A Perfect Place
for Retreat

 

BLESSED BY OUR GURU
Over the years, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche has visited KMC New York three times, blessing the entire property and the Temple—providing one of the necessary conditions for a qualified place of retreat. The above photo was taken in 2006 at the Fire Puja site.


A Pure Environment

The World Peace Temple at KMC New York

  • Within the stillness of retreat, we are able to step back from the busyness of our daily life and focus on what is truly meaningful.
  • Simply dwelling at the Temple our worries and problems fall away leaving us to enjoy a feeling of happiness and peace that arises naturally from within.
  • Amongst the breathtaking and natural beauty of the woodlands and Temple grounds, enjoy the warmth and hospitality of a spiritual community, and the company of people from all over the world gathered together with a single purpose: to deepen their experience of Kadam Dharma through meditation.
  • As our mind begins to settle we experience deeper and deeper levels of concentration and peace. Our heart mixes with the beauty of Kadam Dharma and our life is changed forever.

Observing Silence

Silence is powerful.

It creates space in our mind and fundamentally changes the way we connect with the teachings. Normally we are constantly distracted by external objects, frenetic activities, scattered thoughts and idle chit chat. Therefore, our mind remains scattered and our experience of Dharma superficial. Observing silence is a powerful method to disengage us from this busyness and it leads us naturally to deeper levels of being. Our heart begins to open and we feel the blessings of all Buddhas pouring into and filling our mind.

For the first 6 weeks we will observe partial silence across the property – from the time you wake up until lunch.

This structure provides a beneficial retreat boundary while also giving practitioners the opportunity to discuss their experience of the teachings.

The last 4 weeks of retreat will be in complete silence.

Observing complete silence greatly accelerates our spiritual development by allowing the mind to become very peaceful and concentrated in a relatively short period of time.

The Good Qualities of Silence

We all want to improve our concentration. As we go deeper into silence our mind becomes clear and focused. We are able to hold a meditation object with stronger mindfulness, our concentration improves and our wisdom increases.
From silence comes stillness. As we refrain from habitual conversation, our scattered thoughts subside and we experience a feeling of deep inner peace. Our mind becomes like a still pool of water undisturbed by ripples.
Within silence, we discover deep inner happiness and joy. Distracted by external sources of enjoyment we are always seeking ephemeral happiness outside of ourselves. As we discover the beauty of silence our mind turns inwards and we become aware of an inner wellspring of happiness and joy that fills our heart to overflowing.
When we observe silence we stop talking and thus easily notice the presence of our underlying mental chatter. Externally we may have stopped talking but our inner voice is still happily chattering away! By observing silence we stop giving that inner voice energy and gradually it becomes quiet. When mental chatter no longer intrudes into our meditation our mind naturally mixes with our object of meditation.
In silence, we engage with the meditation object in a more intimate way. We stop ‘chatting’ about the Dharma from our mouth and start listening to the Dharma deep within our heart which gives us a deep inner experience of the teachings we receive. Penetrating insights arise and since we are able to hold onto them with firm mindfulness we find Dharma experience pervades and nourishes our heart at a very deep level.

Profound Guidance from

Gen Samten Kelsang

10 Weeks of Guided Retreat. 100+ Teachings from Gen Samten

Gen Samten Kelsang, the Resident Teacher at KMC New York will lead the entire 10 Weeks of the International Winter Retreats. With over 30 years of study and practice of Buddha’s teachings, he presents Buddha’s most profound teachings in a practical and accessible way. As one of Venerable Geshe-la’s senior disciples, Gen Samten has had the unique opportunity to engage in a three year retreat and carries with him a wealth of experience in skillfully guiding sincere practitioners to profound meditative insights on retreat.

Hospitality

Living in a Harmonious Community


Volunteering

All of KMC New York’s courses and retreats are completely run by volunteers. All retreat attendees will be asked to volunteer in at least one area each day as part of their retreat commitments. Volunteering is a very important way of creating merit, or positive energy, to help us have a successful retreat and participant volunteering ensures a smooth retreat for everyone.


Community

KMC New York is part of an international spiritual community dedicated to achieving world peace through following the Buddhist path. Our community consists of warm, friendly practitioners, striving to exemplify their faith through service. This includes providing excellent retreat conditions and a supportive environment that gives everyone, regardless of experience, the opportunity to engage in a qualified retreat. During the breaks, you can take time to discuss the teachings and meditative experiences or simply enjoy the space with others in silence.