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Lam Rim annual meditation retreat on site or online live streaming

Analytical meditations based on the Lam Rim


A rare opportunity offered by the Lama Tzong Khapa Institute to go through all the steps of the Lam Rim through analytical meditation, based on Lama Tzong Khapa’s instructions.

The retreat is part of the FPMT Masters Program and is open to all those who have been following the teachings with dharma masters of the Mahayana tradition for some time, students of Discovering Buddhism, the FPMT Basic Program and FPMT Masters Program of previous editions, and for those who are familiar with the Lam Rim teachings,
This may be the right opportunity to be guided in the meditation and analysis of what you have learnt so as to transform el intellectual knowledge into a practical experience that transforms our minds and hearts.

The retreat program will be intense and accompanied by respect for silence.

The retreat will be offered in Italian and English.

The Lam Rim, literally stages of the path, presents a systematic and gradual cultivation of the inner Buddhist path to enlightenment, explained from the perspective of three types of individuals.
At the beginning, teachings are presented to guide the practitioner through the stages of practice based on the spiritual motivations known as lower and middle.
These instructions concern individuals who aspire to achieve a better rebirth and those who only aspire to achieve personal liberation.

However, the Lam Rim culminates in the presentation of the teachings addressed to the individual of higher spiritual motivation, those that characterize the Mahayana path, adopted and cultivated by beings who aspire to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all living beings.

The Lam Rim finds its source of inspiration in Jowo Je Atisha (982 – 1054), one of India’s greatest Buddhist scholars, who was invited to Tibet to explain the fundamental points of Buddha Shakyamuni’s teachings in a condensed manner. Atisha wrote the text known as The Lamp that Illuminates the Path to Enlightenment, which is considered the foundational text of the Lam Rim tradition.

Later, Je Tzong Khapa (1357-1419) composed his own commentary on Atisha’s text, the Lam-rim Chen-mo, The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment. With this text, Lam Rim became an integral and essential element in the teachings of the Gelug school.
Lama Tzong Khapa composed two other versions of this text, known as ‘Medium Exposition of the Lam Rim’ and ‘Short Exposition of the Lam Rim’. These three are included among the most famous commentaries on the Lam Rim.


The retreat is offered as on site or online live streaming (no recordings).

It is recommended to experience the entire retreat from Monday 8 to Thursday 25 January 2024. However, in order to facilitate the participation of a larger number of people, it is possible to register for only part of the retreat with the following conditions

necessarily starting on 8 January 2024
• minimum seven days.

The retreat will take place where the retreatants are isolated from the other activities of the Institute and have the best conditions for meditation.

For this reason, a maximum number of 40 participants has been set.

A fee of 120 Euro is required for the retreat (not including board and lodging).

For those who wish to stay at the Institute including full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner), the following discounts on the list price (board and lodging) will be offered exclusively for the retreat

  • from 8 to 14 January -15%.
  • from 8 to 21 January -25
  • from 8 to 25 January -30%.

The Institute needs an economic contribution to ensure the continuity of its activities. However, we do not want the financial aspect to be an obstacle for students wishing to participate in the retreat. To find a solution, please contact the educational coordination at

For those who participate online (live streaming) will receive the link, along with soft copy of the retreat materials , a few days before the start of the retreat. The live stream will be via the Zoom platform. The link is personal and should not be shared. Participation is as a spectator; there will be no interaction with the teacher and students on site.
Registration will be confirmed by payment of the retreat fee of 120 euros.

Sign up for the retreat by filling in the form at the bottom of the page.

Retreat schedule

Please note that the timetable of the sessions on the intermediate days of the retreat may be subject to change.

Day 1:

  • 17:00 – 18:00 Preparation of the meditation room and the altar
  • 19:30 – 20:30 Dinner
  • 20:30 – 21:30 Introduction (live streaming)

Second to penultimate day

  • 7:00 – 8:00 First Session: Meditation
  • 8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 – 11:00 Second Session Meditation (live streaming)
  • 11:30 – 12:30 Third Session Meditation (live streaming)
  • 12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 – 16:00 Break
  • 16:00 – 17:00 Fourth Meditation Session (live streaming)
  • 17:30 – 18:30 Fifth Meditation Session (live streaming)
  • 19:30 – 20:15 Dinner
  • 20:30 – 21:30 Sixth Session Vajrasattva and dedications

Last day:

  • 7:00 – 8:00 First Meditation Session
  • 10:30 – 12:30 Fire Puja of Dorje Khadro and dedications

Teacher of the Retreat
Ven. Ghialten Ciötso (Daniela Brandstetter)


Ven. Ghialten Ciötso (Daniela Brandstetter)

Ven. Gyälten Chötso (Daniela Brandstetter) met the Dharma while studying Biology at university in Bologna, taking refuge with Ven. Geshe Tenzin Tenphel in 1998. In spring 1999 she met Ven. Khube Rinpoche, who became her main teacher. In January 2008, she left her profession as a biologist and moved to the Lama Tzong Khapa Institute (ILTK Pomaia, Pisa) where she completed the FPMT Masters Program 2008-2013, the international program of advanced sutra and tantra studies in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. She received monastic ordination in India at Sera Je Monastery from H.E. Kyabje Choden Rinpoche in December 2008. In February 2022, she received her Master’s degree in Neuroscience, Mindfulness and Contemplative Practices from the University of Pisa in collaboration with ILTK.

She is a FPMT (Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition) registered teacher and MBI Instructor. For ILTK, she has led courses such as the ABC of Meditation, Buddhism in a nutshell, Discovering Buddhism, and tutored courses for the Geshes and the FPMT Masters Program. Alongside her teaching activities, she is mainly dedicated to translating Dharma texts for the ILTK FPMT Basic and Masters Programs


January 8 | 17:00
January 25 | 13:00
€ 120,00


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