Spiritual Centres and Community-Based Organizations

 

Dharamsala and the adjoining area is also home to world’s eminent spiritual centres and community based organizations. Some of these are listed below.

Osho Nisarga Commune (Osho Meditation Center): The centre, nestled amidst a lush green natural environment near Dharamsala, offers meditation retreats, therapy groups, rejuvenation cures, and training sessions.

Vipassana Meditation Centre: The centre located adjacent to Dharamkot village, above McLeod Ganj, offers Vipassana meditation courses. Vipassanā in the Buddhist tradition means insight into the true nature of reality. Vipassanā-meditation has gained popularity in the west through the modern Buddhist vipassana movement. The Vipassanā movement, also called the Insight Meditation Movement, refers to a number of branches of modern Theravāda Buddhism, especially the Thai Forest Tradition and the "New Burmese Method", which stress insight into the three marks of existence (impermanence, suffering; non-self).

Tushita Meditation Centre: Located in the village of Dharamkot near McLeod Ganj, this is a centre for the study and practice of Buddhism from the Tibetan Mahayana tradition.

Chinmaya Mission (Chinmaya Tapovanam Ashram at Siddhabari): Chinmaya Mission is a Hindu spiritual organisation engaged in the dissemination of Vedanta, the science of the Self as expounded in the Vedas, particularly the Upanishads, and other important Hindu scriptures including the Bhagavad Gita. Chinmaya Mission was established in India in 1953 by devotees of the world-renowned Vedanta teacher, Swami Chinmayananda. The mission’s developmental organization, Chinmaya Organization for Rural Development (CORD), in Siddhabari, runs a comprehensive integrated rural development program in Kangra district with a special focus on working with village women.

Jagori Grameen (Jagori Rural Charitable Trust): Jagori Rural Charitable Trust (JRCT) is a rural nonprofit organization located in Rakkar, Dharamsala, committed to the cause of building a just and equitable society. Their goal is to address all forms of discrimination based on gender, class, caste, religion, disability and all other forms of social exclusion, and seek to protect the individual and collective dignity of the most marginalized. They run the women's Training and Research Academy (TARA), first feminist and ecofriendly retreat and training centre in India.