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1. Posted by indio (Budding Member 84 posts) 8y

Hi there. I'm planning to do a long buddhist retreat somewhere in Asia next year. I am hoping to go for 3 to 6 months, but so far I have failed to find any place that offers retreats longer than a month. I have found a few centres other places in the world, but they charge a lot og money and besides that I feel that Asia can provide more of the right atmosphere for me. If anybody knows of a place it would be highly appreciated.
Many thanks!
Jannie

2. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

Hi,

I spent over two months in Nepal. In Kathmandu especially there seemed to be no end of Buddest retreats. I can't give you exact details here, as I am not so into that scene myself. But I did also meet a lot of people you paid for this, and the the few that did not. Basically there are places but it's better to get there your self to find them as they are not so much advertised on the internet.

Again I had some friends go to Daharam Sala ( i know i just spelt that wrong) and they said it was over crowded with commercial monks and marry me fast type monks. So watch out there!

All the best

3. Posted by sunj (Budding Member 16 posts) 8y

i used to stay in a place called heijing, three hours by train from kunming, its a very small and quiet town with nice view, we were told that there were more than 70 temples in that district but many of them have fallen into disuse, i went to some of them, and had meal in one which with some nuns living in and local people come to pray every once in a while, quite nice. i always want to stay in there for a few month but never had the chance to, if u really need that quiet and disconnected feeling from world its a good place to go.

4. Posted by indio (Budding Member 84 posts) 8y

Sunj.. a place like Heijing is what I am looking for. What are the chances that they will take me in for a few months? Is there any way of contacting one of the nunneries or would it be better just to turn up? Do you know what kind of buddhism they are practising there and would I be able to communicate with the nuns? Sorry for all the questions ;)
Jannie

5. Posted by sunj (Budding Member 16 posts) 8y

sorry i have no idea how to contact them, it was last year when i went there and i didnt live in the temple, but i did see one or two were living there, im guessing maybe they paid money for that, the nuns r nice, when we had dinner with them, and i ask how much should i pay they just let me donor the money in the charity box. so in this way i soppose u could just turn up. but i dont know if they speak english or not. and what kind of buddhism? not sure.. in my opinion no matter what kind it is, it still belongs to the buddhism, isnt it. im buddhist too, i never ask what kind of buddhism they r :)
im drifting in lijiang right now, so sorry thats all i know.

6. Posted by Harry668 (Budding Member 30 posts) 8y

Quoting indio

Hi there. I'm planning to do a long buddhist retreat somewhere in Asia next year. I am hoping to go for 3 to 6 months, but so far I have failed to find any place that offers retreats longer than a month. I have found a few centres other places in the world, but they charge a lot og money and besides that I feel that Asia can provide more of the right atmosphere for me. If anybody knows of a place it would be highly appreciated.
Many thanks!
Jannie

Hi,

Pleased to know that you like to visit places that has importance for Buddhism.
I surprised to know that no one here mentioned the name of either Lumbini,Kushinagar nor Baodhgaya which is very famous and directly related to Budhist.
Bodhgaya,rajgir,Lumbini,kushinagar ,vaishali are places are mecca and madina for Budhist.....if need more info can write in forum...

thanks:)

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 27, 2008, at 9:54 PM by Harry668 ]