Staying at Thosamling

When you are interested in visiting or staying at Thosamling Nunnery, you can read here what it means to stay at a nunnery and in a retreat environment. You will also find all the information you need in order to sign up for a course, and how to prepare when you come to Thosamling.

How to get in contact?
Once you know where your interest is, you can contact our office for more information or registration. For this, please email us at [email protected], or give us a call at (+91) 9816 1418 30.

When you register for a course or retreat by email, we’ll send you a course/retreat registration form. Please complete the form and email it back to us, together with the necessary documents.

Before arriving at Thosamling
Please inform your family and friends about your plans and your availability during that time.

Some of our retreats, such as the shamatha retreat and the winter retreat, are in silence. We’ll ask you to leave your mobile devices in our office, safely stored, until the end of the retreat. Therefore, you won’t be reachable during the length of the retreat.

In case of an emergency, your family and friends can contact Thosamling’s office.

We advise all participants of courses and retreats to minimize the contact with your loved ones in order to give yourself the opportunity to fully experience your stay at Thosamling.

Before you check in, make sure that you finalize your travel plans for after your stay at Thosamling, unless you anticipate to stay longer.

What to bring?
You can find more information on what to bring  here.

While staying at Thosamling nunnery we ask you to abide by our moral conduct and be mindful and supportive of the retreat environment.

Moral conduct at Thosamling Nunnery

Thosamling is a Buddhist nunnery, and while visiting or staying at Thosamling nunnery we ask you to abide by our moral conduct and be mindful and supportive of the retreat environment.

  • Abstaining from taking any life. Do not kill or harm living creatures, including insects.
  • Abstaining from taking anything that has not been given to you.
  • Abstaining from lying or not speaking truthfully.
  • Abstaining from any sexual activity.
  • Abstaining from taking intoxicants, such as drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes.
  • Refrain from listening to music or playing music while you are at the nunnery. This will support those in retreat and will keep the mind undistracted from the dharma.
  • Dress appropriately to a monastic environment and the Indian culture. Don’t expose your body, and keep your shoulders and thighs/legs covered out of respect for the members of our community.

Abiding by these rules will help to create a supportive environment for retreat, and will lay the foundation for developing a good meditation practice.

Retreat Environment
It is seldom that we have the wish, time, and ability to step away from our very busy daily life and to turn our mind inwardly. Having the interest and wish to join a retreat or a dharma course, whether that is a 4-day shamatha retreat, or one of our teaching weekends, is therefore a unique and precious opportunity.

We, at Thosamling Nunnery, acknowledge this, and we aim to provide you a peaceful, conducive environment that supports your practice.

Some of our retreats are in silence. Please observe the silence as instructed by the retreat leader.

During the retreat or course
All participants are strongly encouraged to come to all the sessions and activities.

Learning dharma is about learning new tools and techniques that can be used in daily life, and about training the mind in these. This can sometimes be challenging, and our habit of “following what feels good” might tell us that we need to skip a session. However, in retreat we follow the schedule as a tool to transform our mind. Instead of avoiding difficult experiences, the schedule helps us to move through them, so that we can come out at the other end.

Keep an open mind – being in a group can be challenging. We all come with our emotional and psychological baggage, and we don’t know what someone else is going through. Please be kind and flexible towards yourself and those around you. Try to remember that everybody is doing their very best to study, meditate, and practice.

Use this unique opportunity for introspection, embrace the gentle quietness to calm your mind, relax in the magnificent views of the mountains around you and don’t forget to enjoy yourself.