Personal Retreats and Meditation Breaks -

Learn or deepen your practice of meditation in an environment that inspires rest, reflection, healing and renewal.

CORONAVIRUS PREVENTION: Read how the Lerab Ling Congregation is responding

Located at the edge of the beautiful Grands Causses natural reserve, Lerab Ling offers everyone the opportunity to take a break from their busy daily lives, in a peaceful and sacred environment that inspires rest, reflection, healing and renewal.

Everyday we hold two sessions of guided meditation, led by a team of qualified instructors. You also have access to a library of books and both audio and video teachings, located in a room dedicated to personal retreatants.

You can see here how a day in personal retreat is organised.

Please note – Thursday is a free day - you can enjoy the site of Lerab Ling and its beautiful natural environment at your own pace. All day long you have access to the meditation room and the library. You can also join the community for their daily practice if you wish.

Lerab Ling and its surroundings are also perfect for meditating outdoors and going for beautiful walks on the many hiking paths.

The Instructor Team
The morning meditation sessions are held by a team of experienced instructors who regularly teach during events and courses held at Lerab Ling. 

Meditation and Study Room
The Manjushri room located in the main temple is dedicated to personal retreatants and to their study and practice of meditation. It is equipped with a library of books and audio and/or video teachings on themes such as meditation, the fundamentals of Buddhism, healing, finding peace, overcoming depression, relationships and much more, to support you in your personal study.

Meals
Meals are served in the dining hall where you can eat with the community,  this is a great opportunity to meet them!

Meals are mainly vegetarian and suitable for those following a vegan diet as well as for those with food allergies (gluten, dairy etc.)

The Lerab Ling 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. You can join them during their daily schedule of practices held in the temple.

Around Lerab Ling
The temple is located in the Lodévois-Larzac region at the edge of the Grands Causses natural reserve - 15mn by car from Le Caylar village and 20mn from Lodève town.

For Rigpa Students
This is a special opportunity to deepen your personal practice in the unique environment of Lerab Ling. You will be supported by the guidance of experienced practitioners and have access to a wealth of study materials.

Rigpa students can also go to Dzogchen Beara, Rigpa’s long-term retreat centre in Ireland, where special retreats on the practice of Ngöndro and Tsa-sum are offered.

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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.

 A Day in Personal Retreat

  • You wake up when you want! 
  • 7.30am – 9am: Breakfast
  • 8am: Meditation room opens
  • 9.15am – 11am: Guided Meditation Session with a qualified instructor, followed by group ‘question and answer’ sessions
  • Free Time
  • 11.30am – 1pm: Lunch
  • Free time
  • 3pm – 4pm: Meditation session with a member of the community
  • Free time
  • 6.30pm – 8pm: Dinner
  • 7pm: Meditation room closes
  • Free time

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

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Coronavirus - Update on Personal Retreats & Meditation Breaks

10 March 2020

In light of the present situation concerning the Coronavirus epidemic, we have decided:

- To suspend Personal Retreats for the period of 30 March to 15 April. The rest of the Personal Retreat dates are still open to registration,
- To keep the registration open for all the events held after 15 April

However Lerab Ling reserves the right to cancel any registration according to the progression of the situation and the advice of the French health authorities.

Please note - If we do end up suspending another Personal Retreat period, you can either request a full refund, or postpone your retreat for a later date.

Lerab Ling will continue to closely monitor the situation, and will be in contact with participants in case of further changes. We will also communicate changes on our website and Facebook page.

Thank you for your understanding.

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