Lerab Ling is a Tibetan Buddhist Retreat Centre located in the south of France. It was founded in 1991 by Sogyal Rinpoche, world-renowned Tibetan Buddhist teacher and author of the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. Lerab Ling has established itself as one of the leading centres of Tibetan Buddhist culture and learning in Europe offering those who follow Buddhist teachings a complete path of study and practice and provide a series of outreach programmes, translating the core values of the ancient wisdom tradition of Tibet into different fields of contemporary life.
Since opening in 1992, Lerab Ling has been blessed by visits from numerous great masters of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, most notably by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on two occasions, in 2000 and 2008. The temple at the heart of Lerab Ling was built to preserve the unique spiritual traditions, culture, and art of Tibetan Buddhism, which unfortunately are at risk of disappearing in their native land.
In 2002, the French Ministry of Interior Affairs decreed Lerab Ling a ‘religious congregation’, confirming its status as an authentic spiritual organisation.