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5th ANNIVERSARY OF SOGYAL RINPOCHE’S PARINIRVANA - at Lerab Ling and Online, 27-31 August 2024

5th ANNIVERSARY OF SOGYAL RINPOCHE’S PARINIRVANA – AT LERAB LING AND ONLINE

Annual Rigpa Sangha Gathering

Dates: from 27 to 31 August

This annual all-mandala retreat brings together the whole sangha in a festive atmosphere to practise, celebrate, share stories, receive teachings, and simply for us to be together as a sangha.

This is one time in the year that we can each connect with the wider Rigpa family, of which we are all part, revitalise our connection with each other, to our spiritual home Lerab Ling, and our many great teachers, and foremost celebrating Sogyal Rinpoche’s life and legacy.

Each year this event has been held, something surprising or unexpected has been added to the programme at the last minute, making it an even more joyful and auspicious time.

The practice programme that is the heart of the retreat includes a range of practices to enable everyone to participate, wherever we are on the path. We will practise meditation, Guru Yoga, Riwo Sangchö, Rigdzin Düpa* and offer an abundant tsok feast every day.

Interspersing practice sessions, we will revisit some of Sogyal Rinpoche’s best teachings and hear stories from his life, as well as receive teachings and advice from Rigpa teachers and practice holders as well as Rigpa’s spiritual advisors, either in person or online.

During the 2023 retreat, the inner stupa of Sogyal Rinpoche was consecrated in a ceremony led by Tulku Rigdzin Pema Rinpoche and Khenchen Pema Sherab Rinpoche. In 2024 we will see the construction of the Great Enlightenment Stupa outside the Lerab Ling temple. This stupa will contain millions of mantras, thousands of tsa-tsas, specially prepared mandalas that liberate upon sight, and numerous other texts and precious substances. If the construction goes according to plan, the consecration for the stupa may auspiciously take place during the retreat to commemorate Rinpoche’s parinirvana. (We will keep the sangha updated about the stupa consecration plans as we get closer to the event).

As in previous years, we look forward to sharing the retreat with the wider family of students of other teachers who are connected to Rigpa, many of whom have joined us for this event over the last 4 years.

Many people have shared that this retreat has produced some of the most inspiring and magical moments for them in recent years in Lerab Ling. We hope this experience will continue in 2024.

HOW TO FOLLOW

We encourage everyone to gather physically in Lerab Ling, but the commemorations can also be followed live online.

In Lerab Ling

  • 5-day programme (27-31 August)
  • Sogyal Rinpoche’s Parinirvana Anniversary (28 August)
    The commemoration programme on the 28th of August will be based on donations, for all those who wish to join in Lerab Ling or online. Please note that this is also reflected in the lowered price of the 5-day event.

Live online

  • Please register for the online event on Prajna (see below).

  • > REGISTRATION

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    Please register 36 hours before the event at the latest

    Online on Prajna Register Buttons 2019 Orange

  • > PRACTICAL INFO

    START Tuesday 27 August – 9.30am
    END Saturday 31 August – 7.30pm

    CHECK-IN AND PICK-UP BADGES
    Monday 26 August: 2pm to 6pm
    Tuesday 27 August: 8.30am to 9.30am
    For arrivals after 6pm on Friday, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    CONTRIBUTION to the event - €180
    (Does not include accommodation and meals)

    LANGUAGES 
    Teachings: English
    Translation: French, German, Spanish, Italian

    TRANSPORT
    Monday 26 August
    Bus from Montpellier to Lerab Ling - Travel time 2h (30€)
    Departure at 3.15pm from Montpellier airport
    Departure at 3.45pm from Montpellier Sud de France train station
    Departure at 4.15pm from Montpellier Saint Roch train station
    Sunday 1 September
    Bus from Lerab Ling to Montpellier - Travel time 2h (30€)
    Departure at 8.30am from the Welcome Centre to Montpellier Saint Roch train station, Montpellier Sud de France train station and Montpellier airport

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RIGPÉ YESHÉ PROGRAMME FOR CHILDREN & TEENS

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When there is sufficient interest
, the Rigpé Yeshé association offers a programme designed to welcome children (from 6 years of age) and teenagers (from 13 to 17 years old) whose parents are participating in the retreat. If you are interested, please fill in this request form as soon as possible.

