A Perfect Place
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.
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
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.
Living in a Harmonious Community
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.
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.