The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra

Winter Retreat 2023
with Gen Samten & Gen Rigpa

Winter Retreats 2023 Registration Opens Wednesday, September 14 at 2pm

The Winter Retreats at KMC New York consist of ten stand-alone retreats based on The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. Please scroll down to find out more about this text and each week of 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 and Gen Rigpa 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 texts are written by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, the author of The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra.

Attending the Oral Instructions of Mahamudra Retreat at the US World Peace Temple is a once in a lifetime experience. We recommend everyone who can attend in person should try to attend in-person. Given the continuing unusual circumstances this year, we will also offer all ten weeks of these retreats via live-stream to those who are not able to attend in person. Please read below for more information: 

Retreat Fees & Important Registration Information

Live-stream and In-person Retreats

  • Weekend (Friday – Sunday): $50
  • Weekly (Friday – Thursday): $100

Please note: a 20% discount is applied to four or more consecutive full weeks of retreats. 

In-Person Retreat at the Temple
Being in the blessed and peaceful environment of the US World Peace Temple allows you to go deeply into your retreat. KMC New York offers the five qualities of a suitable place for retreat that Venerable Geshe-la explains in Joyful Path of Good Fortune:

  1. It is easy to obtain necessities such as food
  2. Our Spiritual Guide has visited and the site is blessed by Buddhas
  3. The environment is healthy
  4. There are spiritual friends to offer us their support
  5. It is quiet

Onsite Meals
Vegetarian, vegan and/or wheat-free lunches and dinners are available each day for $7 each. Breakfast is only available to those staying onsite and is included in accommodation fees. 

Accommodations
Updated Dec 11: In the interest of the safety of everyone who attends, we are requiring that individuals staying in a dorm or shared room be fully vaccinated because social distancing and face coverings are not possible in these types of accommodation.  Please note: by booking by one of these rooms, you are choosing to stay in a room with someone you do not know.  For more information on our COVID protocols page.

In-Person Registration Notes:

  • Those who book to attend onsite will not receive links to the live-stream sessions. 
  • All onsite accommodations must be booked for 6 night blocks from Friday to Thursday. Partial bookings are not available, i.e someone would not be able to book accommodations for just the weekend, 10 nights or 23 nights but could book for 6 nights, 13 nights, 20 nights, etc.
  • As of October 15, dorm and shared rooms will be kept at 50% capacity.
  • Weekend retreats are available in-person but accommodations are not available due to limited accommodations. Those who stay offsite can book the retreat for weekend retreat or a full week. Drop-ins to individual days or sessions are not available. 

Please use the chart below to see accommodation and meal prices. Please note for accommodations (not meals) booked for 2 consecutive weeks, a 20% discount is applied, 3 consecutive weeks, a 30% discount is applied and 4 consecutive weeks or more, a 40% discount is applied (discount applied in chart below).

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SCHEDULES AND REGISTRATION FOR WINTER RETREAT BELOW

Vajrasattva · JAN 28 - FEB 3 w/Gen Rigpa

The on-demand viewing for this retreat is available until Friday, February 11.

All sessions for this retreat will be available to watch until February 11 at Midnight EST

This retreat is based on the preliminary guide of Varjasattva presented in The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra (2nd ed.)

Register for In Person Week Four (or partial)

Register for Online Week Four

Register for Online Weekend Four

Schedule for Week Four

Please note that the self-guided session will not be live-streamed and are merely suggested. Instructions for how to engage in these sessions will be available on the Winter Retreat Portal once you have registered.

Friday, January 28
7:30-9:00: Introduction

Saturday, January 29
8:00-9:00am: Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
2:15-5:45pm: Melodious Drum Puja
7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session

Sunday, January 30
8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
4:30-5:45pm: Guided Session
7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session

Monday, January 31
8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
4:30-6:00pm: Guided Session (Q&A)
7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session

Tuesday, February 1
8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
4:30-5:45pm: Self-Guided Session
7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session

Wednesday, February 2
8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
4:30-5:45pm: Self-Guided Session
7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session

Thursday, February 3
8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Concluding Teaching

Vajrasattva · JAN 28 - FEB 3 w/Gen Rigpa

The on-demand viewing for this retreat is available until Friday, February 11.

