Rabten Tashi Ling Monastery in Hungary is located 2km from Lake Balaton at Balatonkeresztúr, Hungary.
A meditation and retreat centre of the Gelugpa tradition, the centre was founded in the year 2000 under the guidance of His Eminence Gonsar Rinpoche to cultivate the connection between Hungary and Tibetan Buddhism under special consideration of the merits of Kőrösi Csoma Sandor, a linguist and philologist famed for being one of the first westerners to master the Tibetan language.
The centre is situated on the south shores of Lake Balaton in what was previously a vineyard. The pristine natural environment, the warm hospitality of the Hungarians and the blessings of the great Buddhist masters who have given many precious teachings here give this place a uniquely calming atmosphere.
Lake Balaton is a freshwater lake in the Transdanubian region of Hungary which happens to be the largest lake in Central Europe, and one of the region’s foremost tourist destinations for the Hungarian aristocracy. But in the 1960s and 1970s, it was the Hungarian middle class who began to visit the lake. Before the Berlin Wall came down, it was a favourite meeting place for families and friends separated by the Berlin Wall. After the dismantling of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the collapse of Communism in 1991, the number of lower paid visitors declined.
Balatonkeresztúr is one of the calmest villages on the south shore of Lake Balaton. The hills, lake, public shores and the famous hot springs of Hevis close by makes for an idyllic and calming atmosphere.
Rabten Tashi Ling is open to the public between 15 March and 15 October. A practitioner or any visitor for that matter, can spend a quiet, contemplative time in the prayer hall, learn about Buddhism and meditation, or simply enjoy the facilities in one of the eight vineyard houses. There are also many conveniences such as restaurants in the neighbourhood, where one can partake of excellent Hungarian cuisine at modest prices.
Twice a year, weekend seminars are given in Hungarian and German which offer excellent access to the wisdom of the Buddha’s teachings.
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