The CRC Welcomes You

Inquire, Expand, Relax

Located in the Hill Country of Bandera, Texas, the Contemplative Resource Center (CRC) is a unique multiversity and health and wellness center that offers a variety of services and programs. We draw from contemplative traditions to create a conscious campus for all in a gorgeous guest ranch setting next to 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: Creativity and the Arts, Communication, Health and Wellbeing, Philosophy (Knowing and Reasoning), and the Science of Mind.

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.

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First Annual Online Building Kind Community Benefit Auction

We would like to thank everyone who participated in the First Annual Building Kind Communities Benefit Auction this past week. We appreciate your support and are amazed by the generosity of all who gave, we would not be able to continue our work without your contributions.

If you missed our Live Event on Saturday the 30th, you can watch the video recording of the Building Kind Communities auction here.

Thank you again for your tremendous support, and we will see you again next year!

The 27th Annual Treasury of Knowledge Retreat

In Search of “Perfect” Community

Think Big, Go Slow Oct. 22 to 24th, 2021

An Interactive Workshop with Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Registration Open

English | 中文 | Português | Español

Silent Auction Open!

First Annual Online Building Kind Community Benefit Auction

Silent Auction & Live Virtual Event!

Silent Auction

October 25th to the 30th (Monday thru Friday starting at 8:00am CT ending 6:00pm CT)

Live Virtual Event

October 30th Live-Streamed Event (Starting 7:00pm CT and Ending 8:00pm CT)

Go to Auction Homepage

Update - Texas Storm Damage to the Contemplative Resource Center

May 1, 2021
Dear Friends,

As of Saturday, May 1st, we are closing our GoFundMe page, with a sense of deep gratitude to all of you, not only for your contributions, but also your kind hearts and goods wishes that touched our hearts with each donation. We are going to pay it all forward!

Come visit us sometime!
Thank you!
The CRC Team


Resources from TOK

Seizing Transitions as Opportunities

Life transitions — including moving, changing jobs, becoming sick, or dying — are often times of pronounced fear and feelings of panic. However, if met with kindness and clear seeing, such transition periods can be times of heightened awakening and even joy. During this weekend program, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche will share Buddhist methods for tapping into our our emotional and intellectual abilities so that we can meet these life changes skillfully

Contemplation: Gratitude

There is a lot of neuroscience research about gratitude these days. The sciences are taking a deeper interest in what contemplatives, artists and poets practice as foundational to their crafts: deeper understanding of life and reality, beauty, and creativity. Whatever inspires us toward gratitude, whether science, personal development, or art, we have to do our own research–we have to uncover gratitude for ourselves.

Recently Added

Medicine Buddha: How to Engage the Heart of Healing

with Dr. Dan Hirshberg

The Medicine Buddha practice offers extraordinarily powerful healing on the physical, emotional, and spiritual levels, which is much needed in this moment as we continue to find our way in the midst of chaos.


A core principle of the CRC’s mission is a commitment to community outreach and the development of programs, internships and mentoring opportunities for youth, families and other interested communities. Bandera, Texas, and the surrounding area provides the ideal place for reflection, connection and education.