Personal Retreats and Meditation Breaks -

Learn or deepen your practice of meditation in an environment that inspires rest, reflection, healing and renewal.

Located at the edge of the beautiful Grands Causses natural reserve, Lerab Ling offers everyone the opportunity to take a break from their busy daily lives, in a peaceful and sacred environment that inspires rest, reflection, healing and renewal.

Everyday we hold two sessions of guided meditation, led by a team of qualified instructors. You also have access to a library of books and both audio and video teachings, located in a room dedicated to personal retreatants.

You can see here how a day in personal retreat is organised.

Please note – Thursday is a free day - you can enjoy the site of Lerab Ling and its beautiful natural environment at your own pace. All day long you have access to the meditation room and the library. You can also join the community for their daily practice if you wish.

Lerab Ling and its surroundings are also perfect for meditating outdoors and going for beautiful walks on the many hiking paths.

The Instructor Team
The morning meditation sessions are held by a team of experienced instructors who regularly teach during events and courses held at Lerab Ling. The team is composed of……

Meals are served in the dining hall where you can eat with the community – around 60 members who study and practice Buddhism, practice together and also participate in the events held at Lerab Ling - this is a great opportunity to meet them!

Meditation and Study Room
The Manjushri room located in the main temple is dedicated to personal retreatants and to their study and practice of meditation. It is equipped with a library of books and 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.

Around Lerab Ling
The temple is located in the Lodévois-Larzac region at the edge of the Grands Causses natural reserve - 15mn by car from Le Caylar village and 20mn from Lodève town.

For Rigpa Students
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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 A Day in Personal Retreat

  • You wake up when you want! 
  • 7.30am – 9am: Breakfast
  • 8am: Meditation room opens
  • 9.15am – 11am: Guided Meditation Session with a qualified instructor, followed by group ‘question and answer’ sessions
  • Free Time
  • 11.30am – 1pm: Lunch
  • Free time
  • 3pm – 4pm: Meditation session with a member of the community
  • Free time
  • 6.30pm – 8pm: Dinner
  • 7pm: Meditation room closes
  • Free time

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