All sessions for this retreat will be available to watch until February 11 at Midnight EST

This retreat is based on the preliminary guide of Varjasattva presented in The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra (2nd ed.)

Register for In Person Week Four (or partial)

Register for Online Week Four

Register for Online Weekend Four

Schedule for Week Four

Please note that the self-guided session will not be live-streamed and are merely suggested. Instructions for how to engage in these sessions will be available on the Winter Retreat Portal once you have registered.

Friday, January 28
7:30-9:00: Introduction

Saturday, January 29
8:00-9:00am: Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
2:15-5:45pm: Melodious Drum Puja
7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session

Sunday, January 30
8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
4:30-5:45pm: Guided Session
7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session

Monday, January 31
8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
4:30-6:00pm: Guided Session (Q&A)
7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session

Tuesday, February 1
8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
4:30-5:45pm: Self-Guided Session
7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session

Wednesday, February 2
8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
4:30-5:45pm: Self-Guided Session
7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session

Thursday, February 3
8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Concluding Teaching

Vajrasattva · JAN 28 - FEB 3 w/Gen Rigpa

The on-demand viewing for this retreat is available until Friday, February 11.

All sessions for this retreat will be available to watch until February 11 at Midnight EST

This retreat is based on the preliminary guide of Varjasattva presented in The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra (2nd ed.)

Register for In Person Week Four (or partial)

Register for Online Week Four

Register for Online Weekend Four

Schedule for Week Four

Please note that the self-guided session will not be live-streamed and are merely suggested. Instructions for how to engage in these sessions will be available on the Winter Retreat Portal once you have registered.

Friday, January 28
7:30-9:00: Introduction

Saturday, January 29
8:00-9:00am: Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
2:15-5:45pm: Melodious Drum Puja
7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session

Sunday, January 30
8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
4:30-5:45pm: Guided Session
7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session

Monday, January 31
8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
4:30-6:00pm: Guided Session (Q&A)
7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session

Tuesday, February 1
8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
4:30-5:45pm: Self-Guided Session
7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session

Wednesday, February 2
8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
4:30-5:45pm: Self-Guided Session
7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session

Thursday, February 3
8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Concluding Teaching

Vajrasattva · JAN 28 - FEB 3 w/Gen Rigpa

The on-demand viewing for this retreat is available until Friday, February 11.

All sessions for this retreat will be available to watch until February 11 at Midnight EST

This retreat is based on the preliminary guide of Varjasattva presented in The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra (2nd ed.)

Register for In Person Week Four (or partial)

Register for Online Week Four

Register for Online Weekend Four

Schedule for Week Four

Please note that the self-guided session will not be live-streamed and are merely suggested. Instructions for how to engage in these sessions will be available on the Winter Retreat Portal once you have registered.

Friday, January 28
7:30-9:00: Introduction

Saturday, January 29
8:00-9:00am: Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
2:15-5:45pm: Melodious Drum Puja
7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session

Sunday, January 30
8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
4:30-5:45pm: Guided Session
7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session

Monday, January 31
8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
4:30-6:00pm: Guided Session (Q&A)
7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session

Tuesday, February 1
8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
4:30-5:45pm: Self-Guided Session
7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session

Wednesday, February 2
8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
4:30-5:45pm: Self-Guided Session
7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session

Thursday, February 3
8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Concluding Teaching

Mandala Offering · FEB 4 - 10 w/Gen Rigpa

The on-demand viewing for this retreat is available until Friday, February 18.

This retreat is based on the preliminary guide of Mandala Offering presented in The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra (2nd ed.).

Register for In Person Week Five (or partial)

Register for Online Week Five

Register for Online Weekend Five

Schedule for Week Five

Friday, February 4
7:30-9:00: Introduction

Saturday, February 5
8:00-9:00am: Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
4:30-6:00pm: Guided Session
7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session

Sunday, February 6
8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
4:30-6:00pm: Self-Guided Session
7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session

Monday, February 7
8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
4:30-5:45pm: Guided Session (Q&A)
7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session

Tuesday, February 8
8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
4:30-6:00pm: Self-Guided Session
7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session

Wednesday, February 9
8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
4:30-6:00pm: Self-Guided Session
7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session

Thursday, February 10
8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Concluding Teaching
7:30-9:15pm: Offering to the Spiritual Guide Puja

Guru Yoga · FEB 11 - 17 w/Gen Rigpa

The on-demand viewing for this retreat is available until Friday, February 25.

