Date & Time Details: Sundays 11 am - 12:30 pm

Location: On Campus

Address: 412 Glimmerglen Road, Cooperstown, NY, USA

Contact: [email protected]

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Sundays at Samye: Study & Practice Group

With Michael Friedman

February 25 - June 23, 2024

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 commentary, composed by Khenpo Ngawang Pelzang. These teachings, though called ‘preliminary’, cover the entire range of Buddhist training in the tradition of the practice lineages of eastern Tibet, and are precious and profound.

How class goes: a 30 minute session of meditation is followed by questions, answers, and the exchange of experiences. After dedication prayers, there is often lingering over tea and cookies.

Our instructor welcomes you to reach out to him to directly with questions about our Sunday class at [email protected].


Michael Friedman
Michael Friedman has spent 50 years in an intensive study of philosophy in general and the nature of mind in particular. He completed the traditional three-year retreat in 1989 in Dordogne, France under the guidance of H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Taklung Tsetrul Tulku Pema Wangyal, and at present teaches weekly at Samye Hermitage New York.
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