Lerab Ling - MEDITATION
COMING TO LERAB LING BY BICYCLE
Lerab Ling is a partner of Accueil Vélo
To all our cycling friends: feel free to comeand visit the temple or its esplanade. You can also simply come and have a coffee or a cool drink on our shady terrace, with a view of the valley in which the temple is located.
We are located on the beautiful N.13 loop, on the edge of the Regional Natural Park of the Haut Languedoc.
As the temple is a lively place with many activities, please check our opening days and times on this page before coming.
We have been awarded the "Accueil Vélo" label and offer a personalised welcome to people on two wheels. We have a level parking area for bikes.
- parking for bicycles
- possibility to recharge your battery
- repair kit and pump
BICYCLE LOOP N°13: COL DU PERTHUS AND CIRQUE DE LABEIL FROM LODÈVE
GRANDE TRAVERSÉE DU MASSIF CENTRAL (GTMC) ITINERARY
DISCOVERING BUDDHISM, WITH DOMINIQUE SIDE
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
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
PERSONAL AND PRACTICE RETREATS
Meditate, practice and recharge your batteries in the middle of nature
If you feel the need to take a break from your daily life and stresses, it may be time to reconnect with nature and recharge your batteries in a peaceful atmosphere.
In the unique spiritual environment of Lerab Ling, we offer you the opportunity to experience:
You can join us for:
- a personal retreat (open to all) to learn to meditate or deepen your practice.
- a sangha practice retreat (for Rigpa students only) to advance your practice and personal study.
In both cases, you will have the support of experienced instructors to guide you, and have access to a library and video teachings to further your study.
You can learn more about each of these options by clicking on one of the pictures below.
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PERSONAL RETREATS & MEDITATION BREAKS
Recharge, learn or deepen meditation in an environment that inspires rest, discovery and renewal
Also known as "meditation breaks", personal retreats are moments for yourself, to take a break and perhaps find your inner peace.
On a 140-hectare site in the heart of the Haut-Languedoc Regional Nature Park, Lerab Ling offers everyone the opportunity to immerse themselves in unspoilt nature and to enjoy a spiritual place of calm and serenity.
Meditation is at the heart of personal retreats. We offer two group sessions a day, guided by experienced instructors, and have a temple room, including a library and media centre, at your disposal.
Lerab Ling's environment is also conducive to outdoor meditation and nature walks, with many hiking trails.
Personal retreats are guided in French only. > go to the French page
All courses are only in French
Led by experienced instructors, a variety of courses are given at Lerab Ling throughout the year. Whether you're looking to learn meditation for the first time, deepen your meditation practice, learn more about compassion and Buddhism, or better support a loved one going through difficult times, you will find what you need.
All our course are held in French ➜ Go to the French page for more info and to register.
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.
MEALS AND ACCOMMODATION
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 roomsare 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
Please register 36 hours before the event at the latest
> PRACTICAL INFO
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE TIMES
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
For 2 people
Forest room: €308
For 3 people
Forest room: €496
Studio: from €594
For 4 people
Forest room: €616
French, English, German
NAOMI, YOUR HOSTESS
Naomi 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
4 GOOD REASONS TO SPEND A SERENE GETAWAY AT LERAB LING
- Take time for yourself
- Relax through meditation and walks in the forest
- Free your mind
- Recharge your batteries
PREPARE FOR YOUR STAY
> Everything you need to know before you come
THE STRENGTH IN RELATIONSHIPS
Nourishing our inner being and rediscovering the joy of caregiving
Dates: from 27 to 29 October
Caring for others in their vulnerability is the basis of all life, of all society, and contributes to the development of a humane, solidary and ethical social network.
When illness or disability affects someone close to us, are we ready? Do we know how to support them?
This event is held in French only> Go to the french page
Finding inner harmony in the context of climate change
Dates: from 21 to 22 October
How can we deal with ecological and climatic upheaval in a fair, balanced and responsible way? Buddhist teachings offer a message of hope and concrete advice to get us through this period, which can easily seem overwhelming.
They help us to acknowledge the facts, recognize the mental and emotional barriers that prevent us from breaking the deadlock, and show us that, from a spiritual point of view, any external change can only come about through an inner change.
This event is held in French only > go to the French page