Les types de stages

Ces différents types de stages sont indiqués dans le programme par l’un des quatre symboles suivants :

Sous le titre enseignements fondamentaux, nous avons réuni les stages ouverts à toute personne, bouddhiste ou non-bouddhiste, désirant approcher et approfondir l’enseignement donné par le Bouddha et ses plus illustres disciples. Ces enseignements servent de fondement intellectuel à la méditation contemplative et constituent la phase préparatoire à toute pratique sérieuse des différents types de méditations bouddhiques.

 Les stages de pratique méditative permettent l’étude et l’apprentissage de techniques de méditation communes à toutes les écoles bouddhistes et divisées en deux grandes familles : les méditations menant au calme mental, et celle permettant le développement de la vision pénétrante. Être formellement bouddhiste n’est généralement pas requis.

Les stages de pratiques du Vajrayana” concernent les instructions de méditation appartenant à ce que l’on dénomme couramment le “bouddhisme tibétain”. Ces méditations utilisent des techniques de visualisation, des récitations de mantras, etc. propre aux Tantras. Une certaine familiarisation avec l’enseignement bouddhiste est nécessaire pour comprendre toute la profondeur de ces pratiques qui peuvent parfois être déroutantes au premier contact. Pour recevoir les initiations – qui sont données sur demande – il est impératif d’avoir pris les vœux de Refuge (engagement formel dans la voie bouddhiste – conférés sur demande par les Lamas). Lorsqu’elles sont connues à l’avance, elles sont précisées dans le programme.

 Les autres sessions assurées par des intervenants qualifiés, proposent un ensemble de disciplines s’adressant à tout public permettant un travail sur soi et un développement de ses ressources intérieures.

Les sessions des stages ont généralement lieu de : 10h – 12h et 15h – 17h sauf le dernier jour de 14h – 16h. Certaines sessions ont des horaires spéciaux ou intensifs. Ils sont alors indiqués soit dans le programme, soit par mail lors de la confirmation de réservation, et affichés sur place.

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 ".