Blissful Union

Snows Retreat  7 January – 5 April  2017

The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra
The Very Essence of Buddha’s Teachings of Sutra and Tantra

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, allowing an opportunity 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. Observing silence enables the mind to become very peaceful and concentrated in a relatively short period of time and enables a far greater degree of control over distractions and delusions. In this way observing silence in retreat greatly accelerates our spiritual development.

The retreat will begin with a Buddha Shakyamuni Empowerment on Sunday 8 January with Gen Devi. Snows Retreat 2017 offers the unsurpassed opportunity to engage in the practice of the four great preliminary guides (approx 6 weeks) and then absorb into the five stages of the actual Mahamudra (approx 6 weeks) within the beautiful new prayers of The Hundreds of Deities of the Joyful Land According to Highest Yoga Tantra: the Guru Yoga of Je Tsongkhapa as a preliminary for Mahamudra, based on Part 1 and 2 of the sublime new book The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

Enjoy these profound practices and blissful meditations within the silent boundaries and perfect retreat conditions at Tharpaland IRC.Allow the nectar of these instructions from the heart of our Guru to pervade our heart while residing in his heart!

‘Tharpaland is my heart’  Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

‘…when through the force of meditation our mind transforms into the mind of great bliss… and this mind realises emptiness directly, this is the union of great bliss and emptiness, the actual realisation of Mahamudra’ (p7)

‘It is said that the unmistaken Dharma is Mahamudra, Lamrim and Lojong. [Therefore we should put great effort into practising these instructions ourself and teaching them to others, as] they are the very essence of Buddhadharma. If we do this we will accomplish the real purpose of having met Je Tsongkhapa’s doctrine.’ (p5)

‘The practice of Mahamudra is like a car with four wheels. By depending on it we can swiftly travel to the ground of the union of Buddhahood. The four preliminaries are like the four wheels of the car. If any of the four wheels are missing, the car will not be able to function; and in the same way, if any of the four preliminaries is missing we will not be able to travel to the Buddha ground through the practice of Mahamudra’  (p23)   

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso


  • Single Room:  3,436€
  • Shared Room:  2,614€
  • Dormitory:  2,081€   please bring a sleeping bag (pillowcase and fitted sheet are provided)