One of the most important goals of the Pure Lands Project is to construct a retreat center near Saint-Petersburg. Study and practice routine will be established in accordance with the rules of a classical Tibetan monastery. Pre-construction works have already been launched; the retreat center will start operating by the end of 2018.

The project of the retreat center was created under the personal guidance of Khenpo Geshe Rinchen Tenzin Rinpoche. Within the territory of the center it is planned to construct a lhakang (temple), stupa, library and five retreat houses for both dark and “light” retreats. Main building will have two comfortable rooms for yoga and other practices, dining room and approx. 50 bedrooms.

This retreat center will be one of the few places in Russia where an aspirant will be able to go on a long solitary retreat.

Проект ретритного центра
Проект ретритного центра

In modern times borders between countries are being erased. More and more people enjoy the opportunity to go on a retreat with a famous spiritual teacher. But why in the Vedic texts this era was described as Kali Yuga – the era of spiritual decline? Knowledge is now available to all, but at the same time it is becoming superficial. To grasp the real deep meaning of the Teaching, the presence of a Teacher is necessary. Pure Lands retreat center is intended to be a place where everyone will have the opportunity to practice with the Teacher, ask him questions and receive daily instructions.

Realization is not knowledge about the universe, but the living experience of the nature of the universe. – Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche