Programs


Private Retreat

Flexible Dates
Onsite
Samye Hermitage New York is a sanctuary for those who wish to deepen their practice and train their minds. We encourage serious Buddhist practitioners who are studying under the guidance of an authentic teacher to apply for private retreat. After we receive your deposit, our resident teacher will review your application and reach out directly to confirm your retreat plan. As a retreatant at our center, you can enjoy the use of our Bath House, which includes shower, toilet, and laundry facilities, as well as our Lotus Barn, which includes a kitchen, dining area, and shrine area. There is also…

Cultivating Stillness: Weekly Meditation Group

With Matthew Zalichin

February 20 - June 25, 2024
Online
We welcome you to this weekly practice of calm-abiding (shamatha) meditation, suited both for beginners and those who which to reinvigorate and sustain their practice. Deepen your experience of the essential art of meditation as found in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, guided by our experienced instructors. This class not only provides a structured environment for practice but also emphasizes active engagement through open discussion and a dedicated Q&A segment. Each session unfolds with a purposeful meditation period, allowing participants to fully immerse themselves in the transformative practices inspired by the rich traditions of Buddhism. This "hands-on" experience provides a unique…

The Treasury of Blessings: Weekly Practice Group

With Matthew Zalichin

February 22 - June 27, 2024
Online
We invite you to join this weekly practice of the Treasury of Blessings, a liturgy to unlocks the profound path of Buddha Shakyamuni. Each session will begin with a guided group practice in English, and include space to cultivate one's meditation practice, the key to Phakchok Rinpoche's Path of Meditation program. Our experienced instructor will provide simple yet impactful instructions, combining the Treasury of Blessings with the transformative power of meditation. After each practice session, there will be an opportunity for open discussion and Q&A segment. Share insights, ask questions, and connect with like-minded individuals on the spiritual path. Whether…

Sundays at Samye: Study & Practice Group

With Michael Friedman

February 25 - June 23, 2024
On Campus
On Sundays from 11 am to 1 pm, we offer meditation, study of essential texts, and group discussion, covering varying topics in Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism. Our atmosphere is informal, the meditation simple and straightforward, and, though some familiarity with buddhadharma is certainly helpful, it is not required. (A good practitioner always cultivates beginner’s mind.) Currently we are looking deeply into the four foundations, crucial preliminary teachings and practices that provide an unshakeable basis for genuine engagement with the Buddhist path. Our principle texts at present are Words of My Perfect Teacher by Patrul Rinpoche as well as its main…

The Path of Realization: Vajrayana Retreat

With Tulku Migmar Tsering

Flexible Dates
Samye Hermitage New York
From June 28 to July 4, join Tulku Migmar and the Samye community for a deep dive into the profound teachings and practices of Guru Padmasambhava, as revealed in the Tukdrup Barché Kunsel (Dispeller of All Obstacles). Whether you wish to stay for the weekend or for the entire week, this retreat will immerse participants in the essence of these ancient wisdom teachings, guiding them towards an authentic understanding of this profound lineage of practice. Guided by Tulku Migmar, throughout the retreat, participants will engage in two daily group sessions dedicated to the practice of Guru Padmasambhava. These sessions will…

Samye Family Weekend & Community Gathering

Flexible Dates
On Campus
Calling all Samye families and friends with families! Would you like to see more summer programs geared towards children? Then consider joining us for a fun-filled weekend of festivities July 5 - 7! In an effort to bring our families together, gauge sangha interest in children’s programming, and collaborate directly with our community, we will be hosting a weekend of joyful activity including a bon fire, BBQ, games, arts and crafts, and quality time with our precious teacher Tulku Mingmar. To plan the very best weekend for you, we need your engagement! Please register in advance, and be sure to…

Samye Summer Immersion

With Tulku Migmar Tsering, Joie Szu-Chiao Chen, Oriane Lavole and Matthew Zalichin

July 10 - 31, 2024
Onsite & Online
Program Update (June 1) | Join us for a three-week immersive program in Tibetan Buddhist thought and practice, combining traditional study with academic perspectives. The Samye Summer Immersion will integrate this study with contemplation in the form of group discussions and regular meditation sessions to be held during the weekdays in July, during Tulku Migmar Tsering’s residency in Cooperstown. At the heart of this program will be in-depth study and practice of the seminal Mahayana text The Way of the Bodhisattva (Bodhicaryavatara) with Tulku Migmar, available both in person and on Zoom. A genuine lineage-holder of the Tibetan Buddhist practice…

The Path of Transformation: Weekend Retreat

With Tulku Migmar Tsering

July 12 - 14, 2024
Samye Hermitage New York
We invite you to join this introduction to the essential points of meditation in the Mahamudra tradition, for both Summer Immersion students and the wider public. Tulku-la will also give instructions on the core elements of mind training. Nestled in the serene hills of Cooperstown, NY, this retreat is designed to provide a welcoming space for beginners to learn the art of meditation, and those with more experience to deepen their practice. We are delighted that Tulku Migmar will be on campus to guide us through accessible and beginner-friendly practices, offering techniques to quiet the mind, cultivate greater compassion, and…

The Path of Dignity: Weekend Workshop

With Sophie (Shu-chin) Wu

July 26 - 28, 2024
Samye Hermitage New York
We invite you to join this weekend workshop on Phakchok Rinpoche's latest book, Awakening Dignity: A Guide to Living a Life of Deep Fulfillment, with co-author Shu-chin (Sophie) Wu. The notion of dignity is crucial to the question of how best to live a meaningful and fulfilling life, particularly for today’s environment in which so many of us experience self-doubt, low self-esteem, and feelings of being trapped by anxiety, dissatisfaction, or even success. How, in such a circumstance, can we gain authentic and unshakeable dignity? In Awakening Dignity, Phakchok Rinpoche draws from the Tibetan Buddhist wisdom tradition to offer a…

Noble Living, Noble Caring, Noble Dying: Weekend Workshop

With Tsunma Jamyang Donma, RP, CRPO, Andrea Sherman, PhD and Lori Solensten, MS

August 2 - 3, 2024
Samye Hermitage New York
Join us for our Noble Living, Noble Caring, Noble Dying Annual Retreat, dedicated to giving compassionate care at the bedside, on August 2nd & 3rd. This retreat is offered both in person and virtually on Zoom. NOBLE LIVING Learn skills for caring for yourself as we care for others. NOBLE CARING Join us in the exploration and development of deep contemplative practice, presence, gentleness, and connection while caring for others. NOBLE DYING Learn how we can support the dying and the bereaved so that death has meaning, tenderness, and compassion. Are you a caregiver, a health professional, or someone with…

Thirty-Five Day Retreat on the Tukdrup Barché Kunsel

With Tulku Migmar Tsering

August 4 - September 7, 2024
Onsite
For practitioners of the Guru Padmasambhava's heart practice—Tukdrup Barché Kunsel (Dispeller of All Obstacles)—the Thirty-Five Day Retreat is renowned for its effectiveness in evoking the profound blessings of this practice. On Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche's advice, Tulku Migmar Tsering will lead a select group of practitioners through this sequence of practice, allowing participants to immerse themselves in the key points of the Vajrayana, and the Tukdrup Barché Kunsel in particular. The Tukdrup Barché Kunsel was discovered by the Great Tertön Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa in the 19th century, with the support of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and Jamgön Kongtrul Lodro Thaye. The chief figure…