Guru Yoga Retreat
3 – 9 DECEMBER 2019*
*Retreat dates may change in case of Kagyu Monlam date change
The Guru Yoga Retreat on the 14th Shamar Rinpoche in Sharminub, Kathmandu, Nepal, is coming into its third year. This 2019 retreat is dedicated to the Guru Yoga practice of the 14th Shamar Rinpoche Choki Lodro, also known as Shamarpa.
The practice sessions will be guided by Lama Jigme Rinpoche. They all will take place at the Sharminub Institute, which is located just below the holy mountain Nagarjuna, providing an overwhelming view over the Kathmandu Valley.
You can join the retreat at any moment, even only for a part of the period. Ten Directions will be organising the program, flights, accommodation and transfers for practitioner groups and individuals.
We are glad to support and guide you on this beneficial mission.
The Sharminub Institute
The Sharminub Institute is one of the last — and definitely the largest-scaled — projects of Shamar Rinpoche, fulfilling one of his wishes. In addition, the secluded location allows residing monks and visitors to enjoy the peace away from the hectic life of Kathmandu.
According to Buddhist stories, Buddha Shakyamuni came to this place with his students.
Designed in traditional Nepalese style, the Institute of Sharminub (the literal meaning of the word is “To rise, but not to set”) is destined to become a world-class institution with both traditional Tibetan and Western approaches — in order to learn Buddhist philosophies and practices.
It is home to over a hundred young monks and shedra graduates who continue their higher Buddhist studies under the guidance of experienced khenpos.
Another exciting place that visitors are unfortunately not allowed to enter is the Nera Jana Temple, where monks that are over 50 years old are practising in seclusion while keeping all 253 Vinaya vows intact.
Here, close to the stupa with relics of the late 14th Shamar Rinpoche, the annual Guru Yoga Retreat takes place under the guidance of Lama Jigme Rinpoche. He not only is Shamarpa’s brother but also the general secretary of the Karma Kagyu Lineage as well as spiritual director of the Dhagpo Kagyu Ling Centre in France.
According to Jigme Rinpoche, Shamarpa’s Guru Yoga Retreat is being led at Sharminub because of the connection between Shamarpa and Sharminub. Most specifically, Rinpoche’s Kudung stupa at Sharminub holds auspicious significance and blessings of the Shamarpa. All of that makes the Sharminub Institute the perfect place for this practice.
Every year, students from all over the world come to commemorate their teacher and to participate in the Shamar Rinpoche Guru Yoga practice.
The retreat usually lasts for a week and can be easily combined with pilgrimages to holy places spread all over the Kathmandu Valley.
02.12.2019 — Pick up from the KTM airport and transfer to the hotel (STANDARD option only).
03.12.2019 — Sharminub — Guru Yoga retreat by Jigme Rinpoche all day
04.12.2019 — Sharminub — Guru Yoga retreat by Jigme Rinpoche in the morning. STANDARD option only: Visit of Swayambhunath in the afternoon.
05.12.2019 — Sharminub — Guru Yoga retreat by Jigme Rinpoche all day
06.12.2019 — Sharminub — Guru Yoga retreat by Jigme Rinpoche in the morning. STANDARD option only: Visit of Boudhanath in the afternoon.
07.12.2019 — Sharminub — Guru Yoga retreat by Jigme Rinpoche all day
08.12.2019 — Sharminub — Guru Yoga retreat by Jigme Rinpoche in the morning — Amitabha puja with Tsok in the afternoon.
09.12.2019 — Sharminub — Guru Yoga retreat by Jigme Rinpoche in the morning — afternoon free. STANDARD option only: Shopping or free time in Thamel.
10.12.2019 — Visits to Pharping: Guru Rinpoche and Ausura Caves (STANDARD option only).
11.12.2019 — Transfer to the KTM airport (STANDARD option only) — Flight back to destination.
SHARMINUB RETREAT BASIC
- single supplement + €129
✓ Retreat with Jigme Rinpoche
✓ Accommodation of eight nights (2-10 December) in the Swayambhu Guesthouse
✓ Transfers from the Swayambhu Guesthouse to Sharminub and back, 3-9 December
X Visa to Nepal
X Travel insurance
X Transfers from and to the airport
X Lunches in Sharminub (advance registration for lunch is required; payment is to be done on the spot)
We are happy to assist you with reservation of flights, travel insurance, and other organisational aids.
SHARMINUB RETREAT STANDARD
- single supplement + €199
✓ Accommodation of nine nights (2-11 December) in a hotel as per itinerary
✓ Transfers as per itinerary
✓ Lunches and coffee breaks at the Sharminub retreat and during sightseeing programs according to the itinerary
✓ Airport transfers
✓ Entrance to Boudhanath and Swayambhunath
✓ English speaking guide for sightseeing
✓ Travel assistance during the retreat
✓ One bottle of water per person per day
X Visa to Nepal
X Travel insurance
X Tips for guides and drivers
We are happy to assist you with the reservation of flights, travel insurance, and other organisational aids.
The booking deadline has expired.