Lerab Ling - DISCOVERY

Découvrir le bouddhisme


Son histoire, sa pensée, ses traditions

Dates : du 25 au 26 novembre

Ce week-end est une belle occasion de découvrir la richesse du bouddhisme.

Pendant de nombreux siècles, il a été pratiqué dans toute l'Asie et a donné naissance à des civilisations et des cultures entières. Il possède un système philosophique unique qui associe arguments rationnels et expérience mystique. Aujourd'hui encore, il existe de nombreuses traditions différentes, comme le bouddhisme zen, le bouddhisme theravada et le bouddhisme tibétain, qui ont chacune leur propre style.

Ce week-end proposera une introduction historique au bouddhisme, ainsi que des explications approfondies sur plusieurs éléments clés pour nous aider à comprendre les bases de cette philosophie millénaire. Si vous avez entendu des termes tels que "les quatre nobles vérités", "l'impermanence", "le karma" ou "l'éveil", que vous vous demandez ce qu'ils signifient exactement, d'où cela vient, et que vous êtes curieux d'en savoir davantage, c'est une belle opportunité de vous interroger et obtenir des réponses signifiantes! Aucune connaissance préalable n'est nécessaire.

Dominique est une enseignante brillante, dotée d'une grande richesse de connaissances et d'expériences, et d'une capacité à transmettre des concepts complexes de manière simple et claire. Elle présentera ces aspects du bouddhisme, engagera une discussion en direct et répondra aux questions du public.


Dominique Side a découvert le bouddhisme tibétain au milieu des années 1970 à Londres.

Elle a étudié avec Sogyal Rinpoché et Dzongsar Khyentsé Rinpoché en particulier, et a occupé au fil des ans un certain nombre de fonctions dirigeantes au sein de Rigpa Grande-Bretagne et de Lérab Ling.

Elle a effectué plusieurs retraites strictes et a également obtenu un doctorat en philosophie Madhyamaka à l'université de Bristol, au Royaume-Uni. Elle a enseigné le bouddhisme dans des écoles londoniennes pendant huit ans et a écrit un manuel sur le sujet. Sous la direction de Dzongsar Khyentse, elle a lancé le programme de formation Milinda pour les enseignants du Dharma en 2017 ; elle a été vice-présidente de l'Union bouddhiste européenne pendant cinq ans ; et elle gère « Windows into Buddhism », un nouveau site web contenant des ressources éducatives pour ceux qui enseignent le bouddhisme aux enfants. En tant qu'enseignante principale de Rigpa, elle s'est spécialisée dans l'accessibilité de la pensée et de la philosophie bouddhistes pour tous.

Elle a édité deux livres de sa Sainteté Le Dalaï Lama et est l'auteur de l’ouvrage « Découvrir le Bouddhisme » (2022).



  • 10h00 - 12h30 - Session 1
  • 12h30 - 14h30 - Déjeuner
  • 14h30 - 17h00 - Session 2
  • 18h30 - 19h00 - Dîner


  • 09h00 - 12h30 - Session 3
  • 12h30 - 14h00 - Déjeuner
  • 14h00 - 16h00 - Session 4
  • 16h00 - 16h30 - Conclusion, présentation du programme

Discovering Buddhism


Its history, thought and traditions

Dates: from 25 to 26 November

This weekend is an opportunity to discover the richness of Buddhism.

For many centuries it was practiced throughout Asia and gave rise to entire civilisations and cultures. It has a unique system of philosophy that brings together rational arguments and mystical experience. Still today it has many different traditions like Zen, Theravada and Tibetan Buddhism which each have their own style.

This weekend will include a historical introduction to Buddhism, as well as in-depth explanations on several key elements to help us understand the bases of this millenary philosophy. If you’ve heard of terms such as “The Four Noble Truths”, “impermanence”, “karma” or “enlightenment” and wonder exactly what they mean, where this comes from, and are curious to discover more, this is the opportunity to do so. No prior knowledge is necessary.

This event is held in French only  Go to the french page

DISCOVERY DAYS 8 August, 23 August, 2 September, 28 October


Discovering meditation, sharing lunch with the community and visiting one of the most beautiful Buddhist Temples in Europe

Join us this summer with your friends and family to learn about the practice of meditation and discover the beautiful natural environment and 7-meter high statue of the Buddha.

Please note - This event is offered in french only > Go to the french page

Meditation Day


Free entry

Dates: 9 September and 18 November

This day of meditation discovery will be held in the unique setting of Lerab Ling and is open to all. You will discover how meditation can release our natural confidence, compassion and creativity.

The basics and fundamentals of meditation will be presented in a comprehensive and accessible way. The day will be an opportunity to experience the practice for yourself, which you can then continue at home.

This event is held in French only >Go to the french page



Offer your loved ones a unique and revitalising experience in an exceptional natural environment. You can choose between two ways of offering a stay at Lerab Ling to someone of your choice: a gift card or a "bon cadeau".


