Nouvelles Flash Montchardon du 8 juin 2020

(see English below)

Chèr(e) Ami(e) de Montchardon,

Nous vous communiquons dans ce bref courrier 2 informations importantes :

  • quelques images de la sortie des retraitants de 3 ans à Montchardon
  • des informations sur la reprise des stages

La sortie de retraite de Montchardon

En effet, pour chacun d’entre vous, famille, amis et proches des retraitants de Montchardon, nous avons avons mis en ligne une première courte vidéo quatre minutes résumant les deux journées des 4 et 5 juin :  l’ouverture des portes du Droupkhang et la sortie des retraitants.

Sortie de Retraite à Montchardon

Un évènement important dans la vie de Montchardon et que nous souhaitions partager avec vous, le Covid 19 ayant malheureusement interdit l’accès du centre aux personnes non résidentes en ce moment que nous aurions aimé vivre avec beaucoup d’entre vous.

An important event in the life of Montchardon that we would like to share with you (in French ) the Covid 19 having unfortunately forbidden the access of the center to non-resident people at this time that we would have liked to live with many of you.

Reprise des stages à Montchardon

Nous avons également le plaisir de vous annoncer que dans quelques jours nous enverrons un courrier “Nouvelles de Montchardon” avec les stages qui reprendront dès le 4 juillet.

Il est inutile d’écrire ou d’appeler l’accueil pour avoir plus de renseignements. 

La prochaine “Nouvelle de Montchardon” vous informera des détails des stages et des conditions pour y participer. 

Cordialement dans le Dharma
L’équipe de Montchardon

English Version: Flash news of June 8, 2020

Dear Friend of Montchardon,

In this short letter, we provide you with two important pieces of information:

  • a short video of the 3 year  retreat exit
  • about the reopening of Montchardon in July


The retreat exit of Montchardon

For each one of you, family, friends and relatives of the Montchardon retreatants, we have put online a first short four-minute video summarizing the two days of June 4 and 5: the opening of the doors of the Drubkhang and the exit of the retreatants.


The retreat exit of Montchardon

An important event in the life of Montchardon that we would like to share with you (in French ) the Covid 19 having unfortunately forbidden the access of the center to non-resident people at this time that we would have liked to live with many of you.

Reopening of Montchardon

We are also pleased to announce that in a few days we will send you a “Newsletter of Montchardon”  with the courses that will start again on July 4th.

There is no need to write or call the reception for more information. 

The next “Newsletter of Montchardon” will inform you of the details of the courses and the conditions to participate. 

Sincerely in the Dharma,

The team of Montchardon



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 ".