centre activities - Nalanda Monastery, Labastide St. Georges

Nalanda is a unique Monastery for Western monks in the Tibetan Geluk tradition. It offers an ideal environment to live and combine study and practice in an appropriate lifestyle. Currently, around 25 monks and 20 lay people form the core of the community.

Nalanda is located close to Lavaur, about 40 km from Toulouse in the Tarn district of Southwest France (see map). Located on the river Agout and with its own gardens, the monastery is surrounded by farmer’s fields, enjoying a peaceful and quiet environment. Nearby is our sister centre Institut Vajra Yogini.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche is the Spiritual director of Nalanda and together with his teacher, Lama Yeshe, he founded Nalanda in 1981 as the first Western monastery of the Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition (FPMT). Geshe Lobsang Jamphel is the current abbot.

Additionally, we are extremely fortunate to welcome other distinguished teachers and High Lama’s throughout the year. Ven. Tendar, our director, coordinates the day-to-day running of the monastery.

Primarily, Nalanda aims to be a home for monks to train in philosophy, monastic discipline and retreats. Alongside the monks, lay men can also study and stay at Nalanda whilst women have the opportunity to stay in the local area.

Nalanda extends a warm welcome to all visitors. Visitors are especially welcome every Sunday afternoon between 2 PM and 6 PM, or by appointment outside these times.

At the moment we offer a truly international community with 16 nationalities in residence. We have translation available from Tibetan to English, Tibetan to French and English to Spanish. Tibetan languages classes, a Rains Retreat and support and instruction for those considering ordination are also available.

Study application forms are available from The Basic Program Coordinator at [email protected]
All other enquiries to [email protected]

Schedules for the coming terms and subjects are available on Nalanda’s website : www.nalanda-monastery.eu

We will do our best to find a bed for all male students at the monastery. If not, students will need to arrange accommodation in the village of Labastide St. Georges or the town of Lavaur. We do have a house rented for female students very close to the monastery, but beds are very limited.

some photos


Geshe Jamphel


The new monastery building


The gompa