Three Principal Aspects

of the Path

Silent retreat with Gen Samten Kelsang and Kadam Lucy James

November 15 – 20

This immersive experience is designed to guide you through the profound teachings of Je Tsongkhapa’s “The Three Principal Aspects of the Path,” a text that has illuminated the hearts of meditators for centuries. The retreat is a call to those who seek to enrich their lives with spiritual depth or yearn for a steadfast anchor amidst life’s constant changes. As we meditate on the meaning of the text, we’ll discover how these teachings are not just philosophical concepts but practical tools that can be applied to every aspect of our lives.

Our retreat offers a deep dive into renunciation, bodhichitta, and the correct view of emptiness — the pillars upholding a meaningful life. We’ll explore the art of letting go, the joy of altruism, and the clarity of deep insight, gaining insights into these timeless principles and how to weave them into the fabric of our daily lives.

Each session will be guided by Kadam Lucy and Gen Samten and involve time sitting in meditation, with an emphasis on entering deeply into the peace of meditation. Allowing the wisdom of Je Tsongkhapa’s words to resonate within us, we will find the space to disconnect from the chaos of the external world and understand who we are and who we can become.

Cost: $135 for full retreat
Accommodation: varies
Meals: $10 each lunch/supper
Session Times:
Introduction : 7:30 pm
Sessions:  9am, 11am, 4:30pm, 7:30pm
Final Session: Wednesday 11am

There are three parts to registration – course fee, accommodations and meals.

Please see accommodations and food and dining pages for more information.


Gen Samten Kelsang is the Resident Teacher at KMC New York. He is dedicated to helping everyone find peace of mind through the experience of meditation and through developing the capacity of their minds.

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.

Kadam Lucy James is one of the senior teachers of Kadampa Buddhism and the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Center Colorado.

Kadam Lucy is appreciated for her deep wisdom, clear mind and inspiring yet practical presentation of Buddha’s teachings and meditations. She is very skilled at explaining how to make these teachings immediately effective in our busy modern lives to help both ourselves and everyone around us.

About Silence

Silence is not just about not talking, it is about developing an inner quality of stillness.

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 from deep within our heart which gives us a special 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.

During the Breaks

Between retreat sessions take time to relax and carry your experience of peace in the following ways:

  • enjoy the tranquility of our 82 acres of grounds
  • nourish yourself with a refreshing drink and healthy snack in the World Peace Café
  • explore our bookstore and gift shop

Contact Us


(845) 856-9000
9am-5pm Monday - Friday


47 Sweeney Rd
Glen Spey, NY 12737