Past Events (Prior to 2015)

Meditation: Deeply Exploring Our True Nature

Sitting 2Sivananda Ashram, Paradise Island, Bahamas, December 12-17, 2014

Is deep realization and awakening in this precious human life possible?

BWI Saugerties Opening Ceremony and Reception

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Opening Ceremony set for November 22-23

The next chapter in the Blazing Wisdom Institute story is underway.  After ten wonderful years in Andes/Delancey, our center is now in Saugerties, NY, in the beautiful Hudson River Valley.  This blessed property was the home of a non-profit spiritual center called Miriam’s Well for nearly two decades, which made for a peaceful and joyful transfer of stewardship.

Rimay Monlam 2014

Rimay Monlam ImageWelcoming all Buddhist practitioners with the Blessings and Good Wishes of His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Enjoy this special time and space for meditation, exercise, discussion and inspiration, celebration and consecration, as well as short discourses by prominent Dharma teachers in attendance.

Meditation as a Path to Enlightenment April 2014


Meditation is the royal road to super consciousness. It is the ladder that will elevate you from bondage to truth, bliss, abiding peace, and knowledge.

Paradise Island, Bahamas
April 2014


A weekend of empowerment, enrichment and learning, with Tulku Sherdor

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The teachings of His Holiness Orgyen Kusum Lingpa, recently published at the Tibetan Printing House in Chengdu, China, in a new 30 volume edition, are a wondrous treasury of transmissions directly from the mind of Padma Sambhava, Guru Rinpoche, dedicated to protecting and serving the needs of beings in these most challenging times. 

An Introduction To Tibetan Buddhist Practices

sittingIn this two-day retreat, Tulku, with his powerful words and insights, will guide you -- from beginners to advanced -- through the mysteries of your mind and help you to develop deeper realization.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm
A weekend of teaching and workshops with Tulku Sherab Dorje at Grass Valley, CA
May 9-11, 2014: Friday 8:45 to 9:45pm, Sat.-Sun. Workshops and Teaching starting at 8:00am

The Wisdom of Manjushri: Teachings on Professing the Qualities of Manjushri

thumb ManjusriManjushri is the embodiment of the wisdom of all the Buddhas. Professing the Qualities of Manjushri  (Manjushri nama samgiti), also known as the Litany of the Names of Manjushri,  is one of the most revered tantric texts in Tibetan Buddhism.  It is the first text within the Buddhist tantric canon, just before the root text of the Kalachakra Tantra, and recitation of this text is a practice common to all the schools of Tibetan Buddhism. 

Longchen Nyingtig Powa Training Intensive with Tulku Sherdor

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Powa, or the practice of transference of consciousness, pervades all of the trainings of the inner levels of tantra, according to both the old and new schools of Tibetan Buddhism. It is at the heart of the six yogas of Naropa, integral to the trainings in Chöd and feast and mandala offering, and at the core of the trainings in Maha, Anu and Ati yogas in Dzogchen. Put most simply, every practitioner of Vajrayana should have in depth training and experiential confidence in Powa.

Translation and Transmission Conference

thumb Crop of coverThe Translation and Transmission Conference will inaugurate a series of meetings for translators, practitioners, and scholars of Tibetan Buddhism. Its purpose is to provide an international forum for sustained dialogue and the sharing of ideas and experiences, as well as for collective reflection on the larger cultural and societal dimensions of the transmission of Tibetan Buddhism to the contemporary sphere.

Four Dharmas of Gampopa & Longchenpa

thumb GampopaLongchenpa On four consecutive Tuesday evenings in March-April, Tulku Sherdor of Blazing Wisdom Institute in Andes, New York, a frequent guest teacher at The Tibetan Center, will offer a complete course on The Four Dharmas of Gampopa & Longchenpa.

Teaching The Practice of Bodhicitta

thumb chenrezig As the Dalai Lama often points out, Buddhism is a practice of life, a path to refine and develop ourselves as human beings.  That refinement requires a genuine change of heart, and not just erudition or discipline of mind…. 

Giving Bodhisattva Vows to the Sangha, Golog, Tibet

Ven Hungkar Rinpoche As per the tradition of our monastery, Hungkar Dorje Rinpoche will hold a special ceremony on Feb 5, 2013, to give the Bodhisattva vow to the Sangha in Golog, Tibet, and also offer clothes to about 800 monks.

Springwater Retreat April 2013

Springwater center Rochester NY

All of us tend to waste a lot of time. Why? And is it by choice? Deep down, don't we feel uneasy, knowing that the one thing we can least afford to waste in these precious few moments of life is…time? So can we stop? How do we break our strong timewasting routines, habits, distractions and entertainments, which leave us with nothing of value?

This silent retreat will focus on discovering the remedy for letting our own precious time slip away. We will discover how, moment to moment, we so easily slip into day-dreams and repetitive thoughts that are just a waste of our time as well, and how to cut right through it all.

New Year, New Beginnings

thumb 61 On February 9 &10, those practicing the preliminary practices of the Longchen Nyingtig return to BWI to spend a weekend of study and communal practice.  If you’ve not attended one of our weekends dedicated to Longchen Nyingtig, you are most welcome to join us.