Inquire, Expand, Relax

The CRC Welcomes You

The Contemplative Resource Center (CRC) is a unique health and wellness collaboration that offers a variety of services and programs that support the interests and needs of individuals and communities.  We explore the body and mind as an integrated union, and were committed to helping people restore intrinsic, optimal health in alignment with basic wakefulness. We draw from authentic contemplative traditions to create a conscious campus for all in a charming/peaceful guest ranch setting next to the ruggedly beautiful landscape of the Hill Country State Natural Area.

 

There’s an old cowboy saying: “When in doubt, let your horse do the thinking.” When it comes to personal growth, that’s not a bad idea, and the CRC is the perfect place to unplug, unwind and understand yourself and the world a little bit better. We have the land, we have the horses, and our doors are open.

Return to Yourself 

The CRC offers repose and a “soft reset” for people to find their own path to understanding.  We do this through a focalized approach to wellness that promotes reconnection to self, others and nature. We are a mindful resource, and we support people from all walks of life in developing personal proficiency. In fact, exploration is encouraged—both inner and outer!

 

Guests choose from many opportunities to scout the surrounding land as well as choose from a diverse menu of programs and trainings in five fields of study and research:

  • The Contemplative Mind
  • Health and Wellness
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • the Creative Arts
  • Nature Appreciation and Environmental Education.

The CRC is also committed to community outreach, and every program we develop is an opportunity to form meaningful connections. If you’re in doubt, “let your horse do the thinking” among the rolling hills of central Texas. Connect with yourself, the environment, and the community.

The Ukrainian Refugee Crisis

Karma Dechen Choling (KDC), a Warsaw Buddhist Center, in combination with other Buddhist groups in Poland, are offering humanitarian aid to the Ukrainian people with transportation from the Polish-Ukrainian border, cash, a place to stay, food, clothing and other support.

Learn more

Video: The Reality of Community

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche discusses the reality of community in this video preview for the 27th Annual Treasury of Knowledge VOD, available now on the program page.

Watch the preview

The Ukrainian Refugee Crisis

Karma Dechen Choling (KDC), a Warsaw Buddhist Center, in combination with other Buddhist groups in Poland, are offering humanitarian aid to the Ukrainian people with transportation from the Polish-Ukrainian border, cash, a place to stay, food, clothing and other support.

Learn more

Programs and Events

This Fall

The 28th Annual Treasury of Knowledge Retreat

Overcoming Division: Karma, Interdependence and Nondual Wisdom

With Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen

October 28th – 30th, 2022

Please Note: The live program is over but if you register today you will receive access to the recordings until Dec. 31st, 2022.

Are the divisions that everybody is talking about today real?

 

What cultural changes can happen when we look within?

 

Delve into these and other questions during this online weekend retreat, as Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen explains essential points of karma, interdependence and nondual wisdom. We’ll explore how the interrelationship between karma and interdependence leads to insight into the nature of our minds and a recognition of our innate wisdom.

 

Register today!

Available Now

Psychedelics & The Contemplative Path

Video on Demand

How can we apply psychedelic therapies to addiction recovery, PTSD and end-of-life care? Can psychedelics be applied to contemplation? What are the risks?

 

Join us for this Video on Demand series, featuring unique, educated insights from a collection of diverse viewpoints and disciplines. Explore philosophical questions about psychedelic insights, the nature of reality, and awakening, and learn about the history of psychoactive substances in Buddhism and Asian religions.

 

Registration Open!

Preview: The Reality of Community

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche discusses the reality of community in this video preview for the 27th Annual Treasury of Knowledge VOD, available now.

Video on Demand

In Search of “Perfect” Community - Think Big, Go Slow

If you weren’t able to attend Treasury of Knowledge last year, or if you’d like to revisit the teachings, we’re happy to announce that the recordings will be available for purchase on April 19!

 

The importance of last year’s theme: “In Search of ‘Perfect’ Community – Think Big, Go Slow” has amplified over the past few months and more people are finding themselves wanting to reconnect with themselves and their communities. This interactive workshop was webcast around the globe and recognized for the exceptional depth and quality of the dialogue, both within and between the groups, and with Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche himself.

