Personal Retreats and Meditation Breaks -

An environment that inspires rest, reflection and renewal.

Lerab Ling offers everyone the opportunity to take a break from their busy daily lives in an environment that inspires rest, reflection, healing and renewal. This is a precious opportunity to nourish yourself and learn or deepen your practice of meditation.

ResizedA supportive programme – Every day from 9am to 11am and from 3pm to 4.30pm, we offer sessions of guided meditation during which you will receive teachings and instructions on meditation by a team of qualified instructors. This is followed by ‘question and answer’ sessions in a group and, for those who wish, there is time for individual interviews with instructors.

Resources – All throughout your stay, you can spend time in one of the precious shrine rooms in the Lerab Ling temple for your personal practice (meditation, yoga, tai-chi, etc.). You will also have access to a library of 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.

If you wish you can take part in Daily Sadhana Practice with the Lerab Ling community of monastic and lay practitioners.

For the Rigpa Sangha – 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.

Team of instructors  All personal retreats are organised by a team of instructors made up of  Tensin Jigmé, Frédéric Chastelas and Sinsi Ong. Read more about the team...

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The Personal Retreat Team

Tenzin JigmeTendzinJigme Bio icone
started his study and practice of Buddhism 20 years ago. From 2006 to 2009 he took part in the three-year retreat held in the Tibetan Buddhist Centre of Lerab Ling.

In 2010, Tenzin Jigme was ordained as a monk by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Since then, he is an instructor in the Personal Retreat Team. He supports retreatants to prepare their stay in Lerab Ling and shares instructions and gives guidelines on meditation, compassion and the way to bring them in our daily life. Jigme lives in Lerab Ling since more than 11 years and regularly takes part on silent retreats.

FredFrédéric Chastelas
studied and practiced Buddhism since 1997. From 2006 to 2009 he joined the three-year retreat held in Lerab Ling. He trained as a retreat instructor and supports students during long-term retreats.

Frédéric developed the Personal Retreats programme especially to encourage all those who wish to come to Lerab Ling to experience the practice of meditation with the guidance of experienced practitioners. As an instructor, Fred holds regular events on meditation, compassion and Vajrayana.

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Sinsi Ong
Sinsi Ong studied and practiced Buddhism since 1996. He studied with Thich Nhat Hanh at the Vietnamese Zen Centre the Village des Pruniers, studied at the Tibetan Buddhist Centre Shambala in Paris and with Rigpa.

In 2006 in joined the three-year retreat held in Lerab Ling. After completing the retreat, he became a meditation instructor with the Personal Retreat Team. He also holds courses on the preliminary practices of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, called Ngöndro.

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