The Hermitage: Kunzang Samten Yangtse
A Kagyu Meditation Centre in the West
Dharma Fellowship of His Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa maintains a Hermitage
for meditation and spiritual practice on Denman Island, one of the small
gulf islands that lie off the West Coast of British Columbia, Canada.
Founded in 2005, the Hermitage provides simple facilities for those
seeking spiritual renewal, for inner peace and self-realization, within
a serene Buddhist setting. Still very new, and with no funding other
than what comes from dedicated members, the property is very much in
an early stage of development; nevertheless events, meditation
retreats, teaching sessions, the participation
of Lamas and teachers, and the growth of a
definite spiritual presence, has already begun to emerge.
The Hermitage is made up of 60 acres of extremely beautiful gently rolling
farm land, consisting of four open grassy meadows bounded by thick forest,
and a number of buildings including a 30 foot Yurt used as our temple.
Deer roam freely throughout the day through the fields. The place is
Each year, the Hermitage holds a series of guided meditation retreats for both beginners and
experienced meditators. These group retreat sessions have typically
involved 12 to 15 people and we now find ourselves with a waiting
list of applicants who wish to attend upcoming
retreats. Hermitage meditation retreats are open to all who apply
and are entirely supported by your generous donations.
The Hermitage hosts a number of highly venerated Lamas, spiritual teachers and scholars for teaching sessions and retreats. These events are open to all who apply to the Dharma Fellowship
registrar. All teaching retreats and meditation guidance given at the Hermitage are supported by donation. The existence of the Hermitage is entirely dependent upon your generosity.
At present, the Hermitage has only a few available rooms, and while
camping on Hermitage land is allowed when permission is sought, our
advice is to find accommodation at one of the wonderfully comfortable
The Dharma Fellowship is able to fund the costs associated with running classes
and retreats at the Hermitage, and managing the Hermitage property,
through your donations alone. To grow our community and vision for
the Hermitage, we
need your financial support. The Hermitage
has been granted charitable status by the Government of Canada, which
means we can issue tax receipts for donations. Can you help? If
so, please click the image at right to donate online via PayPal, print
our PDF donation form, or contact
us for more information about becoming a patron.
It is hoped that a small ordained resident community of Buddhist monks
and nuns will evolve naturally, over time, at the Hermitage. If you
are thinking of dedicating yourself to a life of prayer and meditation
in the Kagyu tradition, please see What it
means to be Buddhist monk or nun »
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