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Upcoming Classes & Retreats

The Four Foundations: A Study in Ngöndro Practice

With Michael Friedman

January 28 - May 5, 2024
Sundays 11 am - 1 pm | Onsite at Samye NY
We invite you to this weekly community class held on campus each Sunday from 11 am - 1 pm This course is made available on a donation basis. While one might think of the preliminary practices of the Buddhist path — ngondro in Tibetan — as something we must accomplish to progress to the "next level," the teachings they embody are in fact the very essence of this path, and thus are better termed "foundational." From the "common outer preliminaries" of the four mind turnings to the "inner preliminaries" of taking refuge, cultivating bodhicitta, confessing, offering mandala, and engaging in…
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The Four Foundations: A Tibetan New Year’s Retreat

With Tulku Migmar Tsering and Matthew Zalichin

February 9 - 14, 2024
Online
Celebrate an auspicious beginning to the New Year of the Tibetan lunar calendar, known as Losar, by immersing yourself in a retreat on the Four Foundations of the Dharma. According to tradition, the actions carried out during these first days of the year are believed to carry a potency magnified a millionfold. We invite you to take this opportunity to collectively gather merit during this very special time, whether you choose to participate in person or online. Guided by Tulku Migmar Tsering and instructor Matthew Zalichin, we will delve into the Four Foundations, also referred to as the "preliminary practices"…
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Cultivating Stillness: Weekly Meditation Practice

With Matthew Zalichin

February 20 - May 28, 2024
Tuesdays 5 - 6 pm | Via Zoom Feb 20 - March 19
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…
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The Treasury of Blessings: Weekly Group Practice

With Matthew Zalichin

February 22 - May 30, 2024
Thursdays 5 - 6 pm | Online only through March 21
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…
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The Path of Meditation: Weekend Retreat

With Matthew Zalichin

March 22 - 24, 2024
Onsite & Online
We invite you to join our Path of Meditation retreat, a tranquil weekend program tailored for those seeking a gentle introduction to the transformative power of meditation. 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. Our skilled meditation instructors will guide you through accessible and beginner-friendly practices, offering techniques to quiet the mind, cultivate inner peace, and enhance overall well-being. The retreat schedule allows for a gradual and nurturing immersion into meditation, ensuring that…
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Samye Summer Immersion

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

July 10 - 31, 2024
Hybrid: Onsite & Online
We invite you to join a three-week immersive program in Tibetan Buddhist thought and practice, geared toward college-level students while welcoming learners of all ages. This unique experience combines intensive study with practical application—a precious opportunity to not only explore the vast world of Buddhist wisdom, but to learn to integrate it into our lived experience amidst the rolling hills of Cooperstown, in all its summer glory. Led by a team of academically trained instructors and traditionally-trained monastics, the Samye Summer Intensive delves into the rich tapestry of Tibetan Buddhism, offering a sensitive exploration of its cultural nuances and philosophical…
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Welcome to Samye

Samye Hermitage New York is a center for the study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism. Situated on 25 acres in the rolling hills of Upstate New York, the natural beauty of our surroundings provides a perfect backdrop for the integration of this precious wisdom tradition.

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2023 Retreat Series


  1. A unique program for caregivers, presented in collaboration with Samye Institute.

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  2. A retreat on the phowa practice, including teachings on Amitabha's pure land.

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  3. A weekend retreat on the practice of Mahamudra, through the lens of the Perfection of Wisdom.

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