This retreat is based on the preliminary guide of Guru Yoga presented in The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra (2nd ed.). 

Register for In Person Week Six (or partial)

Register for Online Week Six

Register for Online Weekend Six

Schedule for Week Six

Friday, February 11
2:15-3:30pm: Wishfulfilling Jewel w/tsog
7:30-9:00: Introduction

Saturday, February 12
8:00-9:00am: Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
4:30-6:00pm: Guided Session
7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session

Sunday, February 13
8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
4:30-6:00pm: Self-Guided Session
7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session

Monday, February 14
8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
4:30-6:00pm: Guided Session (Q&A)
7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session

Tuesday, February 15
8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session
**11:00am-12:30pm**: Guided Session
4:30-6:00pm: Self-Guided Session
7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session

Wednesday, February 16
8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
4:30-6:00pm: Self-Guided Session
7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session

Thursday, February 17
8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Concluding Teaching

Tranquil Abiding · FEB 18 - 24 w/Gen Samten

The on-demand viewing for this retreat is available until Friday, March 4.

This retreat focuses on meditation on the nature of the mind, as presented in The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra (2nd ed.).

Register for In Person Week Seven (or partial)

Register for Online Week Seven

Register for Online Weekend Seven

Schedule for Week Seven

Friday, February 18
7:30-9:00: Introduction

Saturday, February 19
8:00-9:00am: Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
4:30-6:00pm: Guided Session
7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session

Sunday, February 20
8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session w/WFJ
11:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
3:00-4:00pm: Self-Guided Session
5:00-6:00pm: Self-Guided Session

7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session

Monday, February 21
8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session w/WFJ
11:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
3:00-4:00pm: Self-Guided Session
5:00-6:00pm: Self-Guided Session

7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session

Tuesday, February 22
8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session w/WFJ
11:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
3:00-4:00pm: Self-Guided Session
5:00-6:00pm: Self-Guided Session

7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session (Q&A)

Wednesday, February 23
8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session w/WFJ
111:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
3:00-4:00pm: Self-Guided Session
5:00-6:00pm: Self-Guided Session

7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session

Thursday, February 24
8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Concluding Teaching
7:30-8:45pm: Wishfulfilling Jewel w/tsog

Superior Seeing · FEB 25 - MAR 3 w/Gen Samten

The on-demand viewing for this retreat is available until Friday, March 11.

The retreat is based on the ultimate nature of reality or emptiness presented in The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra (2nd ed.).

Register for In Person Week Eight (or partial)

Register for Online Week Eight

Register for Online Weekend Eight

Schedule for Week Eight

Friday, February 25
11:00-12:45pm: Offering to the Spiritual Guide
7:30-9:00: Introduction

Saturday, February 26
8:00-9:00am: Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
4:30-5:45pm: Guided Session
7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session

Sunday, February 27
8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
4:30-5:45pm: Guided Session
7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session

Monday, February 28
8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
2:15-5:45pm: Melodious Drum Puja
7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session

Tuesday, March 1
8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
3:00-4:00pm: Self-Guided Session
5:00-6:00pm: Self-Guided Session

7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session 

Wednesday, March 2
8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
3:00-4:00pm: Self-Guided Session
5:00-6:00pm: Self-Guided Session

7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session

Thursday, March 3
8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Concluding Teaching

Heruka Generation Stage · MAR 4 - 10 w/Gen Samten

The on-demand viewing for this retreat is available until Friday, March 18.

