- Sushant Lama
Nepal has been positioned in a prime place in the world tourism map due to its immense natural beauty. In recent times a new form of tourism, known as spiritual tourism is attracting the tourists. It is gaining popularity due to the presence of both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage sites where various meditation centers offer courses on meditation.
According to last year’s airport arrival figures, 17% of tourists visiting Nepal were here at meditation centers for spiritual tourism. It shows that meditation center is gradually taking the forms of spiritual tourism in Nepal.
Mediation is the practice of using the various technique to attain awareness calm and stable mind and healthy body. Some people take meditation as part of religious or spiritual practice and some meditate for medical purposes at meditation centers.
But most importantly people visit meditation centers to meditate to feel happy and get relaxed from the mental stress. Meditation has been found to boost the immune system, reduce blood pressure and anxiety.
It also helps patients with insomnia and improves the quality of life of patients with heart disease and cancer. Wellness travel which includes yoga and meditation has become a modern-day necessity.
As technology advances our pace of life is continuing to speed up and in response, our need to slow down internally is, even more, increasing for day to day activities.
For a healthy body, healthy meditation is required and healthy meditation can be obtained if the meditation center is good. So here is the elaboration of the top five meditation centers in Kathmandu.
Dhamma Shringa Vipassana
Dhamma Shringa an international Vipassana is located on the hill of Budhanilkantha overlooking the beautiful view of Kathmandu valley. It is one of the best places for people who love peace and meditation. It is world-famous for meditation and attracts people from all around the world.
It has a world-class meditation center with all meditation facilities in a natural environment of Budhanilkantha. Vipassana which also means to see things as they are is one of the most ancient techniques of meditation is the main motto of Dhamma Shringa.
The technique of Vipassana meditation is a ten-day course managed by the meditation center and there are no charges for the course, food or accommodation which makes it available to all people interested. Dhamma Shringa is solely based on Donation.
Osho Tapoban is an international commune and forest retreat center. It is located in mesmerizing the Nagarjuna forest. Along with the meditation, it offers various courses on yoga, physiotherapy and alternate healing designed by Osho.
Tourists from all around the world visit Osho Tapoban every year for self-exploration, meditation, and relaxation. Meditation is usually performed in Rajnesh Dhyan mandir which is located at the heart of Tapoban and can accommodate up to 200 people for meditation.
There is a very beautiful sculpture garden consisting of many beautiful statues like Buddha, Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesh, etc. It has a variety of flowers, native trees, and wildlife which enhances the natural beauty along with the meditative atmosphere.
Arts of Living Center
Arts of Living Foundation is a non-Profit Organization dedicated to creating a stress-free, violence-free society. It was founded in 1981 by spiritual leader and humanitarian Sri Ravi Shankar and has been operating in 154 countries.
In Nepal, it has various branches but Arts of living Centre located in Shankhamul, Yoga Park is one of the best places for meditation. It offers numerous highly effective educational and self-Development program which helps to eliminate stress and provides inner peace, happiness, and well-being.
They offer a Sahaj Samadhi meditation course which involves no effort yet has a profound effect on life. It helps to train your conscious mind to experience the silent depth of your nature. It brings various qualities of increased energy, clarity, joy and deep inner peace into our daily experience.
Kopan Monastery is the most famous monastery in Nepal. It is a Buddhist monastery located on the Kopan hill near Budhanilkantha and is widely popular in the field of meditation in Nepal as well as foreign countries. Kopan Monastery is rich in Spiritual beauty as well as natural beauty. Various Flora and Fauna make the meditation center’s environment more tempting and fruitful.
The meditation center offers various courses under highly qualified leaders. Their meditation and mind training course helps people deal with their problems and difficulties along with developing inner strengths and qualities. It focuses on how Buddhist mind training and meditation techniques can be used in real life. It is a 7 days course taught by Ven.
Brahmakumaris Rajyoga Sewa Kendra is a special organization working in the field of the soul-spiritual domain in Nepal for more than 50 years. It is located at Vishwa Shanti Bhawan, Jyatha, Thamel, and Kathmandu. This place has a unique place in the field of meditation.
The Rajyoga meditation center offers courses on a practical understanding of the relationship between spirit and matters as well as an understanding of the interplay between souls, God, and the material world.
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