About Lerab Ling

Lerab Ling is one of the main centres preserving the authentic study and practice of Tibetan of Buddhism in Europe and is under the patronage of His Holiness the Dalai-lama .

Lerab Ling was founded in 1991 by Sogyal Rinpoche together with a first generation of Western Buddhists students. Since then, and up until today, many great masters visit Lerab Ling, giving profound teachings and bestowing their blessings, in particular His Holiness the Dalai-lama in 2000 and 2008.

Located in the lush green environment of the Natural Regional Park of the Haut-Languedoc, Lerab Ling preserves a natural and calm environment that is beneficial for developing inner tranquillity. At the same time Lerab Ling is a place of activity, hosting a large community of monastic and lay members whose main vocation is to support everyone to discover, study, and practice Buddhism. Lerab Ling is  a member of the French Buddhist Union (UBF) and the European Buddhist Union (UBE), and a founding member of the Tibetan Buddhist Federation (FBT). 

Lerab Ling’s Mission

  • Lerab Ling is a place of meditation where the authentic teachings of the Buddha are shared and practised in a setting of great natural beauty.

  • Lerab Ling is open to anyone who wishes to explore how the Buddhist teachings can be of immediate, practical benefit in their lives through a wide range of courses, retreats and other events.
  • For those wishing to explore the profound nature of the Buddhist teachings, Lerab Ling offers a complete path of study and meditation practice according to the most ancient tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

Lerab Ling’s Vision
Founded by the Tibetan Buddhist teacher Sogyal Rinpoche, Lerab Ling is a sanctuary of meditation and enlightened activity, where the Buddha’s teachings and blessings are shared with those who seek a complete path to enlightenment and a refuge from the busyness of everyday life.
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Events and courses
Throughout the year, Lerab Ling offers retreats for one day, a week-end or for longer periods of time. Being in retreat gives the opportunity to explore how meditation and the Buddhist wisdom teachings can help us transform our thoughts and emotions, open our hearts and calm our minds in order to deal with life’s challenges. Check our programme.

One Saturday a month, a team of senior instructors offers a course on meditation and one on compassion. The team also holds workshops on ‘Discovering Buddhism’ at different Sundays and on Open Days. Check our courses.

Institute of Wisdom and compassion - International Conferences and Forums
Lerab Ling is also known as the Institute of Wisdom and Compassion that organizes large public conferences and forums bringing together internationally renowned Buddhists and non-Buddhist specialists in order to discuss how meditation and Buddhists values may contribute to a more human society. Read more...

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Personal Retreats
Throughout the year, with the exception of certain periods, Lerab Ling offers personal retreats where we welcome people of all religions or none. Personal retreatants can choose to concentrate on their own spiritual practice or simply take a break and revitalize themselves in our peaceful environment. Upon request, Lerab Ling offers daily sessions on guided meditation sessions to personal retreatants. Check the dates for the Personal Retreats.

The Lerab Ling Temple
At the heart of Lerab Ling where all events are taking place, is the temple with its unique and authentic art of the Tibetan Buddhist culture. Inside the temple is a majestic 7-meter high statue of Buddha Sakyamuni which contains many precious Buddhist relics.

Throughout its history, Lerab Ling attracts more than 20,000 visitors and pilgrims each year. Look here for more information regarding our many types of visits we offer.

For Buddhist Students
Courses, retreats and teaching events offered in Lerab Ling are attended by students from all parts of the world, each according to their level of experience. All events form part of an in-depth curriculum of study, reflection, practice and retreat, based on the gradual stages of the Buddhist path of awakening.

Although masters from many different Buddhist schools teach in Lerab Ling, it primarily follows the Nyingma lineage and tradition of Dzogchen, or ‘Great Perfection’—the most ancient and direct stream of wisdom within the Buddhist tradition of Tibet. Check our programme.

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Great Masters who Visited Lerab Ling
Apart from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, many other masters representing the various schools of Tibetan Buddhism have visited and taught in Lerab Ling, such as the 41st Sakya Trizin, Penor Rinpoche, Trulshik Rinpoche, Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche, Yangthang Rinpoche, Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok and Tenga Rinpoche, as well as teachers of other Buddhist traditions such as Thich Nhat Hanh, and Arnaud Desjardins.

Other contemporary Buddhists masters who regularly teach in Lerab Ling are: Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche, Mingyur Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, Kenchen Pema Sherab, Khenchen Namdrol and many others.

The Spiritual Community

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Lerab Ling is home to a thriving community of monastic and lay practitioners, who study and practice Buddhism on a daily basis, each at their own level. They also participate in the centre’s activities like welcoming visitors, preparing and holding events, responding to prayer requests and providing spiritual guidance. The community meets together on a regular basis in order to take part in Lerab Ling’s governance and elected chapter which is renewed every three years

Lerab Ling Religious Congregation
In order to formalize the presence of the community and ensure its continuity, Lerab Ling was recognized by the state as a religious congregation. A decree from the Interior Ministry granted legal status on January 29, 2002. The congregation includes ordained members (monks and nuns) as well as lay members who join in the practices and the centre’s activities.

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Vision Statement

Founded by the Tibetan Buddhist teacher Sogyal Rinpoche, Lerab Ling is a sanctuary of meditation and enlightened activity, where the Buddha’s teachings and blessings are shared with those who seek a complete path to enlightenment and a refuge from the busyness of everyday life.

Mission Statement

A Spiritual Community of monastics and lay people who study, contemplate and apply the teachings of the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism1; they seek to understand, experience and realise the innermost essence of the nature of mind, leading to immediate benefit and lasting happiness for themselves and others.

An International Retreat Centre at the heart of the international Rigpa community2 where students can be supported at every stage of their study and practice; a centre of excellence for training teachers and practitioners to bring the practical wisdom and compassion of the Buddha’s teachings to the world; a place of pilgrimage blessed by renowned masters from many Buddhist traditions3.

A public place that is an expression of Tibetan sacred culture, where anyone can make a connection with the wisdom of the Buddha’s teachings through courses, retreats, outreach, conferences and inter-faith gatherings; a place to relax, reflect and find peace.

 

1 The Nyingma ‘ancient’ lineage dates back to the eighth century when Guru Padmasambhava established Buddhism in Tibet. At the heart of the Nyingma tradition are the teachings on the innermost nature of the mind of the Great Perfection, or Dzogpachenpo.
Within the Nyingma lineage, Rigpa practises the Longchen Nyingtik cycle, as well as certain terma treasures of Lerab Lingpa, Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, the Dudjom Tersar and others.

2 Rigpa is a worldwide community of practitioners that was founded by Sogyal Rinpoche to uphold the Buddhist tradition of Tibet. It is an international network of centres and groups offering a complete and authentic path of Buddhist study and practice.

3 Rigpa has always cultivated the unbiased spirit of Rimé, the approach that emphasizes respect for all schools of Tibetan Buddhism, and indeed other spiritual traditions, whilst acknowledging the need for each tradition to embody its own unique style and methods.

To see the programme for Rigpa students please log in with your "Rigpa Admin & Care" email and password. If you are a student from another sangha and you think you qualify to participate to this event, please send an email to registration@rigpa.org