February, 24 - 26 2023

As we kick off the start of the Tibetan New Year (Losar on February 21st), we consider our aspirations for positive changes to our life in the coming year. Some want to read more or exercise more, but ultimately we hope for more happiness in the coming year than we’ve experienced previously. As the great master Shantideva said:

“Cherishing others is the cause of all happiness, cherishing ourselves is the cause of all suffering.”

We are delighted to offer this retreat to help develop a kinder heart and transform suffering that arises in the coming year. It is our great honor to have Geshe Tenzin Zopa with us throughout our Losar celebrations to lead us in this retreat. He will be giving teachings on the Roots of Mahayana Mind training by Lama Atisha and guiding us through giving and taking (Tonglen) meditations. 

We request that you join us in person if you are in the local region (unless you are unwell). Zoom will only be available for the Introductory session on Friday and four teaching sessions starting at 9:00am, 11:00am and 3:00pm PST each day. The morning and evening meditation sessions will not be available via zoom. 

About Geshe Tenzin Zopa:

Geshe Tenzin Zopa holds the honoured Geshe (Doctorate) degree from Sera Jey Monastic University in South India. He was born in the remote Himalayan region of Tsum valley in Nepal and was ordained at the age of 9 in Kopan Monastery by the late Great Mahasiddha Geshe Lama Konchog. He received novice ordination from H.E. Geshe Lundrup Sopa Rinpoche and full ordination from H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama. Geshela was under the direct tutelage of H.E. Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, H.E. Khensur Rinpoche Lama Lhundrup Rigsel, The Great Mahasiddha Geshe Lama Konchog and Eminent Gurus including those from the Sera Jey Monastic University H.E. 104th Ganden Tri Rinpoche Losang Tenzin, 70th Abbot of Sera Jey Monastic University H.E. Khensur Losang Tsering Rinpoche and the 76th Abbot of Sera Jey Monastic University H.E. Logoan Tulku Tenzin Jampa Choesang Rinpoche.

Geshela possesses vast scriptural knowledge, holds many rare transmission and initiation lineages and has completed many retreats. He also has extensive teaching experience and is skilled in rituals and astrology. Geshela is also engaged in many meaningful projects..

He has frequently taken part as a speaker at many Buddhist, interfaith and peace dialogue conferences. He has taught at Oxford University (UK) under “Visitorship for Traditional Scholars” in the Tibetan and Himalayan Studies program. Since 2000, Geshela has been a Touring Teacher at FPMT centers worldwide.


*This retreat will be held in person and via Zoom*

Retreat begins with a short evening introduction on Friday February, 24 and ends at 4:00pm on Sunday February 26, 2023. We will provide soft copies of the materials we will be using for the retreat. All timings are using PST for the time zone. Please note we have a special movie screening of the Unmistaken Child and Q & A session with Geshe Zopa on Sunday February, 26 at 7:00 – 9:00pm. To register for this event please use this link. If you would like to spend another night at Land of Medicine Buddha, please book this directly through our website using this link.

Retreat Schedule

Feb 24

3:00pm – 5:00pm Check in

6:00pm to 7:00pm – Break for Dinner

7:00pm to 8:00 Introductory Session


Feb 25

7:00am t0 8:00am – Morning Meditation *(not available on zoom)*

8:00am to 9:00am  – Break for Breakfast

9:00am to 10:30am – Session 1

10:30am to 11:00am – Tea Break

11:00am to 12:30pm – Session 2

12:30pm to 3:00pm – Break for Lunch

3:00pm to 5:00pm – Session 3

6:00pm to 7:30pm – Break for dinner

7:30pm to 8:30pm – Evening Meditation *(Not available via zoom)*


Feb 26

7:00am to 8:00am – Morning Meditation *(not available on zoom)*

8am to 9:00am  – Break for Breakfast

9:00am to 10:30am – Session 1

10:30am to 11:00am – Tea Break

11:00am to 12:30pm – Session 2

12:30pm to 3:00pm – Break for Lunch

3:00pm to 5:00pm – Final Session

5:00pm to 6:00pm – Check out


*** 6:00 to 7:00pm Mindful Meal Dinner in the Dinning Room. Cost is $18 per person for a vegetarian Meal. Payment will be taken at the door.

7:00pm to 9:00pm – Screening of Unmistaken Child and Q&A with Geshe Zopa please use this link to register ***


Who can attend this retreat?

This retreat is suited to people of all capacities, whether you are new to Buddhism or have been practicing the teachings for 40 years. No doubt, this retreat holds great benefits for all participants.


Retreat Costs:

If you will be residing onsite for the retreat, 3 meals a day are provided as well as accommodation and access to all the teaching and meditation sessions.

Single Occupancy:


Double Occupancy:


Shared Occupancy (3+ people):


Commuter: This includes all sessions and lunch will be provided each day.




This gives you access to all the teachings Sessions (7) morning and evening meditations will be unavailable via zoom.

We want everyone to have access to teachings, so please reach out if you are in financial. There may be options for some volunteer work in exchange for a reduced rate.

Residential Ordained Sangha:

$200 – Shared room

Zoom Ordained Sangha:


Gift of Dharma Benefactor – Help fund Geshe Zopa’s expenses!

Help sponsor this special event.  Your gift of the Dharma will go towards covering all the expenses associated with getting Geshe Zopa to be here for this special event. This includes, flights from Australia, food, travel and health insurance. This is an excellent way to generate a lot of merit if you are unable to attend the retreat in person or via zoom.

Benefactors will receive special prayers and dedications during the retreat–for your long life, purification, and removal of hindrances.

    • Diamond level: $500
    • Gold level: $250
    • Silver level $108
    • Bronze level: Any amount 🙂

Please submit the names for dedication here.

Date(s): February, 24 - 26 2023
Times: All Day
Instructor/Leader: Geshe Tenzin Zopa
Type of event: Retreat
Number of sessions: 2.5 days
Level: All can attend this retreat
Participation: Full-time or evening session only
Location: Main Gompa
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Registration and Donations for New Year… New You? How to Develop a Kind Heart and Transform Problems with Geshe Tenzin Zopa

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