*Rigdzin Düpa, 'The Gathering of Vidyadharas,' is the inner lama practice from the Longchen Nyingtik, the terma revelation of Jikmé Lingpa. It is one of the main sadhanas practised in Rigpa. For those unfamiliar with this practice, there will be guidance on how to participate according to your level of practice.

Losar Drupchös 2024

LOSAR DRUPCHÖS

This series of practice events is open to Rigpa Dzogchen and Ngöndro Mandala students who know how to practise sadhana* and qualified Vajrayana students from other sanghas

Saturday 10 February - Losar Day practices - Year of the Wood Dragon
A special day for practice to create auspiciousness and celebrate the Tibetan New Year together with the sangha in Lerab Ling!

Lerab Ling will be hosting four of the most powerful practice events around Losar to remove the negativity of the old, and create the most auspicious circumstances for the new Tibetan year.

This series of drupchös, held by Rigpa students during the Losar period, is unique in the West. At this time, it is exceptionally important that we come together to uphold the Vajrayana practices and strengthen our resolve to progress on the path. This will support the harmony and flourishing of our sangha.

You can also make a meaningful connection with these practices by making an offering online dedicated to remove obstacles for yourself or a loved one. Your dedication will be included during the practices.

  • > KNOWING HOW TO PRACTISE SADHANA MEANS:

    - Having a firm grounding in the practice of Ngöndro, which includes having received all the Ngöndro teachings, up to and including guru yoga, as well as having accumulated at least 25% of the Ngöndro;
    - Having already received a Vajrayana empowerment from a qualified master and being committed to keeping the specific Vajrayana precepts;
    - Additionally, you have received instructions for sadhana practice, including a basic understanding of the view, meditation and conduct of the Vajrayana and its main key principles. This means you have either followed:

    - Rigpa's study and practice programme of the Vajrayana cycle from the three-year retreat, home retreat or Vajrayana online retreats streamed from Lerab Ling,
    - Or you received these instructions during previous drupchens with Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche,
    - Or you are a student from a sangha other than Rigpa and have received these instructions from a qualified Vajrayana teacher.

  • > BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATING IN DRUPCHÖS

    A drupchö is a less elaborate form of a drupchen, which literally means ‘great accomplishment’ and comprises intensive group practice that brings together the depth, power, and precision of the Vajrayana, drawing together the entire range of its skilful methods. It is said that several days participating in a drupchö or drupchen can yield the same results as years of solitary retreat, and great contemporary masters such as Kyabjé Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche have made a point of encouraging and reviving the practice of drupchen, because of its power of transformation.

  • > MAKE AN OFFERING TO THE DRUPCHÖS

    You can also make a meaningful connectionwith these practices by making an offering online dedicated to remove obstacles for yourself or a loved one. Your dedication will be included during the practices.

  • > PRACTICE TRAINING EVENTS

    Lerab Ling is holding a practice training around the practice events, mainly for practice holders in the area of Chöpön, Umdze and Practice Coordination. You can join one training event or combine several or join all. If you are interested, and also if you want to combine several training events, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we help you how to register for the Training events.

    Here are the dates for the Practice Training Events:

    - Training and Rigdzin Düpa Drupchö Losar: 24 – 29 Feb (arrival day 23 Jan)
    - Training and Yang Nying Pudri: 2 – 11 Feb (arrival day 1 Feb)
    - Training and Riwo Sangchö Intensive: Training from 10 – 15 Feb (arrival day 9 Feb)
    - Training and Tendrel Nyesel Drupchö: Training from 17 – 28 Feb (arrival day 16 Feb)
    - Training, Khandro Tsering Chödrön’s Anniversary: 30 April – 5 May (arrival day 29 April)
    - Training and Drupchen with Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche, September: dates tbc
    - Training and Chime Pakme Nyingtik Drupchö English: dates tbc

LOSAR PRACTICES




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MEDITATION BREAK AND PRACTICE RETREATS

MEDITATION BREAK & PRACTICE RETREATS

Meditate, practice and recharge your batteries in the middle of nature

If you feel the need to take a break from your daily life and stresses, it may be time to reconnect with nature and recharge your batteries in a peaceful atmosphere.

