Rigpa Lerab Ling
Lerab Ling is Rigpa's main retreat centre and one of the leading centres of Tibetan Buddhist culture and learning in Europe situated in the south of France.
Lerab Ling was founded by Sogyal Rinpoche in 1991. Since opening in 1992, Lerab Ling has been blessed by visits from many great masters of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, most notably by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on two occasions, in 2000 and 2008.
Open to all schools and traditions of Buddhist wisdom, and with the guidance and gracious patronage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Rigpa offers those following the Buddhist teachings a complete path of study and practice, along with the environment they need to experience the teachings fully.
In order to formalize the presence of the community and ensure its continuity, Sogyal Rinpoche encouraged its recognition by the state as a religious congregation. A decree from the Interior Ministry granted legal status to Lerab Ling in 2002. The congregation includes ordained members (monks and nuns) as well as lay members who join in the practices and the centre’s activities.
The Temple at the heart of Lerab Ling was built to preserve the unique spiritual traditions, culture, and art of Tibetan Buddhism.
The Monastic Community
Lerab Ling is home to a thriving community of monastic practitioners who observe a daily schedule of prayer and meditation, following one of the most ancient lineages of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition (the Nyingma school).