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Medicine Buddha Practice: Transforming the Three Poisons

Date August 5-12, 2012
Time 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Location Light on the Hill Retreat Center, Van Etten, NY
Instructors Geshe Lobsang Dakpa, with resident Namgyal Monks and Faculty
Cost $925, see details below
Registration Pre-registration required, see details below
Prerequisites Please see below.

Medicine Buddha practice is a powerful tool that helps to facilitate the healing of self and others. Students will practice daily prayers and meditations, and receive teachings on transforming the three poisons of ignorance, anger, and desirous attachment.

This retreat will provide basic instruction and orientation to Buddhist teachings and practice that previously have been part of our “Get Acquainted with Namgyal Retreat”. In addition, this retreat will provide an overview and introduction to Tantric Buddhist practice. The teachings will be given in conjunction with a Medicine Buddha initiation, detailed instruction on the practice of the Medicine Buddha Sadhana and daily Medicine Buddha group practice sessions. After the last meditation session and dinner on each day, there will be discussion groups, slide-lectures and other activities.

This retreat is accessible and open to anyone who would like to attend. Students will receive individual attention from the monks of the Dalai Lama’s own personal monastery. The retreat will be relatively informal and all of the monks will be accessible to the students throughout the day and evening for questions and discussion on the materials studied. There will also be many opportunities for individual sessions with the teachers of Namgyal Monastery to discuss questions you might have regarding your own personal practice.

Geshe Lobsang Dakpa was born in the town of Melto Gyma, near Lhasa in 1968. In 1983 he became a monk at Gaden monastery in Tibet where he practiced the tantric rituals and studied the major philosophical basic texts.

At the age of 20 he became monitor of the students where he taught debate, mind, logic, and other subjects. In 1991 he became a refugee and met His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama of Tibet with whom he received his full monk ordination. Following this he went to the Ganden monastery in the south of India where he studied the five treatises of Buddhist philosophy and taught grammar and debate to young students from different traditions. In 1998, he became a lecturer of sutra and tantra for the monks at Namgyal Monastery in
Dharmasala. In 2000, at Gaden monastery, he passed his Geshe examinations. Since 2005 he has taught lamrim, logic, and etcetera to lay people and ordained students from all over the world.


The retreat will be held at the beautiful Light on the Hill Retreat Center in the peaceful, rolling hills of Van Etten, New York, located just 30 minutes south of Ithaca on 236 acres of wooded land with streams, gorges, swimming ponds, distant views and walking paths. The retreat center offers lovely accommodations with private and semiprivate rooms, cottages, and cabins. Tenting options are also available.


The cost for the week-long retreat is $925, and includes lodging, three wonderful satisfying vegetarian meals per day, and all study materials.

Register for both Namgyal summer retreats and pay $1,650.


To register, please contact Namgyal, with your full name, address, telephone number, and email (optional). A deposit of 50% is required to hold your registration. Deposits are fully refundable until June 30th, after which, one half of the deposit is refundable.


Please make your personal check, money order, or bank cashier's check payable to “Namgyal Monastery” and send to our mailing address.

For payment by credit card, please register first and then process your payment through the “Donate to Namgyal Ithaca” link on our Supporting Namgyal page. In the Comments field of the Payment Form, enter the name of the event for which you are paying.