The Centre d'Etudes de Chanteloube does not operate on a permanent basis and has no resident staff. Its activities are organized according to the availability of our teachers. These activities may be grouped together as follows :
Organized every year during the holiday periods, these are periods of combined study and practice, covering basic Buddhist teachings, meditation and their application in everyday life.
Buddhism possesses a vast wealth of philosophical and metaphysical teaching, the aim of which is to foster a more effective understanding of the mind and the phenomenal world. Inspired by the shedra or monastic universities of Tibet, the Chanteloube programme provides more advanced courses in the principal Buddhist texts. Over the last years, for example, in depth teachings have been given of Chandrakirti's Madhyamakavatara by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, of Jigme Lingpa's Treasury of Precious Qualities by Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche and Khenchen Pema Sherab, and of Mipham Rinpoche's Sword of Wisdom by Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche.
Every summer, for a period of about ten days, our time and energies are devoted to a Drupchen, an elaborate and intensive ritual meditation.
Since its creation in 1980, an important task of the Centre D'Etudes de Chanteloube has been the organization of traditional three-year retreats. So far, seven such retreats have been organized at different sites, attended by practitioners from all over the world. A three year retreat cycle is in progress at the moment.
For those who wish to discover the Dharma or deepen their understanding of it, short group retreats are organised on two occasions every year. These include simple, guided meditation sessions, together with a basic exposition of Buddhist teachings.
These are groups of people who meet to practice together and regularly invite teachers from Chanteloube. In France, such groups exist in Paris, Bordeaux, Brittany and at various places in the south of France. Other affiliated groups exist in England, Finland, Switzerland, Holland, the USA and Australia.