The Temple of a Thousand Buddhas - Dashang Kagyu Ling

Visit of the Temple of the Thousand Buddhas, one of the main Buddhist meditation and study centers in France, located on the estate of the Château de Plaige in the commune of La Boulaye in Saône-et-Loire.

Dashang Kagyu Ling is a Buddhist study and meditation centre founded in 1974. The Temple of 1000 Buddhas, inaugurated in 1987, stands in the middle of the site. The site is located in the extreme south of the Morvan and about ten kilometres from Toulon-sur-Arroux in Saône et Loire. The car is to be preferred for access to the site. The nearest train station is the Etang station at 15km (Dijon-Nevers line). Le Creusot TGV station is 40 kms away. The center welcomes people wishing to learn about Buddhist culture for short stays or stays of several months. The stays allow to withdraw from the world for a while to study, reflect or meditate. Accommodation is provided on site (wooden chalets or permanent buildings). Visits for tourist purposes are free. You can visit the park, the different buildings and the temple. On the spot you can find all the information to get in touch with the Buddhist culture. The website of the centre recommends that you respect the serenity of the place during your visit.

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Duration: 2 h.

Start of the visit

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Start of the visit
The parking is near the temple. The site is entirely non-smoking (inside and outside).

Overview

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Overview
The profusion of colours used for the temple and the other buildings should be noted. The Bhutanese style temple has three levels and is about 20 meters high.

Site entrance

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Site entrance
Surrounded by the park and close to the castle, the temple is preceded by a square bordered by a fountain, two small temples, prayer poles and thirty-five small stupas.

Entrance to the temple

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Entrance to the temple
The temple can be visited in groups (by appointment) or individually. Visits are made in July and August from 10am to 12pm and from 2:30pm to 6:30pm the rest of the year. The price is 4 to 5€ depending on the season (reduced rate possible).

Inside the temple

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Inside the temple
At the back of the temple stand three monumental statues representing: in the center the Buddha Sakyamuni, on the right, Tara and on the left Guru Rinpoche.

Interior view of the temple

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Interior view of the temple
The walls are covered with colorful frescoes.

Interior view of the temple

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Interior view of the temple
Detail on the interior decoration.

Detail of a statue

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Detail of a statue
Close-up on one of the statues of the site.

View of the stupas

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View of the stupas
Stupas are characteristic of Buddhist culture. According to the times they had various functions (reliquary, reception of the objects of worship...)

Castle of Plaige

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Castle of Plaige
In the background, you can see the castle and the facilities of the retreat center. The centre also rents its facilities to outside contributors, so you can learn a variety of disciplines such as yoga, feng shui...

Grand Stupa

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Grand Stupa
The great stupa contains relics and sacred texts. Every year in August, sacred dances are performed there.
Departure point (Google Maps)

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