Prepare for Your Retreat
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE
When planning your trip, please arrange your travels in such a way that you are present on the very first day and remain until the end of the last day of the retreat. It is essential to participate in the first session of a retreat.
STAYING AT LERAB LING
Please keep the following in mind when you stay at Lerab Ling for any retreat of event:
Out of respect for the monastic community, please adopt proper dress code (avoid miniskirts, shorts, tight fitting clothes and singlet tops).
It is not permitted to drive on site – Please leave cars in the parking area for the safety of everyone on site and to keep a retreat environment.
CODE OF CONDUCT
Rigpa is an international community of individuals following the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. It is our shared wish to create a safe environment for the study and practice of the Buddhist teachings, one where we all feel a sense of responsibility for each other’s well-being and spiritual path. Whatever your participation or role in the activities associated with Rigpa, everyone has a responsibility to conduct themselves in accordance with the laws of the land and the ethical behaviour outlined in the Rigpa Code of Conduct. We ask that you agree to abide by our Shared Values and Guidelines while you are in Lerab Ling.
TEACHINGS AND TRANSLATION
Retreats and events are held either in English or in French. Translation into other languages (French, English, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and Chinese) are available during larger retreats and events according to demand. Please inform us about your translation needs when you register and check the page for each event to learn more. If you do need translation, bringing your own earphones (3 mm jack) will improve the sound quality and your listening comfort.
Personal Retreats and Meditation Breaks are held only in French and English.
CREATING THE BEST CONDITIONS FOR YOUR RETREAT
Make all necessary arrangements – (mail, buying your tickets, confirming your flights, bank transfers, etc.) before you arrive at Lerab Ling. Making sure that all is in order beforehand will allow you to enter into the retreat more fully.
Silence is an essential way of creating a retreat atmosphere – Periods of silence can be expected, and certain areas will be reserved for silence throughout the day.
We discourage you from bringing mobile phones, books, videos, cassettes or CDs other than those about the Dharma, as well as newspapers or magazines. There is no Internet connection available on-site.
SUPPORTING THE RETREAT THROUGH DAILY ACTIVITY
(For events of 4 days or more)
Like any spiritual center, Lerab Ling depends on the volunteer help of each participant to contribute to the smooth running of the retreat / event. Each person coming to Lerab Ling is invited, upon arrival, to help one hour a day in one of the proposed activities (dining room, temple, cleaning, etc.).
MEAL SERVICE AT LERAB LING
Lerab Ling offers mainly vegetarian meals with vegan and gluten-free options – and some meat on certain days. Unfortunately, the kitchen is not able to accommodate special dietary needs beyond these options. To support allergy safety, the kitchen guarantees that ingredients will be listed on all menu items. If you have severe food allergies, it is your responsibility to report it when you check-in.
Those with more restrictive diets should bring their own food supplements to ensure proper nutrition.
You can find the charges in the section Meals & Accommodation in the event page. Please book all meals in advance, when you register for your retreat.
Coffee, tea and hot water are provided for free at each retreat and event.
Preparing and cooking meals is strictly forbidden in all rooms, tents, and other on-site areas. People staying on-site are obliged to sign up for 3 meals a day.
A microwave is always available for personal use.
Drinks and snacks can be purchased during some retreats at the Windhorse Boutique & Café during the summer.
Mugs and thermos flasks are also available for purchase.
LERAB LING SERVICES
When attending an event or retreat, the following services are available on site:
Welcome Centre – Open from Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm for information on accommodation, transport in the region and to post any mail.
Laundry facilities – A token operated washing machine and dryer are available on site.
SPIRITUAL PRACTICES IN LERAB LING
Lerab Ling preserves the unique spiritual traditions, culture, and art of Tibetan Buddhism and there is a spiritual community in residence who hold daily sessions of prayer, meditation and chanting (which are not part of all events).
The Windhorse Boutique is open on certain days during events (opening times are adapted to the programme). There, you can find books, teaching compilations, notebooks, objects to support your practice (incense, meditation cushions, shawls, malas etc.), as well as other objects (candles, jewerly, clothes etc.).
The shop accepts (french) cheques and cash in euros, as well as MasterCard and Visa.
During the winter time the Windhorse Boutique can be found inside the temple.
Lerab Ling cannot offer medical care, consultations, or medicines, as it has neither the staff nor the appropriate facilities to do so.
The closest doctor is in Le Caylar – 11 km from Lerab Ling. For more serious problems, medical facilities are located in Lodève, 15 km away. If you are currently being treated for a medical condition, or if you have allergies of any kind (insect stings and bites, asthma, etc.) please bring your own medication with you.
All teachings given in Lerab Ling are based on Tibetan Buddhism, and are not intended to serve as a substitute for psychotherapy, psychiatric treatment or medication of any kind. If you are currently following a treatment and/or are taking medication, we ask you to first consult your doctor or therapist to see whether it is appropriate for you to come to Lerab Ling.
We ask you to not interrupt any current treatment and/or medication. Lerab Ling does not accept any responsibility in this regard. We reserve the right to ask those who are a serious threat to others or to themselves to leave Lerab Ling and seek professional help elsewhere.
Lerab Ling is located at more than 800m of altitude, in a mountainous area. The weather is very variable and unpredictable, and temperatures can fluctuate a lot. So please check the weather forecast before coming. Summers are often hot and sunny. In the autumn, winter and a part of the spring the temperatures can be cold and it can snow. In the winter, we also recommend to bring chains for your car, in case of snow!
TRANSPORT AROUND THE SITE
There is an onsite transport service available to and from the temple, accommodations, car park and dining services for those who have difficulty walking. Please inquire upon arrival.
FOR THOSE STAYING ON-SITE
Rooms, Studios, Wooden Cabins, and Yurts
Our rooms, studios, wooden cabins, and yurts are equipped with single bed(s), bedside table(s) and lamp(s), shelving for clothes, bedding, sheets and towels.
Platform Tents (Summer only)
Our platform tents are equipped with single bed(s), bedside table(s), bedding, sheets and towels. They do not have any electricity.
Personal Tent Camp Site (Summer only)
Our personal tent camp site has an access to a sanitary block with showers, wash basins, toilets and electricity points. Please bring your tent, bedding and towels. There are no electricity points in the camp site.