Samye Hermitage New York

Samye Hermitage New York (formerly Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Cooperstown) is dedicated to the study of meditation and Tibetan Buddhism, in the Chokling Tersar lineage. We offer weekly meditation and Buddhism 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 Buddhism 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 Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche.

Our Covid Protocols as of June 26, 2022 are:

  • Vaccinated and boosted students and visitors are welcome.
  • All others should be prepared to present results of negative antigen test on day of visit.
  • Students should be prepared to wear masks while indoors, if requested.
  • Due to construction, some areas of the center may be off limits.
  • If you would like a tour of our center, please email us to make arrangements: [email protected]

We look forward to seeing you all soon!

Weekly Opportunities to Practice and Learn at Samye NY:

Radically Happy: Introduction to Meditation

Copyright Julian Pang

For this new session of Introduction to Meditation, we are excited to be reading Phakchok Rinpoche and Erric Solomon’s Radically Happy: A User’s Guide to the Mind. Phakchok Rinpoche is the spiritual head of Gomde Cooperstown and in this book he offers us his insights into meditation practice.

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

Gomde Introduction to Meditation is free to all.

Trinley Nyingpo English Sadhana Practice

Guru Rinpoche
Guru Rinpoche

Samye NY 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. Led by Phakchok Rinpoche’s students.

Finding Rest in the Nature of the Mind


Michael Friedman will be teaching at Samye NY from Longchenpa’s Finding Rest in the Nature of the Mind ,Trilogy of Rest, Volume 1.

Sundays, 11:00 – 12:30pm EDT at Samye Hermitage New York, 412 Glimmerglen Road, Cooperstown, NY.

2022 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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