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!
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