Here is how we will organize ourselves.
For places of worship such as Montchardon, the rules set by the State are as follows:
If you are unable or unwilling to follow these guidelines, we ask that you do not come to the Centre while these rules are in effect. The same applies, of course, if you are ill or have symptoms of the virus.
It is essential to protect Lama Teunsang whose immunity is compromised, making him extremely vulnerable to infection, and the people at the centre are in daily contact with him for meals and care. This also means that it is not appropriate to return to Lama Teunsang's home to greet him. For the compelling reasons mentioned above, he currently only receives those who care for his health.
No offering of kata to Lama Teunsang
It is asked to stay away from him, at least 1m and not to offer him a kata.
This use, so much appreciated by all of us, is currently suspended during the Covid period, to preserve its still fragile health.
Individual interview with Lama Teunsang
We asked Lama Teunsang about personal interviews. He does not wish to resume them for the time being. We will inform you of their resumption when he tells us so.
However, it is possible to request an interview with one of the Lamas of Montchardon. See with the translator.
Access to the temple will be limited to 80 people to respect sanitary distances. For accommodation, the rooms with several people will become individual accommodation, except for couples or families. The number of dormitory places will be reduced to space between beds. We will thus be able to accommodate about 80 people. The campsite will be open, the installation of the tents will have to follow the same instructions. We will have disinfecting liquids in all the places where it is necessary.
We would like to remind you:
As Buddhist practitioners, the constraints of masks, social distances and frequent hand washing can be integrated into our practice, as a constant training for vigilance and support of attention in our daily actions. It is also a great opportunity to practice the awakening mind, the altruistic attitude: "I commit myself to make this effort, thinking more about the well-being and health of others than about my own inconvenience". These are the skillful means of Dharma called " integrating unpleasantness into the path ".
We wanted to bear witness to the Centre’s atmosphere at the moment, in the singular context of the pandemic.
The Shine-Lhaktong retreat went well, although over three weeks there was an average of only 25 to 30 people, which is little compared to previous years. Several factors could explain this significant drop in the number of trainees: we announced quite late that the Centre was reopening because we waiting for the authorities to take a stand, people’s fear of Covid or difficulty in complying with health constraints, the issue of public transport to the Centre or the fact that Lama Teunsang was not teaching this year.
However, this timid resumption of attendance was easier for the residents' team, who had to reorganize everything according to the restrictive health guidelines. Having to welcome trainees with the necessity to impose strict guidelines was not an obvious thing for us. Fortunately, everything went very smoothly, everyone accepted the situation perfectly and we found that most trainees were reassured and even grateful for the Centre’s efforts to make their stay safe.
Attendance in August will be more important. Trinlay Rinpoche’s teaching is as usual already fully booked.
Sanitary context and current rules
Because of the 1m distance between people, we can only welcome a maximum of 85 people in the temple and no derogation is possible. It is a first in Montchardon to have to limit access to a teaching, and we feel sorry for this.
Since July 20th, wearing a mask is compulsory in closed places. We have just received confirmation from public authorities that wearing a mask is compulsory at all times in the temple during the teachings and daily collective practices. To this effect, please remember to bring enough masks for the duration of your stay .
People who come to the Centre must imperatively respect the sanitary measures. Registration for a course is a formal commitment to strictly follow the instructions. Residents are not security guards: the slightest breach of these rules can cause unnecessary confrontations that are painful for all, and lead to unfortunate consequences for the Centre placed in an unlawful position. Therefore, if you are not willing to follow these rules, we ask you not to come to the Centre until these constraints are lifted by public authorities. Likewise, if you have symptoms of illness, it is useless to come to the Centre as we will not be able to welcome you.
The programme will take place this summer under special circumstances, as the Centre can only resume its activities provided that health regulations are strictly observed.
For places of worship such as Montchardon, here are the French government regulations:
Access to the temple will be limited to 70/80 people to respect sanitary distances. Rooms with several people will become individual lodgings, except for couples or families. The number of dormitory places will be reduced to ensure there is enough space between beds. We will thus be able to accommodate about 80 people. The campsite will be open, the installation of the tents will have to follow the same instructions. We will provide disinfectant in all the places where it is necessary.
We all know these sanitary measures for several months. Nevertheless, we tend to relax as the pandemic is receding. In Montchardon, preventive measures will have to be maintained throughout the summer.
For all these reasons, we ask all people who will come this summer to commit to respecting the sanitary rules. This official commitment will take of a tick box in the registration form. This new formality is a legal precaution that the Centre takes in case of potential problems in which legal responsibility would have to be assumed, because reopening the Centre for summer activities is legally our responsibility. Moreover, if everyone commits to respect the sanitary measures, we can all come to the Centre in a peaceful state of mind.
If you cannot or do not wish to follow these guidelines, we ask you not to come to the Centre while these regulations stand. The same applies, of course, if you are ill or have symptoms of the virus.
As Buddhist practitioners, having to wear a face mask, respecting social distances and hand washing frequently can be integrated into our practice, as a means to constantly train vigilance and attention to our daily actions. It is also a great opportunity to practice the awakened mind, the altruistic attitude: "I commit myself to making this effort, thinking more about the well-being and health of others than about my own inconvenience". These are the skillful means of Dharma called "integrating unpleasantness into the path".
Concerning the courses from May to September 2020
Attention: For the moment the courses from May to September 2020 newly added on the site, are not yet bookable.
Don’t worry! The opening date for booking these courses will be communicated to you soon by email through the “Nouvelles de Montchardon” and will also be announced on the website on the Home page.
There is therefore no need to contact the Reception, phone or send booking dates for events that do not appear in the drop-down list on the booking form.
For any other question, please use this form.