Contact & Access

Montchardon
8900 route de Montchardon
38160 IZERON


Front desk :
Mail : front desk.
T : +33 4 76 38 33 13
Fax : +33 4 76 38 41 91
The front desk opens form 9h to 12h and from 14h to16h. The answering machine might be on during the day. For any non-urgent information please get in touch by mail.


Shop :
Mail : shop.
T : +33 4 76 38 07 37
Fax : +33 4 76 38 41 91
To know the opening times please contact the front desk :
Front desk : +33 4 76 38 33 13


To get in touch with a course participant :
During mealtimes only
(8h-8h40 ; 12h-12h40 ; 19h-19h40)

T : +33 4 76 36 79 79

The center does not provide internet access and mobile phones don’t always get through. Please organise your trip consequently (train timetables, contact with your family). A card use phone booth is available in front of the front desk.

Get to Montchardon by road

The closest town, Izeron is 50km away from Grenoble and Valence. It is crossed by the RN532 road. The A49 motorway Grenoble-Valence is not far and you can exit at St. Marcellin or Vinay.

In Izeron follow the Montchardon sign and take the mountain road on the left.

Caution Montchardon is in a mountain area at a height of 800m. If there is snow on the road, French law makes snow chains compulsary. If you plan to come to the center between november 15th and april 15th, make sure you have appropriate snow chains.

If you use a GPS these are the numbers : Latitude 45° 08’ 53,9″ or 45,14805 ° Nord Longitude 5° 24’ 29,9″ or 5,40805 ° East Beware no access by the Cogning road in winter.

The center cannot organise carsharing.

acces Izeron and acces Cognin : see the road map

no access by the Cognin road in winter.

Get to Montchardon by rail

The closest station is St. Marcellin and our transportation service on demand will get you to the center. TGV trains get to Grenoble and Valence TGV station, then you have to get on a local train.

Download SNCF local train timetables by selecting the Grenoble-Valence timesheet.

Transportation Service

The center offers shuttle service from St. Marcellin train station to the center (distance 15 km) and back twice a day except on Sundays. The fare for one way is 7 €. The shuttle to Montchardon waits in front of the train station and the trip takes approximately 30 minutes. Passengers are dropped in front of the train station.

Please indicate your need for shuttle service at the time of registration, as the service is on demand only.

You must confirm your need for shuttle service by mail or phone two days before the trip. Confirmed trips will have to be paid even if you found another way to get to the center.

 The shuttle leaves from St. Marcellin to Montchardon at 8.55 hours am and 17.55 hours pm. It leaves from Montchardon to St. Marcellin at 8.10 hours am and 17.15 hours pm.

On Sundays, at the end of a course the center does not provide shuttle services from Montchardon to St. Marcellin. During your stay, please look for somebody to go with by car.

Taxi

If your arrival does not correspond to the transportation service times you can get a taxi from St. Marcellin.

Taxi Sympa (Céline) : +33 6 84 01 80 19 Compagnie des Taxis : +33 6 41 00 75 07 / +33 6 81 19 08 81 Taxi des Coteaux : +33 4 76 64 10 76 /+33 6 75 26 48 24 Elis Taxi : +33 6 72 57 65 50 Taxi Saint Justois (Fabrice Gemo) : +33 6 15 93 43 04

Health Urgency: Ambulances of St Marcellin : +33 4 76 64 04 88 / +33 4 76 64 07 64

Tourist office St Marcellin : +33 4 76 38 53 85

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 ".