retrofuturist wrote:Greetings _Daniel_,
Nepal isn't likely to be a popular retreat destination for Theravada Buddhists, as Nepal is not a traditional Theravada country, meaning that the principles underpinning most medtiation retreats there will be Mahayana or Vajrayana.
If people are prepared to travel overseas for an extended retreat, destinations like Burma/Myanmar, Thailand, Sri Lanka or even India are far more likely candidates.
alan wrote:Agreed. Although I did my first retreat in Nepal, it was just because I was a long-term traveller and the occasion presented itself. The situation was far from ideal. We had a Hindu festival to contend with, and anyone who has witnessed these multi-day annoyances will attest to my contention that there is no worse background imaginable for meditation.
Nepal is not a Buddhist country, the facilities are poor, and as far as I know serious teachers don't spend much time there.
I would not recommend Nepal as a destination for those interested in learning meditation.
SamKR wrote:I hope Nepal is not that bad destination for Theravada. There are still good monasteries and teachers.
mikenz66 wrote:Hi Sam,SamKR wrote:I hope Nepal is not that bad destination for Theravada. There are still good monasteries and teachers.
There are good Theravada monasteries and teachers in many countries, including yours and mine. Certainly the centres mentioned in the Nepal section of the Retreats in Asia guide that was posted earlier, such as the Panditarama centre that Ven Appicchato mentions, would be good.
The point that some have made is that there is a much higher density of monasteries, supported by an underlying Buddhist culture, in Thailand, Burma, and Sri Lanka, and if one were to take the trouble to travel to Asia to sample the Theravada tradition then those countries might be a more logical choice.
On the other hand, I'm sure Nepal is an interesting place to visit.
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