Vipassana in Ladakh: Mahabodi or Temisgam?

#1 Jun 19th, 2008, 15:17
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Hello IMers,

I'm planning to do the 10-day Vipassana meditation retreat in early July. I'm registered for it in Dharamsala (where I am now), but as I'm going to be in Ladakh at the end of June I'm considering doing the course up there instead.

My question is: There seem to be two Vipassana centers in Ladakh, one in Temisgam and one at a place called the Mahabodi Meditation Center. Has anyone been to either of these locations? What are they like as far as cleanliness and general environment?

Finally, I'm going to be in Rishikesh in the middle of July, so I'm also considering the Vipassana in Dehra Dun. If anyone's been to that one I'd love to hear about it.

Please note that I'm not looking for advice as to whether or not to do Vipassana, as per several other threads on this site. I'm just looking for information about the locations in Ladakh and Dehra Dun.

Thank you!
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Hi Debala,

I spent a total of about three weeks at the Mahabodhi Center and loved every minute of it. It's a nice, large campus with sweeping mountain views, a community of young monks, hygenic food, and good accomodation. Lots of service related projects going on there too. Meditation caves built into the mountainside if you're really feeling ascetic! You can stay as long as you like - visiting is not just limited to retreat times like other Vipassana centers. There's a nice meditation hall that you can use 24 hours a day for yoga or meditation.

The one thing is, when I was there, there were no 10 day courses happening. Just several, short, 3 day courses. You may want to look into this.

Highly recommended. Could you tell me about the center in Temisgam. I haven't heard of it.

-Dave
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Hi Dave,

Thanks for this great info about Mahabodhi! I'm heading up to Leh tonight, so I'll go there in person to check it out and see what they're offering in the way of courses. It sounds like a wonderful and beautiful place. I keep hearing people say how positive an experience Vipassana was for them, so part of me wants to do it to know what that experience is like. But there's no saying I can't spend time at both places.

The Vipassana in Temisgam (95 km outside Leh) is oddly not listed on the main Vipassana website (www.dhamma.org). A fellow traveler told me about it. I called the contact person today and I'm now registered for a course starting in early July; there are two courses every month. The man I spoke with was very friendly and his English was excellent.

Contact info:
Dr. Tashi Thinkis (? -- I'm not sure if I have his surname correct)
Mobile: 09906986655
ladakhvipassana@yahoo.co.in
In Temisgam, 95 km west of Leh

Dr. Thinkis said there's a small office for Vipassana in Leh, and they can provide directions there. But he also said if I email him, he'll reply with directions.

Thanks again,
Debbie
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Hi! I'm not a Vipassana meditator but my girlfriend was the manager of the first ever 10 days Vipassana course in Temisgam,if I'm not mistaken.. The conditions in those times(2004) were still quite primitive,but in the end everybody seemed to be happy because it's a kind of magical place at the end of a small valley and the atmosphere was indeed good. Probably it is much better organised now. For info I think you can contact Ancient Tracks trekking agency and the manager Visuddha,they have a website and the shop is next to the eco shop in Leh straight in the center.
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Vipassana in leh ladakh

Hi David,

First of all let me thank you for sharing your journey of spirituality, your comments made me click from one title to another and dig in more details and i was thrown to a different state of mind.
It feels good to know that someone experienced great art of living even after residing far away (even seas across) this (India) country.
I am an old Vipassana Student from Mumbai,after reading your comments, i wish to experience another 10 days residential course in Mahabodhi Center. I would be grateful if you can please share contact details so i can get in touch to know it better.

Be Happy!
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Need to know about Temisgam

Thanks for this post David - this query is to Debala.

Did you attend the Vipassana camp in Temisgam. How was the experience. There are some camps planned in June and July this year also and I am planning to attend one.

I do have a history of asthama and have heard that Leh can be severe due to altitude - need to know what the reality is and if I can handle it.

Warm Regards
Maun
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Hey Annitya,

I was wondering if you were interested in travelling to a vipassana course/general stay at the Mahabodi center sometime next month. I would be very happy to get some travel company. My other option is dharamkot on the 1st of june, if you see this msg soon please do contact me! I'm a new vipassana student!
my email is sleepymaggie@gmail.com

Anyone else from a city interested in going to temisgram or the mahabodi center from a city please do let me know!

Kanika.
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My other option is dharamkot on the 1st of june
Dharamkot is a place where Israeli tourists are in such numbers that it was dubbed Mini-Israel. If you plan to study vipassana, there are lot of other places in India to do that.
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I was thinking of somewhere up north as Igatpuri (my first choice) is really hot at the moment.

What do you think?
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I think going to some place in the mountains makes sense, the weather is very comfortable there this part of the year. I am not familiar with Vipassana, but I think you can research for locations on the internet.
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Originally Posted by SPACEBUM View Post Dharamkot is a place where Israeli tourists are in such numbers that it was dubbed Mini-Israel. If you plan to study vipassana, there are lot of other places in India to do that.
I think u are mistaking Dharamsala with Dharamkot. I am planning to go to Dharamsals for the class starting 15th June.
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the one from dhamma.org yes? its in dharamkot above dharamshala. has to be the same one. you from delhi maun?
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Yes I am from Delhi.
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Hi

It Appears That I Just Got Here In Time. Ha!
I Am Going To Leh, Ladakh And Temisgam For Vipaashna All For The First Time On 24th JUNE Morning.
Would Appreciate Info On Weather. Also Vipaashna At Temisgam If Anyone Has Done That Already?
Thanks
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Vipassana in Ladakh, Dehra dun, or Dharamsala?

Dear Debala,

I also am wondering the very same things. The center in Dehradun looks amazing, and the city very beautiful. I was also thinking about Dharamsala. I heard that the Vipassana center there is newly built. I have never been to India before and I am still in California, but I do want to do a course in either Dehradun, Dharamsala, or Ladakh. I have done three courses, all at Vipassana centers, and I have enjoyed being in stable locations where there is a meditation hall with pillows and clean bathrooms, etc. I wonder if the Ladakh locations are camping. I have no idea. Can anyone answer this for me? Is anyone planning on going to an early/mid-july course and want to travel together from Delhi?

Thanks, Alison

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