Activities

The Paldenshangpa Montpellier center is closed until september. Thank you for your understanding.

Weekly program

The following table summarizes the daily activities of the temple (* Friday night: excluding teaching weekends). They are provided by Lama Sangye, with the exception of the mental calm sessions on Tuesday evening, provided by a French-speaking animator.

These practices are open to the public. Financial participation is optional and free.

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
10AM : Green Tara10AM : Green Tara10AM : Green Tara10AM : Green Tara10AM : Green Tara
7PM : Mahakala-Tchenrezi8PM : mental calm7PM : Mahakala-Tchenrezi7PM : Mahakala-Tchenrezi7PM* : Tchenrezi

Tantric practices

The approach of the vajrayana, ‘diamond path’, is specific to Himalayan Buddhism. It takes root in the deep qualities of the vehicle of the listeners and the big vehicle to rise beyond the usual notions centered on an ego. The application of particular methods flourishes all the qualities that make compassion and love shine in equanimity. They culminate in the emergence of the wisdom that passes through illusion and place the mind directly in its fundamental nature.

The practices are based on a text recited in Tibetan and translated into French.

  • Green Tara is the female yidam of compassion. His practice is common to all lineages of Tantric Buddhism. On the external level, it helps ward off dangers. On the inner level, it helps develop the compassion and qualities of enlightenment. Finally, on the ultimate plane, Tara is none other than enlightenment itself.
  • Chenrézi is the male yidam of love and compassion. His practice and the recitation of his mantra lead him to reduce his own faults, to develop his qualities and to go beyond the construction of the ego. The purification of harmful acts allows the recognition of the nature of the spirit. This practice is considered extremely beneficial, to the point of being mentioned in the Sutras of Shakyamuni Buddha.
  • Mahakala is an awake protector. His practice, recited in Tibetan, allows the protection of the Dharma and its practitioners, as well as the destruction of internal obstacles (greed, anger) or external to the pursuit of spiritual realization. Mahakala is considered an angry emanation of Chenrézi.

Other practices

  • Mental calm (or shamata or shine): This practice, common to all Buddhist schools and especially accessible to beginners, uses concentration exercises to develop lasting stability of mind and inner peace. In the Tibetan tradition, inner calm is finely studied to be able to experience it at its source, develop qualities, reduce negativities and free oneself from egocentrism. As we learn to calm our minds down, we gradually reveal our innate natural freedom.

Program of weekends and special days

The following table presents the program of weekends and special days of teaching and practice.

Every teaching weekend, with Lama Serge, Lama Yeunten and Lama Bertrand, begins with a public conference on Friday evening at 8PM (in French). Participation is free. On Saturdays and Sundays, the lessons take place from 10AM to 12AM and from 2:30PM to 5PM. Participation is free, with a minimum of € 5 per half day to cover the traveling expenses of the lamas. Thank you to register in advance on this form.

Weekends and special days of practice, guided by Lama Shakya and Lama Sangyé, are open to all; in the case of tantric practices, it is advisable (but not mandatory) to be familiar with the practice if one wishes to do so.

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The lamas

Lama ShakyaLama Shakya retired from Sonada monastery in Darjeeling, India from 1987 to 1990. He then stayed on the shores of Kalu Rinpoche and came with him to France in 1997. He currently lives in the Paris region and regularly accompanies Kalu Rinpoche in Paldenshangpa centers around the world.
Lama SangyeLama Sangye teaches during certain weekends and supports the regular practices of the center at the request of Kalou Rinpoche.
Lama SergeLama Serge performed the traditional 3-year retreat in France at the Kalou Rinpoche Retreat Center in Kagyu Ling, under the direction of Lama Tenpa Gyamtso, as well as a one-year retreat under the guidance of HE Situ Rinpoche and a pilgrimage of 6 months in India with the previous Kalou Rinpoche and Bokar Rinpoche.
He currently resides in the Marseille area where he teaches in the center of the Shangpa lineage.