Morning & Evening Prayers at the Shedra
The Shedra is home to approximately 250 monk students ranging in age from 12 – 40 years old. Mainly Buddhist religious studies as well as basic English courses are taught. The monk students are also responsible for the day-to-day housekeeping tasks such as cooking, cleaning and laundry.
The Morning Prayer takes place every morning from 05:15-06:15 (except Sundays). The day starts very early at 05:00, in preparation for the morning prayers; these prayers are referred to as the Tara Ceremony. Prayers are offered in the early morning as the Buddhists consider the body and mind to be most pure at this time of day. After the prayer session, you are invited to accompany one of the monk teachers in their morning rounds. This will offer you the opportunity to converse with the teacher while the monk novices are getting ready for their studies.
The Evening Prayer takes place every evening from 18:30-19:15. After the prayer session the monks have free time before retiring to the rooms. It is possible to combine the 17:30 meditation class with the evening prayer. After the prayer session, you are invited to discuss any topics you wish with the monks.