• Residential – $1,085.00
  • Commuter – $610.00
  • Online – $350.00

Date & Time Details: July 10 – July 31, 2024

Location: Onsite & Online

Address: 412 Glimmerglen Road, Cooperstown, NY, USA

Contact: [email protected]

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Samye Summer Immersion

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

July 10 - 31, 2024

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 tradition, Tulku Migmar’s deep experience and wisdom will serve as a guiding light, allowing for a deeper connection to the heart of these transformative and practical teachings, while ensuring that participants navigate the Dharma with authenticity and good humor.

To complement this traditional approach to Buddhist education, participants will gain access to weekly lectures on key topics in Buddhist Studies. An academically-focused introduction to the philosophical and cultural breadth of the Buddhist traditions will be presented by Joie Szu-Chiao Chen (Harvard), while a practically-oriented introduction to Tibetan language will be led by Oriane Lavole (Stanford). Additional lectures on associated topics will feature other academically-trained teachers and practitioners, and weekly discussion sections will round out the experience.

For those who are able to attend the Samye Summer Immersion in person, it will be a precious opportunity to not only explore the vast world of Buddhist wisdom but also to integrate it in a residential setting—set amidst the rolling hills of Cooperstown, in all its summer glory. A series of weekend retreats will complement the program, which can be registered for separately at a discounted rate.

Program Details

Classes will be held Tuesday – Friday, with Mondays serving as a break day. Recordings will be made of the morning and afternoon classes, and made available to all participants.

Daily Schedule

8:00 am | Morning Practice with Tulku Migmar (1 hr)


10:00 am | Dharma Teaching with Tulku Migmar (1.5 hrs)


2:00 pm | Buddhist Studies / Tibetan Language / Discussion with Samye instructors (1.5 hrs)


5:00 pm | Evening Practice with Tulku Migmar (1 hr)


Weekend Retreats

Over this three week period, there are two weekend retreats scheduled: The Path of Transformation (July 12-14), and The Path of Dignity (July 26-28). Residential participants will be granted complementary attendance to these programs, while commuters and online participants are encouraged register for these separately with discounts provided.

Financial Support

This retreat has been priced to cover the many costs that go into organizing such a program, which includes food, labor, supplies, and, of course, time. We strive to price our retreats to cover these costs while leaving a modest amount of surplus to help us maintain our physical campus year-round. We are committed to making our program as accessible as possible, so for those who are in need of financial assistance for either the online or onsite retreat, please send a message to [email protected] to discuss how we can provide assistance.




Tulku Migmar Tsering
Tulku Migmar Tsering is a master of the Chokling New Treasures lineage of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. He was born in Nubri, Nepal in 1975 and began his training at an early age after having been recognized as a reincarnate lama. Tulku Migmar began his formal education in 1983 at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery in Kathmandu. Through the years, Tulku Migmar proved to be an outstanding practitioner, mastering all of the elaborate vajrayana rituals and sacred arts so essential to the Chokling New Treasures tradition. Tulku-la completed a 3-year retreat under the close guidance of his root guru,…
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Joie Szu-Chiao Chen
Joie is a PhD candidate in Buddhist Studies at Harvard University, where her research looks at the confluence of various modes of learnedness in Tibetan Buddhism, in particular how the language and visual arts play into the formation of a learned Buddhist person. She holds a BA in Film Studies and English from Yale University and an MPhil in Tibetan & Himalayan Studies from the University of Oxford.
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Oriane Lavole
Oriane Lavole is a PhD candidate in Buddhist Studies (Religious Studies Department) at Stanford University. Her research centers on the role of sacred sites in the tradition of the New Treasures of Chokgyur Lingpa. In parallel, Oriane continues to work as a translator and interpreter of Buddhist texts and teachings from Tibetan to English. She has been interpreting for Phakchok Rinpoche and other Chokling Tersar lineage masters and scholars and has been a part of Samye Translations and Publications (formerly Lhasey Lotsawa) since 2015. Oriane also occasionally produces translations for 84,000 and Khyentse Vision.
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Matthew Zalichin
Matthew Zalichin began studying Buddhism as an undergraduate in 1971. His teachers include many of the past and current century’s most eminent Tibetan lamas of all main lineages, but principally the Kagyu and Nyingma through his two root gurus Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, whom he met in 1977. He has, for the most part, practiced as a householder in North America, and from roughly 1981-2000 focused on ngondros, various yidam practices, and dharma center administration while working full time, raising a family, paying mortgages, and so on. Authorized as a meditation instructor in 1981, he taught meditation,…
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