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What is Nirvana and how do I get there?

March 17, 2023 - March 19, 2023
Free – USD320
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What is Nirvana and how do I get there

with Elly van der Pas, Venerable Jigme Palmo

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“Nirvana” has become a common word in modern languages, and it seems to mean different things depending on who is using it. Is it a state of perfect happiness? Or does it mean freedom? Does it mean you don’t have any more karma? Or does it mean we disappear into a blissful void?

In this weekend course we will talk about what nirvana really means, from teachings given by Geshe Michael Roach and based on original sutras by Lord Buddha, as well as commentaries by Lama Quicksilver, Master Vasubandhu, and others. We will also learn practices and meditations that will help you to clear the way to your own nirvana.

When: Friday March 17 – Sunday March 19, 2023
Where: Diamond Mountain Retreat Center, Bowie, Arizona and Online
TEACHERS: Jigme Palmo
Language: English
ONSITE: USD 320 – What is included? Housing in a private cottage (including linen and towels) The teachings are for free!
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Elly van der Pas, Venerable Jigme Palmo
Certified ACI Senior Teacher

Venerable Jigme Palmo has spent approximately three and a half years in solitary retreats. She has been an executive assistant to Geshe Michael Roach since 1995, and is a senior teacher at Asian Classics Institute (ACI). She recorded and archived almost all Geshe Michael’s teachings from 2004 to 2014, including all his Diamond Mountain University courses, as well as all courses of the Yoga Study Institute (YSI). She is currently working as co-manager of Diamond Cutter Press, which publishes Geshe Michael’s books, as well as those of the Diamond Cutter Classics translators. She is herself a published translator of Tibetan Buddhist material. Jigme Palmo is the President of the Board of Directors of ACI and is a member of the Board of Directors of Diamond Mountain Retreat Center.



Retreat Registration fees at Diamond Mountain include housing in a private cottage (including linen and towels). We always provide the teachings for free!
Private Cottages accommodate 1 guest. Kitchen and Bathroom facilities are not shared with anyone else.

Most of our eco-friendly houses retreat include 12-volt solar electricity, composting toilets and passive solar design which allows them to naturally stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Please check out our houses here.

This is an example schedule, there are variation depending on the day.


  • 6am meditation
  • 8am-10am: class (2x 45 minutes with a 15 minute break inbetween)
  • 10:30am-11:30: movement
  • We encourage you to practice the rest of the day what you have learned. A suggested schedule will be provided.

Registration fees are refundable:

  • 25% refundable before February 16, 2023
  • 0% after February 16, 2023

You are welcome to request an exception to this policy.

We require every participant to be vaccinated. Otherwise we will perform a test on arrival. You can check on the CDC site which vaccines we accept. Which measures are in place onsite (wearing masks, daily temperature check, distancing, airing will be decided before the retreat as the actual situation demands)

We would like you to know the rules, the Do’s & Don’ts. Please let us know if you have any questions, we are happy to answer, and if there are any concerns from your side – maybe we find a solution! Let’s talk.

If you still have questions about the retreat or your registration please let us know: [email protected]

Start: March 17, 2023
End: March 19, 2023
Cost: Free – USD320
Event CategoryEvents
Venue Name: Diamond Mountain
Address: 3209 S Old Fort Bowie Rd.
Bowie, AZ, AZ 85605 United States

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Phone: (520) 775-1921