Prices and membership

(go to the booking page: https://www.montchardon.fr/english/bookings/ )

To know the price of a stay, add up the following prices :
1) one year membership cost
2) sessions fees, if you take part in a training course
3) daily fees (accommodation and food)
4) other expenses : transportation

The prices are recalculated every year. The prices shown are those of the current year.

Membership

Our centre of Tibetan studies being a non-profit oraganization under the French law 1901, whoever wants to take part in our activities must be a member of the association. Membership must be registered at the beginning of each year, or at least at the first stay of the year.

Our centre offers four membership formulas :
1) member : 23€ /  year
2) supporting member : 60€ / year (or more)
3) “couple” membership : 31€ / year
4) donating member : 15€ / month (or more) on a one year period

Training session fees

The training session fees are cheap, and represent a support to the cost of the organization of a session. The prices are shown on the price column of the session description board. Nyoung Né sessions have a particular price. For the “Other sessions” from external participants, the prices are determined by each teacher.

Staying fees (food and accomodation)

You will contribute to the staying fees depending on your resources. A price list is suggested to you and left to your own appreciation in order to let you contribute according to your financial status. The lowest price does not cover the real expenses of a stay but can be considered as a support offered by our center so that money problems cannot stop anyone from taking part in our activities. However, our centre depends on your financial help.
The average price of a stay (food and accommodation) for one is 26-27€, including the functioning costs, which is listed as price B. The two other listed prices (C and D) represent a support to our centre and allow us to offer lower prices.

The price list applys to any stay, except the Nyoung Né sessions.

– The daily fees include the accommodation and three meals a day. The meals are counted from the first meal you take after your arrival. You cannot deduce any meal from your stay.

– The stay are free for children under 4, half price under 16. We remind you that in our centre, parents are totally responsible for their children and must make sure they are looked after all the time. No special structure is dedicated to them.

– Decreasing rates are applied depending on the length of your stay, 20% off for 30 days, 30% off for 90 days and over.

To book, you need to fill the registration sheet and pay a deposit for the staying fees.

15€ per person and for 2 days’ sessions, 30€ for 3-7 days’ sessions, and 30€ per week for a retreat (Nyoung Né excluded).

“Other sessions” can have different fees, they are determined by the teacher.

The fees can be refund in case cancellation is noticed more than ten days before a stay/session starts.

Price of a stay for one person in 2019

To know the cost of a stay, choose one of the four prices depending on your income – from A (lowest) to D (Highest) and choose a type of accommodation. The price selected includes the accommodation and the three daily meals. The meals are counted from the first meal taken after your arrival.

Price per day [1] Price A Price B Price C Price D
Incoming < 1200 € from 1200 to1500 € from 1500 to 2000 € >1700 €
Dormitory [2] 22,80 € 26,80 € 29,80 € 32,10 €
Shared bedroom 25 € 29 € 32 € 34,30 €
Individual bedroom 30,10 € 33,10 € 36,10 € 38,30 €
Multi-bed studio 29,20 € 34,10 € 37,10 € 39,40 €
Camping with meals 18,30 € 21,30 € 23,90 € 26 €
Camping witouht meals 7,70 € 8,20 € 8,70 € 9,20 €

Prices for Nyoung Né in 2019

Sessions in the dormitory [3] Price A Price B Price C Price D
Incoming < 1200 € from 1200 to 1500 € from 1500 to 2000 € >1700 €
global 1 session 55,90 € 63,90€ 69 € 73,10 €
global 2 sessions 96,70 € 109,30 € 117,60 € 124,50 €
3 sessions* consécutives and + 39,20 € 43,80 € 47 € 49,80 €
9 sessions* consécutives and + 36,00 € 40,60 € 43,50 € 46,30 €
16 sessions* consécutives and + / / / /
100 sessions* / / / /
add the dinner the night before,
one night and the rice soup on the last day
15,10 € 18,50 € 20,40 € 21,70 €

Informations on the “Other sessions” fees

The price, shown at the end of each session of “Other sessions”, only represents the price determined by the teacher. You have to add the staying fees and the one-year membership if you have not already paid for it. For particular sessions, an additional membership can be requested by the teacher. So you will have to :

– Subscribe to our centre for the accommodation by paying the daily fees.
– Subscribe to the teacher of the session.

The fees determined by teacher are shown at the end of the session description page. If you pay the fees by cheque (French cheque only), make sure that you write the name and the address mentioned in the description sheet. The fees should be paid at your arrival, by cash or cheque (no credit card). Except in case of absolute necessity, the fees can be refund only if the cancellation is noticed more than three weeks before a session begins.
Notes

[1] for one person, food and accommodation

[2] If you have booked a stay in the dormitory, plan to add 2,10€/night to stay in a shared bedroom and 7,10€/night to stay in a individual bedroom or a 2/3 beds studio.

[3] Nyoung Né prices include meals, accommodation (in the dormitory) and session fees.

(go to the booking page: https://www.montchardon.fr/english/bookings/ )

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 ".