The Oral Instructions of
Retreat 2020

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.


If you would like a private room for all 10 weeks of retreat, you can contact us from September 1st through September 9th to reserve a room before registration opens on a first-come, first-serve basis.  If you are interested, please email us at 

On September 10th, we will be opening registration to everyone.  Private rooms can be booked for a week at a time.  Shared and dorms spaces will be able to be booked for a 2-night minimum.  Please contact us if you have any other questions.

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.


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.


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 Kelsang Gyatso, the Author of The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra.