About Meditation in Nepal
Nepal, the land of mystical Himalayas is the perfect place for performing Meditation. Meditation has gained immense popularity in the last decade. There are many meditation centers in and around Kathmandu. The prominent ones are listed below:
- Mahayana Buddhist Himalayan Yogic Institute located in Baluwater conducts regular evening meditations and weekly dharma teachings (donation) and hosts a revolving schedule of day-long workshops and courses in Tibetan Buddhist meditation and related Tibetan arts. The center has a library and a meditation room. HYI is affiliated with Kopan Monastery, north of Boudha, where it offers seven-to ten-day meditation courses during the autumn and spring.
- Nepal Vipassana Centre runs ten-day courses on meditation. A strict regimen is followed here throughout the course. Daily meditation begins at 4.30 am, and silence is kept for the entire ten days. To register or pick up a pamphlet on the course, visit the centre’s Kathmandu office (Sun-Fri 10 am-5.30 pm) in the courtyard of Jyoti Bhawan, in Kantipath. All courses are funded by donations.
- Kathmandu Buddhist Centre holds introductory talks in Buddhism several times a week during the tourist seasons. It also conducts one-day courses in Buddhism and two-day meditation workshops at its premises next door to Hotel Ganesh Himal, about 200m south and then west of Chhetrapati Chowk, overnight retreats at Nagarkot, and five-day residential courses in Patan.
- Asheesh Osho Meditation Centre in Tahachal and its branch in Lazimpat conduct one-hour dynamic meditation sessions every morning; they are open to all and the fee is charged in the form of a donation. The third venue, Osho Tapoban Forest Retreat Centre is located in. roundings north of Nagarjun forest. There are occasional retreats as well as daily meditations and discourses. They have a city office near the Clock Tower in Kamaladi.