Tucked away in the Himalayas of Nepal’s Kingdom, amidst the most scenic area, there lies a Buddhist Monastery in the most peaceful location alongside Neydo Tashi Choeling Monastery, just 22km or less than an hour’s drive from the heart of hectic Kathmandu. It is located in the southwest corner of the Kathmandu Valley close to Pharping. It is an ideal place to simply relax and unwind all hustle and tussle of mundane life and an easy get-away for a short break, as you may also indulge in meditation, or even study Buddhism or follow a day in the life of the monastics.
The Neydo Monastery is purposely situated close to the Asura Cave where Padmasambhava or Guru Rinpoche, as he is known affectionately, meditated and achieved the highest realization. “There is energy which really helps our meditation practice,” says Dechen, the daughter of the monastery’s founder, Karma Chagmé Rinpoche. Almost 200 monks live and study here and if you wish you may eat alongside them, participate in their practice, and gain insight into their monastic life.