Friday, January 15, 2010

Meditating in Spain...literally

If you want to combine a trip to Spain (or are already in Spain) with a meditation retreat, you can go to a very special place in the province of Granada in the Andalucian region of southern Spain. Here you will find O.Sel.Ling.

O.Sel.Ling, meaning place of the clear light, is a Buddhist monastery in Bubión, in the Alpujarra mountains. The O.Sel.Ling monastery was founded  twenty-five years ago in honor of a local child who was considered the reincarnation of Lama Yeshe. You can visit the monastery if you are in the area or attend one of their educational programs. If you want to go for a private retreat, you can stay in one of their mountain huts - the minimum stay is one week and costs 34 euros/night. You can get their by car or bus, or hike. It is a 3 ½ hour walk/hike from Orgiva – 16km (10 miles). See the website for specific directions. O.Sel.Ling monastery, Apdo. 99, 18400 Órgiva, (Granada); Tel: 958 34 31 34; Email:; Web: Visiting hours are every day from 3:30 to 6:00 pm. Office hours are 9:00 am to 1:00 pm/3:00 to 6:00pm.

If you can't get to Orgiva but still want to include meditation in your Spain travels you can explore the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, a worldwide network of centers established by Buddhist Lama Thubten Yeshe to preserve and make available Tibetan Buddhist teachings of compassion and wisdom. You can find all the centers in Spain at their web site.


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