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It doesn't advertise to go there for Yoga, meditations or Asian treatments, as is the case at other Tenerife centers which have sprung up.
Its stage for the most understated Buddhist temple or shrine is in Tenerife North in absolute breath taking country.
This simulation of a 'Buddhist retreat' is a dream sanctuary come true of a magic composition which would look great in a movie or in theater.
Notice the divine light where the afternoon sun found a spot to reflect itself within volcanic rocks! Certainly, it seems to be a location which is dedicated to the philosophy and teachings of Buddha despite its nearby bar and restaurant services. Also, contrary to many an Asian Buddhist temple, no luxury, glitter, gold and glamor form part of it. The Buddhist retreat is very close to the Tenerife beaches Orotava called Playa Bollullo, Patos and ArcA?n which are the most treacherous seashores to swimmers on the island's North coast. The Buddhist scene forms the background of Sunset beach 290 and is only topped by Mount Teide on the horizon behind it.
Vista Paraiso is a new coastal settlement where some lavish villas of extravagant Hollywood style nest in hills above the sea. There is a large board by the bridge by the TF5 which reads Vista Paraiso and points to the direction to take. Don't turn right on the bottom but drive along a very high natural stone wall and get to a wooden signpost in front of a Canary palm. In fact, the incredible Buddhist retreat setting forms the back stage of relaxed night life at Sunset Beach 290.
Sunset beach 290 is a bar restaurant for fancy drinks which serves food for going out in style like in 1000 and one nights of the Aladdin fairy tale. Reserve one of several Oriental Bali Beds, each of which has a canvas roof on wooden poles. The natural stage of Tenerife Mount Teide and its CaA±adas are said to be a virtual Buddhist temple for many members of Tenerife Buddhism.
Usually, there are Buddhist seminars in winter at the convention Center of Puerto del Cruz at the former Casino Taoro. The European Network of Buddhist Christian Studies (whose existence proves that Buddhism is not a religion) announced the next conference of 2015 to be in St.Ottilien more of which find here. In the atmosphere of quiet, remote seclusion at Kagyu Thekchen Ling, monks aspiring to become Acharyas in higher Buddhist philosophy engage intensively in prayers, studies, and debate. Accepting the offer of a 4-acre site by the local Buddhist community, the Third Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche bestowed the empowerment of Chenrezig to more than 4,000 devotees on the 15th day of the 1st Tibetan month of the Fire Hare year, 1987, and agreed to the communitya€™s request to establish a monastery there to support and preserve the religious tradition and culture of the people.
Today, 2012, among the 130 monks at Kagyu Thekchen Ling, 110 are pursuing the 13-year Acharya programme at its centre for higher Buddhist philosophy, the Rigpe Dorje Institute. The projects described on this website are the only activities officially approved by the Jamgon Kongtrul Labrang.
Luang Por Ajahn Sumedho a bhikkhu for 43 years, is the senior Western representative of the Thai forest tradition of Therevada Buddhism. For more information on Ajahn Sumedho’s remarkable history, visit his Wikipedia page or to listen to a sample of his teachings, visit HERE.
In June of 1996 he established Abhayagiri Monastery in Redwood Valley, California, where he was co-abbot with Ajahn Pasanno until July, 2010. After graduation, he decided to go to India for spiritual pursuit, instead of becoming a doctor. Later, he started to live under the guidance of Ajahn Gavesako, a senior Japanese disciple of Luang Por Chah.
When Ajahn Gavesako set up Wat Sunandavanaram in Kanchanaburi in 1990, he joined in and lived there for 10 years.
Venerable Amaranatho was born in England and brought up in the Jewish faith, but in his late teens had severe doubts about the faith and left all religion behind to work within the computer industry. Nick Scott has taught in several European countries since 2003, after extensive spiritual training over thirty years, including ten years living at Chithurst Buddhist Monastery, long solitary retreats and walking pilgrimages with Buddhist monks. Nick lives near Clarinbridge in Co.Galway and is a plant ecologist by profession, with a doctorate, but now prefers to lead a quiet life of contemplation and Dhamma teaching. Sharon Salzberg has been a student of Buddhism since 1971, and leading meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. EVA BRUHA, from Switzerland, is the manager and resident teacher at Kalyana Centre, in Dingle, Co.Kerry.
Vince Cullen : is an ex-alcoholic who has been associated with the Wat Thamkrabok monastery in Thailand and Buddhist-oriented drug and alcohol recovery since 1998.