The gift card you offer will contribute to the event the person chooses (retreat, course, personal retreat etc.). They can use it at the end of the registration process.

This option allows them to choose the event they want from our programme. They will be able to choose the event, the dates and the accommodation.

Please note - The gift card is valid for 1 year, and can be used for our entire programme except for courses, discovery days, heritage days, or a temple visit.

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Only for personal retreats, the "bon cadeau" allows you to offer a complete gift.

Please note - The “bon cadeau” packages are for 2 nights and 3 days on site, but it is entirely possible to have a longer stay. For this, please contact us by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Serenity Weekend Getaway


Take a breath!

Dates: several possible dates

The serenity getaway weekend at Lerab Ling is a rejuvenating break, with no constraints, in a unique spiritual environment. You'll be immersed in unspoilt nature, surrounded by forests, meadows and hills. Naomi, your hostess, will tell you the amazing story of Lerab Ling, show you around the temple - one of the most beautiful in Europe, an authentic masterpiece of Tibetan sacred art - guide you in meditation and take you for walks in the surrounding area.


Lerab Ling is one of Europe's leading centres for the study and practice of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Under the patronage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lerab Ling is a living monastery, home to a community of monastic and lay members. The temple is also home to unique Tibetan art, including a 7-metre-high statue of the Buddha.

Lerab Ling is ideally situated in the heart of the Haut-Languedoc Regional Natural Park, close to the Grands Causses Regional Natural Park. Since its creation in 1991, the Lerab Ling community has been taking care of the flora and fauna, making Lerab Ling a unique place where nature is preserved over 140 hectares.


On the evening of your arrival, you will share a meal with Naomi. Other meals are taken in the dining room, which is shared with the community. The cuisine is simple, mainly vegetarian, with a vegan and gluten-free option. Whenever possible, produce is sourced from Lerab Ling's own vegetable garden or from local producers. Most are organic and in season.

As far as accommodation is concerned, we offer two types of accommodation close to the temple. The choice is yours. Bed linen and towels are provided.


The studios,
with their spacious rooms and views of the temple, lake and valley, include a private bathroom, and a kitchenette.


The forest rooms
are located in three small 3-storey wooden towers. The rooms are comfortable, and a bathroom may be shared with another room.


    - From 29 September to 1 October
    - From 13 to 15 October
    - From 27 to 29 October
    - From 10 to 12 November
    More dates to come

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    Please register 36 hours before the event at the latest


    Arrival on the 1st day, between 2.30 pm and 7 pm (check-in and pick-up badges and keys)
    Departure at your convenience the afternoon of the last day

    CONTRIBUTION all inclusive

    For one person
    Forest room: €188
    Studio: €258

    For 2 people
    Forest room: €308
    Studio: €396

    For 3 people
    Forest room: €496
    Studio: from €594

    For 4 people
    Forest room: €616
    Studio: €792

    French, English, German


Fred IconNaomi will be your hostess throughout the weekend and will be happy to make your stay at Lerab Ling as enjoyable as possible. She will adapt to your needs and answer any questions you may have.

Naomi is a writer, long-time meditator and Rigpa teacher. She trained extensively with Sogyal Rinpoche, author of the spiritual classic 'The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying'. Naomi grew up in Innsbruck, Austria. She studied physics and mathematics and obtained her doctorate from Northeastern University in Boston, USA. In 1997, she moved to Lerab Ling and has been working ever since, translating and relaying ancient Buddhist wisdom to the Western world. She is passionate about transmitting the teachings on incorporating the activities of daily life onto one's own spiritual path, called 'Practical Wisdom’.



  • 14:00 - 19:00 - Arrival, pick-up of keys, settling into your accommodation
  • 20:00 - Dinner with your hostess, in a small group


  • 07:30 - 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 11:30 Visiting the temple and learning about meditation
  • 11:30 - 13:00 Lunch
  • Afternoon at leisure
  • From 17:30 - Dinner


  • 07:30 - 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 11:30 Walk in the forest, accompanied by your hostess
  • 11:30 - 13:00 - Lunch
  • Afternoon at leisure
  • Departure at your convenience


  • Take time for yourself
  • Relax through meditation and walks in the forest
  • Free your mind
  • Recharge your batteries


Everything you need to know before you come

How to find us

Lerab Ling, L'Engayresque, 34650 Roqueredonde, France
Telephone: +33 (0)4 67 88 46 00
GPS: 43.800248,3.237998

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Lerab Ling, L’Engayresque
34650 Roqueredonde, France

Email – lerab.ling@rigpa.org
Telephone  +33 (0) 467 88 46 00

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Telephone  +33 (0) 689 63 71 03

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Lerab Ling, under the patronage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, is one of the main centres preserving the authentic study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism. Founded in 1991...

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