Meditation Centers

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 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.