40th Anniversary

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We will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the monastery on July 7-8-9, 2017.


40 years ago, Ajahn Chah, the great Thai Master of the Forest Monks Tradition, was in Tournon to set up the Bodhinyanarama Monastery. We pay tribute to him this year, as well as to all the other teachers who have come to teach in Tournon during all these years. Buddhist masters from all over the world will participate in this event to celebrate the Buddha’s teachings and Buddhist traditions.

This page will be updated regularly as more detailed information becomes available.

Program (provisional)

The celebration will take place over 3 days, each day will be devoted to one of the great traditions of Buddhism, with ceremonies and teachings.

Friday, July 7:

10:30 – Opening speech

11:30 – Lunch

2:30 pm – Teachings and speeches of guests monks (Theravada)

6:00 pm – Break / Snack

8:00 pm – Chantings in Theravada traditions (Sri Lanka, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam).

Saturday, July 8

09:00 – Chanting

11:30 – Lunch

2:30 pm – Teachings of Mahayana traditions (Vietnam, China, Korea, Japan).

6:00 pm – Break / Snack

8:00 pm – Chanting from Mahayana traditions

Sunday, July 9:

09:00 – Chanting

10:00 – Teachings of the Tibetan Lama.

11:30 – Lunch

2:00 Closing of the ceremony


Useful information

The monastery will not be able to accommodate the participants, the few places available are reserved for the venerable monks, guests of honor.

We invite people to find accommodations in the vicinity, Tournon and the surrounding area have a variety of accommodation: hotels, campgrounds, bed and breakfasts etc. See http://www.hermitage-tournonais-tourisme.com/en/se-loger/

There are some accomodation available near the temple, please contact + or email tanakrcmarova@orange.fr

There is no need to register to participate to the ceremony, entry is free. Lunch will be organized by the faithful community of the monastery.

The monastery only lives on donations, so all the contributions are welcome to help us prepare this great ceremony. And of course all good wills are also welcome (in kind, participation in the preparation or the conduct of the ceremony, etc.) If you are available to help us, please contact Arnaud at +33 7 82 12 94 49. Thank you!