• Heal Your Mind & Body at Dewa Spa

  • Study with World-Class Teachers

  • Practice in One of Our Unique Venues

  • Expand Your Awareness with Meditation

  • Go Hiking in the Catskill Mountains

  • Enjoy Delicious Nourishing Farm-to-Table Cuisine

  • Menla is a Project of Tibet House US,

    the Dalai Lama’s Cultural Center in NYC

John DiLeva Halpern

John began studies in yoga, meditation and healing, in 1976. From 1980-83, he trained in Iyengar Yoga with Maestro – Radames Silvestri, in Italy. His 35 years in Tibetan Buddhist training in the Dudjom Tersar Nyingma lineage – Dzogchen tradition began in 1982 with His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche and Khenpo Palden Sherab and Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal. His studies continued through 2018 with H.H. Shenphen Rinpoche. At Shenphen Rinpoche’s request, John began leading meditation at Yeshe Nyingpo, NY. He was a Yeshe Nyingpo board member for 11 years, in both Switzerland and New York. His Naked Mind method makes esoteric Dharma practices accessible to a Western culture. For the past 11 years he has led weekly meditation classes at Carolyn Christie’s Atelier Yoga in NYC and retreats abroad & online. John is an award winning artist and filmmaker. Since 1977, his films, large-scale, public interactive art events have been seen worldwide (REFUGE ). He, with artist, Emily Harris, is founder of Institute for Cultural Activism International.


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