Retreat on the Special Commentary to the Liberating Prayer and Refuge Practice

This Post-International Spring Festival retreat will provide the opportunity to go deeper with our experience and understanding of the Liberating Prayer and the vast practice of Refuge. At the Spring Festival, Gen-la Dekyong will share a special transmission and blessing of the meaning of this prayer that she received directly from Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. She will also bring together commentary Venerable Geshe-la has given on the meaning of different verses of this prayer over many years.

The Liberating Prayer is not an ordinary prayer – It is like a text and has profound meaning. All Lamrim teachings – renunciation, bodhichitta, and correct view of emptiness are included in this prayer. I can say very few people understand the Liberating Prayer. It definitely needs verbal commentary by a Teacher. If we understand and contemplate its meaning – it is the best method to develop faith in Buddha and his teachings, which is our spiritual life and the root of all Dharma realizations.
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

The beautiful and blessed surroundings of Madhyamaka KMC offer the perfect environment to take these teachings to heart and develop a deeper experience of Refuge in the company of Kadampa family and friends.

  • DATE

    Thursday 1st – Wednesday 7th June 2023


    Suitable for those with some experience.


    Madhyamaka KMC

    Pocklington, York

    YO42 1UF

    Free parking available on site.


    Booking in advance essential.

    PLEASE NOTE: Presently, we only cater for either vegetarian or vegan dietary choices (we do not cater for gluten-free). Please be aware that all of our meals are subject to cross contamination, and for this reason we can not cater for those with allergen requirements. Thank you

    The price for residential guests includes all meals.

    Cancellation Conditions for residential bookings:

    If a booking is cancelled less than 4 days before arrival then a charge equal to the full booking amount will be made. If the booking is cancelled 4 or more days before arrival then a charge equal to 25% of the stay will be made. In the event of a no show or booking reduction (after arrival date) the full cost of the booking is charged.


Thursday 1 June

7 – 8:30pm Introduction

Friday 2 – Tuesday 6 June

(not Sunday 4 – please see separate schedule for Dharmachakra Day)

9 – 10:15am Session 1

11:45 – 1pm Session 2

4.30 – 5:45pm Session 3

7 – 8:15pm Session 4

Wednesday 7 June

9 – 10:15am Session 1

11:45 – 1pm Session 2 & Conclusion

About the Teacher

Gen Kelsang Devi is the Principal Teacher of Kailash International Retreat Centre and Kadampa Meditation Centre Switzerland. She is a modern Buddhist nun and senior international teacher of the New Kadampa Tradition, having studied and practiced Kadampa Buddhism for over 20 years under the guidance of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.

Gen Devi has extensive experience of silent meditation retreat herself, as well as teaching and skilfully guiding numerous group retreats in Tharpaland International Retreat Centre for 10 years, and throughout the world. Gen Devi’s experience makes her teachings and guidance in retreats very powerful. She is well known for her joyful warmth and humour, as well as her clear and practical presentation of the teachings. She is an inspiring example of modern Buddhism in practice and is dedicated to helping everyone discover Buddha’s timeless wisdom and find real, lasting happiness.

We are delighted to be welcoming Gen Devi back to Madhyamaka KMC.