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Post Summer Festival

The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra
Hidden Villa Retreat Center
26870 Moody Road

Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
September 2-5
with Gen Kelsang Choma, Resident Teacher of KMC San Franciso and Kelsang Chogyop, Resident Teacher of Mahakaruna Kadampa Buddhist Center

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This retreat, co-led by Gen Kelsang Choma and Kelsang Chogyop, will be based on the commentary to The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, given during the NKT-IKBU Summer Festival 2016. It is a special opportunity to deepen our understanding and experience of these precious teachings.

This retreat has been structured to give highlights of the Oral Instructions from the NKT-IKBU Summer Festival plus personal retreat experience.  There will be 3 sessions a day. The 1st session will be a teaching followed by the 2nd and 3rd sessions which will be retreat sessions.  The afternoon session includes some guided meditation and the evening session is self guided meditation. There will be an optional afternoon Q&A on Saturday & Sunday as well as some suggested silent times.

Everyone is advised to bring or buy the sadhana, The Hundreds of Deities of the Joyful Land, and the book, The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra.  Although, everyone is welcome to attend, please note that this is an advanced retreat.


Gen Kelsang Chöma is a senior Kadampa Buddhist nun and the
Resident Teacher at KMC San Francisco. She has studied and practiced under the guidance of Geshe Kelsang for close to 25 years and has taught throughout the United States. People find her teachings clear, warm and encouraging.

Kelsang Chogyop is the main teacher at Mahakaruna Center. She is a modern Kadampa nun, who has studied extensively and practiced Kadampa Buddhism for over twelve years under the guidance of Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Chogyop has taught meditation classes across the country. She is known for her warm heart, practical teachings and sincere practice of the Dharma.

Full Retreat:  $340/Dorm,   $380/Shared Room,    $475/Private Room


5:00-6:00pm ~ Arrivals
6:30-7:30pm ~ Dinner
8:00-9:00pm: Introduction

Saturday and Sunday
7:30am -breakfast
9:30-11:00 -Session 1 – Teaching
12:00-1:00 – lunch
2:00-2:45 – Optional Q&A
3:30-5:00pm -Session 2 – Retreat Session (with guided meditation)
6:00-7:00 – dinner
7:30-9:00pm -Session 3 -Retreat Session (with self-guided meditation)

9:00-10:30am -Session 1 – Teaching
11:30-12:30 -Brunch
1:00-2:30pm -Session 2 – Retreat Session

Day Rate: $80