Retreat in a Monastery 2018: Discover the Buddha Within
Hay House Publishers India is delighted to announce its 5th ‘Retreat in a Monastery’ at the breathtaking Palpung Sherabling Monastery in the Western Himalayas near Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh – the seat of one of the most celebrated spiritual leaders of our time, His Holiness the 12th Kenting Tai Situpa.
This exclusive Retreat offers you a unique opportunity to shift to a more spiritual way of being through Tibetan Buddhism. His Holiness will personally conduct all teaching sessions. The subject of this year’s retreat is: Discover the Buddha Within.
Schedule for the retreat
Friday, 12th October 2018
Arrival at the Monastery
Introduction to the Retreat
Special Film Screening
Saturday, 13th October to Wednesday, 17th October 2018
Early Morning: Guided yoga/Nature walk
Morning & Afternoon: Teachings by His Holiness the 12th Kenting Tai Situpa
Evening: Guided Meditation
Late Evening: Film Screening
Thursday, 18th October 2018
Departure from the Monastery
Your day at Palpung Sherabling
The programme has been especially designed so that you can absorb and reflect on the day and what you’ve learnt from it. Teachings and question & answer sessions with His Holiness the 12th Kenting Tai Situpa will be held every morning and evening, followed by meditation. Sit back, unwind, and enjoy the rich energy-filled ambience around you.
7:00 – 8:00 am: Guided Yoga/Nature Walk
8:30 – 9:30 am: Breakfast
10:30 am onwards: Teaching Session 1
12:30 – 1:30 pm: Lunch
2:30 pm onwards: Teaching Session 2
4:30 – 5:00 pm: Tea
5:30 – 7:00 pm: Meditation
7:00 – 8:00 pm: Dinner
8:15 pm: Film Screening
His Holiness, on request, will meet in private any delegate for a one-to-one session to answer any personal queries.
Please Note: All programmes and timings are subject to change. Photography and mobile phones are strictly prohibited during the teaching and meditation sessions. Special meditation cushions will be provided to all delegates. There is special seating with back-rests only for those who cannot sit on the ground. All sessions will be conducted in English.
Do bring along your yoga mats if you’d like to attend the yoga sessions. For those who cannot do so, a few yoga mats would also be on sale at the Monastery.
Station/Baijnath Bus Station to the Monastery & back
All meals and refreshments
Packaged drinking water
Daily teaching sessions with His Holiness
Guided yoga and meditation sessions
Internet facility at the café
About the Palpung Sherabling Monastery
His Holiness the 12th Kenting Tai Situpa
Getting to Palpung Sherabling
Please Note: The cost of travel/visa to India/Pathankot/Chakki
Bank/Dharamshala/Baijnath, etc. and back is not included in the Retreat package. In the event of a cancellation of the retreat, we would not be liable to reimburse any such cost incurred by you.
Spice Jet and Air India offer flights from New Delhi to Dharamshala. As these are the only two carriers on a busy sector, we strongly advise that you make your bookings well in advance.
Various trains go to Pathankot and Chakki Bank from the Delhi and New Delhi Railway Stations and are easily available. It is advisable to book tickets well in advance. We’d suggest booking an overnight train (preferably Jammu Mail 14033, which is the most convenient) that will get you to Pathankot/Chakki Bank by early morning.
For those who would like to drive up, a detailed road map to Palpung Sherabling would be made available upon request. The last leg of the approach to the Monastery is via a metalled but narrow road. To get to the Monastery, you will first have to reach Baijnath via Palampur. As soon as you cross Baijnath town, look for a signboard on the left side of the road pointing towards Palpung Sherabling. There will be signage all along the road starting from Baijnath which will lead you to the Monastery.
HRTC (Himachal Road Transport Corporation) and HPTDC (Himachal Pradesh Tourism Developmental Corporation) operate comfortable Volvo/luxury coach services from New Delhi to Baijnath (Baijnath is the preferred destination as it is closer to the monastery) and Dharamshala (in case you are unable to secure a seat for Baijnath) and back. Please visit their respective websites (www.hrtc.gov.in and www.hptdc.nic.in) for more information and to make bookings. Buses to Baijnath/Dharamshala are also available at ISBT (Interstate Bus Terminal), Kashmere Gate, Delhi, as also from all other major stations of Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu.
You could also visit online travel portals such as www.makemytrip.com and www.redbus.in for more options/bookings.
Kindly inform us of your travel arrangements with all relevant details by 30th September 2018 so that we can arrange for a pick-up accordingly.
Please Note: Kindly verify all travel information yourself before making any arrangements.
We will provide timely weather updates over email to all participating delegates closer to the date.
Breakfast is served from 8:30 am to 9:30 am and comprises tea, coffee, packaged juices, porridge, cornflakes, hot and cold milk, eggs, toast and fresh fruits.
Lunch is served from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm and is a buffet with curry/dal, seasonal vegetables, yogurt, salad, rice and chapattis.
Delegates can enjoy a hot cup of tea or coffee from 4:30 pm to 5:00 pm everyday.
Dinner is served from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm and is the same menu as lunch with the addition of freshly made soup.
Tea and coffee are available in the dining room 24 hours of the day, so please help yourselves.
Please Note: Alcohol is strictly prohibited at Palpung Sherabling. Smoking is allowed, but only outside the Institute and Monastery premises.
The café within the Institute serves refreshments like juices, tea, coffee, cookies, cakes, cold drinks and mineral water, all of which are complimentary for the delegates attending the Retreat.
Should you need to check your email, there is a cyber café available at no charge for the delegates.
There is an in-house ambulance and a clinic for emergencies at Palpung Sherabling. A doctor is available on call but is an hour away by road. There is also a dispensary on campus which opens between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm daily, but stocks only basic medicines so we’d recommend you carry your own, as per your requirements.
Palpung Sherabling Monastery
Sansal - Palpung Sherabling Monastery Rd, Keori, Himachal Pradesh 176125