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.
- Please register for the online event on Prajna (see below).
> 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
CONTRIBUTION to the event - €180
(Does not include accommodation and meals)
Translation: French, German, Spanish, Italian
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
RIGPÉ YESHÉ PROGRAMME FOR CHILDREN & TEENS
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.
> FINANCIAL SUPPORT
Our commitment is for everyone who wishes to come to Lerab Ling, to have access to our programmes, whatever their financial circumstances. We offer different options for those who are unable to pay the standard contribution.
More info about Lerab Ling financial support for attending our retreats/events.
> ACCOMMODATION & MEAL PRICES
> PREPARE FOR YOUR STAY