Samye Hermitage New York (formerly Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Cooperstown) provides a space for the study and practice Tibetan Buddhism, as passed down through the Chokling Tersar lineage. We offer weekly meditation and discussion classes as well as longer term practice opportunities during our summer retreats. Situated on 25 acres in the rolling hills of upstate NY, the natural beauty of our surroundings provides a perfect backdrop for our study and practice of meditation and the Tibetan Buddhist wisdom tradition. Here, each of us practices to develop compassion, both for others and for ourselves.

Samye Hermitage is a year round teaching and retreat center. Our spiritual directors are lineage holders in the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions, specifically the lineage of Chokgyur Lingpa: Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche, Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche and Phakchok Rinpoche.

Weekly Events at Samye Hermitage

Introduction to Meditation

Copyright Julian Pang

Please join us as we come together as a virtual group to practice and further our understanding of ourselves and our lives through meditation. Our meditation meetings are open to all, beginner and advanced students alike, with meditation instruction available on request.

Zoom Only teaching with Matthew Zalichin

Introduction to Meditation is free to all.

Trinley Nyingpo Sadhana Practice

Guru Rinpoche
Guru Rinpoche

Samye Hermitage will be offering students an opportunity to practice on Zoom the Trinle Nyingpo sadhana in English on Wednesdays at 11:30am EDT. All students with the empowerment are welcome to register to join us.

Zoom Only practice led by Phakchok Rinpoche’s students.

Finding Rest in Meditation


A series of classes on Longchenpa’s Trilogy of Rest continues this winter with Finding Rest in Meditation.

In Person class led by Michael Friedman.

Sundays 11am – 1pm at Samye Hermitage New York (412 Glimmerglen Road, Cooperstown, NY)

Personal Retreats

Gomde retreat cabin

Our beautiful 25 acre campus has a retreat cabin, meditation hall, dining/kitchen facilities and bathhouse. They are available to individuals and groups who would like to deepen their meditation practice. For more information, please contact us.

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