General Terms & Conditions
Association for the Promotion of Buddhist Values
Phone: +43 (0) 699-12 15 12 91
For each course/seminar a written registration is required, preferably via the registration form on our website www.shedrupling.at. You can also write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, register in person at the center She Drup Ling Graz during the office hours or before/after an event or a course.
With the registration you accept our Terms & Conditions.
The registration deadline is indicated in the description of the course/seminar. Registration is valid only after transfer of the respective donation into the following account:
- Account holder "Association for the Promotion of Buddhist Values, 8020 Graz"
- BIC: EASYATW1
- IBAN: AT89 1420 0200 1097 9901
Please indicate your name, address and the course title on the remittance, as well as "free of charge for the recipient".
Conditions of Participation
Unless stated otherwise all courses and events are open to everyone and do not require Buddhist religious denomination. However, participation in an event at She Drup Ling Graz or Kalachakra Kalapa Center requires membership of the Association for the Promotion of Buddhist Values. Persons who are not yet Regular, Supporting or Honorary Members automatically acquire Associate Membership with the binding registration for an event or with the start of an event if no registration is required. This Associate Membership is limited to the duration of the participant's stay at the venue.
Pricing and financing
The maintenance of our centers is financed by membership fees and voluntary contributions to our courses. For all renovations and improvements of the infrastructure of the centers we rely on further donations. Please consider supporting us.
We reserve the right to cancel an event due to low enrolment or other important circumstances which would make the event non-viable (e.g. illness of the teacher). Paid contributions will be refunded. The Association for the Promotion of Buddhist Values accepts no responsibility for travel arrangements or any other actual or perceived loss due to cancellation of an event.
In our two centers we focus on the five ethical principles of Buddhism (based on the interpretation of the 5 Shilas by Thich Nhat Hanh):
- Support life – no killing
- Practice generosity – no stealing
- Responsible use of sexuality – sexual abstinence during the stay at the center
- Mindful listening and sympathetic, truthful speech for the benefit of all – no lying
- Mindful use of food – no drugs, no alcohol
If any provision of these terms and conditions is or becomes invalid, unenforceable or non-binding, you shall remain bound by all other provisions hereof. In such event, such invalid provision shall nonetheless be enforced to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, and you will at least agree to accept a similar effect as the invalid, unenforceable or non-binding provision, given the contents and purpose of these terms and conditions.
Liability of the Association for the Promotion of Buddhist Values for damage to persons or property is restricted to intent and gross negligence. The Association is not responsible for the consequences of incorrectly performed exercises. Liability for lost clothes, valuables or money is equally excluded.
Using the services of the Association is at one's own risk. Consequently, the Association cannot be made liable for accidents or bodily injury resulting thereof. At registration each participant declares bindingly that he/she has effected a personal accident and liability insurance. The Association for the Promotion of Buddhist Values does not accept any liability against participants or third parties. The teachers and guides of the Association for the Promotion of Buddhist Values perform their activities professionally and with due care according to principles of sound performance and strive to provide full and correct information in the context with their services.
All customers take full responsibility for themselves and their actions within and outside the services of the Association and answer for any damage as a result of their actions. Parents are responsible for their children in case of damage.
The participants declare that there are no medical conditions opposing the performance of physical exercises. Chronic diseases, diseases of the musculoskeletal system or other physical or mental ailments that might influence the participant in his/her practice have to be disclosed to the teacher before the start of the lesson or the start of the retreat. Similarly, the teacher has to be notified when a participant becomes pregnant.
- This agreement shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, Austrian law.
- Any dispute arising out of these general terms and conditions and our services shall exclusively be submitted to the competent courts in Graz, Austria.
- Errors and omissions excepted.
- All prices are in Euro; subject to change.
- Descriptions of courses and events without engagement.
This English version is a courtesy and office translation only and you cannot derive any rights from the translated version. In the event of a dispute about the contents or interpretation of these terms and conditions or inconsistency or discrepancy between the English and the German version, the German language version to the extent permitted by law shall apply, prevail and be conclusive.
Special Terms for Retreats at Kalachakra Kalapa Center
Cancellations will be accepted in written format only, via letter or e-mail to She Drup Ling Buddhist Center, and are possible until 3 weeks before the start of the retreat. In the case of cancellation later than 21 days before the start of the retreat registrants are entitled to a refund of 50%. You can, however, transfer your registration to another person or request a voucher to the amount of 80% of your payment. Refunds will not be available for registrants who choose to leave the retreat early.
In addition to the five ethical principles of Buddhism described above all participants during retreats at Kalachakra Kalapa Center respect three boundaries:
- The physical boundary: We remain in the close vicinity of the Center.
- The verbal boundary: At certain times we observe Noble Silence. This supports our awareness for inner and outer processes.
- The mental boundary: We remain mindfully in the Here and Now.
- We do not bring computers, radios, CD-players etc. to the Center.
- We ask you to hand over your mobile phone to the retreat organiser for the duration of the retreat. This will help all participants to reduce distractions. It's like chocolate....
If chocolate is at home, it will be eaten. When there is no chocolate at home, there is no way to eat it. You can ask any time to get your mobile phone back, but based on our long-standing experience with retreats we strongly recommend to hand over the phone. The contact phone number / email address for relatives in case of emergency is: +43 (0) 680-502 01 92 / email@example.com
- During periods of Noble Silence you can always ask questions in writing to the retreat organizer or the teacher. For support in case of personal difficulties the teacher and retreat organiser are available day and night.
- To stay well focussed on yourself during the retreat, you should not sit next to your partner and friends.
- The behaviour in the meditation room will be discussed on site.
- The behaviour at the Retreat Center: We support each other by a calm, friendly, respectful and careful attitude towards ourselves, other people and the objects.
In case of serious mental problems or defiance of the retreat discipline we reserve the right to suspend a participant from the retreat.
Updated: May 2018