Nouvelles de Montchardon n°50  du 22 mars 2020

(see English below)

Chers amis,

Nous venons d’apprendre qu’en fait l’enseignement sur le “changement” que Karmapa a donné cette semaine, le 18 mars, remplaçait l’enseignement normalement prévu ce matin dimanche 22 à 10h30.

Nous sommes désolé de vous apprendre cette nouvelle à la dernière minute mais nous l’avons nous même appris maintenant.

Vous pouvez cependant vous rendre sur la page qui parle ce l’enseignement de Karmapa du 18 en allant sur :

Pour le moment il n’y a que la version anglaise et sommes dans l’attente d’un version française et espagnole qui doit nous parvenir de Dhagpo. Nous la mettrons en ligne sur ce même lien et l’annoncerons sur les site web de et sur la page Facebook de Montchardon dès qu’elle sera disponible.

En guise de compensation nous vous proposons ici une vidéo inédite d’une interview de Karmapa qui s’exprime sur Lama Teunsang et qui est désormais en ligne sur notre nouvelle Chaine Youtube. Vous pouvez voir cette vidéo ici :

Dans quelques jours nous vous parlerons davantage de cette nouvelle Chaine et de ce que nous y publierons désormais.

Par ailleurs vous pouvez également découvrir l’enseignement sur “les quatre sceaux” donné par Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpotché à Montchardon en novembre 2017 et que nous avons mis en ligne sur notre site :

Nous espérons que ces contenus adouciront le changement par rapport à l’enseignement de Karmapa prévu ce matin.

A très bientôt.

Bien à vous dans le Dharma
L’équipe de Montchardon

English Version

Dear friends,

We have just learned that in fact the teaching on “change” that Karmapa gave this week, on March 18, replaced the teaching normally scheduled for this morning, Sunday 22nd at 10:30 am.

We are sorry to bring you this news at the last minute but we have learned it ourselves now.

You can however go to the page (in French) that speaks about the Karmapa’s teaching of the 18th by going to :

For the moment there is only the English version and we are waiting for a French and Spanish version to be sent to us from Dhagpo. We will put it online on this same link and announce it on our website et Facebook page as soon as it is available.

As a compensation, we offer you here a new video of an interview with Karmapa speaking about Lama Teunsang which is now online on our new Youtube Channel. You can watch this video here :

In a few days we will tell you more about this new Channel and what we will publish from now on.

You can also discover the teaching on “the four seals” given by Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche in Montchardon in November 2017, which we have put online on our website:

We hope that these contents will soften the change from Karmapa’s teaching planned for this morning.

See you soon.

Yours in the Dharma,

The team of Montchardon

Centre de Montchardon – Karma Migyur Ling

8900 Route de Montchardon – 38160 Izeron – France – tel : +33 4 76 38 33 13

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 ".