Shravasti

Further Information for the International Shravasti Varsa (Rains Retreat, Yarne)

This is a lengthy retreat and international travel is complex and demanding. It’s important that you evaluate your suitability carefully. The bus ride from Delhi to Shravasti is 11-15 hours. We will offer simple vegetarian meals prepared in kitchens kept to international sanitary standards. Special diets cannot be accomodated. Medical and dental facilities are distant so basic good health and checkups before coming are important. Along with travel medical insurance, you will need to supply the name and contact information for a person who will be willing to handle any emergency travel and support should you need to leave the retreat.

To join the Varsa retreat at Shravasti Temple, you will need to have the most uptodate Covid19 vaccinations available in your country. Your vaccination certification may also be checked as you go through customs in India.

Upon arrival at the Temple, you will be tested for Covid19 using a quick test, and there will be quarantine space available for anyone who tests Covidpositive.  We hope that each attendee is able to bring at least four Covid19 rapid tests with you. Please let us know if you are unable to obtain your own rapid tests.

His Holiness Kyabgön Thinle Lhundrup has found sponsors for all the meals during the stay at the Great Shravasti International Buddhist Temple. 

Attendees are responsible for covering their own travel expenses, including visa fees, insurance costs, air transportation, and New Delhi hotel expenses. 

Buses will be provided from designated hotels in New Delhi to transport attendees to Shravasti. Please note that travel to Shravasti from Delhi can take up to an estimated 15 hours. Please arrange your hotel accommodations so that you arrive a full day before we need to travel to Shravasti.

While we cannot guarantee travel funding, we recognize the costs may be out of the reach of some. The organizers are currently seeking sponsorship funds. If you or your community can help fund travel for those who cannot otherwise afford to attend, please reach out to Ven. Khenmo Drolma.

It is helpful to have an estimate for the amount of sponsorship funds we will need. As soon as possible, please provide an estimate of air travel expenses and the amount you can contribute toward it if you are requesting sponsorship.

Delhi

We will provide information about recommended hotel accommodations and bus schedules as they become available.

Shravasti

There are double-occupancy rooms in the monastery adjacent to the Temple. Two people will be assigned to each room. As many are unused to the climate, air conditioning has been built into the facilities. Healthy vegetarian meals will be cooked by a Taiwanese team according to bhiksuni dietary rules. Pure water will be available. We are unable to accommodate additional special needs diets. 

Schedule Details

05:30 Wake up

06:00 Chanting and meditation practice

07:30 Breakfast

08:00 Light group cleaning of shared spaces

09:00 Teachings

11:00 Teachings or Group discussions

12:00 Lunch and clean up

14:00 Study, rest, or individual practice

16:30 Study time or personal interviews with teachers

17:30 Medicine meal and clean up

19:00 Meditation practice

Note: There will be Uposatha on the Full moon day and new moon days

Conducted in Noble Silence

05:30 Wake up

06:00 Meditation and contemplative yoga

07:30 Breakfast

08:00 Light group cleaning of shared spaces

09:00 Meditation practice or teaching

12:00 Lunch and clean up

14:00 Study, rest, or individual practice

17:30 Medicine meal and clean up

19:00 Meditation practice

Note: There will be Uposatha on the Full moon day and new moon days

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