Retreat in a Monastery 2019 - India

  • Palpung Sherabling Monastery Palpung Sherabling Monastery
  • Baijnath - Bhattu- Palpung Sherabling Monastery Road, Bhattu Samula, Bhattu Uparla, Himachal Pradesh, India
  • Oct 16 - 22, 2019 (7 days)

Event Highlights

  • Hay House Publishers India is delighted to announce its 6th ‘Retreat in a Monastery’ at the breathtaking Palpung Sherabling Monastery in the Western Himalayas near Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh – the seat of one of the most celebrated spiritual leaders of our time, His Holiness the 12th Kenting Tai Situpa.
  • This exclusive Retreat offers you a unique opportunity to shift to a more spiritual way of being through Tibetan Buddhism. His Holiness will personally conduct all teaching sessions. The subject of this year’s retreat is: Buddhism for Busy People.


Use your time at Palpung Sherabling to rejuvenate your senses and refresh your mind and body far away from the hectic pace of city life. Indulge in an enriching experience with Hay House Publishers India throughout this very special Retreat.


Wednesday, 16th October 2019
Arrival at the Monastery
Introduction to the Retreat
Special Film Screening

Thursday, 17th October to Monday, 21st October 2019
Early Morning: Guided yoga/Nature walk, Tara Prayers
Morning & Afternoon: Teachings by His Holiness the 12th Kenting Tai Situpa
Evening: Guided Meditation, Mahakala and Kali Prayers
Late Evening: Film Screening

Tuesday, 22nd October 2019
Departure from the Monastery


We want you to savour every moment of your Retreat.
The programme has been especially designed so that you can absorb and reflect on the day and what you’ve learnt from it. Teachings and question & answer sessions with His Holiness the 12th Kenting Tai Situpa will be held every morning and evening, followed by meditation. Sit back, unwind, and enjoy the rich energy-filled ambience around you.

6:00 – 7:00 am: Guided Yoga/Nature Walk
7:30 – 8:30 am: Tara Prayers
8:30 – 9:30 am: Breakfast
10:30 am onwards: Teaching Session 1
12:30 – 1:30 pm: Lunch
2:30 pm onwards: Teaching Session 2
4:30 – 5:00 pm: Tea
5:00 – 6:00 pm: Meditation
6:00 – 7:00 pm: Mahakala and Kali Prayers
7:00 – 8:00 pm: Dinner
8:15 pm: Film Screening

His Holiness, on request, will meet in private any delegate for a one-to-one session to answer any personal queries.
Please Note: All programmes and timings are subject to change. Photography and mobile phones are strictly prohibited during the teaching and meditation sessions. Special meditation cushions will be provided to all delegates. There is special seating with back-rests only for those who cannot sit on the ground. All sessions will be conducted in English. There are no elevators at the monastery; delegates would have to take the stairs to the 3rd floor to attend the teaching sessions.

Do bring along your yoga mats if you’d like to att end the yoga sessions. For those who cannot do so, a few yoga mats would be made available for sale at the Monastery if you request for the same before arrival.

What's Included

  • 1.
  • Transfers from Pathankot/Chakki Bank/Dharamshala to the Monastery & back
  • 2.
  • Accommodation
  • 3.
  • All meals and refreshments
  • 4.
  • Packaged drinking water
  • 5.
  • Daily teaching sessions with His Holiness
  • 6.
  • Guided yoga and meditation sessions
  • 7.
  • Other workshops, if any
  • 8.
  • Film screenings
  • 9.
  • Internet facility at the café
  • 10.
  • Select Hay House books at only INR 100 each

What's Not Included

Anything not expressly stated.

Please Note: The cost of travel/visa to India/Pathankot/Chakki Bank/Dharamshala/Baijnath, etc. and back is NOT included in the Retreat package. In the event of a cancellation of the retreat, we would not be liable to reimburse any such cost incurred by you.

Venue Highlights

The Palpung Sherabling Monastic Seat is situated high up in the mighty Dhauladhar mountains amid lush pine and oak forests, and is spread over an area of thirty acres. Established in 1975 and built in the traditional Tibetan architectural style, it is the seat of His Holiness the 12th Kenting Tai Situpa in India and is considered one of the major learning and practice centres of Tibetan Buddhism in the world. It has helped to preserve the art, science and cultural tradition of Tibetan Buddhism over centuries. The Tibetan grand masters and monks of today as well as of the future are all groomed and taught at Palpung. Each year, hundreds of scholars and students of Tibetan Buddhism from all across the world visit the Monastery for learning and personal growth.



The rooms at Palpung are simply but elegantly furnished and comfortable. All rooms have an intercom, an attached toilet with running hot and cold water, tissues, soap, toilet paper, towels, a writing table, cupboards and fresh linen. Should you have any special requirement, please do not hesitate to contact us; we will do our best to make sure you are comfortable. Since this is an on-site Retreat, leaving the campus is not encouraged. It is advisable to stay indoors at night.


  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga Studio
  • Ceremony Space

Menu Types

  • Vegetarian



Meal times at Palpung Sherabling are to be relished. The Monastery kitchen uses the freshest local produce and prepares it in extremely hygienic conditions. The food is simple, delicious and vegetarian. The kitchen stresses on clean, green, satisfying meals, and we are certain you will look forward to this part of your day.

Breakfast is served from 8:30 am to 9:30 am and comprises tea, coffee, packaged juices, porridge, cornflakes, hot and cold milk, eggs, toast and fresh fruits.

Lunch is served from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm and is a buffet with curry/dal, seasonal vegetables, yogurt, salad, rice and chapattis.

Delegates can enjoy a hot cup of tea or coffee from 4:30 pm to 5:00 pm everyday.

Dinner is served from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm and is the same menu as lunch with the addition of freshly made soup.

Tea and coffee are available in the dining room 24 hours of the day, so please help yourselves.

Please Note: Alcohol is strictly prohibited at Palpung Sherabling. Smoking is allowed, but only outside the Institute and Monastery premises.



As they say, the journey to a destination is half the fun of the trip. The route from Pathankot/Chakki Bank/Dharamshala to Palpung Sherabling is very scenic with fantastic forest, mountain and river views along the Dhauladhar ranges of the mighty Himalayas, through the typical Himachali towns of Palampur and Baijnath. Hay House representatives will pick you up from your choice of arrival venue (either the Pathankot/Chakki Bank Railway Station, the Baijnath bus-stop or the Gaggal Airport in Dharamshala) and drive you to the Monastery.

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