The Lerab Ling site is gradually opening its doors

Coronavirus Prevention - Updated 4 June 2020

Lerab Ling is gradually opening its site and temple to all those who wish to come visit and enjoy the beautiful weather.

For the time being, we are only open for the Sunday afternoons visits - this will allow us to welcome you in accordance with the health regulations currently in effect, and to ensure your health and well-being as well as that of our teams.

Many measures have been taken to ensure the wellbeing and good health of those who enjoy coming to Lerab Ling, and the Lerab Ling community, and to avoid playing any role in the spread of the virus.

IMPORTANT - Outside of the Sunday afternoon visits, the temple is not open to visitors. However, we will be happy to welcome you from Monday to Saturday, from 1 pm to 5 pm at the Welcome Centre located at the end of the parking lot. You will be able to visit our gardens and the external areas around the temple (free admission).

Lerab Ling will continue to monitor the situation closely and will gradually open its doors in accordance with the recommendations issued by the local and regional authorities. Updates on the development of the situation will be communicated by e-mail, on Lerab Ling's website and on Facebook.

The Lerab Ling community and staff continue to adhere to measures to prevent the spread of viruses in general (careful hand washing, respiratory hygiene, greeting without shaking hands or kissing, teleworking and online meetings, etc.).

Every day the Lerab Ling spiritual community is praying for all those affected by COVID-19. May the epidemic quickly be alleviated all over the world.


The Lerab Ling site stay closed despite the start of the deconfinement

Coronavirus Prevention - Updated 14 May 2020

Despite the start of the deconfinement, and following state recommendations, the Lerab Ling site and temple are still closed to the public until further notice.

These measures are taken to ensure the wellbeing and good health of those who enjoy coming to Lerab Ling, and the Lerab Ling community, and to avoid playing any role in the spread of the virus.

Lerab Ling will continue to monitor the situation closely. We will reopen our doors when it is safe to do so. Updates on the situation will be communicated by email, on Lerab Ling's website and on Facebook.

The resident community and staff of Lerab Ling continue to adhere to measures to prevent spreading viruses in general (careful handwashing, respiratory hygiene, greeting without shaking hands or kissing, work from home and and do meetings online and so on).

Every day the Lerab Ling spiritual community is praying for all those affected by COVID-19. May the epidemic quickly be alleviated all over the world.


The Lerab Ling site and Temple are closed until further notice

Coronavirus Prevention - Updated 15 March 2020

Following the public address by the French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Saturday 14 March, the Lerab Ling teams have decided to close the Lerab Ling site and Temple until further notice to everyone, except:
- those who live in Lerab Ling, and
- those whose work at Lerab Ling is essential to the day-to-day running of the site and the community, and who cannot do their work from home.

These measures are taken to ensure the wellbeing and good health of those who enjoy coming to Lerab Ling, and the Lerab Ling community, and to avoid playing any role in the spread of the virus.

Lerab Ling will continue to monitor the situation closely. We will reopen our doors when it is safe to do so. Updates on the situation will be communicated by email, on Lerab Ling's website and on Facebook.

The resident community and staff of Lerab Ling continue to adhere to measures to prevent spreading viruses in general (careful handwashing, respiratory hygiene, greeting without shaking hands or kissing, work from home and and do meetings online and so on).

Every day the Lerab Ling spiritual community is praying for all those affected by COVID-19. May the epidemic quickly be alleviated all over the world.


Coronavirus Prevention: How the Lerab Ling Congregation is responding

Updated on 7 March 2020

In light of the present situation concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, it is with a heavy heart that we have decided to cancel or suspend until further notice the following activities:
- The Datun Retreat that was to be held in Lerab Ling from 14 March to 12 April 2020, and until further notice,
- Personal Retreats, and
- Regular courses

People who have registered for the Datun have already received an email concerning the cancellation of the retreat - If it is not the case please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lerab Ling has been closely monitoring the situation surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Europe and has been implementing the recommendations of the international health organisations, and the French national health recommendations.

Cancelling these events was a difficult decision. However, after a lot of consideration, we concluded that it is our responsibility to care for the wellbeing and good health of event participants as well as the Lerab Ling community, and to avoid playing any part in the spread of the virus.

We are aware of the inconvenience that these changes may create, and are sorry for the trouble this may cause the people who registered for these events. Lerab Ling will contact the participants registered for the activities listed above.

Lerab Ling will continue to closely monitor the situation. We will recommence our programme only when it is safe to do so. Any updates concerning our events will be communicated on the Lerab Ling website, Facebook and directly to the people registered for the events.
The resident community and staff of Lerab Ling continue to adhere to measures to prevent spreading viruses in general (careful handwashing, respiratory hygiene, greeting without shaking hands or kissing and so on).

Every day the Lerab Ling spiritual community is praying for all those affected by COVID-19. May the epidemic quickly be alleviated all over the world.


Updated on 4 March 2020

We are all aware and concerned about the situation around the world with the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Lerab Ling is monitoring the situation carefully and following the recommendations of the international health organisations (in particular the World Health Organisation and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control) as well as the French national health recommendations.

Lerab Ling has been in direct phone contact with the French regional public health agency who confirmed that the actions Lerab Ling is currently taking are in accord with their recommendations and adapted to the present situation. Lerab Ling is ready to upgrade its measures as needed as the situation develops (such as if France moves to a level 3 alert.)

