Asura Cave Retreat Center
The Asura Cave monastery and retreat center in Pharping, on the edge of the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, is part of Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling monastery complex. While the monastery in Boudhanath is known as a place for study, Asura Cave is known as a retreat center for meditation. The great Buddhist master Padmasambhava is said to have attained one of many levels of enlightenment through practicing at the Asura Cave, also known as the upper cave of Yangleshö.
The Asura Cave Retreat Center, built by Tulku Urgyen and his wife, Sangyum Dechen, now accommodates about 25 residents. Eight of these are monks from the main monastery who are in three-year retreat. The rest are mainly older practitioners who have dedicated their lives to retreat. Currently, the number of rooms is being increased in order to accommodate up to 30 full-time residents.
Under the guidance of Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, the Asura Cave Retreat Center is a facility for Buddhist contemplation and retreat. In addition to supporting monks from Ka-Nying monastery on their long-term retreats, the center also provides accommodation for visiting practitioners, both lay and monastic, for shorter-term retreats, empowerment and teachings.
Recently, the facilities at Asura Cave have undergone extensive renovation and modernization, but much work is still needed. If you would like to help support and improve the unique retreat environment at Asura cave, click the link below.
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