“This retreat center represents the real Mount Kailash, the mandala of Heruka. I believe that in the future many realized beings will arise from this center. How fortunate we are.”

– Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche


The Kailash International Retreat Centre in Wallis, Switzerland is a renowned centre for meditation, where everyone is welcome to enjoy a peaceful environment or join in the programs offered throughout the year. Whether you are looking for a day to visit the Temple, the view up the Matter and Saas valley or in depth courses and retreats, Kailash IRC offers an enjoyable and meaningful experience.“Kailash IRC is an exceptional location for meditation and an ideal place for all of those seeking rest and rejuvenation.”


Handed down in an authentic and unbroken lineage, we teach Buddha’s practical meditation techniques and methods for solving our daily problems. These methods serve to increase our inner peace, happiness and well being. The methods that Buddha taught are as relevant now as they were 2500 years ago. We teach these meditations in a way so that they can be easily combined with our modern busy life.You don’t need to be a Buddhist to enjoy and benefit from these courses.

Upcoming Events at Kailash IRC

Post Fall Festival Retreat

Reflections in

The Mirror of Dharma

11 – 16 October 2019

with Gen Kelsang Devi

Meditation Retreat

The Guru Yoga of

Je Tsongkhapa

a preparatory practice for Mahamudra

31 October – 3 November 2019

with Kadam Hélène Oester

Swiss | Italian | Austrian

Dharma Festival 2019

Advice from Atisha’s Heart

6 – 8 December 2019

with Gen-la Kelsang Jampa

Snow Mountain Retreat 2020

Blissful Union

The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra

4 Jan – 16 Feb 2020

6 week silent retreat

with Gen Kelsang Devi

The Benefits of Meditation


When the turbulence of distracting thoughts subsides and our mind becomes still, a deep happiness and contentment naturally arises from within. This feeling of contentment and well-being helps us to cope with the busyness and difficulties of daily life.


So much of the stress and tension we normally experience comes from our mind. Many of the problems we experience, including ill health, are caused or aggravated by this stress. We can reduce this stress through meditation. Just by doing breathing meditation for ten or fifteen minutes each day, we shall be able to reduce this stress.


Meditation is a scientific method to transform human nature from bad to good. Everybody needs to be good natured with a good heart, because in this way we can solve our own problems as well as those of others, and we can make our human life meaningful.

Kailash IRC is a Buddhist Retreat Centre in Törbel, Wallis. We offer a wide range of meditation retreats and courses with international Buddhist teachers from around the world in an open and friendly atmosphere. Kailash is open for everyone, regardless of belief and is particularly suitable for those seeking peace and relaxation in a meditative place.

It has a beautiful temple, a cozy dining- and lounge room, a terrace with breathtaking mountain views, a shop and a bookstore. Our Events are on Buddhist philosophy, but are practical guides that can be practiced by anyone who wants to make everyday life more balanced and peaceful.

Kailash IRC is a member of the New Kadampa-Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union and was founded in 2008 by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. It is politically completely independent, financed mainly by courses and is operated exclusively by volunteers and helpers.

Outside courses, the Kailash IRC offers accommodation (Bed & Breakfast) or can be used for individual retreats. For more information, please contact us.

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