The creation of The Path of Peace and Compassion is part of the Center for Wisdom and Compassion’s efforts to ensure that the remarkable beauty of this 350 acre property is not only preserved but shared with the community and with all who attend seminars, conferences, and retreats at the Center. Building on existing paths and roads cleared by previous owners of the land, the projected network of trails will be constructed with minimal environmental impact. The Path of Peace and Compassion was initially funded by a generous gift from a local resident, who is also a descendent from one of the eight founding families of Berne. An Adirondack/ Tibetan style information kiosk, using traditional Japanese joinery was designed and built entirely by local volunteers and craftsmen. A ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the official opening of phase one of the trail took place on June 20, 2010 and was attended by Sogyal Rinpoche and Lodi Gyari Rinpoche as well as many local dignitaries including the both the past and present mayors of the town of Berne, NY. We welcome and encourage you to walk our beautiful trail the next time you are in the area.