Texas Retreat Center



Center Information

In November of 2000, with the inspiration of our friend and teacher, Karola Schneider, and the blessings of our main teacher, Lama Ole Nydahl, 6 of our Diamond Way friends in the Houston area purchased 12 acres of land. We now have The First Diamond Way Buddhist Retreat Center In America! As the Karma Kagyu Lineage was known in Tibet for its great yogis, this is a great blessing. Now we can begin building up this wonderful land with the energy and inspiration of the Texas Diamond Way Sanghas and our national and international guests. Check here to see the beautiful landscape of the T.R.C.

Monthly Meditation and Workdays on the Retreat Land

Beginning at 9:00am on the second Saturday of every month, we hold a morning meditation followed by a workday for all of those who can make it out. We have many special projects that we are working on, and general maintenance on the buildings and grounds is a continual process. Your help is always greatly appreciated.

We also come together as a group for weekend Ngondro Retreats a few times a year . These preliminary practices of purifying body, speech and mind, are the foundations on which later, Mahamudra practice will rest. The retreat center provides us an amazing opportunity to do extensive meditation practice and, at the same time, build up the land to hold future courses by all of our main teachers and Lamas.

Individual Retreats and Our Open-Door Schedule

Although our main practice as a group is the weekend ngondro retreats, anyone looking to do individual practice is welcome to visit at any time. For extended personal retreats please contact the Texas Retreat Center in advance (see contact information below). But if you're in the neighborhood and just looking to do a short meditation, you can stop by at any time.

***A message to new people***
At each meeting, we are always happy to give an introduction to our group and methods, and answer any questions. For the weekend and individual retreats however, we advise people to attend a few of the weekly meditations at any of our Texas Centers to get an understanding of our school of Buddhism in general and specifically the Diamond Way philosophy, view, and meditations we use.***

For more information please feel free to contact Rami Owens at 281-431-0375 or 713-806-8667 or by E-mail at TRC@diamondway.org.

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Directions to The TRC

We are located at 302 East Palm Road, Fresno, Texas 77545 (16 miles south of downtown) which is north of Hwy 6 on Almeda/FM 521 approximately 5 miles south of Beltway 8.

From Downtown:

Take 45 to 288. Take 288 S past Beltway 8. Exit Shadow Creek Parkway/ McHard Rd. Turn right on McHard Rd. Turn left on 521. You’ll pass a Texaco and a big purple barn on your left. When you see the small green sign that says “Mustang Bayou,” its almost an immediate left onto East Palm Rd. If you reach Highway 6, you’ve gone too far. 302 E Palm Rd. is 1/4 mile down on the right.

From the Galleria area:

Take 610 S. Take 288 S past Beltway 8. Exit Shadow Creek Parkway/ McHard Rd. Turn right on McHard Rd. Turn left on 521. You’ll pass a Texaco and a big purple barn on your left. When you see the small green sign that says “Mustang Bayou,” its almost an immediate left onto East Palm Rd. If you reach Highway 6, you’ve gone too far.

From League City, Clear Lake area:

Take 45 N. Take Beltway 8 West and exit 288 S. Take the first exit (Shadow Creek Parkway/McHard Rd). Turn right on McHard Rd. Turn left on 521. You’ll pass a Texaco and a big purple barn on your left. When you see the small green sign that says “Mustang Bayou,” its almost an immediate left onto East Palm Rd. If you reach Highway 6, you’ve gone too far.

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