Paddy Boyle has been a Theravadan Buddhist for over thirty years and was responsible for bringing this tradition to Belfast in the 1980s.
Donal Quirke qualified as a teacher in the Iyengar tradition of yoga in 2002 and spent five and a half years living with Buddhists deepening his understanding of Dharma practice and meditation. Donal teaches yoga on Wednesday evenings, occasionally leads the Wednesday evening meditation and is also one of the centre’s retreat managers. He spent 5 years practicing within the Vipassana Meditation tradition of S.N Goenka, attending retreats and giving Dhamma service in retreat centres in Europe and India. Padraig is a member of the board of trustees at Sunyata and has been volunteering at Sunyata since 2009.
Mairead Burke first became interested in meditation while living in London in the late 90?s. Michael became a director on the board of trustees at Sunyata in 2009 and was appointed Chairman of the Board in December 2011. Michael is the current manager of the Centre.
Last updated on December 12, 2014 in World Religions 4 CommentsMonasticism is one of the most fundamental institutions of Buddhism.
According to a legend Yumbulagang was the first building in Tibet and the palace of the first Tibetan king, Nyatri Tsenpo. The Erdene Zuu Monastery is probably the most ancient surviving Buddhist monastery in Mongolia.
Key Gompa or Ki Monastery is a thousand year old Tibetan Buddhist monastery located prominently on top of a hill at an altitude of 4,166 meters (13,668 feet) in the Spiti Valley.
Thikse Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Yellow Hat sect noted for its resemblance to the Potala Palace in Lhasa. Majestically standing on an island between the confluence of the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers, Punakha Dzong is one of the most photogenic of all Bhutan’s ancient dzongs. Built atop an extinct volcano plug, the Buddhist monastery of Taung Kalat is one of the most breathtaking sites in Burma. Situated on the edge of a 900 meter (3,000 feet) cliff, the Taktsang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest creates an impressive sight, and is the unofficial symbol of Bhutan.


Perched precariously halfway up a cliff some 75 meters (246 feet) above the ground, the Hanging Monastery is one of the most remarkable sights in China.
I have been to the hanging monastery before; the temple is hanging on the cliff and supported by some poles!
I am from Bhutan and i have been to Taktsang Monastery, which is located in the middle of the cliff.
This resort is about ten minutes by car from Puerto de la Cruz or twenty minutes from Los Realejos. Unfortunately, they are only published online by the names of their Lama teachers or affiliations. By the way, I am in no way affiliated to this organization but the Page I am linking to seems to be. Those in the 3-year retreat centre, Ngedon Chagchen Ling, practice the ancient contemplative tradition of the Shangpa Kagyu lineage. Work started in April 1988 and Kagyu Thekchen Ling opened on June 6th, 1990, the great auspicious day of Cho Khor Du Chen, the day the Buddha first turned the Wheel of Dharma. He has been abbot of Amaravati Buddhist Monastery just north of London since its  consecration in 1984. Luang Por means Venerable Father, an honorific and term of affection in keeping with Thai custom.
After serving four years in the US Navy as a medic, he completed a BA in Far Eastern Studies and a MA in South Asian Studies. Not long afterwards, he went forth as a novice monk in a remote part of the country, Nong Khai, before receiving full ordination in 1967. Ajahn Amaro has written a number of books, including an account of his 830-mile trek from Chithurst to Harnham Vihara called Tudong – the Long Road North, republished in the expanded book Silent Rain. His sincere interest in the meaning of the life began when he was being trained as a medical doctor in Kyoto University. He spent one year there, then moved on to Thailand, where he visited various monasteries, such as Wat Pak Nam, Wat Suan Mokkh, etc. Being impressed by the serene presence of the Sangha, he finally found a place to settle down. In 1989, both of them walked from Tokyo International Airport to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park (around 1,000 kilometers) as pilgrimage. He worked for Maya Gotami Foundation, a charity for the poor youth in Thailand, established by Ajahn Gavesako, as well. He first came into contact with Buddhism in 1986 in Thailand by attending a meditation retreat, offered through Wat Suan Mokkh. He first saw a Buddhist monk on Ilkley Moor in 1980 and his first encounter with the Theravada tradition was at Chithurst monastery in 1985. She became a novice (Anagarika) in ‘93 at Amaravati and took higher ordination as a Buddhist nun (Siladhara) in ‘96. Ahimsako was born near San Francisco, California in 1959,  and spent most of his life living abroad and pursuing a career in classical ballet as a dancer, teacher, and educator. After time spent travelling the world and learning about meditation he took the decision to become a monk and resided and trained at Amaravati Monastery near Hemel Hempstead for eleven years. He has led residential retreats for families, young people, men’s retreats and creativity for adults.
