10 Days Silent Retreat

  April 30 – May 09

Meditation, mindfulness & Mahamudra: Discover the nature of your own mind with Buddhist monk Gen Kelsang Ananda This ten-day silence retreat will help you discover a special experience of inner peace and clarity. The meditations are taken from the Mahamudra tradition which is the heart practice of Kadampa Buddhism. Sessions are partly guided and partly unguided. In each session short prayers are chanted to support the meditation.

During this silent retreat there is plenty of time for relaxation and walks in the wooded surroundings. We recommend to participate in the whole retreat to experience the maximum benefit. However, it is also possible to participate only in the first few days and leave earlier.

The retreat starts with an introduction on Thursday evening. During the first three days (Fri, Sat and Sun) there is silence until noon, and Monday to Friday at noon we practice complete silence. Everyone is welcome. The retreat is suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.




Gen Kelsang Ananda is the Resident Teacher of Tharpaland Kadampa Meditation Center (KMC). He is a modern Buddhist monk and highly experienced teacher of the New Kadampa Tradition. He has been studying and practicing Kadampa Buddhism for 24 years under the guidance of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. He is also Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center Berlin and National Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition for Germany and other countries.

Gen Ananda has many years of experience teaching Buddha’s teachings of Sutra and Tantra. He is known for his good heart, deep practical understanding and accessibility.

Thursday (first day):
20:00 – Introduction

Daily routine during the retreat:
08:00 – 1st session
11:00 – 2nd session
16:00 – 3rd session
19:30 – 4th session

Saturday (last day):
08:00 – 1st session
11:00 – 2nd session

During the first three days (Fri, Sat and Sun) there is a half-day silence (until the end of the second session). From Monday to Thursday inclusive we have full-day silence. From Friday after the second session, the silence ends.

Thursday from Schwante Station to Tharpaland KMC at 17:30.
Saturday: from Tharpaland KMC to Schwante Station at 13:50.

German (English translation available on request

The Tharpaland KMC is a Buddhist centre Therefore all courses are organized and supervised by volunteers. For this reason it is common that each participant is invited to help with certain tasks such as cutting vegetables, washing up, cleaning up etc.

Start and end of the retreat:
The retreat begins on Thursday evening at 6pm with dinner. You are welcome to arrive as early as 16:30 to settle in and look around. The retreat ends on Saturday noon after lunch at about 2 pm.

Complete price, including course fee of 25€ per day, accommodation and three meals:

It is also possible to participate in the retreat for a shorter period of time, but you must participate from the beginning.

Premium single room: 810€
Single room: 738€
Double room: 612€ (please indicate the person with whom you share the room)
Shared room (4 single beds): 567€
Dormitory (bunk beds): 495€ (please bring your own sleeping bag and towel (pillows and fitted sheets are available).