The centre can accommodate about hundred people in various types of accommodation.

Dormitory : mixed dormitory equipped with a maximum of twelve beds.
Shared bedroom : in the A and B buildings, single-sex bedrooms with two or three beds, with a shared bathroom downstairs.

Single bedroom : in the B and F buildings, with shared bathrooms.
Multi-bed studio apartement : in the C and D buildings (beneath the temple) – private bathroom (shower, WC, sink) in the bedroom. A very small number of studios can welcome couples, the five or three beds studios are single-sex bedrooms.
Camping (from june to september) : you can have your lunches at the centre or provide for your own food when camping, however, you will be asked for a daily contribution.

You should bring all the needed equipement to camp, a good sleeping bag, a sleeping mat and so on, keep in mind that at an altitude of 850m/2800ft in the Vercors, nights are cold.
Our centre does not provide any camping equipement.
If you come by RV, you can park at the car-park entrance or up the path to the sources. No electricity or running waer supply is available.

Bedding includes a fitted sheet and a pillow ; bring a sleeping bag or a top sheet with you, bring also your own toilet bag (soap, towel…). A electric torch and an alarm clock can be useful, as well as shawl also for the meditation sessions. Moreover, the drop of temperature and the sudden thunderstorms have caught many people by surprise in the past, so make sure you take a warm pullover and a comfortable pair of shoes with you.

In case you have forgotten or if travelling and/or carrying your luggage is particulary difficult, a top sheet and a towel can be rent for 2€ each. Our team cannot really afford the additional laundry work for these articles, so please do your best not to forget anything.

Montchardon uses spring water, which is abundant at winter time and unsufficient during summers. The water is stored in big tanks (1 000 000 liters/264 000 gallons) which meet the needs of our centre on condition that everyone uses it reasonably. For that matter, you are allowed to do your laundry only after 7 days of stay, for a shorter stay, please bear that idea in mind.

If our centre is full, please check the list of external accommodation.

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 ".