Retreat in Sera Mey 2020

Preliminary Details

2020 Shamatha and Medicine Buddha Retreat in India

with Phakyab Rinpoche

Dates:  January 9 to 24, 2020

Location — Sera Mey (Bylakuppe, Karnataka), India at Phakyab Rinpoche’s Monastery
Itinerary — January 2020
  • Jan. 09 — Arrival to Bangalore

  • Jan. 10 — Rest day and visit Bangalore

  • Jan. 11 — Trip to the monastery at Sera Mey

  • Jan. 12 — Shamatha Retreat

  • Jan. 13 — Shamatha Retreat

  • Jan. 14 — Shamatha Retreat

  • Jan. 15 — Shamatha Retreat

  • Jan. 16 — Rest day

  • Jan. 17 — Medicine Buddha Retreat

  • Jan. 18 — Medicine Buddha Retreat

  • Jan. 19 — Medicine Buddha Retreat

  • Jan. 20 — Medicine Buddha Retreat

  • Jan. 21-— Visit to Padampa Sangye Cave

  • Jan. 22 — Medicine Buddha Puja by the monastery monks

  • Jan. 23 — Trip back to Bangalore

  • Jan. 24 — Departure from Bangalore

Cost — It is 1,500 Euros / 1,800 USD plus donation to support Rinpoche’s work and monastery restorations.  It includes all teachings, pujas, trip to the cave, accommodations and meals at the Sera Mey Guest House, and transportation on Jan. 11 from Bangalore to Sera Mey and on Jan. 23 from Sera Mey to Bangalore.    

Require a 30% deposit due in October and the remaining balance before the retreat starts.


Participant’s responsibilities:
  • Provide by September 15th, all the information required for the Protected Area Permit.  (Submit passport photo, copy of passport and fill out the PAP form).
  • Deposit payment of 30% by October.
  • Arrange all travel transfers to and from Bangalore, India.  (Airfares and transfers are not included with the fee). 
  • Responsible of overnight accommodations in Bangalore. 
  • Responsible of all personal and accidental expenses.
  • Get the required travel visa to India (if required per nationality)
  • Passport must be valid, not expiring within six months from the last day leaving India.
Registration — To register and get more information, email:

If you wish to participate, please decide soon.  By September 15th, we need to receive your information in order to submit the documentation needed to get on time the Protected Area Permit (PAP).  This process takes about three months.


About the Retreat

This retreat is open to everyone.  This is a wonderful opportunity to be with Rinpoche and receive his priceless teachings.  The 2020 retreat program is similar to the 2018 retreat where Rinpoche’s students from Europe, North and South America and Asia came together and shared memorable moments.


The 2020 program will focus on Shamatha and on Medicine Buddha.  There will be practices, empowerment, pujas, visit to the Padmaja Sangye cave, opportunity in the evenings to witness the monks debate at the monastery, and some free time to rest and explore.


The retreat is in Bylakuppe.  Since it is a restricted area, it is required to get a special entry permit called Protected Area Permit (PAP).  It takes about three months to get the permit.  Rinpoche will arrange to get the permit for the group, but we will need your information as soon as possible before September 20th.


Rinpoche’s monastery is in Sera Mey.  The lodging is at the Sera Mey’s Guest House which is walking distance to Rinpoche’s monastery.  The accommodations are simple and pleasant.  The Guest House will prepare the meals for the group.  The meals will be vegetarian Indian and Tibetan cuisines adapted to the Westerners palate.


For registration and more information, email:


Rinpoche in Sera Mey
Sera Mey Guest House