all sessions, starting at 7:30 pm Aug 18 2017, to receive 14 hours of credit. No partial credit will be given. Partial credit is not available for those who miss any of the registered times***


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
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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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