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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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.

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Lamrim Retreat

26th July - 25th August 2015

vDondrup 100x140One month summer Lam Rim meditation retreat at Nalanda with Ven. Dondrub (Neil Huston).
It is an excellent opportunity for those who need to fulfill the retreat criteria for FPMT study programs.

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Mindfulness Retreat

26th June - 5th July 2015

Losang Gendun, © Hermann WittekopfMindfulness and the proper way of putting it into practice are topics of central relevance for anyone keen to tread the Buddha’s path to freedom. Ven. Losang Gendun guides the anual retreat with his great experience.

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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

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.

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