Three Rivers Retreat


The Upaya Zen Center of Santa Fe, NM, hosted “The Great Tributaries Retreat: Exploring Compassion, Wisdom and Emptiness in Three Buddhist Schools” (aka the “Three Rivers Retreat”) May 10 – 12, 2014. Upaya provided a rare opportunity to compare and contrast three schools of Buddhism: Dzogchen, Zen, and Vipassana each represented by Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Roshi Joan Halifax, and Sharon Salzberg respectively. After giving individual talks, these three teachers gathered together and answered questions from retreatants attending from all over the world. As they interacted and shared stories, the obvious affection and respect between the three teachers created a warm container, often filled with laughter. The Upaya setting provided an atmosphere as though you had stepped into a pool of serenity. Thanks to Roshi Joan, her organized, hard working residents and the volunteer staff for an unforgettable experience.