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Kalachakra Six – Session Guru Yoga Practice Highest Yoga Tantra

Date August 12-19, 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.

The system of Kalachakra highest yoga tantra has a rich history as one of the most important tantras in Tibetan Buddhism for removing obstacles to Buddhahood. In recent years it has become closely associated with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and the Namgyal monks.

The second Namgyal summer retreat will focus on Kalachakra practice, and is open only to those who have received the Kalachakra initiation, or initiation in any other highest yoga tantra. It will be conducted in the manner of a traditional Tibetan meditation retreat, led by Geshe Lobsang Dakpa of Namgyal Monastery India and the monks of Namgyal Monastery Ithaca.

During this week-long retreat, students will participate in four sessions each day with guidance in the practice of Kalachakra six-session guru yoga, visualization, mantra recitation, and will receive teachings on the paths and grounds.

As in the first week retreat, the Kalachakra Retreat will be characterized by individual attention from the monks of the Dalai Lama’s own personal monastery, with opportunities each day for students to ask questions about their own personal practice from both the Namgyal monks and the head teacher, Geshe Lobsang Dakpa.

After the last meditation session and dinner on each day, the evenings will consist of volleyball, badminton, and discussion groups.

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.

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