Chenrezig Practice: Generating Great Compassion

Date July 21, 2013 – July 28, 2013
Time 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Location Du Khor Choling, The Land of Kalachakra Study and Practice.
Instructor Geshe Lobsang Dakpa, with resident Namgyal Monks and Faculty.
Cost $700, see details below.
Registration Pre-registration required, see details below
Prerequisites Please see below.


Chenrezig is the Buddha of Compassion and hence, tantric practice of this deity is a powerful tool for generating Great Compassion for all sentient beings. Chenrezig practice is closely connected to HH the XIV Dalai Lama as he is considered a direct emanation of Chenrezig. Students will practice daily prayers and meditations, and receive teachings on Chenrezig practice and generating Great Compassion.

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 Chenrezig initiation, detailed instruction on the practice of the Chenrezig Sadhana, daily Chenrezig 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.

Du Khor Choling, The Land of Kalachakra Study and Practice.

Lodging Options:
Lodging for students will not be available on-site. However, Namgyal Monastery has arranged with Ithaca College (IC), the option for students to stay in dormitory rooms at a cost of $50 per night for a double room. If students choose to stay in the IC dorms, they can elect to stay in a room by themselves for the full cost of $50 per night (a total of $350 for a full week) or they can elect to share the room with another retreat participant for a cost of $25 per night for each person (a total cost of $175 for a full week per person sharing a room). Ithaca College is approximately one-half mile from DKCL. IC will have linens and towels available for students to use for no additional cost. Also there are laundry facilities on campus within walking distance of the residence hall and use of these is free of charge. For students who do not have their own car at the retreat, Namgyal will arrange for transportation to and from the IC dorms in the mornings and evenings. There are a number of hotels in the area, Namgyal will try to arrange for discounted prices for students, for more information about area hotels call the Namgyal office. Also there are two parks with camping facilities within a 20 minute drive of DKCL. These are Buttermilk Falls State Park and Robert Treman State Park. Information about these parks and reservations for camping be found online (

The cost for a week-long retreat is $700 and includes three wonderful satisfying vegetarian meals per day, and all study materials.

Register for both Namgyal summer retreats and pay $1,250.


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 Teaching and Events Payment Page. In the “Teaching or Event” field of the Payment Form, enter the name of the event for which you are paying.

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