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’s Mission
The centres’ activity has two clear purposes:
- To offer those who follow the Buddhists teachings a complete path of study and practice in an environment that brings about a complete experience.
- To offer programmes to the larger public that translates the key values of the Buddhist wisdom into the many different aspects of contemporary life.
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.
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. See our last conferences here.
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.
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
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.