Michael G. Burbank has been a student of Robert Thurman and HH the XIV Dalai Lama for 20 years, since his undergraduate years at Columbia University. In February of 2002 he was invited to help the Thurmans and Tibet House start the newly acquired Menla retreat. Over the years, he worked variously as Menla's dishwasher, housekeeper, Front of House Manager, and Assistant Director, and since 2013 he has served as Menla's Director of Administration. Michael received the Kalachakra Tantra initiation from His Holiness the Dalai Lama twice--in 2003 and 2017--in Bodh Gaya, India. An avid life-long student and practitioner of Buddhism, Michael teaches weekly classes at Menla and occasionally co-leads Menla retreats. He is working in conjunction with a team of entrepreneurs and mindfulness teachers to launch the Mindforce Institute, a for-profit mindfulness training company intended to further the efforts of Tibet House US/Menla nationwide. In his spare time, he works on spiritually-based graphic novels, including most recently as letterer and co-author of Man of Peace: the Illustrated Life Story of the Dalai Lama with William Meyers and Robert Thurman.
Robert Thurman brilliantly elucidates and vividly brings to life the many dimensions of the Kālachakra Tantra in this special series of study and practice Intensives. The 2018 Kālachakra Summer Intensive is a full 6 days (5 nights) and focuses on a special Kālachakra Mind Mandala sadhana practice which Dr. Thurman himself uses...
Come join us for a spectacular weekend of fresh air and stunning fall foliage. Escape the stresses of your daily life and immerse yourself in the timeless tranquility of our breathtaking 325-acre Catskills forest preserve. This package includes accommodations, delicious and healthy locally sourced meals, a daily meditation and yoga class, traditional and far-infrared sauna & steam […]
In this inaugural retreat, we introduce Buddhist recovery through the lens of the 12 Step model and the 8 Step Recovery Buddhist program that can be a complement or an alternative to other recovery programs. We welcome people to this retreat of all genders, sexualities, races, classes and cultures, who are working in recovery from […]