Shenten Dargye Ling

Yungdrung Bön

Practice retreat on Dzogchen meditation

Practice retreat on Dzogchen meditation with Yongdzin Rinpoche and Khenpo Tenpa Yungdrung Rinpoche.

August 19th until August 24th - Registration

We feel privileged that this summer, once again Yongdzin Rinpoche, the most senior teacher of the Bön tradition, and Khenpo Tenpa Yungdrung, abbot of the renowned monastic university of Triten Norbutse (Nepal), will stay in Shenten Dargye Ling, give their blessing and share their wisdom.

Those who have had the fortune to receive teachings from these two masters at the same time know that it is a unique opportunity to discover and obtain certainty about our natural state, and to maintain wisdom awareness in meditation.

As Yongdzin Rinpoche has reached the advanced age of ninety-three, it is a rare opportyunity to receive his blessing and key instructions. It is not certain if and when such an opportunity will arise again. Combined with Khenpo Tenpa Yungdrung's lucid explanations, dzogchen practice becomes a reality in our lives.

During the last week of August, the emphasize will be on meditation practice. The two masters will continue to share key instructions to support our abiding in the natural state of great perfection.

Anyone interested in dzogchen meditation is welcome to participate, whether she is new to dzogchen meditation or a long time practitioner.

Schedule:

  • 07:00 – Sangchod and Meditation session
  • 08:30 – Breakfast
  • 09:15 – Personal time
  • 10:00 – Teaching
  • 12:00 – Chutor
  • 13:00 – Lunch
  • 14:00 – Personal time
  • 15:00 – Teaching
  • 16:00 – Individual practice and study
  • 17:00 – Surchod
  • 17:30 – Meditation session
  • 18:30 – Dinner
  • 19:30 – Personal time
  • 20:00 – Méditation
  • 21:00 – Chod Practice

Useful information

Accommodation

On site: The Center offers several types of accommodation:

  • single rooms furnished with table, storage and bed linen
  • double rooms with single beds and storage space
  • rooms with 3 beds, equipped with single beds
  • rooms with 4 beds, equipped with single beds
  • dormitory Two large rooms (dormitory for women, dormitory for men) accommodate 8 mattresses each.
  • camping

The campsite is reserved for volunteers (Only 10 tents are allowed). Please do not forget to bring mattresses, sheets, blankets and pillows, the bedding belonging to the center is reserved exclusively for rooms will not be available.

Unfortunately we can not receive pets

Meal

It will be served vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes.
It is better to register full board (three meals a day) for all the retreat, but it is possible to take only lunches or dinners on site.
We need to know by July 15th the number of meals that will be taken during the first week. Do not forget to register in advance by specifying whether you are a vegetarian or not.

To Come to Shenten

By train
The departure is mainly by Montparnasse station in Paris or directly from Charles-de-Gaulle airport.

It is also possible to find trains from Austerlitz station, they are slower and cheaper

By the Montparnasse train station,
There are departures every hour from 6 am until 7 pm.
The journey time is variable between two hours and a half and 3 hours and a half.
The price: between 35 and 90 euros according to the selected train and the date of reservation

By Charles-de-Gaulle airport,
There are departures almost every two hours from 9am to 18pm.
The journey time is variable between 3 hours and 4 hours.
the price: between 45 and 90 euros depending on the chosen train and the date of reservation

By the Austerlitz train station,
there are frequent departures
The journey time is variable between 3 hours and 4 hours.
the price: between 23 and 90 euros according to the selected train and the date of reservation

The journeys are not direct and there is a train change according to the schedules in the stations of the cities of Saint-Pierre-de-corps, Tours or Angers.
To book your ticket you can do it online on the SNCF website. The site is translated into different languages :

in French : https://www.oui.sncf

in English : https://en.oui.sncf/en/

in German : https://de.oui.sncf/de/

in Spanish : https://es.oui.sncf/es/

in Chinese : http://www.raileurope.hk/?lang=zh_tw

When you have booked your ticket, please inform us by email. We will, as far as possible, organize a shuttle to pick you up at the station of saumur. A contribution of 10 euros will be required for the trip. Otherwise it is possible to take a taxi from the station for an approximate fee of 30 euros.
It takes twenty minutes by road to get to Shenten Center.

Road: You can enter "La Modtais" Blou 49160 in your GPS

Participation in daily tasks

Everything that happens at Shenten Dargye Ling during retreats is done by volunteers so we ask each of you to dedicate around one hour a day to help run things smoothly.

Daily tasks include: preparing and serving meals, washing up, housework, shopping, administration, gardening, transcribing and translating. When you register please let us know which of the jobs you’d like to be involved in.

Annexes

List of useful objects that you could offer to the Center

  • Garden and DIY tools
  • Home appliance
  • Beds, tables, cabinets, bedside tables, chairs, rugs, lamps
  • Fridge, stove and appliances

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Visiting Shenten Dargye Ling

Outside organized retreat times, members are welcome to stay at Shenten for short personal retreats (max 3 weeks), or to join volunteers helping in the upkeep of the centre (gardening, painting, DIY etc)


For information on currrent projects and how you can help, please send a message here : contact form

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