Visiting/Covid Policy as of May 2022: Visits to the center are arranged by appointment. Milarepa Center wishes to keep everyone safe and kindly asks that those who are not vaccinated wear a mask when visiting the center. All visitors are asked to practice social distancing while inside the center/gompa. Visitors are welcome to visit the land and the stupa during regular business hours, however, please note that we are actively hosting private retreaters at the center and on the land. We ask that all visitors to the land please respect retreat boundaries and avoid areas that are marked as such when visiting. Drop-in visits to see the center or visit staff are discouraged in order to protect the retreat environment.
Private and Group Buddhist Retreats in Vermont
Milarepa Center is a rural Tibetan Buddhist Retreat Center. Our center operates under the spiritual direction of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and our affiliate organization, The Foundation for The Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, also known as the FPMT. Milarepa Center follows the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism founded by Tibetan master Je Tsongkhapa Lobsang Drakpa (1357-1419).
Following the advice of our spiritual director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Milarepa Center’s current primary focus is providing space and support for both short-term and long-term private retreat. We also offer public programs and teachings when we are able.
We welcome those who would like to join us for daily morning prayers and/or monthly practices, offer service to the center, or use our meditation space by contacting us to arrange this in advance. We kindly discourage drop-in visits so as not to disturb the private retreat environment.
“Retreat offers a situation where it is possible to fulfill our basic human potential and develop all the positive qualities within ourselves.”
-Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Milarepa Center is dedicated to providing integrated education through which people’s minds and hearts can be transformed into their highest potential for the benefit of others, inspired by an attitude of universal responsibility and service.
Situated on 276 acres of serene Vermont beauty, we offer private retreat space, teachings, and special events in a contemplative environment for practitioners of all levels.
"I have done two 4-5 day private retreats at Milarepa Center, one in Ensapa cabin and one in Marpa cabin. These were my first private retreat experiences and I can't imagine a better place for it. Both cabins were comfortable beyond my expectations, while remaining simple and conducive for serious practice. Nestled into the rolling hills of rural Vermont, surrounded by beautiful woods and meadows, it's hard to imagine a more peaceful and inspiring environment for contemplation and meditation. I felt instantly welcomed and supported after speaking with Dawn, the center's Director, and was confident I would have everything I needed and could go to her with any problems or concerns (none of which arose!). I can't wait to go back, and I hope all who are interested in private retreat are able to come visit Milarepa Center!"
- Emma Markham, September 2020