• Campground Site – $110.00
  • Shrine Hall Room (Shared) – $150.00
  • Shrine Hall Room – $250.00
  • Retreat Room (Shared) – $180.00
  • Retreat Room – $240.00
  • Commuter – $90.00

Location: Samye Hermitage New York

Address: 412 Glimmerglen Road, Cooperstown, NY, USA

Contact: [email protected]

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The Path of Dignity: Weekend Workshop

With Sophie (Shu-chin) Wu

July 26 - 28, 2024

We invite you to join this weekend workshop on Phakchok Rinpoche’s latest book, Awakening Dignity: A Guide to Living a Life of Deep Fulfillment, with co-author Shu-chin (Sophie) Wu.
The notion of dignity is crucial to the question of how best to live a meaningful and fulfilling life, particularly for today’s environment in which so many of us experience self-doubt, low self-esteem, and feelings of being trapped by anxiety, dissatisfaction, or even success. How, in such a circumstance, can we gain authentic and unshakeable dignity? In Awakening Dignity, Phakchok Rinpoche draws from the Tibetan Buddhist wisdom tradition to offer a unique and fresh approach to answer this question.

From the Buddhist perspective, dignity is an inherent quality of fundamental wholeness and completeness that we all naturally possess: our true nature is pure and our heart is noble. In this guide, Phakchok Rinpoche shows how knowing that we are whole and complete already—and gaining trust and certainty in that understanding—can counteract the common feeling that we are not enough, that something is missing.

Gaining unwavering trust in ourselves protects us from life’s ups and downs. With genuine dignity, we are not riddled with uncertainty, anxiety, or self-doubt. Rather, we are able to face any circumstance with confidence, clarity, and compassion. Through reflections, examples, and simple meditations—such as embracing adversity and practicing compassion—Awakening Dignity provides all the tools necessary to fully embody our fundamental dignity.

Program Details:

For those attending in person, early check-in will take place from 3:00 to 5:00 on pm on Friday, evening check-in from 7:00 to 8:00 pm on Friday, and a late check-in period from 8:00 to 9:00 am on Saturday morning. Meals are included for all attendees, whether or not you are staying on-campus. A daily schedule will be shared shortly before the retreat begins.

Financial Support:

This retreat has been priced to cover the many costs that go into organizing such an event, which includes food, labor, supplies, and, of course, time. We strive to price our retreats to cover these costs, while leaving a modest amount of surplus to help us maintain our physical campus year-round.

We are also committed to making our retreat as accessible as possible, so for those who are in need of financial assistance for either the online or onsite retreat, please send a message to [email protected] for details on how we can help.



Sophie (Shu-chin) Wu
Trained in Chinese intellectual history at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Sophie teaches Asian history and philosophy, including Buddhism, as an associate professor at Agnes Scott College. Her current academic research focuses on Chinese and Tibetan independent films and contemplative education. As a longtime student of Buddhism, Sophie is a board member and meditation instructor for Phakchok Rinpoche’s organization. She lives in Atlanta with her husband. In her (imaginary) free time, Sophie enjoys home-roasted coffee, nature hikes, and traveling.
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