In the unique spiritual environment of Lerab Ling, we offer you the opportunity to experience:

You can join us for:

  • a meditation break (open to all) to learn to meditate or deepen your practice. 
  • a sangha practice retreat (for Rigpa students only) to advance your practice and personal study.

In both cases, you will have the support of experienced instructors to guide you, and have access to a library and video teachings to further your study.

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PRACTICE RETREATS FOR THE SANGHA

PRACTICE RETREATS FOR THE SANGHA

Deepening your study and practice in a blessed environment

Wherever you are on the path, doing a retreat is an amazing opportunity to deepen your study and practice in the blessed environment of Lerab Ling.

From September to June, you can choose to come for one or several weeks or even longer. There could be a possibility to do a retreat outside this period depending on the number and types of events that are taking place at the time. Please check availability at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Before you come to Lerab Ling, a guide will help you to plan your retreat, help you settle in when you arrive and assist you with practical and spiritual support throughout your stay.

During your retreat you can choose to focus on studying a particular subject or text, accomplish the practice of meditation or compassion, accumulating your Ngöndro or sadhana practice, or focus on Dzogchen practice.

While on retreat, you are welcome to practise in one of the temple shrine rooms when they are available. You are free to join the daily group practices such as Riwo Sangchö and Tendrel Nyesel.

HOW TO REGISTER

Dates: September to June (to be confirmed depending on the events that are happening in Lerab Ling)
Arrival dates & times: Monday to Friday between 10am and 5pm.

Event contribution: From €21 to €7/day depending on the length of your retreat (does not include accommodation and meals). This contribution covers the support for your retreat as well as administrative and other costs.

Please note - The minimum stay for a practice retreat is of 1 week

Before you register please contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and fill-in an application form below. Once the dates and details are confirmed, we will send you a link to register online. Please register at least 2 weeks before the start of your retreat.

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REDUCTIONS ON ACCOMMODATION

Except during main events (please check with us).

Different types of accommodation are available depending on the season, ranging from a simple wooden cabin in the forest to a retreat room or studio with a view of the temple. Reduced rates are available for longer stay.

  • 25% off for retreats from 8 days to 3 weeks
  • 45% off for retreats from 3 to 6 weeks
  • 60% off for retreats of more than 6 weeks

STUDY & PRACTICE GRANTS

If you have the heartfelt wish to do a practice retreat but lack financial means, you now have the opportunity to ask for support from the Study & Practice Grant. Read more

The Way of the Great Perfection Ngöndro Retreat with the presence of Ling Rinpoche 13-21 July 2024_ENG

THE WAY OF THE GREAT PERFECTION NGÖNDRO RETREAT WITH THE PRESENCE OF LING RINPOCHE

Developing the Determination to Be Free

Dates: from 13 to 21 July, with extension for personal accumulations until 26 July.
Event onsite and partially live online.

This retreat is an excellent opportunity to develop your understanding and practice of the Four Thoughts and Refuge, which have been the main focus of the new cycle of the All-Encompassing Path to Enlightenment, The Way of the Great Perfection.

The retreat is open to all Rigpa students with an interest in the preliminary practices of the Vajrayana (Ngöndro) and will be held in the profound and sacred environment of Lerab Ling.

Together, we will explore “topics considered to be essential preliminaries to Buddhist practice and understanding. Central to this understanding, from the beginning to the end of the journey, are the Four Thoughts That Transform the Mind. These four contemplations—the preciousness of human existence, impermanence, suffering, and karma—are sometimes called the Four Reminders and are considered to be transformative in and of themselves.” (Khandro Rinpoche, This Precious Life)

While the retreat will focus on the Four Thoughts and introduce the principles of Refuge, there will be space and time to accumulate any of the other practices of the Ngöndro, making it an ideal practice retreat for all Ngöndro practitioners.

