Named by Lama Ole Nydahl, Karma Palsang Ling – KPL, means “The Place for all good and radiant”, it’s Colombia’s Diamond Way retreat center born as a project that would allow the Colombian sangha to work and meditate together.
Diamond Way retreat centers are places that host events for teachings transmission with our masters and travelling teachers. They’re also the proper places to perform short retreats when anybody has the chance to do a short break on the daily routines and move forward in the personal practice.
KPL belongs to an International network of more than 700 lay centers of the Karma Kagyu lineage, which is one of the main 4 Tibetan buddhism schools, where the highest teachings of the Buddha -the Diamond Way (sansk. Vajrayana) transmission- are practiced. Our centers are under the guidance of the XVII Karmapa and the direction from Lama Ole Nydahl.
According to Lama Ole Nydahl:
“Probably there’s not going to be any successful Buddhism without any kind of retreat, because all it is about trying to move away our attention from all kind of thoughts, experiences and habits that we have in our daily life”. “That’s why to go to a place where theses impressions can be diminished or maybe until more or less they can disappear; it is a really important step to become conscious of our own mind and practice.” “…a short retreat is always good…on the contrary, the huge machine we have in our heads will keep working on. Just for a couple of days or a week, we free our mind of all that is unnecessary. If we experience any kind of inner pressure, we could be able to work about it in the retreat and leave it completely freed from the problem …”
Short retreats no longer than two days or maximum a week where it can be combined meditation and work in the different activities of the place, or if desired, just to meditate and coordinate with anybody on the retreat center for meals preparation.
Remember that KPL is a retreat center, so if you come with company, make sure you come with people who also come to practice. Here we don’t do recreational activities.
If you’re going to sleep in the house, you should bring sheets and blankets with you or a sleeping bag, also a towel and personal care goods.
If you’re coming for camping, bring your tent and the necessary equipment.
Eventually you can have the option to prepare your own meal, for this, please bring all your groceries. This option should be reported when you’re doing the reservation.
From Bogotá is easy to travel to Villa de Leyva taking a non-stop bus, or a bus from Bogotá – Tunja and then Tunja – Villa de Leyva. This journey takes about 3 and a half hours at an estimated cost of 25 US$.
KPL is located in Gachantivá Viejo pathway at 10 kilometers from Villa de Leyva through the Pozo de la Vieja road. To get there, you can take a taxi (pickup truck) at the bus station for 8 US$.
If you come by car, take to road to Gachantivá Viejo across Villa de Leyva’s graveyard, you will find along the road signbards with the Diamond Way Wheel of Fire symbol, guiding the way.
After you take the main road about 10 kms from the graveyard, turn left to Gachantivá Viejo ruins, then you will find a school on your left side, drive always to your right for 800 meters and you will find KPL.
At KPL you will find special offers for short retreats that cost completely different from the regular price we offer when we don’t host courses or events.
|Type of lodging||Regular retreat (per night)|
|Tent lodging||$15.000 – aprox. US 5|
|House logding||$30.000 – aprox. US 10|
Anybody interested to do a short retreat has to do a reservation with a minimum of 5 days previous to the arrival for logistics, and be referenced by the sangha he regularly attends.
The weather in Villa de Leyva changes drastically: hot in daylight around 20° to 22°C, and temperature drops at night around 16° to 18°C. We advise to bring summer clothes for daytime and warm clothes for the cold nights. Also bring with you rubber boots and raincoat for the often rainy days.
KPL retreat center is a self-management scalable project which has been developed thanks to the volunteer help and the surplus and sangha contribution.
As we have activities along the year, it will be always needed to improve the infrastructure of the place and also do the maintenance to preserve the center in the best conditions. All help is welcome!
All Friends interested to give economic donations can make contact any Diamond Way Center in their cities or follow donate here:
Savings account # 67502550135
Name Confesión Religiosa Budismo Camino del Diamante
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