Fall Seminar with Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche

For details on the postponed Annual Fall Seminar which will now take place in May 2021 please click here.

Annual Fall Seminar 2019

This year's  fall seminar and retreat will take place online. 

Registration: Registration will take place November 18, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., outside the main shrine hall, and teachings will begin November 19. Online pre-registration will be available in September.

Seminar: November 19 – November 25. 

Break Day

Retreat: November 27 – November 29.

Fall Seminar Topic: To be decided.

The seminar and the retreat take place in the spacious main shrine hall at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery in Boudhanath, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, an incarnate lama of the Kagyu tradition and the monastery's abbot, teaches each morning for seven days. In the afternoon other lamas, khenpos and professors teach and give presentations. Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche’s talks are translated from Tibetan into English by a skilled interpreter. Depending on the availability of additional interpreters and needs of the audience, simultaneous translations may be offered into Chinese, Russian, Spanish, French, German, Danish, and Portugese. Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche relies on an interpreter for communicating the more subtle intricacies of Buddhist philosophy however is also has a strong command of the English language and will sometimes trach directly in English.

For more than thirty-eight years, Rinpoche has been instructing a large and growing number of students of nearly every nationality in meditation and Vajrayāna practices. With a concise, lucid, and humorous approach, he imparts the very heart of the Buddhist teachings, revealing the natural simplicity of the enlightened mind.

During the first half of the seminar, Rinpoche provides the audience with an introduction to the fundamental teachings of Buddhist practice and philosophy common to all Buddhist schools. During the latter half of the seminar, participants are guided through the more esoteric and profound perspectives, applications, and doctrines of both Mahayāna and Vajrayāna traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, including a clear explanation of the viewpoints of Madhyamaka, Mahāmudra, and Dzogchen.

Daily Program Schedule

The teaching schedule is as follows. Please note that this schedule is subject to change, so please listen carefully for announcements during the seminar.

Morning Schedule:

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Teachings and meditation practice with Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Tea break
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Teachings with Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche

After morning teachings: Lunch at the Monastery

Afternoon Schedule:

Afternoon: 3:30p.m. - 5:30p.m.

Afternoon sessions with lamas, khenpos and professors to be announced.


Registration for the seminar will take place the day before the seminar begins outside the main shrine hall at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling. 

Online Pre-registration

We encourage online pre-registration as it will be useful for our seminar preparations to have some idea of the number of seminar participants.

Pre-registering online will help speed up the registration process onsite and there will be a designated table for pre-registrants to check in, pick up materials, and make donations.

If you pre-register online, please be sure to come to the registration outside the main shrine hall on November 20, from 10 am – 3 pm

Previously the seminar registration cost was about $120 USD to help defray the costs of the seminar. Beginning two years ago, in order that as many genuinely interested students as possible could attend, Rinpoche made sure that the seminar would be  free of charge. The monastery provides all necessary texts and offers tea and lunch to all participants daily.

Your kind donations are greatly appreciated. All donations go to support the monastics and their activities, including this annual seminar. You may make a donation in many kinds of currency on site. If you wish to make a donation by credit card, please do so here.

Fall Retreat with Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche

After a break day the seminar retreat begins on Friday through Sunday. The seminar retreat will take place in the main shrine hall at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling.

The retreat is a precious opportunity to receive profound meditation instructions and to put into practice what Rinpoche has been teaching.

Please note that you must have attended the full seminar, this year or in years past, or one of Rinpoche’s seminars in the Gomde centers, in order to attend the retreat.

More information about the retreat will be announced at the seminar. Please listen for announcements!

The retreat is by donation. To make a donation please click here.


Practical Information on Travel, Accommodations and Meals

For valuable information on the area, lodging, health advice, and so forth, click here.

For additional information regarding the seminar or retreat, contact us.

To read an account of a previous seminar please click here!