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“Excellent Intro to Buddhism, but some drawbacks”

Tushita Meditation Centre
Ranked #17 of 57 things to do in Dharamsala
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 8, 2014

I attended the intro to Buddhism course and really enjoyed it.

I came for the meditation, but enjoyed the teachings far more. The particular meditation teacher at the time (Richard) didn't do it for me at all, and the meditations were not Buddhist meditations, just his own style. Other meditation leaders (Jonas, Glen, Joan) were much better and worth doing. Our course teachings from Ven. Joan were great, and she was awesome - catch her in Kopan in future I think!

The whole experience was great, the silence wasn't too daunting, I learnt much and made many friends. The accommodation was fine, the setting great and the food fantastic if a little bland (probably due to westerners complaining every time any spice at all is used!)

Drawbacks? The monkeys make life a real hassle, they are dangerous, so be careful. Also some of the staff were what can only be described as rude and distinctly uncompassionate - in particular the Scotch lady and the German Nun (The only person to walk by without stopping other than to give a fairly haughty glance when two friends of mine had an accident just outside Tushita, luckily other locals were on hand to help) among other things, they really don't seem to display many of the characteristics required of Buddhism when a number of people were attacked by monkeys and required medical attention, and frankly a bit of compassion and sympathy.

Having said that, other members of staff were really nice.

Overall, the course was good, but not life changing. Definitely good value and worth doing if only for an excuse to hang out in Dharamkot for a few weeks!

3  Thank Hudzenko
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Reviewed May 5, 2014

Stayed at Tushita in April for the Introduction to Buddism Course.
First of all the surroundings of Tushita are beautiful, it is so peaceful even though it is not that far from the town.
The facilities at Tushita include drop in meditation, library and movie days.
The accommodation was much better than I expected, yes it is basic but perfectly fine. The food is all vegetarian and really delicious, at one stage I felt I may leave a little heavier than I arrived it was so nice.
Venerable Joan was our teacher and she was fantastic, great personality, a good sense of humour and interesting to listen to.
Richard did the guided meditations and he exudes a great sense of peacefulness which is infectious.
The silence was fabulous I really enjoyed it and it was one of the best things I've ever done.
Make sure you spend some time in the area either before or after a retreat because it is so beautiful and would be a shame to miss.
It is quite cool up there so check weather and go prepared.
All in all a wonderful experience.

1  Thank happyholiday07
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Reviewed April 28, 2014 via mobile

One of the best places to follow Buddhist teachings from excellent teachers. Intro courses as well as intermediate and advanced, drop in meditations, movie days, library. Silence during the courses really allows to get into the teachings, and at the same time a strong bond is formed with other participants and the environment. Great food, too, so important in the retreat :) Can't recommend enough.

2  Thank Happyandtraveller
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Reviewed April 11, 2014 via mobile

I went for 3 meditation sessions....its held from 9 30 am to 10 30 am on weekdays. Its totally worth the effort ....the place is beautiful, silent and the guided meditation is extremely effective. Would advice everyone to visit the center if they are in Mcleodganj.

2  Thank GargiPareek
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Reviewed December 13, 2013

Ask for The teachings are great, AND is very quite AND nice! After all India This place is a paradise!

3  Thank CasaZarela
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