Three Isolations Meditation Retreat in Kalapa, Austria 2020

Kalachakra Mantra Jonang



Khentrul Rinpoche kindly has given permission and Ven. Tenpa’i Gyaltsen kindly has agreed to lead a strict 45 day Three Isolations Meditation Retreat for max. 15 senior students of Rinpoche who sincerely wish to achieve shamatha and the three isolations as a ground for entering into the Kalachakra completion stage of the Six Vajra Yogas. This retreat will be a rare opportunity to practice in a similar way to how monks and yogis practice during a traditional 3 year retreat.


All participants must have completed the Kalachakra Ngöndro (or their equivalent) and must have received the Higher Empowerments of Kalachakra with instructions for the Three Isolations from Khentrul Rinpoche. All participants have to be approved by Ven. Tenpa’i Gyaltsen through a video conference interview and if accepted will be expected to strictly adhere to the rules of the retreat, as defined below. Participants who break any of the rules or generate disharmony in the group will be asked to leave the retreat.


Closed Retreat in Silence:

The retreat will be closed and in complete silence. Participants are not allowed to leave the boundaries of the retreat centre, no visitors, no computers, no mobile phones.

Complete silence except for recitations in the gompa and weekly Q/A sessions as well as weekly 15 min personal interviews with Ven. Tenpa’i Gyaltsen to discuss personal experiences and obstacles.


The retreat will start on new moon day Sept. 17th and will finish with an extensive Guru Puja and Kalachakra Tsok on full moon day Oct. 31st.


8 Mahayana Precepts:

Throughout the entire retreat participants will live like monastics and observe the 8 Mahayana Precepts on a daily basis, which means:

no killing / no stealing / no lying / no sex / no intoxicants (all forms of drugs, alcohol and smoking are banned) / no sleeping on high beds / no jewellery or adornments / no eating after noon (we will have only two vegetarian meals — breakfast and lunch)



To apply for this retreat, please send your request for an interview to Ven. Tenpa’i Gyaltsen at All applicants will be given 15 - 20 minutes to discuss their aspiration via video conference at which point they will receive confirmation of their participation. Once approval is given, register on this page by pressing the “Jetzt anmelden" button below.


Wed, September 16th , to Sun, November 1st 2020

8 - 15
Ven. Tenpa'i Gyaltsen
(freiwillige Spende)

Lodging, food and service at Kalapa for 45 days and share of travel costs:

45 days each 45 € = 2025 € bank transfer see below

Additional offerings in person recommended to Ven. Tenpa’i Gyaltsen, the retreat centre and its staff


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Khentrul Rinpoche and Venerable Tenpa’i Gyaltsen

Ven. Tenpa’i Gyaltsen and his root teacher, the Jonang Kalachakra Master Khentrul Rinpoche Jamphel Lodrö, have authored many English books from the basics of meditation up to the advanced yogic practices of the Six Vajra Yogas. Tenpa’i Gyaltsen is currently based at the Tibetan Buddhist Rimé Institute in Belgrave, Australia, and is the president of the Dzokden Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the study and practice of the Kalachakra Tantra.



Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Please arrive between 16:00 and 17:00.

» How to get to Kalachakra Kalapa Center


Arrival by train (S-Bahn 6/61) at Schwanberg:

We recommend the train S6 direction Wies / Eibiswald: departure Graz hauptbahnhof at 15:00
at Schwanberg: 15:50

Timetable information


From Schwanberg train station (stop 41-076-Prag Bad Schwanberg train station) to the retreat center there is the possibility to take a shared taxi (for more information: Regio Mobil) directly to the Kalachakra Kalapa Center with the stop 41-080-Buddhist Center. The taxi must be ordered at least one hour in advance. For journeys on Sundays and public holidays, order by 5 pm the day before!

To order: +43 (0)50 16 17 18

for one passenger: 6,00 €
for two passengers: 10,00 € (total)
with three passengers: 15,00 € (total)
with four passengers: 20,00 € (total)

If there are several orders for the same time of day, a taxi will be sent for the joint trip.


Tentativ timetable on the day of arrival:

17:00 – 18:00 Uhr: Room allocation

18:00 – 19:00 Uhr: Tour through the house,housekeeping matters, retreat guidelines

19:00 – 20:00 Uhr: Dinner

20:00: First unit with Ven. Tenpa’i Gyaltsen


5:00 AM                       8 Mahayana Precepts (once a week, taken for the whole week)

6:00 AM - 7:30 AM     Full recitation of Divine Ladder in Tibetan with Three Isolations*

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM     Breakfast

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM   Condensed recitation with Three Isolations

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Break

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Condensed recitation with Three Isolations

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM   Lunch

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM     Self-Guided Practice / Personal Interviews

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM     Condensed recitation with Three Isolations **

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM     Tea Break / Personal Time and Practice

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM     Recitation of the Guru Puja with extensive dedications***


* Unless indicated, all texts will be recited in English.

** Once a week, the afternoon session will be used as commentary session with Questions and Answers

*** An extensive Kalachakra Tsok Feast will be offered on the nights of the Full Moon


Sunday, 1 November, ca. 15:30

After lunch (about 12:15 - 13:00) we engage in mindful working to leave the center clean and tidy for the next retreat.

Thank you


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