 

Program details

Seizing Transitions as Opportunities

The 24th Treasury of Knowledge Retreat with Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, was originally held October 26 – 28, 2018, in San Antonio, TX. The retreat was an in-person residential program with 100 participants. It was the first year the retreat included an online component, which opened the talks to several hundred additional students from across the country. The program was held at the Staybridge Suites near San Antonio’s famed Riverwalk, just days before Halloween, one of the city’s most lively cultural events, celebrated with days of live music, dancing, costume contests, and parades.

 

The Contemplative Resource Center [CRC] is pleased to present the second program of the historic Treasury of Knowledge Retreat [TOK] Series, which began in 1992, in San Antonio, Texas.

 

Learn more about this Video on Demand Program

This Fall

The 28th Annual Treasury of Knowledge Retreat

Overcoming Division: Karma, Interdependence and Nondual Wisdom

With Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen

October 28th – 30th, 2022

Please Note: The live program is over but if you register today you will receive access to the recordings until Dec. 31st, 2022.

 

Are the divisions that everybody is talking about today real?

 

What cultural changes can happen when we look within?

 

Delve into these and other questions during this online weekend retreat, as Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen explains essential points of karma, interdependence and nondual wisdom. We’ll explore how the interrelationship between karma and interdependence leads to insight into the nature of our minds and a recognition of our innate wisdom.

 

Register today!

Available Now

Psychedelics & The Contemplative Path

Video on Demand

How can we apply psychedelic therapies to addiction recovery, PTSD and end-of-life care? Can psychedelics be applied to contemplation? What are the risks?

 

Join us for this Video on Demand series, featuring unique, educated insights from a collection of diverse viewpoints and disciplines. Explore philosophical questions about psychedelic insights, the nature of reality, and awakening, and learn about the history of psychoactive substances in Buddhism and Asian religions.

 

Registration open!

Video on Demand
In Search of “Perfect” Community - Think Big, Go Slow

If you weren’t able to attend Treasury of Knowledge last year, or if you’d like to revisit the teachings, we’re happy to announce that the recordings will be available for purchase on April 19!

 

The importance of last year’s theme: “In Search of ‘Perfect’ Community – Think Big, Go Slow” has amplified over the past few months and more people are finding themselves wanting to reconnect with themselves and their communities. This interactive workshop was webcast around the globe and recognized for the exceptional depth and quality of the dialogue, both within and between the groups, and with Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche himself.

 

Program details

Preview: What's your mindset?

Seizing Transitions as Opportunities

The 24th Treasury of Knowledge Retreat with Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, was originally held October 26 – 28, 2018, in San Antonio, TX. The retreat was an in-person residential program with 100 participants. It was the first year the retreat included an online component, which opened the talks to several hundred additional students from across the country. The program was held at the Staybridge Suites near San Antonio’s famed Riverwalk, just days before Halloween, one of the city’s most lively cultural events, celebrated with days of live music, dancing, costume contests, and parades.

The Contemplative Resource Center [CRC] is pleased to present the second program of the historic Treasury of Knowledge Retreat [TOK] Series, which began in 1992, in San Antonio, Texas.

 

Learn more about this Video on Demand program

 “The hill country of Texas. It knew my folks, my family. And my friends. Where wild wings fly. Above the peaceful valleys. By the Pedernales. Please let me sleep beneath the Texas skies”

– Willie Nelson, Hill Country Theme

Book your personal growth retreat today

Whether you want to study wildlife, explore a trail, go mountain biking, kick your heels up at a local saloon, or meditate on a patch of grass, the CRC welcomes you and offers myriad opportunities for self-discovery, recreation, and connecting to community and nature.

The Contemplative Resource Center (CRC) invites you to download and print the “Seizing Transitions as Opportunities Wisdom Guide” This ebook includes curated quotations from the 2018 Treasury of Knowledge event. Life is rife with transitions, and behind every challenge is an opportunity. If you’re feeling stuck, or simply tired of shifting gears, take a moment for yourself and turn change into choice. Take the raw material of tumult and turn it into positive forward motion.