"Regarding all the people who are working here in the monastery; from having worked here they have accumulated great collections of merit and this merit could become the basis for creating all kinds of happiness, for the pacification of all kinds of problems such as sickness or problems within their families. Also, on the basis of this merit, if we dedicate it, it can lead to, for example, ones root lama's life being stable and long, so that he stays for a long time." Geshe Jamphel

The Day

The day starts with a morning lamrim meditation which is a time where the community gets together and thinks about the stages of the path to liberation and full enlightenment. For example, one of the first topics is how we have obtained a precious human rebirth with which we are able to accomplish all the temporary and ultimate goals of the Dharma.

Breakfast is between 7:00 and 9:00 and is a "mindful breakfast" meaning we keep noise to a minimum in order to be fully aware of our body and mind.

During the weeks when our two study programs are running, the MP has teachings at 9:30 with the Abbott Geshe Jamphel. This lasts until 12:30 and then in the afternoon, MP students have discussion and review class with a western teaching assistant. 

Monks debateThe BP has discussion groups in the afternoon, and then at 16:30 teachings with Nalanda's second Tibetan teacher, Geshe Gyaltsen.

Lunch for the whole community is at 12:30, and the meals are vegetarian, prepared by our wonderful volunteers. The lunch is preceded by a blessing prayer and afterwards an offering is made, followed by a recitation of the Heart Sutra and dedication prayers for our benefactors and all other sentient beings.

When there are no teachings scheduled, free time is used by the monks for work for the monastery, as well as for private study and meditation.

Daily maintenance of the gardenThe work necessary to keep the monastery functioning is shared between the monks and volunteers. This includes things like cleaning, administration and library work, maintenance work throughout the buildings and grounds, or projects in the art and statue workshop. During special days and when someone has sponsored a puja, the community meets at 19.00 and performs the relevant practice. Generally pujas are on the weekends, giving time to study during the week.

There is no formal study on the weekends; a perfect chance for visitors to speak with the monks and visit the monastery.