Samye Hermitage New York (formerly Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Cooperstown) provides a space for the study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism and meditation, as passed down through the Chokling Tersar lineage. We offer weekly meditation and discussion classes as well as longer term practice opportunities during our summer retreats. Situated on 25 acres in the rolling hills of upstate NY, the natural beauty of our surroundings provides a perfect backdrop for our study and practice of meditation and the Tibetan Buddhist wisdom tradition. Here, each of us practices to develop compassion, both for others and for ourselves.

Samye Hermitage New York is a year round teaching and retreat center for Tibetan Buddhism and meditation. Our spiritual directors are lineage holders in the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions, specifically the lineage of Chokgyur Lingpa: Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche, Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche and Phakchok Rinpoche.

Weekly Events at Samye Hermitage NY

Introduction to Meditation

Copyright Julian Pang

Please join us as we come together as a virtual group to practice and further our understanding of ourselves and our lives through meditation. Our meditation meetings are open to all, beginner and advanced students alike, with meditation instruction available on request.

ZOOM ONLY with Matthew Zalichin

Introduction to Meditation is free to all.

Trinle Nyingpo Sadhana Practice

Guru Rinpoche
Guru Rinpoche

Samye Hermitage NY will be offering students an opportunity to practice on Zoom the Trinle Nyingpo sadhana in English on Wednesdays at 11:30am (NY time).

All students with the empowerment are welcome to register to join us.

ZOOM ONLY practice led by Phakchok Rinpoche’s students.

New Beginning March 2 and March 3

Making the Heart Connection

Buddhists have always grappled with the same issue—how can we make a heart connection with the teachings, practices, and lineage so that we move beyond mere intellectual knowledge of the sacred dharma and embody it in our very being.In a way, everything we have undertaken—refuge vows, paramita practices, guru yoga—represents the tradition’s accumulated skillful methods for helping us accomplish this. But Westerners born in modern times often experience particular obstacles to connecting with these practices.

One Buddhist teacher who has spent years exploring issues like merit, blessings, samaya and devotion is Lama Shenpen Hookham. In her book Waiting for the Dalai Lama & other stories, she shares her insights into these very issues in a direct and personal way. This book is the basis for discussion for this 4 week series of classes.

This series is free to 108 Pillar members otherwise there is a suggested donation of $30 for the series. The class is repeated twice each week, so students may opt to join whichever day is convenient or they may join both sessions.

Beginning Thursday March 2 @ 6:00-7:30pm

Beginning Friday March 3 @ 11-12:30pm

ZOOM ONLY with Matthew Zalichin and Doris Motta.

Finding Rest in Meditation


A series of classes on Longchenpa’s Trilogy of Rest continues this winter with Finding Rest in Meditation.

Sundays 11am – 1pm at Samye Hermitage New York (412 Glimmerglen Road, Cooperstown, NY)

IN PERSON ONLY with Michael Friedman.

Personal Retreats

Gomde retreat cabin

Our beautiful 25 acre campus has a retreat cabin, meditation hall, dining/kitchen facilities and bathhouse. They are available to individuals and groups who would like to deepen their meditation practice. For more information, please contact us.

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