Looking for someone who could guide me to Theravada Buddhist monastery in France or Netherland on July

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    Is this or this what you were looking for, i.e. is that an answer to this question?
    – ChrisW
    Jun 30, 2015 at 7:21
  • I just checked the link. Actually i don't have idea which monastery i should go. I will only two days in france and already have full schedule for city tour. I think I just have time night time. Are you from france @ChrisW ?
    – sherly
    Jul 1, 2015 at 9:11

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I just checked the link. Actually i don't have idea which monastery i should go. I will only two days in france and already have full schedule for city tour. I think I just have time night time. Are you from france @ChrisW

I am in France, but not near Paris. I can read French, if that's any help: if you want me to search for something specific on the internet. Two days with already a full schedule isn't very much time.

This page, Les Centres et les Temples Bouddhistes à Paris (75) says it lists Buddhist centres and temples in Paris. Almost all of them are either Zen or Tibetan.

This one is Theravada (Thai Forest):

18. Association Bouddhique Theravâda "Vivekârâma"
école : Theravâda (tradition des "moines de forêt" de Thaïlande) 

lieu de pratique : 14 rue Philibert Lucot 75013 Paris

siège social : c/o Michel-Henri Dufour 
22 rue de la Grange Aubel 71000 Sancé Tél.

Their web site is at http://vivekarama.fr/activites-3/activites-paris which says they have 3-hour guided sessions every third Sunday, and free sessions once a month on Fridays (it's not a temple, they meet in a room somewhere).

They have a calendar here and they ask you to contact them (by email I suppose) first.

So that's not a monastery.

This search finds no Theravada in Paris.

There's a centre that's near Paris: http://centrebouddhique.fr/ It's near the "Le Bourget" airport. They have a calendar here.

There's a Pagoda in Vincennes which is virtually inside Paris (Vincennes are a wood or park, on the south east edge of Paris): it's not Theravada and not a monastery but is a multi-denominational Buddhist place (without a teacher) that might be within your reach if you have limited time in Paris.

If you're looking for Theravada monasteries, this map says it shows the Theravada monasteries in Europe.

The two which are near Paris have these web sites:

In summary I don't know whether you'll be able to go to a Theravada Buddhist monastery in France.

If you have questions about travel rather than Buddhism there's a Travel.SE site which may be useful.

  • Thanks for your help @ChrisW.i had checked all links you gave me. Hopefully still have free time for me to go one of those monastery .
    – sherly
    Jul 2, 2015 at 3:40

If you go to this website you will see a list of theravada monasteries in The Netherlands.

If you press one of them there is more information such as email, website and also google maps to easier find their location.

  • Very thank you lanka
    – sherly
    Jun 30, 2015 at 17:36
  • Your welcome. Good luck.
    – user2424
    Jun 30, 2015 at 17:59

Since you mentioned elsewhere that you like Thich Nhat Hanh, you may want to visit his monastery, Plum Village, in Bordeauax, France - http://plumvillage.org

It is a beautiful monastery with very mature practitioners both lay and ordained.

Thich Nhat Hanh is Vietnamese Zen, not Theravada but a great practitioner and in my opinion a living Bodhisattva.

Edit: You say you only have 2 days. I don't know where in France you will be, but it is a big country, and getting to Bordeaux from Paris will take a 1-2 hour flight, and a bus or car from there to the monastery - about 100kms.

  • Yes. I agree with you. Thich nhat hanh is a living Bodhisattva. I always feel calm while listening his speech even still i can watch from youtube;) It's quite far to get that monastery I thought. Hopefully I still have free time to get there. Are you from France @Buddho?
    – sherly
    Jul 2, 2015 at 3:46
  • @sherly I used to live nearby, but no longer. If you can manage the time please consider a retreat there, it is life changing.
    – Buddho
    Jul 2, 2015 at 3:56
  • Sure. I also want to do retreat if possible @buddho
    – sherly
    Jul 2, 2015 at 4:34
  • @sherly excellent, may you get the time and opportunity.
    – Buddho
    Jul 2, 2015 at 6:06
  • Yes, If I lived in France or able to get a France visa I would definitely visit Plum Village and maybe become a monk there. That's a wonderful place but they take too much money even from the monk candidates
    – Murathan1
    Mar 2, 2019 at 20:36

Paris International Buddhist Center ( paris vihara ) is one of the oldest and well-established Buddhist Temples in Europe.

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