New York’s Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains are home to many monasteries and retreat centers. Dharma teachers from the East were attracted to the beautiful mountainous area with its close proximity to New York City. Almost all the major Buddhist sects are represented, including traditions that originated in Tibet, Vietnam, Korea, China, and Japan. Meanwhile, healing centers, not necessarily affiliated with a particular tradition have also sprung up.
Spending time at one of these centers is a good way to be introduced to meditation. Having all of these centers in one location gives us the additional opportunity to compare the various ways meditation is practiced. If you don’t have the time or the money to head to the East and want to experience meditative practice in all its variety, this region would be worth visiting.
Here is a limited list of meditation retreat centers in upstate New York. Check this calendar for retreats offered at these centers.