Dechen Chöling is an international centre where people from around the world, experienced or beginner, meet and practice meditation. All are welcome to visit, for an afternoon or longer, to enjoy the serenity of our land and to learn to meditate. You may participate in one of our programmes or do an individual in-house retreat.
You are always welcome to drop by. However, we appreciate some notice, that we can welcome you and provide you with directions. You may drop in for lunch or dinner, for which we suggest a donation of 8 euros each.
"Simplicity" Personal Retreat
Are you seeking a period of personal renewal and retreat? We invite you for an individual stay -- joining our community, practicing meditation and enjoying the rural tranquility of the land of Dechen Chöling. We provide a gentle environment and vast space from the pace of life.
We offer personal meditation instruction with a trained Meditation Instructor and daily meditation practice with our community (shamatha-vipassana practice in the morning and evening, 1 hour each). You may want to take walks on the land and to the nearby villages, or just relax and read in your spare time. We do ask visitors to join in our work for one hour each day. We always highly appreciate help in the kitchen, garden, household and facilities departments.
We recommend joining us from September through June being a peaceful time of the year for personal reflection and rejuvenation.
Registration for a Programme
We offer various programmes on meditation, body & mind, buddhist studies and contemplative arts. Check out our Programme Calendar here. Please contact us if you need more information or advice about an appropriate programme to meet your needs.
If you would like us to send you a printed version of our retreat calendar / brochure, please send an email to: email@example.com (include your full mail address).
Meditation is based on the premise that the natural state of mind is calm and clear. We must first slow down and experience our mind as it is. In the process, we get to know how our mind works. We see that wherever the mind is abiding - in anger, in desire, in jealousy or in peace - that is where we also are abiding. We begin to see that we have a choice in the matter: we do not have to act at the whim of every thought. We can abide peacefully. Meditation is a way to slow down and see how our mind works. This has nothing to do with religion or a spiritual path. It has everything to do with being human.
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche