In times of pandemic, worldwide environmental destruction, and social disintegration, one can easily be overcome by feelings of disconnection, helplessness, resignation, and paralysis.

The poem entitled The Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva, written by the 14th-century monk Ngulchu Thogme Sangpo, provides clear insights on how to work with such challenges and turn around seemingly intractable situations. It points to the skillful means that bring us the strength of heart to work with difficult circumstances while being of benefit to others.

What we offer

  • Silent sitting and walking meditation practice
  • Simple body practices (Qi Gong) to support meditation practice
  • Short talks on the practice of Mahayana Buddhism
  • Simple, mindful Oryoki-style meals

Studying the text

Although not required, you may choose to begin familiarising yourself with the text before the programme begins.

Here are two good translations of the text, available online for free.

1) Ken McLeod’s translation on his website, Unfettered Mind:

https://unfetteredmind.org/37-practices-of-a-bodhisattva/

2) The Lotsawa House translation:

https://www.lotsawahouse.org/tibetan-masters/gyalse-thogme-zangpo/37-practices-all-bodhisattvas

For further resources, consult:

  1. The Heart of Compassion by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.
  2. Reflections on Silver River by Ken McLeod
  3. The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva: Commentary By Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche (which can also be downloaded for free)

Practical details

Arrival day: Saturday, April 27. You are invited to arrive at 4 pm to check in and settle into your room. Dinner is served at 6:45 pm.

End of programme: Thursday, May 2nd
Closing circle and banquet in the evening.

Departure day: Friday, May 3rd
No programme. You are welcome to stay for breakfast.

This programme will be taught in English and in French. 


Programme price

Regular350 €
Patron458 €Help support lower income participants
Under 30 years of age175 €

If you require financial assistance to attend this programme please contact [email protected].

Accommodation and food

Full board60 €/ night *

* includes standard accommodation and all meals.

Price information

  • Regular: this is the regular price for participating in the programme. Occasionaly (if specified in the programme description), there may be an additional fee for materials, to be paid upon arrival.
  • Patron: for those who can offer more than the regular price, your generosity in paying the Patron Price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full programme price and provides support to Dechen Chöling.
  • Under 30 years of age: 50% reduction on the regular programme price for persons under 30 years at the start of the programme.

Accommodation: the standard accommodation we provide is in a dormitory for the winter and a furnished two-person tent in the summer. Extra fees for room upgrades can be paid upon arrival. Additionally, room tax will be charged at 0.20 € per person, per night.

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Note: participation in any programme offered by the association of Dechen Chöling requires you to be up-to-date with the association’s annual fee (15 €), which can be settled upon arrival.