She has spent over 20 years practicing Mindfulness Meditation and spent all together over 3 years in intensive silent retreats in Meditation Centres in Burma, Thailand, Europe and the U.S. A prolific writer and musician, his work includes a second book, A Burning Desire: Dharma God, and the Path of Recovery, as well as the CD, Laughing Buddha. She leads the monthly sangha practice day, leads some of the Wednesday evening meditations and is also joint head of the Sunyata retreat management committee. He has taught yoga at the Dublin Buddhist Centre, Samadhi Yoga Centre, Dublin and has also worked as a volunteer with groups in drug rehab, cancer support centers and centers for adults with special needs. He was immediately struck by the ease at which Ajahn Sumedho communicated the profound teaching of the path to liberation.
Monks and nuns are responsible for preserving and spreading Buddhist teachings, as well as educating and guiding Buddhist followers.
It was built in 1585 by Abtai Sain Khan, at the introduction of Tibetan Buddhism into Mongolia. The temple was built by Chinese emperors who harbored a deep fascination for the Tibetan version of Buddhism. The monastery is located at an altitude of 3,600 meters (11,800 feet) in the Indus valley in India. A dzong is a combination of both a fortress and monastery and one is located in every district in Bhutan.
Consisting of a complex of 40 rooms linked together by mid-air corridors and walkways, this remarkable monastery appears to be glued to the side of a sheer precipice. But it is amazing everywhere inside, with many things in details like carving, figures and so on. It’s incredible to think that people risked their lives, building monasteries in the most precarious places.
All other listed temples here are very amazing and i wish i could visit there in this life only.
A year later, on March 10th, 1991, the first 3-year Shangpa Kagyu retreat commenced under The Very Venerable Bokar Rinpoche who guided the successive retreats until his parinirvana in 2004.
The principal of the Institute, The Venerable Drupon Khenpo Lodro Namgyal, is also personal tutor of philosophy to His Eminence. A bhikkhu for 40 years, Sumedho is considered a seminal figure in the transmission of the Buddha’s teachings to the West.
A fortuitous encounter with a visiting monk led him to Ubon province to practice with Luang Por Chah. Other works published by him include Small Boat, Great Mountain (2003), Rain on the Nile (2009) and The Island – An Anthology of the Buddha’s Teachings on Nibbana (2009) co-written with Ajahn Pasanno. During this period, a friend encouraged him to go on a ten-day meditation retreat with John Coleman at the Oakenholt Buddhist Centre near Oxford. As he also had an interest in learning how to live in the Sangha in the West, he came to England instead and spent the Vassa at Chithurst. After spending two years as an anagarika Ajahn Gandhasilo received the bhikkhu ordination at Chithurst in 1990.
While living in England he traveled to Sri Lanka where his interest in Buddhism prompted him to begin visiting the London Buddhist Vihara and Amaravati Buddhist Monastery. He is trained as a Source Process Breathwork therapist to use the breath for profound healing.
He emphasises the use of the Buddha’s insight teachings to understand how we cause our own suffering and separation from freedom, and the use of the teachings on compassion to undo this. A meditation teacher for almost two decades, he trained at Spirit Rock Meditation Centre, where he currently teaches.


He continues his study of Dharma through the Dharma Mind Buddhist group based in Birmingham UK and the monastics of Amaravati Buddhist Monastery.
After returning to settle in her native Clare in 2005, she began attending Sunyata and since then has developed a keen interest and commitment to meditation practice. Buddhist monasteries emerged from the practice of vassa, the retreat undertaken by Buddhist monks and nuns during the South Asian rainy season. Being the farthest from Lhasa of the three university monasteries, Ganden traditionally had a smaller population with some 6,000 monks in the early 20th century.
