The Oral Instructions of
The Winter Retreats at KMC New York consists of ten stand-alone retreats based on The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.
Choose the retreat that inspires you and take your practice to the next level.
- 10 weeks - Immerse yourself
- 1 week - Deepen your experience
- A weekend - A taste of retreat
The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra are a blessed wisdom lineage transmitted from Manjushri and passed through the centuries to our Spiritual Guide.
All the retreats will be under the guidance of Gen Samten, a senior disciple of Venerable Geshe-la with more than 30 years experience.
For the first 6 weeks we will observe partial silence across the property – from the time you wake up until lunch. The last 4 weeks of retreat will be in complete silence.
The Good Qualities of Silence
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. Photo was taken in 2006 at the KMC NY Fire Puja site.
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 Oral Instructions of Mahamudra Retreat. 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.
The Oral Instructions
The Retreat is based on The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, and presented by Gen Samten in a way that provides the structure for deep experience of their meaning.
This precious text guides the reader through the profound and world-transforming practice of Mahamudra – the very essence of Buddha’s teachings of Sutra and Tantra.
Revealed within is the uncommon practice of Tantric Mahamudra of the Ganden Oral Lineage, which the author received directly from his Spiritual Guide, Vajradhara Trijang Rinpoche. It explains clearly and concisely the entire spiritual path from the initial preliminary practices to the final completion stages of Highest Yoga Tantra that enable us to attain full enlightenment in this life.
Throughout the Winter Retreats, you will also have the special opportunity to use The Hundreds of Deities of the Joyful Land According to Highest Yoga Tantra.
Note: To fully benefit from these retreats, an understanding of basic Buddhist beliefs and practices is helpful. Suggested reading: How to Transform Your Life and part 1 of Modern Buddhism. Both text are written by Geshe Kealsang Gyatso, the Author of The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra.