An Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism

Get Acquainted with Namgyal Retreat

August 7-14, 2011

Light on the Hill Retreat Center

Van Etten, New York

Geshe Tenzin Sherap, with resident Namgyal Monks and Faculty

There are no pre-requisites for this retreat.  It is suitable for both beginning and advanced students.

This retreat is characterized by individual attention from the monks of the Dalai Lama’s own personal monastery, and is our most popular annual event.

The retreat offers a unique and thorough introduction to meditation in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, its core doctrines and practices, and Tibetan Buddhism as practiced in the Dalai Lama’s personal monastery in Dharamsala, India. Students will learn about Shamatha meditation, Mahayana teachings, Deity Yoga, mandala theory, debate, Tibetan language, and will engage in hands-on workshops in drawing and painting Tibetan images and mandalas.

All of the monks will be accessible to students throughout the day and evenings 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.

Participants have always very much enjoyed this unique week-long retreat experience and there are often a number of repeat participants from all over the country. This is Namgyal’s main summer event. We look forward to seeing you.


Geshe Tenzin Sherap is known for his clear and accessible teachings on both beginning topics and the most subtle of Buddhist philosophies and teachings. For more biographical information, visit the Namygal website.


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


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.