Summer Meditation Retreat with Khenpo Konchok Molam, July 24, 25, 26

At White Lotus Buddhist Center, 815 Park Ave 2nd floor, Rochester NY

The essential purpose of any type of practice is working with our own mind so we can be of benefit to others. This meditation retreat is perfect for people new to meditation as well as those practitioners with extensive experience.

By calming the mind through concentration meditation (shamata) we open ourselves to insights into the true nature of our mind (vipassana) meditation.

Khenpo Molam will teach these different types of meditation, discussing when and how to transition from shamata to vipassana as well as eventually from vipassana to mahamudra. Each session will include both instruction and actual practice followed by discussion/Q & A. The Lama will also elucidate how deity (or sadhana) practice corresponds to shamata and vipassana.

Eventually, if time permits, we will continue on to a deeper understanding of deity practice (visualization) – the outer vs inner levels and how to bring practice into daily life.

Program Details / Registration

YOU MUST ATTEND the entire retreat or not at all. With social distancing, there are spaces for 15 people. Masks are required in the hallway. When you are in your seat, you will not be required to wear them.

We are pleased to be able to offer this program at a very low cost.  Registration is on a sliding scale: any amount you choose between $30-$65 will cover the entire retreat.

For those who were registered for Lama Dawa Zangmo’s retreat in March and did NOT ask for a refund,  you may use that payment, but you must still let us know you plan to attend. Please email us at

Those who did NOT register for the retreat in March, you may register here. Just click on the Donate button below and enter your offering. Thank you!

Daily Schedule:  Friday July 24, 7:00-8:30 PM                                                   Saturday & Sunday July 25 & 26,  10:00 AM-12:00 Noon & 2:00-4:30 PM

Lunch:  bring your own bag lunch or walk down Park Ave to pick something up. Also, bring your own beverage in a covered mug or thermos with your name on it. Because the water in the building has not been used in several months, it is not presently potable.

Reminder: there will be an opportunity to make individual offerings to Lama Dawa at the end of the program. Envelopes will be provided, please bring your own katag (white offering scarf).


Upcoming Programs – Spring 2019

Saturday May 18, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM               Celebrate Buddha’s Birthday at White Lotus.         Public welcome!

Details at


May 24-28, 2019  Annual Vajrakilaya Retreat with Khenpo Molam and Lama Abao

Vajrakilaya – the Swift Destroyer dispels obstacles to the flourishing of Dharma and the development of authentic realization in practitioners.  Details and Registration:

                                                                                       June 14-16, 2019  Bardor Tulku Rinpoche                  Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) Teachings &         Vajrakilaya Empowerment

Details and Registration:


Sundays in January 2018


“To meditate persistently on impermanence is to be guided by all the Buddhas.”

Teachings by Khenpo Molam

Sundays, December 3, 10, & 17, 10:00-10:45 AM
followed by tea break and meditation
At White Lotus Buddhist Center, 815 Park Ave, Rochester NY

There is uncertainty at the heart of human beings, an anxiety that leads us down wrong paths of disappointment and dissatisfaction. This uncertainty is our perception of the pervasive impermanence of the apparent world.

Buddha taught that understanding the truth of impermanence is the most valuable teaching. Although we conduct ourselves as if we will live forever, temporarily cloaked in comforting ignorance, it is only by contemplating and penetrating deeply into the fact of impermanence that we begin to see things as they are. Through this insight, our frantic clinging and manipulations cease and the mind is prepared to realize one’s true nature.

“Impermanence” is one of the Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind towards Truth. Khenpo will present an overview of the subject which will prepare students for deeper study and meditation.

Fearing death, I went to the mountains.

Over and over again I meditated on death’s unpredictable coming,

And took a stronghold of the deathless, unchanging nature.

Now I have lost and gone beyond all fear of dying!

                                 – Milarepa

    No charge, but donations are encouraged. Open to all.


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