The Essence of the Mahayana – Live Teachings at the Center
with Khenpo Samdup

The main emphasis of Khenpo Samdup’s  2018 teachings at Gar Drolma will be an extensive and thorough presentation of Jigten Sumgon’s renowned text The Essence of the Mahayana (Thekchen Tenpai Nyingpo).

This text presents the main stages of the path of practice in the Drikung Kagyu Tradition. It begins with a discussion of the 4 Thoughts and how to follow a spiritual teacher, continues with Refuge, Bodhicitta and the Bodhicitta vows, and concludes with a presentation of the Vajrayana, including the stages of the Five Fold Mahamudra. Khenpo Samdup has composed and published a commentary on this classic text and will be using it as the basis of his explanation.  This book can be purchased here.

After completing the Essence of the Mahayana teachings, Khenpo will give two weekends of teachings on The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva. This text explains the path of mind training in the Mahayana tradition in 37 beautiful verses. Garchen Rinpoche constantly references this text and asks his disciples to read, contemplate and meditate upon its meaning.

Online Course Option for 2018 Teachings

These teachings will also be offered via live stream and as an online course. More Information on the Online Course.

Khenpo in Varanasi, India

About Khenpo Samdup

Khenpo Samdup is the Spiritual Director at the Gar Drolma Buddhist Learning & Meditation Center.

This video was taken in Vārāṇasī in northern India where Buddha set in motion the Wheel of Dharma by delivering his first sermon to the group of five companions with whom he had previously sought enlightenment

Read more on his Biography Page.

Essence of the Mahayana Live Teaching Schedule

Retreat Fee: $25 per day $40 for weekend
Students: $12 per day  $20 for weekend

Registration is at the door.

If you are interested in attending the retreat and need any financial assistance, we can accommodate your needs. Contact us at for more information.

Please note:  Due to Khenpo Samdup’s attendance at the Drikung Kagyu Monlam, the Summer schedule at Gar Drolma has been adjusted. The schedule below has been modified to reflect this.

Times for each day are (unless otherwise indicated):
12pm-1:30pm (Lunch, included with registration)