Vigilance COVID at Montchardon

The programme now takes place under special circumstances, since the Centre may resume its activities provided that the health rules are strictly observed.

The conditions of participation imply strict compliance with the barrier measures, whether for practices or courses.

Here is how we will organize ourselves.
For places of worship such as Montchardon, the rules set by the State are as follows:

  • - upon arrival at the Centre, the trainee must not be ill or show symptoms of the virus.
  •  obligation to maintain a distance of 1m around oneself, in the temple, in the refectory and when moving around the Centre,
  • - mandatory wearing of a protective mask in :
    •   - the temple: permanently during the teachings and daily collective practices.
    •   - the refectory: from the entrance to the moment of sitting down and if you get up to get a drink or to go out.
    •   - all other situations: as soon as it is difficult to maintain distance from others,
  • - hand washing with hydro-alcoholic gel at the entrance and exit of the temple and refectory, every time you enter the self-service area and on all occasions when you have to touch a collective object.
  • - An identifiable member of the administration will be responsible for the entry and exit phases of the prayer area to ensure that the rules are respected.

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.

About Lama Teunsang

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.

In brief

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:

  • - on the one hand, failure to respect the rules could lead to the closure of the Centre and legal proceedings.
  • - on the other hand, we have a moral obligation to protect ourselves and others from a potentially dangerous disease, especially since we live in collective premises.

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 ".

Summer program 2020

Since the epidemic is evolving favourably, the French government has authorized the reopening of places of worship, hotels and restaurants. Therefore, we will resume our activities this summer with special operating conditions (see below).

The programme that we partially announced in March will generally be followed.

From June 15th we will reopen to people from the area who wish to attend the daily practices, in the morning, at 5.45pm for Mahakala and 8pm for Chenrezig.
People who will come will have to strictly and constantly respect the protective measures (see here the rules).

We will open reservations for the first 3 weeks of July as of June 20th, and for all July and August  courses as of June 25th.

Shiné-Lhaktong - Lama Tsultrim  from Sat 04 to 09 July 
Lama Teunsang is not able to teach this summer and has asked Lama Tsultrim, who has been living in Montchardon for a year, to lead the three weeks of Shine-Lhaktong, with the usual help of Alain Duhayon during the 2nd and 3rd week.

Méditation dans la vie quotidienne – Lama Deundam from Sat 18 to 23 July
Lama Deundam will develop the bases of a daily practice by addressing the different points of the Buddhist teaching.

4 Seals of Dharma - Lama Sangpo from Sat 25 to 29 July
Lodreu Rabsel Rinpoche
is confined to his home in Nepal, where the health situation still seems very bleak, therefore he will not be able to come this summer. We have asked Lama Sangpo to replace him to teach the "4 Seals of Dharma", a theme which HH the Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje has stressed as important in his regular messages about the world health situation. This fundamental teaching defines the Buddhist vision of reality.

Pratique de Qi Gong - Droupla Dorje Gyamsto (Pierre Paret) from Sat 25 to 27 July
The program will also include a new course, led by Pierre Paret, who has just come out of a three-year retreat and will teach Qi Gong for three days at the end of July.

Commentary of the Bodhicaryavatara: Patience – Khenpo Chochok from Sat 01 to 07 August
Khenpo Chochok
will teach on the theme of patience, based on the commentary of the Bodhicharyavatara.  It is an extremely precise exposition of the paramita (perfection) of patience. When we suggest this theme to him, Khenpo was very enthusiastic saying, "this is really the teaching that people need in these difficult times that we are going through".

Sangyé Menla, Medicine Buddha - Lama Teundroup from Sat 08 août to 11 August
The annual teaching and practice of Sangye Menla will be given this time by Lama Teundroup, who arrived at our centre last November.

Les quatre placements de l’attention - Trinlay Rinpoché from Sat 15 août to19 August
During the weekend of August 15th, Trinlay Rinpoche will lead a 5-day practice session of the meditations of calm-abiding (shamata) and insight (vipassana) according to the Kagyu tradition, alternating teaching, practice and question and answer sessions.

Chöd retreat - Lama Tsultrim from Sat 22 to 26 August
During these days, Lama Tsultrim will focus on the practice of Chöd Ludjing, the short practice of Chöd. He will give the instructions of this practice which will be performed several times during these days.

Se relier à une divinité de méditation - Droupla Yeshé Tcheudreun (Fabienne Dupuy)
from Sat 22 août to 24 August
Droupla Fabienne will give three days of teaching on how to relate to a meditative deity, focussing as an example on the practice of Chenrezig. This is part of a new cycle of teachings designed to support the practice, which we wish to offer on a regular basis.

Grand rituel de Tcheu - Lamas des différents Centres Kagyu from Friday 28 août to Sunday 30 August
The summer will end with the practice of Tcheu during 3 days of ritual with lamas from different centres.

The programme for autumn courses will be published during the summer.
For visitors to the Centre, Sunday visits will resume at the beginning of August.

Bookings

We will open reservations for the first 3 weeks of July as of June 20th, and for all July and August  courses as of June 25th. Due to covid constraints, it is necessary to limit the number of visits to the reception desk, which implies that instead of paying only the deposit you will have to pay the total amount of the stay upon registration, so that you will not have to pay on arrival.

Booking will therefore be a 3 steps-process:

  1. you send the usual booking form to the reception desk,
  2. the reception desk replies by e-mail with the price of your stay (or by phone if you book by regular mail)
  3. you authorize the withdrawal and we send you a final confirmation e-mail.

In the event of a change of stay, price adjustments will be made preferably by e-mail, or by stopping by the reception desk if necessary, during your stay. In case of cancellation, the deposit will be refunded according to the usual conditions, and the rest of the amount will be refunded or credited for a future stay.

We remind you that the participation to the courses is subject to the respect of the rules requested by the Centre that you can read on the page " The organisation of Montchardon this summer ".