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Befriending Everyday Life: A Buddhist Retreat

Together we will explore ways in which to support each other in being fully aware to all that is in the present, with all its textures and circumstances. Practicing curiosity about life instead of avoiding it, we can learn to see and let go of misperceptions and habits of mind that constrict and block us from truly living.  Maximum retreat size is 15 guests including teachers.

About the Dharma Teachers


In the late 1990s, while seeking recovery from active addiction, Tom Duva began to practice with the Plum Village community of Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. A few years later, at a local temple, he met and began to practice simultaneously with another Vietnamese Zen Teacher, Venerable Thich Tri Hoang. Tom received transmission of the 14 lay precepts from Thich Nhat Hanh in 2007.  In 2011, he received the Lamp Transmission (Dharma Teacher ordination) from the Venerable Thich Tri Hoang. 

For the last several years, Tom has spent most of his retreat times at Rose Apple Center for contemplation in Vermont. It was at Rose Apple that by chance he met Thay Doji, a monastic Dharma Teacher visiting from France. Tom has continued practicing  diligently with Thay Doji both in the States and in Europe. Tom enjoys offering retreats or daylong practices, where together we may create a container in which to explore our true nature.


Michael Geres met Tom during his own recovery process and has shared much of the same path. Besides his years practicing and attending retreats with Thich Nhat Hanh, Michael practiced extensively with the Venerable Thich Tri Hoang, receiving a certificate in Buddhist Studies from Thich Tri Hoang's Dharma Teacher Order in 2009. Michael received the Lamp Transmission in 2010, and was ordained as a lay Zen Priest in 2012.  Michael enjoys sharing the Dharma with others. His personal experience with addiction and recovery, along with his knowledge of Buddhism, has made him an asset to those seeking a spiritual solution to addiction from a Buddhist perspective. 

For many years Michael was a mentor in the Buddhist correspondence course.  This course, with personal guidance from mentors, offers the means to study and practice Buddhism to those who are incarcerated.

In 1998, Mike and Tom founded Pojama Sangha ( in Manchester, CT.  This Buddhist meditation group continues today to be a refuge to those wishing to encounter the Dharma.

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