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Meet the Nalanda family
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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.

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Mahayana Mindfulness retreat

26th June - 5th July 2015 by Venerable Losang Gendun

Venerable Losang Gendun

 The 2015 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.

One month Lam Rim meditation retreat



We are very happy to announce a one month summer Lam Rim meditation retreat at Nalanda with Ven. Dondrub (Neil Huston).

The retreat will take place from Sunday July 26 until August 25, and is an excellent opportunity for those who need to fulfill the retreat criteria for FPMT study programs.

Tsa Tsa Painting Seminar

16 May, 30 May, 13 June, 21 June, 11 July & 25 July 2015

 Tsa Tsa Painting Workshop






 Alternate Saturdays 10.00 - 12.30 and 14.00 -16.30

Sonam Sherpa teaches a seminar of 30 hours on painting Tsa Tsas.

 More information about the Painting Seminar  

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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

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Basic Program

Inspiring teachings you can integrate into your life

Nalanda's Basic Program, started in February 2013, is a five-year comprehensive, practice-oriented transmission of the Buddhadharma for committed students who wish to progress beyond the introductory level of study, practice, and service. The teachings, given by our resident teacher Gehse Jamphel Gyaltsen, are complemented by discussion groups and analytical meditation. New students are admitted at the beginning of each new module but we welcome anyone else to the teachings who wishes to gain a better understanding of the Dharma.

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