Guidelines for a
Modern Day Bodhisattva

Empowerment of Buddha Avalokiteshvara
& Guided Retreat on the Six Perfections

December 26 – 31, 2017

This empowerment will awaken our limitless potential for universal compassion. By creating a special connection with Buddha Avalokiteshvara he cares for us in life after life as our supreme unchanging friend and guide, leading us to the state of enlightenment. The path to enlightenment is not one of withdrawing from society but of engaging with the world in a meaningful way. Buddha explained the 6 perfections—giving, moral discipline, patience, effort, meditation and wisdom—as the most profound and practical way to do this. In these anxious times, by living mindfully through following the path of the 6 perfections we will bring benefit and happiness to the people we love, while simultaneously awakening our own limitless potential for enlightenment.

Retreat Format

Introduction with Gen Samten
Tuesday, Dec. 26

Blessing Empowerment of Buddha Avalokiteshvara
Wednesday, Dec. 27


Guided Retreat with Gen Samten
Dec. 27 – 31

The Teacher


Gen Samten Kelsang, the Resident Teacher at KMC NY, is an internationally renowned Buddhist monk & teacher. Having studied under the close guidance of Venerable Geshe-la for many years, Gen Samten presents Buddha’s most profound teachings in a practical and accessible way for modern day practitioners. He 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.

Detailed Pricing

Full Retreat (including empowerment): $140.
Just the empowerment day: $60
Meals are $5 each*. Lunch and dinner are served in our community dining hall at 1pm and 6pm respectively. All meals are vegetarian.
*Breakfast is always included with accommodations.
There are limited onsite accommodations available at KMC New York that may be booked online for the full retreat (December 26-31) only and on a “first-come, first-serve” basis.
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All proceeds go towards the International Temples Project. Learn More.