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, Buddhism, and related subjects continually from then until 2000, when he moved to Nepal to focus on solitary retreat practice.

In July 2009 he accepted Phakchok Rinpoche’s appointment as meditation instructor and teacher in residence at Rangjung Yeshe Gomde New York.

Events with Matthew Zalichin

Sadness, Love, Openness: The Buddhist Path to Joy
October 24 - December 19, 2023

Our Tuesday evening class will explore the book Sadness, Love, Openness : The Buddhist Path to Joy by Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, uncle to Phakchok Rinpoche. This book provides students practical guidance for using everyday experiences and emotions as tools for developing our compassion and lessening our negativity. Tuesday classes also give attendees space to gain experience in the practice of meditation and is suitable for all backgrounds. “Warm and accessible, yet profound and insightful, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche offers compelling advice for our times. This book is a treasure of timeless wisdom that today is needed more than ever.” – Cher Class Schedule:…

The Song of Lodro Thaye
October 26 - December 21, 2023

Our Thursday evening class will study the poem, The Song of Lodro Thaye by Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye from the Kagyu Gyurtso. Relevant to Phakchok Rinpoche’s presentation of Mahamudra this summer, this poem explains in a clear and lucid way the basics of Mahamudra in terms of ground, path, and fruition. In this class we will focus on path and gain a broader context for Phakchok Rinpoche’s teachings. This direct and clear poem will lead us to a deeper understanding of where these teachings fit within our own unique practice career. A copy of the text will be sent upon…

The Four Foundations: A Tibetan New Year's Retreat
February 9 - 14, 2024

Celebrate an auspicious beginning of the Tibetan New Year, known as Losar, by immersing yourself in a transformative retreat designed to maximize the accumulation of merit. According to tradition, actions during these initial days are believed to carry a potency magnified a millionfold. Embark on a journey into the fundamental principles of Dharma practice, whether you choose to participate in person or online. Guided by compassionate instructors, we will delve into the Four Foundations, also referred to as the “preliminary practices” or ngondro in Tibetan. These encompass the taking of refuge and cultivating bodhicitta, engaging in confession and purification practices,…