• Campground Site – $1,780.00
  • Retreat Room – $2,390.00
  • Commuter – $1,150.00
  • Online Participant – $350.00

Date & Time Details: In-person check-in Wednesday, July 10th from 12 to 4 pm. Program concludes July 31st at 12 pm.

Location: Hybrid: 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

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 foundations. Our exploration will be complemented by a daily schedule of meditation practice, allowing us to not only grasp theoretical concepts but also learn to embody the Buddha’s teachings.

At the heart of this immersive experience is the invaluable guidance offered by Tulku Migmar Tsering, an authentic lineage-holder of the Tibetan Buddhist practice tradition. His deep experience and wisdom will serve as a guiding light, allowing for a deeper connection to the heart of the teachings, while ensuring that participants navigate their spiritual journey with authenticity and good humor.

Open to individuals of all backgrounds and levels of familiarity with Tibetan Buddhism, the Samye Summer Intensive prioritizes the sense of an inclusive community and shared learning. Whether you are a college student seeking intellectual enrichment or an individual of any age yearning for spiritual growth, the Summer Intensive will  provide a welcoming and inclusive space for your exploration.

Program Details:

Our daily meditation practice will be led by Tulku Migmar Tsering, who will offer teachings on the essence of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of study and practice, as well as lead daily meditation sessions, which will include pith guidance he received from his own teachers. Resident instructor Matthew Zalichin will be available throughout to provide personally practice support and guidance.

An introductory course on the foundations of Buddhist culture and practice will be taught by Joie Szu-Chiao Chen. Joie will help us engage with the core concepts of the Buddhist tradition, while guiding us into a more nuanced understanding of the rich history of the Dharma in our world and our lives. Daily interpretation for Tulku Migmar and lectures on special topics in Buddhist Studies will be provided by Oriane Lavole, and time for guest lectures will be made as well.

You have the option to join the summer immersion at Samye Hermitage New York, or livestream the daily teachings from Tulku Migmar Tsering online. A more detailed schedule and curriculum will be shared as the summer approaches.

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 also 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] for details on how we can help.


***Registration opens February 24th, 2024.



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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