At present, Lerab Ling’s programme is continuing and no events have been cancelled. However, those who are unwell or those who in the last 14 days have travelled to countries where COVID-19 is spreading will not be allowed to visit Lerab Ling or join our events.

Before each of our upcoming events, Lerab Ling is contacting those who have registered requesting anyone who feels unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, or who has travelled within the last 14 days to China, Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, South Korea, Italy (specifically Lombardy, Venice and Emilia-Romagna), Iran or to any other country where the virus is spreading (even if they don't have any symptoms) to stay home and not visit or join events in Lerab Ling. Anyone having to cancel their event because of Coronavirus can request a full refund for any financial contributions they made to participate in an event in Lerab Ling.

In addition, amongst the resident community, staff and visitors to Lerab Ling, basic measures to prevent spreading viruses in general (careful handwashing, respiratory hygiene, greeting without shaking hands or kissing and so on) are being strongly reinforced.

Lerab Ling will continue to closely monitor the situation. Any changes on how to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, as well as any changes concerning our events will be communicated on the Lerab Ling website, Facebook and directly to the people registered for the events.

For those travelling to join events in Lerab Ling, we recommend you refer to the World Health Organisation (WHO) advice on their website, in particular, there you will find advice on how to protect yourself while travelling.

Every day the Lerab Ling spiritual community is praying for all those affected by COVID-19. May the epidemic quickly be alleviated all over the world.


Private ceremonies for Sogyal Rinpoche

A statement from the Rigpa Lerab Ling Religious Congregation
24 September 2019

The ceremonies marking the passing away of Sogyal Rinpoche are organised privately by close family and friends with the logistical support of the monasteries in which they are taking place.

They started on 17 September in the monastery of Wat Thong Nopakhun in Bangkok, Thaïlande, and continue in Lerab Ling, France, followed by a monastery in Bodh-Gayâ, seat of the enlightenment of Buddha Sakyamuni, the most sacred site of Buddhists of all traditions, and finally in the monastery of Kyabjé Dodrupchen Rinpoche in Gangtok, Sikkim.

In Lerab Ling, a private ceremony will take place for Sogyal Rinpoche’s mother who is too elderly to travel to India, surrounded by her family and close students.

Rigpa Lerab Ling continues the reforms that were started two years ago following Sogyal Rinpoche’s stepping down.


 

The Defamation Court Case

A statement from the Rigpa Lerab Ling Religious Congregation
17 July 2019

We are deeply concerned that the judges of the Montpellier criminal court have discharged the accused despite what the Lerab Ling Congregation believes to be highly defamatory statements published in Midi Libre in December 2017. The statements were false, hurtful and damaging. As a religious congregation and a community of lay and monastic members, registered with the French Ministry of the Interior, member of the French and European Buddhist Union, the Lerab Ling Congregation is appealing and trust that the Cour d’appel de Montpellier will recognise the responsibility of the authors of the article in gravely damaging the reputation of our congregation.

Reminder
The Defamation Case
In December 2017, after a number of articles targeting Lerab Ling, the Midi Libre newspaper published an interview with a lawyer who characterized Lerab Ling and the people who took part in the life of the Temple with statements such as “Life carries on in Lerab Ling, should the centre be closed down? No because it would force those who take part in the life of the temple to reintegrate a society in which they have lost all their bearings, as in all cult like movements people are deprived from their identity and are cut off from their families ... “. The Lerab Ling Congregation and 133 members of the community and friends took action as they felt that this simply wasn’t true and that their reputation had been injured.

Lerab Ling and Rigpa’s response to July 2017 allegations
In July 2017, a letter was released with allegations against the international Buddhist network Rigpa, the Congregation Rigpa Lerab Ling and their founder Sogyal Rinpoche. The Lerab Ling Congregation notified the relevant Procureur de la République (Public Prosecutor) in Montpellier and made itself available to the French justice system.

In the face of the allegations, Sogyal Rinpoche retired as Spiritual Director of Rigpa in August 2017, and now has no organisational role in Rigpa. The woman master Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche is now the spiritual director of the Lerab Ling Congregation, and Rigpa is led by a Vision Board advised by several leading Tibetan Buddhist teachers.

The governing boards and management teams of Rigpa, including Lerab Ling, commissioned an internal investigation report and undertook a change programme to bring clarity and move forward. More infos Rigpa Moving Forward...

Lerab Ling as a Religious Congregation
Lerab Ling is a religious congregation registered with the French Ministry of the Interior and under the patronage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Its community includes 13 monastic members, of which some have been ordained by HHDL in person, and 32 lay members affiliated to the CAVIMAC, the French social security for religious members. Lerab Ling is run by a representative assembly that has an elected chapter and a superior, works with 200 suppliers and institutional partners, including with local tourist offices for our temple visits. More info about Lerab Ling...

Lerab Ling and Rigpa in the Buddhist World
Rigpa was founded in 1979 and since that time over 80 renowned teachers from all schools of Tibetan Buddhism and other Buddhist traditions, have been teaching in Rigpa and guiding the study and practice of Rigpa students, at the invitation of Sogyal Rinpoche,

In 2019 alone Rigpa and Lerab Ling are welcoming over 20 teachers. We uphold in particular the Nyingma tradition, the oldest school of Tibetan Buddhism, and offer the Buddhist teachings of meditation, compassion and wisdom to the modern world.

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