There will be plenty of time for contemplation and practice, participants will also receive individual guidance from teachers, together with opportunities to share their experience with fellow students, with the aim of deepening confidence in applying these topics in our daily lives.

During the last 2 days of the retreat (20-21 July), we are very fortunate to welcome His Eminence the 7th Kyabjé Yongzin Ling Rinpoche, who has kindly agreed to give further teachings on the topics covered in the retreat.

REFUGE & LAY VOWS

On the last day of the retreat, Ling Rinpoche will also be granting the Refuge Vow and Lay Vows. This makes it a very special occasion for those who wish to formally enter the Buddhist Path by taking these vows, or for those who want to renew them. To receive the vows for the first time, it is necessary to be physically present with Ling Rinpoche. However, we will clarify with Rinpoche whether the vows can be renewed by the students following online.

HOW TO FOLLOW

  • To benefit fully from an environment of retreat and the companionship of fellow practitioners, we encourage everyone to follow the retreat in person in Lerab Ling. Nevertheless, for those who are unable to attend in person, it will be possible to participate live online via Zoom in most of the sessions (see details below). Registration for the online event is not yet open to registration.

  • Students also have the opportunity to continue the momentum of the main retreat with an extension of 5 days (22-26 July) to focus one-pointedly on their accumulations. During this period, students will practise on their own; optional guidance from one of the teachers or practice holders will also be available.

  • It is possible to just follow the event with H.E. Ling Rinpoche (20-21 July).
    Registration for the weekend alone will open at a later date.

  • > REGISTRATION

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  • > PRACTICAL INFO

    START Saturday 13 July – 10am
    END Sunday 21 July – 5pm
    With Extension: Friday 26 July 2pm

    CHECK-IN AND PICK-UP BADGES
    Friday 12 July: 2-6pm
    Saturday 13 July: 9-9.45am
    For arrivals after 6pm on Friday, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    CONTRIBUTION to the event - €405
    With Extension: €546
    (Does not include accommodation and meals)

    LANGUAGES 
    Teachings: English
    Translations: French, German, Spanish
    It will be possible to have personal interviews in English, French, German and Spanish.

    TRANSPORT
    12 July
    - From Montpellier to Lerab Ling 
    Departure from Montpellier Méditerranée Airport at 3.15pm 
    Departure from Sud de France train station at 3.45pm 
    Departure from St Roch train station at 4.15pm

    22 July - From Lerab Ling to Montpellier
    Departure from Lerab Ling (Welcome centre) to Montpellier at 8.30am
    (Montpellier Méditerranée Airport, Sud de France train station, St Roch train station)

  • > CARPOOL

    From 13 to 21 July: Organise your carpooling
    From 13 to 26 July (With Extension): Organise your carpooling 

TEACHERS & PRACTICE HOLDERS HOLDING THIS RETREAT

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Ruth Seehausen (Senior Teacher), Ian Ives (Senior Teacher), Miguel Oramas (Teacher), Lily Ng (Teacher), Javier Torales (Teacher)

 To learn more about H.E. Ling Rinpoche, please click here.

PROVISIONAL SCHEDULE

There will be 5 sessions a day at these approximate times:

Session 1 (9:00-10:00)
Guided Longchen Nyingtik Ngöndro practice, up to and including Taking Refuge

Session 2 (10:30-12:00)
Teaching

Lunch

Session 3 (15:00-16:00) – not online
Guided practice, group discussion, time for personal interviews with a teacher, or for personal practice

Session 4 (16:30-18:00)
Guided contemplation

Dinner

Session 5 (19:00-20:00) – not online
Time for personal practice

 

20-21 July with Ling Rinpoche
Two teaching sessions per day (10:00-12:00 & 14:00-16:00)
(We are checking with if Ling Rinpoche if both days could be open to the online audience)

 

How to find us

Lerab Ling, L'Engayresque, 34650 Roqueredonde, France
Telephone: +33 (0)4 67 88 46 00
GPS: 43.800248,3.237998



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34650 Roqueredonde, France

Email – lerab.ling@rigpa.org
Telephone  +33 (0) 467 88 46 00

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