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How to Transform Your Life – enjoy A Blissful Journey

Snows Retreat  2018

6 January – 3 April

Annual three month Silent Retreat at Tharpaland IRC guided by Gen Kelsang Devi

The Snows Retreat is an extraordinary opportunity each year to engage in concentrated meditation practice under ideal retreat conditions for a substantial period of time. Retreat helps us to bring our intellectual understanding of Buddha’s teachings into our heart. It closes the gap between our mind and Dharma, allowing us to gain deep experience and realisations of our objects of meditation.

One of the most conducive conditions of Snows Retreat is the practice of observing silence. This silent verbal retreat boundary allows the mind to become more silent, very peaceful and concentrated in a relatively short period of time and enables a far greater degree of control over distractions and delusions. Contrary to common misunderstandings, this silence is not about disconnecting from others but actually enhancing our sense of connection to others as well as to our pure potential within our self. In this way a temporary period of silence is very beneficial and our verbal retreat greatly accelerates our spiritual development.

The retreat will begin with a blessing empowerment of Wisdom Buddha, Dorje Shugden on Sunday 7 January from Gen Kelsang Devi to protect and empower our journey.

Snows Retreat 2018 offers an incredible, life-changing opportunity to overcome our daily problems and find permanent happiness through engaging in the beautiful and powerful practices and meditations explained in the book How to Transform Your Life by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. It will be based on the essence transmission and commentary of this practical manual given during the Summer Festival 2017.

Enjoy these inspiring practices and joyful meditations within the silent boundaries and perfect retreat conditions at Tharpaland IRC, enriching and transforming our life into a truly blissful and meaningful journey.


“Through practising the instructions presented in this book we can transform our life from a state of misery into one of pure and everlasting happiness. These instructions are scientific methods to improve our human nature. Everybody needs to be good natured with a good heart, because in this way we can solve our own problems as well as those of others, and we can make our human life meaningful”
excerpt from the book How to Transform Your Life by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso


“Tharpaland is my heart”

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche



General Structure of this Lamrim and Lojong Retreat

In the first few weeks we will spend quality time emphasising meditations such as faith, death and impermanence, karma and renunciation. Followed by approximately one month making progress on the meditations of the great scope; gaining deep experience of cherishing love, exchanging self and others, compassion and Bodhichitta. Culminating our focus in the final month on gaining priceless understanding of Ultimate Bodhichitta and enhancing our experience of profound emptiness.

It is of course recommended to engage in the whole three month retreat but it is also possible to attend part (eg the first 4-6 weeks) of this precious retreat and gain immense benefit from the transformative power of this blissful journey.

Although this retreat is guided as a whole, not every session is guided. Some sessions will be self guided to enable practitioners to deepen their own experience and confidence in meditation.


Price includes accommodation, retreat sessions and three meals a day:

  • Single Room:  3,524€
  • Shared Room:  2,643€
  • Dormitory:  2,105€   please bring a sleeping bag (pillowcase and fitted sheet are provided)