The monastery has been attacked many times during its long history by Mongol and other armies and was also ravaged by fire and earthquakes. Over the years, many Tibetan and Mongolian monks lived and taught here, and there are still monks in residence today. It is a 12-storey complex and houses many items of Buddhist art such as stupas, statues and wall paintings. Punakha Dzong, like any other dong, serves several purposes including protection for the region, an administrative seat for the government and as the winter home of the monastic body. According to a legend Guru Rinpoche flew to this location from Tibet on the back of a tigress and Taktsang was consecrated to tame the Tiger demon. In 2001, during His memorable and historic four-days visit to Kagyu Thekchen Ling, His Holiness the Dalai Lama opened the Mani Lhakhang, a community Temple open to lay devotees. He took dependence from Luang Por Chah and remained under his close guidance for ten years. Spiritual searching led him  to Thailand, where he went to Wat Pah Nanachat, a Forest Tradition monastery  established for Western disciples of Thai meditation master Ajahn Chah, who  ordained him as a bhikkhu in 1979. He has witnessed the development of Amaravati monastery and the transformation from the old school buildings into the new Temple that exists today. As a layman his path of practice and enquiry led him to work in hospitals for nearly twenty years specialising in neurological rehabilitation and learning disabilities as a Clinical Psychologist, Physiotherapist and T’ai chi teacher. Currently she is helping with the organisation of the kitchen and taking care of visiting nuns.
He began his monastic life in 2002 at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in California, and received the upasampada (bhikkhu ordination) in 2004 with Luang Por Pasanno as preceptor. She has edited Voices of Insight, an anthology of writings by vipassana teachers in the West, also published by Shambhala. Sharon Salzberg is cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts. Most classes, workshops and retreats are suitable for people with or without meditation experience. These monasteries gradually developed into centers of learning where philosophical principles were developed and debated. Sadly, it was heavily damaged and reduced to a single storey during the Cultural revolution but was reconstructed in 1983. In 1959 the monastery was completely destroyed by the Red Guards and the mummified body of Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Monastery, was burned.
The successive trails of destruction and restorations have resulted in a box-like construction, and the monastery looks like a fort, where temples are built on top of one another. The temple contains a 26 meter (85 foot) tall statue of Maitreya Buddha carved from a single piece of white sandalwood. One of the main points of interest is the Maitreya Temple which is installed to commemorate the visit of the 14th Dalai Lama to the Thikse monastery in 1970. It is joined to the mainland by an arched wooden bridge, and contains many precious relics from the days when successive kings reigned the kingdom from this valley.
He returned to England and joined Ajahn  Sumedho at the newly established Chithurst Monastery.
At the invitation of Luang Por Sumedho, Ajahn Amaro was appointed to assume the duties of abbot of Amaravati. Hearing about the visit Ajahn Chah and Ajahn Sumedho made to Oakenholt in 1977, he went to meet them at the Hampstead Vihara. Since then he has lived at various monasteries in the West, including Dhammapala Monastery in Switzerland for six years. Over the years Ajahn Gandhasilo has spent virtually all of his monastic life England and has had the good fortune to experience life in all four of the UK monasteries in our tradition. Mairead has been a member of the Sunyata board of trustees since 2011 and is also the board secretary.
The number 108, being a sacred number in Buddhism, was probably envisioned, but never achieved.
One can see the ancient city of Bagan and the massive solitary conical peak of Mount Popa, the volcano that actually caused the creation of the volcanic plug. In 1998 a tragic fire destroyed most of the original buildings, but these have since been painstakingly restored to their former glory.
He resided for many years at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, making trips to California every year during the 1990s. He took full ordination at Chithurst Monastery in 1995 and has since travelled to Italy, Thailand and Australia.
The ancient Buddhist practices of vipassana (mindfulness) and metta (lovingkindness) are the foundations of her work. In 1978, however, he asked to join the community as an anagA?rika; he left for Thailand just after the community moved out of London to Chithurst in June 1979. However, after the fall of communism in Mongolia in 1990, the monastery was turned over to the lamas and Erdene Zuu again became a place of worship.
In October that year he became a samanera, and he received upasampada (became a bhikkhu) from Ajahn Chah in June the following year.
Venerable Vajiro returned to England in 1984, and assisted with the establishment of Amaravati Buddhist Centre.
She has been practising meditation since ‘84 and has experience of living in spiritual communities in Europe and Thailand ( Wat Suan Mokkh).
From 1985 to 1986 he resided at Harnham Buddhist Monastery and from 1986 to 1993 he lived at Cittaviveka. He spent the following three years living quietly in the hermitage Sanghaloka near Melbourne, Australia.



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