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16 January 2020

Absorbing the Oral instructions in the Catskills

update on the winter retreat at KMC new york


"Today concludes the first week of the Oral Instructions retreat led by Gen Samten Resident Teacher at KMC New York and Kadam Donna Resident Teacher at Vajra Light Center.

"Practitioners have joined from all over the world: China, Australia, Canada, Ireland and Switzerland. The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra retreats are truly becoming international."

"Gen Samten encouraged us to find the beauty of a quiet mind, reminding us that there is so much beauty in stillness. And this week we have discovered for ourselves how true that is.

"This week we emphasised meditation on renunciation. So powerful!

"We had a special day meditating on death following the verses from the Request to the Lord of All Lineages:"

Yet my breath is like mist about to vanish
And my life is like a candle flame about to die in the wind.
Since there is no guarantee I will not die today,
Now is the only time to take the real meaning of human life, the attainment of enlightenment.

'The teachings are so personal, helping us to bring the retreat home with us. I find it really inspiring.'

There are still nine weeks to go on this wonderful retreat and you can still register for individual weeks or longer.