Milarepa Center is a Tibetan Buddhist retreat center in the Gelugpa tradition. We host a variety of programs encompassing compassionate and wise practice through study, meditation, and service.

Fall Service Retreat

October 8-9, 2016

"Serving others from the heart is the best offering"
-Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Join us for Milarepa's Fall Service Retreat

Vegetarian meals, accommodations and blessings!

Come for the day or spend the night free of charge. Families are welcome.

Overnight retreaters: Please RSVP by October 3 for overnight accommodations and indicate if you can bring your own tent. Indoor accommodations are limited and priority will be given to those who cannot camp.

Day retreaters: Please RSVP by October 7 with date of attendance.

Everyone: Please also let us know your skill set and preferred work so we can have tools and service teams pre-arranged.

Email milarepa@milarepacenter.org or call 802-633-4136

Services needed: cutting down trees, chopping wood, closing the garden, hanging prayer flags, autumn cleaning, putting up storm windows, preparing meals for work party volunteers, miscellaneous chores, and getting ready for winter.

This is also an excellent opportunity to meet the new Director and hear about the exciting upcoming plans for Milarepa Center.

Saturday, October 8: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m.: Welcome and motivation for the day
12:30 p.m.: Lunch and welcome new Director Merry Colony
5:00 p.m: Buddhist practice and dedication of the day's merit
6:30 p.m.: Dinner for those who stay the night

Sunday, October 9: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m: Breakfast for those who stay the night
9:00 a.m: Motivation for the day
12:30 p.m: Lunch
3:00 p.m: Stay for a "sur" offering ceremony to the local entities living on the land. This is an excellent occation to pray for loved ones who are sick, dying, or have passed away. Final dedication of the weekend.
4:00 p.m: The day will conclude with tea and snacks

You're welcome to leave earlier if needed

Please let us know if you would like to bring a prepared meal to share for lunch or dinner. Thank you for your generosity!

Please join us for this joyful weekend of service and welcoming our new Director. See you then!

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Milarepa Center fosters a safe and peaceful environment encouraging rich contemplative practice. We offer instruction in both concentration and guided meditations that help participants cultivate mindfulness and thus a happier life.



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Practice Schedule

Each month there are days set aside in the Tibetan calendar which are auspicious for specific practices. It's very helpful for Milarepa Center and its community to do these practices whenever possible. We invite you to join us for the various rituals or pujas we have scheduled.






Milarepa Center
1344 U.S. Highway 5 South
Barnet, Vermont 05821
(802) 633-4136