Nouvelles de Montchardon n°51  du 24 mars 2020

(see English below)

Chères amies, chers amis

Depuis lundi 16 mars, nous sommes en confinement strict à Montchardon. Il n’y a que les résidents et les lamas présents au centre… et bien sûr, les centres de retraite. Personne ne peut monter sauf Claude qui assure vaillamment notre ravitaillement en respectant les mesure de confinement et évitant les contacts rapprochés avec les personnes présentes.

Lama Teunsang va bien. Après les 8 Nyoung Né qu’il a terminé lundi dernier, il a un peu maigri (après 8 Nyoung Né, c’est normal), mais il s’est bien reposé ces derniers jours et a retrouvé son entrain habituel que nous lui connaissons. Vous trouverez d’ailleurs quelques photos à la fin de ce message prises ces jours.

Il a d’ailleurs repris le chemin du chantier et a trouvé un mur de pierre à consolider, sur la grande plate-forme derrière le temple (voir les photos), aidé par des résidents ainsi que les lama Tsultrim et Teundroup qui ont également fait la pratique de Nyoung Né. 

Samten est revenu du Sikkim il y a quelques jours, juste avant le confinement.

Dans ce courrier nous vous proposons quelques informations sur la pratique de Tchenrézi ainsi qu’un extrait d’un vidéo où Jigmé Rinpotché donne quelques explications par rapport à la lettre de Karmapa du 29 janvier dernier lorsque le Karmapa s’est exprimé pour la première fois sur le Coronavirus

En effet, vous êtes nombreux à avoir vu les vidéos du Karmapa Thayé Dorjé, diffusée sur le net le 18 mars. Une traduction française a été mise en ligne le dimanche 22 mars sur le site de Dhagpo Kagyu Ling et que nous avons relayé sur notre site ainsi que sur notre page Facebook

Dans l’une de ces vidéos, on voit le Karmapa réciter la pratique de Tchenrézi.

Certains d’entre vous se sont inquiétés de ne pas reconnaitre le texte que nous récitons habituellement. Alors, nous avons souhaité vous donner quelques informations supplémentaires à ce propos. Vous trouverez également le texte qui est récité à télécharger.

Pratique de Tchenrézi avec Karmapa et instructions

Donné le 18 mars 2020

Le 18 mars dernier, deux vidéos ont été publiées sur le site de Karmapa un enseignement suivi d’un vidéo de la pratique de Tchenrézi. Nous vous proposons ici des détails sur cette pratique et des documents à télécharger.

Le 29 janvier dernier, Karmapa s’exprimait pour la première fois sur le Coronavirus qui à l’époque faisait rage principalement en Chine.

Jigmé Rinpotché avait commenté cette déclaration lors d’un enseignement à Dhagpo. Il nous a paru important de partager avec vous cet extrait de la vidéo postée sur la chaine YouTube de Dhagpo

Commentaire sur la lettre de Karmapa du 29 janvier 2020 par Jigmé Rinpotché

VIdéo du 3 février 2020

Commentaire intéressant et important de Jigmé Rinpotché suite à la première communication de Karmapa sur le Coronavirus.

Nous avons souhaité partagé avec vous les précieux conseils de Rinpotché.

Nous continuerons à vous tenir régulièrement au courant de nouveautés qui vous permettrons  de vous rapprocher de Montchardon malgré la distance imposée pour le moment.

Nous souhaitons que cette période puisse se passer en toute sécurité et confortablement pour vous tous.

Bien à vous dans le Dharma
L’équipe de Montchardon

English Version

Dear friends,

Since Monday, March 16, we have been in strict confinement in Montchardon. There are only residents and llamas present at the centre… and of course, the retreat centres. No one can go up except Claude who valiantly ensures our supplies by respecting the measures of confinement and avoiding close contact with those present.

Lama Teunsang is fine. After the 8 Nyoung Né that he finished last Monday, he has lost a little weight (after the 8 Nyoung Né, that’s normal), but he has rested well these last few days and has regained his usual enthusiasm that we know him by now. You will find a few photos at the end of this message taken during these days that testify to this.

He went back to the construction site and found a stone wall to consolidate, on the large platform behind the temple (see photos), helped by residents as well as the lama Tsultrim and Teundroup who also practiced Nyoung Né. 

Samten returned from Sikkim a few days ago, just before the confinement.

In this newsletter we suggest you some information on the practice of Chenrezi as well as an excerpt from a video in which Jigme Rinpoche gives some explanations in relation to the Karmapa’s letter of January 29th when the Karmapa expressed himself for the first time on the Coronavirus. (see the links in the French version)

We will continue to keep you regularly informed of news that will allow you to get closer to Montchardon despite the distance imposed for the moment.

We hope that this period will be safe and comfortable for all of you.

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 ".