with Kimberly Poppe and Olivier Raurich
From Saturday 5 to Sunday 13 July 2014
Open to Everyone
By learning how to allow our mind to deeply settle in a very spacious and relaxed way, we can experience a profound stillness and clarity that is always with us, beneath the turbulence of all our thoughts and emotions. – Sogyal Rinpoche
Give yourself the gift of a unique meditation retreat in the beautiful, tranquil and natural environment of Lerab Ling.
The retreat programme, designed by the renowned Buddhist Master Sogyal Rinpoche, will be led by some of his most experienced teachers: Kimberly Poppe and Olivier Raurich. It will offer a complete and authentic instruction in the practice of meditation and the opportunity to practice and experience meditation deeply.
Here you get an idea of what a day in meditation retreat looks like including a sample schedule.
This year, we are incredibly fortunate that Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche will be visiting us in the middle of the retreat, so we will have the rare opportunity to hear him teach.
The Summer Meditation Retreat is ideal for those completely new to meditation, those who have been following the 'What Meditation Really Is' course, as well as for more experienced meditators from all traditions.
Starts: Saturday 5 July at 10am
Ends: Sunday 13 July in the afternoon
Check-in and pick-up badges:
Friday 4 July from 3pm to 6pm
Saturday 5 July from 8am to 9.45am
Teaching Fees (does not include meals or accommodation)
Sponsor: €320 – Support those who are not able to attend the event
Concession: €270 – Who is eligible?
Language of teachings: English and French
Translation: Spanish and German. Italian and Chinese on demand
Rigpé Yeshé - Programme for Children
There will be a programme for children and teenagers, whose parents are taking part in this retreat.
More information about registration (paper forms, fees, refund policy)
Meal and Accommodation Prices
This is a high season priced event.
You can book your meals and/or onsite accommodation when registering for the retreat online.
More information about accommodation in the surrounding villages
Shuttle bus from Montpellier
Arrival day: Friday 4 July
Departure from Montpellier airport at 4pm
Departure from Montpellier train station at 4.30pm
Shuttle bus to Montpellier
Departure day: Sunday 13 July
There will be a shuttle bus in the afternoon.
The exact time will be confirmed later
For more information
Please contact Registration: email@example.com
or tel: +33 4 67 88 46 09. The best time to reach us is
between 10am and 12:30pm, Monday to Friday.
Kimberly Poppe was born in the United States and studied English and Theatre at Wesleyan University. She met Sogyal Rinpoche in New York City in 1997 and has been studying and practicing Tibetan Buddhism under his and other great teachers' guidance ever since. She moved to Europe in 2000 and attended the Three Year Retreat at Lerab Ling in France from 2006-2009. As Sogyal Rinpoche's teaching assistant, Kimberly currently travels and supports his teachings around the world. In particular, she specializes in presenting meditation. She also enjoys the practice of contemplative photography.
After studying science in Paris, Olivier Raurich encountered Buddhism at the age of 24. For the last 30 years, he has been both student and interpreter for the Tibetan Buddhist master Sogyal Rinpoche, author of the acclaimed Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. Olivier Raurich regularly facilitates Buddhist seminars and retreats. He is often an invited speaker on the France 2 programme Sagesses Bouddhistes, where he discusses social themes.
Olivier is also the author of "La voie du bouddhisme au fil des jours : Être, aimer, comprendre" published by Albin Michel, in which he recounts 30 years of study and practice of the Buddhist path.
A day in the Meditation Retreat
To give an impression of what a day in the Meditation Retreat looks like:
07.00 Personal meditation session, either in your room or in the
temple (breakfast is available between 7.00-8.30)
09.00 - 09.45 First group meditation session of the day
10.00 - 13.00 Meditation instruction & practice with main teachers,
includes some of Sogyal Rinpoche's best video
teachings on meditation (includes a tea/coffee break)
13.00 - 16.00 Lunch and personal time to enjoy the beautiful
environment of Lerab Ling, rest, reflect, or meditate on
your own (there is also the possibility of having a one
to one meeting with an instructor during this time)
16.00 - 19.00 Meditation instruction & practice with main teachers
concluding with an opportunity to ask questions and
receive clarification (includes a tea/coffee break)
19.00 - 20.30 Dinner
20.30 - 21.15 Last group meditation session of the day
All sessions take place in the main temple of Lerab Ling.
On most days, there will be silence through lunch to give participants more opportunity to deepen their understanding and experience of meditation. It is also possible to remain in silence for the whole retreat except when it is necessary to speak to the teachers.
The Benefits of Meditation
We all want to be happy but often the relentless pace and challenges of life make it impossible to know where to look for happiness. Through the wisdom of meditation, however, we can find peace and contentment. To our amazement, we discover a profound stillness and clarity that is always with us, beneath the turbulence of all our thoughts and emotions. By allowing our mind to settle more and more in this natural clarity in a very spacious and relaxed way, then what happens is quite extraordinary: we begin to
discover the sky-like nature of our mind. This in turn brings a certain stability with which we can face life and the complexity of the world, with carefree dignity, with composure, ease and humour.
Lerab Ling Yearly Pass
The Yearly Pass allows you to attend events in Lerab Ling at a special rate of 170€ per month. More information about the Yearly Pass