Welcome to Rain Tree – NM Center for Meditative Inquiry and Retreat

“Roots in the Earth, face to the sky, the rain tree folds its leaves to let the rain pour through.”


Meditative work is not theoretical, not goal oriented. It is the direct entering into a simple, compassionate, open awareness that allows the myriad fears, clingings, and confusions of the mind to be revealed in a new way and at the same time brings us intimately, undividedly, and lovingly in touch with the wide universe in all its profound stillness. – Jay Cutts, Director of the NM Center

Taking extended time for meditation, reflection, and contemplation has been the core of spiritual work in Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, as well as in the Eastern spiritual traditions.

At the NM Center we support each other in this work in a non-demonimational, non-traditional way that allows each person to deepen according to their own beliefs and experience.

People come to us from all traditions and religions, as well as from no particular tradition at all. Many have been inspired by the writings of teachers such as Thomas MertonEckhart Tolle, Richard Rohr, Ralph Steele, Toni Packer, Adyashanti, Gurdjieff, Pema Chodron, Thich Nhat Hanh, Byron Katie, and Krishnamurti.

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Simple Listening:

The heart of our work together is simple listening –  open sensitivity to what is here right now, moment to moment. When we rediscover this simple listening, we may also rediscover that we aren’t separate from this vast world, from all of life as a whole. This is the awakening to Grace, Wholeness, simple being without any agenda.

Meditative work brings us the possibility of learning to live in this Grace/Wholeness. At the same time it sheds light on the habits that take us away from simple living.

Questioner to Mother Teresa: What do you say when you pray to God?
Mother Teresa: I just listen.
Questioner: What does God say?
Mother Teresa: He just listens too.
The beauty of listening lies in being highly sensitive to everything about you: to the ugliness, to the dirt, to the squalor, to the poverty about you, and also to the dirt, to the disorder, to the poverty of one’s own being. When you are aware of both, then there is no effort, that is, when there is an awareness which is without choice, then there is no effort. – Krishnamurti


Facilitated by Jay Cutts. Jay has attended retreats with Toni Packer and others for over 40 years. He meets from time to time with people from varying backgrounds to clarify meditative work together.

Reservations, info, or to join our mailing list:   505-281-0684

Email:  orders (at) cuttsreviews.com

The New Mexico Center for Meditative Inquiry and Retreat offers monthly sittings with group dialogue (verbal inquiry) and an annual 7-day silent meditation retreat in the countryside outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico. All events are non-traditional in a spirit of direct inquiry, allowing people to inquire deeply, whether they are working non-traditionally or working within a tradition such as Zen, Vipassana or Tibetan Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, or Judaism.

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