“I’ve recently returned from a week at Karuna, and if I didn’t have to work, I’d probably still be there. My purpose in going was to give my practice a booster shot, so to speak.
Coming from a background in Zen, I chose Karuna because they welcome people from all Buddhist traditions. I found that the Dharma teachings provided melded seamlessly with my “zenny” understanding of such things, and the meditation method taught there, though a little different in focus to what I had been doing, is very user-friendly and will, in fact, be a great companion as I continue my solitary way here in a country where there are no Buddhist centers at all.
The teachers at Karuna know their stuff and present it thoughtfully, clearly and with great passion and dedication. I also noticed that they went out of their ways to aim personalized teachings at both visitors and residents alike, which I appreciated. I was truly impressed with how much care and effort everyone put into their various jobs at Karuna - the yoga teacher is great too!
So, all that said, I would recommend a stay at Karuna to anyone at any level of experience and from any background. Being there is time well spent.
Please tell Laura and Phillip (meditation teachers) that I was sorry I didn’t get to say goodby and thank you in my rush to leave. Tell them I appreciate them for things they probably are unaware of. And you too - thanks again,