The universe exists for us only when we experience it with the body or with the mind. It is nowhere else, it is always in the here and now, and the exploration of this here and now is the only way in which we can explore the world. Unless we explore this inner world, we can never know reality; we will just know our intellectual conceptions and opinions about it.
But once we observe ourselves we can get to know reality directly and we can learn to handle it in a positive and creative way. "Vipassana meditation is a method to explore the inner world. It is a practical way to examine the reality of one's own body and one’s own mind. In this way, we can discover and solve all problems buried there, develop our potential and channel it for the sake of ourselves and others.
Mental attention and concentration are key functions of our mind. Through the development of pure mental attention, we can be improve ourselves in many aspects of our life.
Ven. Lobsang Zopa is a Spanish monk. He was ordained by H.H. The XIV Dalai Lama in Dharamsala (India) and is a teacher recognized by the FPMT (Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition). He has been a resident monk at Nalanda Monastery in France for more than 10 years. Since several years, and with the approval of his teachers, he has been giving courses and directing meditation retreats of shamatha and vipassana in Spain and Mexico. He has also practiced Zen meditation for over 15 years.
Conditions of the retreat
1. The retreat will be in silence. Check-in will be on August 19th from 3pm to 6pm in Nalanda Monastery.
2. Meditation sessions will be divided between walking meditation in the gardens of Nalanda and sitting meditation in the large gompa (temple hall).
3. The food provided will be vegetarian or vegan.
4. We have meditation cushions in Nalanda, but for those who cannot meditate sitting on the floor, we will provide chairs.
5. As it is a silent retreat and will be of greater benefit for all participants, it is not allowed to use mobile phones (only in case of emergency) or cameras for the duration of the retreat. At the beginning of the retreat we will collect all electronical objects and we will return them at the end of the retreat.
6. It is very important to arrive on time to all sessions. That is why we recommend to bring a wrist watch that can also serve as an alarm in the mornings. However, the gong will be rung every morning and at the beginning of each session.
7. We recommend not to bring books for the retreat, even if they are related to vipassana. This will help participants to focus on the meditation practice without any distractions.
8. However, we do recommend do bring a notebook for 'the teaching and questions and answers sessions'.
9. During the retreat we ask you to observe the five precepts of not killing, stealing, lying, taking intoxicants and engaging in sexual acitivity. Furthermore, we ask you not to smoke cigarettes.
Individual tent (2)
FON price (1)
|(1) FON Friend of Nalanda member
(2) You have to bring your individual tent