Qualifications necessary for participating in this retreat:

Familiarity with Kadam Dharma is essential. To gain a basic familiarity with Kadam Dharma, it is helpful to read Modern Buddhism: Volume 1 – Sutra and Volume 2 – Tantra. A free eBook download is available at emodernbuddhism.com

Sadhana used for this retreat: The Yoga of Buddha Heruka

Participants must have already received the Highest Yoga Tantra empowerment of Heruka. Alternatively, if you have received a Je Tsongkhapa empowerment that included the transmission of the Guru Sumati Buddha Heruka mantra, and are planning on receiving a Heruka empowerment soon, you are also qualified to attend. If you have not received either of these empowerments, please contact us.

Register for In Person Week Nine (or partial)

Register for Online Week Nine

Register for Online Weekend Nine

Schedule for Week Nine

Friday, March 4
7:30-9:00: Introduction

Saturday, March 5
8:00-9:00am: Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
4:30-6:00pm: Guided Session
7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session

Sunday, March 6
8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
4:30-6:00pm: Guided Session
7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session

Monday, March 7
8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
4:30-6:00pm: Guided Session (Q&A)
7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session

Tuesday, March 8
8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
4:30-6:00pm: Guided Session
7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session 

Wednesday, March 9
8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
4:30-6:00pm: Guided Session
7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session

Thursday, March 10
8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session
11:30am-1:00pm: Concluding Teaching
7:30-9:15pm: Offering to the Spiritual Guide Puja

    Completion Stage · MAR 11 - 17 w/Gen Samten

    The on-demand viewing for this retreat is available until Friday, March 25.

    This retreat is based on the completion stage meditations presented in The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra (2nd ed.).

    Qualifications necessary for participating in this retreat:
    Familiarity with Kadam Dharma is essential. To gain a basic familiarity with Kadam Dharma, it is helpful to read Modern Buddhism: Volume 1 – Sutra and Volume 2 – Tantra. A free eBook download is available at emodernbuddhism.com

    Participants must have already received the Highest Yoga Tantra empowerment of Heruka. Alternatively, if you have received a Je Tsongkhapa empowerment that included the transmission of the Guru Sumati Buddha Heruka mantra, and are planning on receiving a Heruka empowerment soon, you are also qualified to attend. If you have not received either of these empowerments, please contact us. 

    Register for In Person Week Ten (or partial)

    Register for Online Week Ten

    Register for Online Weekend Ten

    Schedule for Week Ten

    Friday, March 11
    11:30am-1:00pm: Wishfulfilling Jewel w/tsog
    7:30-9:00: Introduction

    Saturday, March 12
    8:00-9:00am: Guided Session
    11:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
    4:30-5:45pm: Guided Session
    7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session

    Sunday, March 13
    8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session w/WFJ
    11:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
    3:00-4:00pm: Self-Guided Session
    5:00-6:00pm: Self-Guided Session

    7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session

    Monday, March 14
    8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session w/WFJ
    11:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
    3:00-4:00pm: Self-Guided Session
    5:00-6:00pm: Self-Guided Session

    7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session

    Tuesday, March 15
    8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session w/WFJ
    **11:00am-12:30pm**: Guided Session
    3:00-4:00pm: Self-Guided Session
    5:00-6:00pm: Self-Guided Session

    7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session (Q&A)

    Wednesday, March 16
    8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session w/WFJ
    11:30am-1:00pm: Guided Session
    3:00-4:00pm: Self-Guided Session
    5:00-6:00pm: Self-Guided Session

    7:30-9:00pm: Guided Session

    Thursday, March 17
    8:00-9:00am: Self-Guided Session
    11:30am-1:00pm: Concluding Teaching

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    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.

    In this retreat, we try to observe silence until lunch each day of the whole retreat. We will not be engaging in full silence. 

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    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.

    Gen Samten Kelsang

    Gen Samten Kelsang

    Gen Samten Kelsang, the Resident Teacher at KMC New York, will lead the first two and last four 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.

    Gen Kelsang Rigpa

    Gen Kelsang Rigpa

    Gen Kelsang Rigpa is the Western US National Spiritual Director and the Resident Teacher at KMC Los Angeles.

    Gen Rigpa will guide weeks one – four

    Throughout the years, he has studied under, received lineage blessings and oral transmissions directly from his own Spiritual Teacher, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. Gen Rigpa’s heartfelt and practical teachings are presented with warmth and humor, making them accessible to everyone.

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