Radiant Mind Retreat Center

The original inspiration for a retreat center came from our resident teacher, Geshe Dakpa Topgyal. After years of sustained growth and stability at Charleston Tibetan Society, he saw that a facility was needed for our ongoing retreat schedule in order to provide a positive and peaceful place to pursue inner understanding and development.

In 2005, CTS purchased 28 acres of highly suitable land located in a quiet rural area of upper Dorchester County, about half-way between Charleston and Columbia, and close to both I-26 and I-95. The property is mostly wooded and includes a pond, an open field and a serenely beautiful Carolina bay, a geological feature unique to the southeastern US.

The traditional Tibetan entry gate, completed in 2008 and pictured above leads to an alley of live oak trees. The gate stands at the front of the property and welcomes all who pass through it to an experience of inner contemplation and learning in a peaceful and compassionate environment.

RMRC is intended to fulfill many diverse needs for members and friends of the Charleston Tibetan Society (Charleston) and the South Carolina Dharma Group (Columbia). It is a sanctuary for those who need time away from their busy and often stressful lives to focus on their own inner world. It provides a supportive environment for retreats, meetings and teachings focused on topics such as, but not limited to, peace, meditation, and the Dharma.

Charleston Tibetan Society is blessed with this wonderful facility for these pursuits. Individual improvement is a necessary precursor for personal happiness and for a more peaceful, compassionate and just world. With the world facing extraordinary problems, a facility such as the Radiant Mind Retreat Center offers a place to seek the wisdom and understanding needed to find answers.