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What is This?


Pragmatic Dharma Training is an ongoing program for those that want to accelerate individual & collective awakening. It’s a space of intimate exploration & hardcore practice, developed for independent people seeking an interdependent practice. Practically speaking, this training revolves around weekly training groups, each limited to a dozen people, and is facilitated by Pragmatic Dharma teacher Vince Horn.

This is a month-to-month training, and is offered using a transparent generosity funding model. During each monthly practice cycle we work with a collectively-generated theme of training.

If this sounds like something you might be interested in, please feel free to…

Training Benefits

The Pragmatic Dharma Training is designed to offer practitioners:



Other circle members will often share things which both normalize & affirm your experience. This is an important part of the integration process. Hearing things that you don’t yet understand, can also help widen your view of what's possible.

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It’s hard to do this alone. Most of us need some kind of community to help navigate the challenging moments. Together, we are a community of independent learners training together, sharing learnings openly, thus making our learning process an interdependent co-emergence.

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The expectation of showing up for your small group meetings increases accountability, while our community discord platform provides a means of connecting with other training members in-between meetings. We're harnessing the power of relationships to help fuel our practice.


 Pragmatic Dharma Retreat

Oct 27 - Nov 3, 2019
Bend of Ivy Lodge
Marshall, NC


What is Pragmatic Dharma?

Learn more about the pragmatic approach to dharma practice…

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The Core Features of Pragmatic Dharma

by Vincent Horn

Pragmatic Dharma is a modern approach to the path of awakening. It pulls from the time-tested teachings and practices of the Buddhist tradition, but is simultaneously infused with a contemporary mindset that isn’t afraid to tinker with the traditional formulations.

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Six Ways to Meditate

by Vincent Horn

These six ways to meditate (concentration, mindfulness, heartfulness, inquiry, awareness, & embodiment) were reverse-engineered from the Buddhist meditative traditions and from secular mindfulness techniques.


Pragmatic Dharma and the Go-To Move

by Kenneth Folk

In this talk, recorded at the opening session of the 2018 Pragmatic Dharma Retreat, Kenneth speaks about the spirit & practice of Pragmatic Dharma.


Meditating in the Goldilocks Zone

by Vincent Horn

In this talk, taken from the 2018 Pragmatic Dharma Retreat, Vincent explores a crucial spectrum of practice, starting with concentration on one side and investigation on the other, and what it’s like to practice in the goldilocks zone, where things are just right.


Who am I?


Vincent Horn is part of a new generation of teachers & translators exploring dharma in the age of the network. A computer engineering dropout turned full-time contemplative, he spent his 20s co-founding the ground-breaking Buddhist Geeks Podcast, while simultaneously doing a full year, in total, of silent retreat practice. Vincent began teaching in 2010 and has since been authorized in both the Pragmatic Dharma lineage of Kenneth Folk, and by Trudy Goodman, guiding teacher of InsightLA, in the Insight Meditation tradition.  Vincent has been called a “power player of the mindfulness movement” by Wired magazine and was featured in Wired UK’s “Smart List: 50 people who will change the world.”  He currently lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains outside of Asheville, North Carolina with his partner Emily Horn and their son Zander.


Generosity Powered

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This training is powered by a new financial model called Transparent Generosity. This is a model designed to encourage generosity, transparency, and reciprocity as a basis for training together.

Practically speaking, all participants who join this program are asked to make a recurring monthly donation to support the program.  Should you choose to join the training, it'll be up to you to determine the amount you give, keeping in mind these four data points:

  1. The Suggested Amount: $75 USD / MONTH

  2. The Average Amount: $76 USD / MONTH

  3. The Range: $10-160 USD / MONTH

  4. Your Actual Situation 💓

The hope is that this transparent generosity model enables deeper human connection to arise over the course of training together, while ensuring that everyone has their needs met.

You can read more about Transparent Generosity on the Buddhist Geeks Meta.


Want to Chat?

If you’d like to explore this program further, the next step is to schedule a free 30-minute introduction chat with Vincent. When you schedule this session you’ll receive more information on what to expect from this training as well as on the specifics of the transparent generosity model.