Mahamudra Retreat – The New Essence of Vajrayana

Class/Course Date(s) & Time:
Friday 27th January-Thursday 2nd February, Starts 19:00 Finishes 14:00

Class/Course Level:
GreenRecommended for those with some experience of Buddhist Meditation

Bodhisattva KMC (Venue Map & Information)
3 Lansdowne Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN3 1DN


(Individual retreat days can be attended – see below)

Attendees should have a Highest Yoga Tantra empowerment or have a sincere wish to receive one in the near future in order to fully experience the profound benefits of these teachings.

The New Essence of Vajrayana

The New Essence of Vajrayana is a condensed Buddha Heruka practice that we can easily integrate into our daily lives. It is an actual quick path to enlightenment. This retreat is an opportunity to engage in Venerable Geshe Kelsang’s precious new presentation of Heruka Body Mandala Self-Generation Practice according to the Ganden Oral Instruction.

cutessenceFor this retreat, we will use “The New Essence of Vajrayana” chanted prayers and Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s book The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra. These will be available in the shop at Bodhisattva KMC or can be purchased from

The retreat venue

The environment of Bodhisattva KMC is very relaxing and there is plenty of time between retreat sessions to enjoy our café, to meet and chat with other retreaters and the community of Bodhisattva KMC, and to enjoy walking and gentle strolls along the Brighton and Hove sea front and promenade. The peaceful surroundings of Bodhisattva KMC help people to create a comfortable space within their own minds.

The retreat schedule

The retreat will begin Friday 27th January in the evening at 7.00 pm with an introduction and conclude on Thursday 2nd February at 1.00pm with lunch. There will be four sessions of retreat each day and, to preserve the peaceful experience of the retreat, silence will be observed during the mornings.

The session times will be as follows:

Session 1: 8.00 – 9.15 am
Session 2: 11.45 am – 1.00 pm
Session 3: 4.00 – 5.15 pm
Session 4: 7.00 – 8.15 pm

Each session will consist of traditional Buddhist prayers, a short Buddhist teaching to introduce the meditation for the session, and a guided meditation. Retreaters are encouraged to attend whatever sessions they can within their own capacity and in a way that feels comfortable and natural.

Retreat Teacher

Gen Chodor is resident teacher at Bodhisattva KMC (Brighton). He has practised Kadampa Buddhism for many years. He is much loved for his relaxed and gentle nature and teaches with great clarity, insight, and wisdom skillfully guiding people to inner peace and happiness in their lives.

Fees for the retreat (7 days, 6 nights)

Course fees

Whole course (includes all food – breakfast, lunch, supper): £79.50
Per individual full day (includes lunch and supper): £11.50

Accommodation fees (per person):

Single room: £180
Twin Room: £120
Double Room: £120
Male Dormitory: £72
Female Dormitory: £72

Retreat discounts available in January

During January we have four separate weeks of Mahamudra retreat and for those people who wish to book multiple weeks the following discounts are available:

2 weeks: 20% discount
3 weeks: 30% discount
4 weeks: 40% discount

If you are booking multiple retreat weeks and would like to receive a discount please let us know in the “requests and comments section” of the booking form and we will apply the discount to your booking fee. You only need to pay a deposit of 25% to book your retreat(s) but the remaining balance (which will include your discount) must be paid on arrival.

Class/Course Fee:
£79.50 (includes food and refreshments)
This course can be attended non-residentially

Course Booking:
Our weekend courses can be booked with a 25% deposit. The booking system is easy to use and will give you all the information you need regarding accommodation options and fees. All bookings are made through a secure online system, and you will receive an instant payment notification as well as confirmation of your course booking.

Payment Information:
We use PayPal as our payment gateway, but you do not need a PayPal account to pay. After you have registered for your course, you will automatically be directed to PayPal to process your payment, where you can choose to "Check Out as a Guest".