logo-spiritual-Nalanda 179x188Nalanda is a unique Buddhist monastery for Western monks in the Tibetan Geluk tradition, located about 40 km from Toulouse in the Tarn district of Southwest France.

Currently, around 25 monks and 50 lay people and nuns form the core of the community. Nalanda Monastery offers an ideal environment to combine study and practice in an appropriate lifestyle. Primarily, Nalanda aims to be a home for monks to train in philosophy, monastic discipline and retreats.

Nalanda has two full-time study programs, the FPMT Basic Program and Masters Program. These programs are open to monks, nuns and lay people. The courses are taught by highly qualified teachers, who are geshes from Sera Monastery (India). Additionally, Nalanda is very fortunate to welcome other distinguished teachers and High Lamas throughout the year.

Read more about the History of the Monastery

Maitreya Relics Tour

6th - 8th of February

RelicsTour Nalanda will host an Exhibition of ancient and sacred relics from the Historical Buddha Shakyamuni and of other great Buddhist masters from India, Tibet & China.

Friday      17:00-19:00 Opening Ceremony (*)
Saturday 10:00-19:00 Exposition
Sunday    10:00-17:00 Exposition
(*) Need registration

Registration and informations Maitreya Relics Tour Website Flyer in French


Retreat Hut Project

Nalanda is building ecological retreat huts

retreat-hut-project 100x75Nalanda currently has two private huts, which can be used either for long / short retreats or as accommodation for people who are following our Basic or Masters Programs. Nalanda has various options for potential residents. If you are interested, you are invited to discuss the financial options with us. Sponsorship is also very welcome for further huts, landscaping or solar panels.

More information about the huts

Masters Program

Advanced studies on buddhist sutra and tantra

manjushri 100x133Nalanda started its first Masters Program as both a campus and an online course on September 2013 .

The program offers an in-depth study of five great texts as well as extensive retreat experience, all of wich will provide a thorough grounding in sutra and tantra. The course has been inspired by the Geshe Studies in the traditional Gelug monastic universities.
We are currently studying Maitreya’s Ornament for Clear Realization, which is  the first subject of the program. New students who are interested in joining us in the future are welcome to register before the start of each subject. Following the Ornament for Clear Realization, we will study Chandrakirti's Supplement to the ‘Middle Way’ which is starting in September, 2016.

General Information

Contact the MP coordinator

Basic Program

Inspiring teachings you can integrate into your life

stupa-100x133From February onwards the Basic Program offers teachings on the Bodhisattva Deeds by Shantideva. Our new teacher, Geshe Jamphel Gyaltsen, and our new translator will make these teachings accessible for both new and more advanced students. We welcome anyone interested to follow teachings that provide a better understanding of the Dharma and help transform our minds.

Read more information

Contact the BP Coordinator