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Venerable Lobsang Tenzin Jangtse Choje Rinpoche at Nalanda monastery

From August 29 at 4 pm until September 06 : The teachings will be on The Ocean of Reasoning: A Great Commentary on Nargajuna's Mulamadhyamakakarika by Lama Je Tsong Khapa.

From September 07 until 08 : Rinpoche will give the Yamantaka initiation. 

Who is the Venerable Lobsang Tenzin Jangtse Choje Rinpoche?

Source : Sera Jey Tsangpa Khangtsen

Venerable Gyudmed Jangtse Choeje Lobsang Tenzin was born in the Fire-Pig element (in Tibetan cyclic year) year 1935 in the Tibetan Tsang province of Lhatse.



Vipassana in the Mahayana retreat

1st -10th August 2014 by Venerable Losang Gendun

The 2014 retreat will offer a balanced approach of the complimentary practices of vipassana and shamatha, insight and calm abiding.

Every day will start at 5:30 am with an extensive guided meditation on Great Compassion, the motivation to liberate all sentient beings from suffering and set them in the highest happiness. The rest of the day participants will alternately focus on tranquillity and clarity of mind through concentration exercises and looking deeply into the inner experience of living using the practice of liberating insight.

From session to sessions the breath will be used as a path to transform the way participants connect with themselves as a living, changing process that is organically related to others and rooted in the environment. Such an exploration is capable of bringing kindness to the heart, contentment to the mind and a realisation of what really contributes to our happiness and ultimately to our enlightenment.




Nalanda is a unique Buddhist Monastery for Western monks in the Tibetan Geluk tradition. It offers an ideal environment to live and combine study and practice in an appropriate lifestyle. Currently, around 25 monks and 20 lay people form the core of the community.

Nalanda is located close to Lavaur, about 40 km from Toulouse in the Tarn district of Southwest France (see map). Located on the river Agout and with its own gardens, the monastery is surrounded by farmer's fields, enjoying a peaceful and quiet environment. Nearby is our sister centre Institut Vajra Yogini.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche is the Spiritual director of Nalanda and together with his teacher, Lama Yeshe, he founded Nalanda in 1981 as the first Western monastery of the Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition (FPMT). Geshe Lobsang Jamphel is the current abbot. For more history on Nalanda Click HereD2X 0710 Edit for PRINT

Additionally, we are extremely fortunate to welcome other distinguished teachers and High Lamas throughout the year. Ven. Tendar, our director, coordinates the day-to-day running of the monastery.

Primarily, Nalanda aims to be a home for monks to train in philosophy, monastic discipline and retreats. Alongside the monks, lay men can also study and stay at Nalanda whilst women have the opportunity to stay in the local area.

The monastery also relies on the work and goodwill of our wonderful volunteers, who can stay at Nalanda whilst working, giving them a chance to absorb the atmosphere of the monastery,whilst contributing in a meaningful way to its upkeep. If you are interested in volunteering at Nalanda please Click Here.

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Nalanda extends a warm welcome to all visitors. Visitors are especially welcome every Sunday afternoon between 2 PM and 6 PM, or by appointment outside these times.


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