The Bliss of Mahamudra

Winter Retreat 2025
with Gen Samten Kelsang

January 10 – February 20, 2025

The Winter Retreats at KMC New York consists of six 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.

Registration Opens September 2024


January 10 – 16  | Developing Renunciation


January 17 – 23 | Training the Mind


January 24 – 30 | Tranquil Abiding


January 31 – February 6 | Superior Seeing


February 7 – 13 | The Uncommon Yoga of Inconceivability*


February 14 – 20 | Channels, Winds, and Drops*


*Must have Highest Yoga Tantra Empowerments in order to attend


The Oral Instructions

Take the opportunity to deepen your experience of the entire path to enlightenment as presented in the book, The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra. This precious book reveals the uncommon practice of Tantric Mahamudra of the Ganden Oral Lineage. You are welcome to attend the entire retreat, or by week.


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.

Gen Samten Kelsang

Gen Samten Kelsang

Gen Samten Kelsang is the Resident Teacher at KMC New York and will lead the Oral Instructions of Mahamudra Retreat. With 40 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.


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.



 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.

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Glen Spey, NY 12737