THE WAY OF THE GREAT PERFECTION NGÖNDRO RETREAT WITH THE PRESENCE OF LING RINPOCHE

Developing the Determination to Be Free

Dates: from 13 to 21 July, with extension for personal accumulations until 26 July.
Event onsite and partially live online.

This retreat is an excellent opportunity to develop your understanding and practice of the Four Thoughts and Refuge, which have been the main focus of the new cycle of the All-Encompassing Path to Enlightenment, The Way of the Great Perfection.

The retreat is open to all students with an interest in the preliminary practices of the Vajrayana (Ngöndro) and will be held in the profound and sacred environment of Lerab Ling.

Together, we will explore “topics considered to be essential preliminaries to Buddhist practice and understanding. Central to this understanding, from the beginning to the end of the journey, are the Four Thoughts That Transform the Mind. These four contemplations—the preciousness of human existence, impermanence, suffering, and karma—are sometimes called the Four Reminders and are considered to be transformative in and of themselves.” (Khandro Rinpoche, This Precious Life)

While the retreat will focus on the Four Thoughts and introduce the principles of Refuge, there will be space and time to accumulate any of the other practices of the Ngöndro, making it an ideal practice retreat for all Ngöndro practitioners.

There will be plenty of time for contemplation and practice, participants will also receive individual guidance from teachers, together with opportunities to share their experience with fellow students, with the aim of deepening confidence in applying these topics in our daily lives.

During the last 2 days of the retreat (20-21 July), we are very fortunate to welcome His Eminence the 7th Kyabjé Yongzin Ling Rinpoche, who has kindly agreed to give further teachings on the topics covered in the retreat.

REFUGE & LAY VOWS (IN PERSON ONLY)

On the last day of the retreat, Ling Rinpoche will also be granting the Refuge Vow and Lay Vows. This makes it a very special occasion for those who wish to formally enter the Buddhist Path by taking these vows, or for those who want to renew them. To take the vows, it is necessary to be physically present with Ling Rinpoche.

HOW TO FOLLOW

  • To benefit fully from an environment of retreat and the companionship of fellow practitioners, we encourage everyone to follow the retreat in person in Lerab Ling. Nevertheless, for those who are unable to attend in person, it will be possible to participate live online via Zoom in most of the sessions (see details below). Registration for the online event is now open to registration.

  • Students also have the opportunity to continue the momentum of the main retreat with an extension of 5 days (22-26 July) to focus one-pointedly on their accumulations. During this period, students will practise on their own; optional guidance from one of the teachers or practice holders will also be available.

  • It is possible to just follow the event with H.E. Ling Rinpoche (20-21 July).

  • > REGISTRATION

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    Please register 36 hours before the event at the latest

  • > PRACTICAL INFO

    START Saturday 13 July – 10am
    END Sunday 21 July – 5pm
    With Extension: Friday 26 July 2pm

    CHECK-IN AND PICK-UP BADGES
    Friday 12 July: 2-6pm
    Saturday 13 July: 9-9.45am
    For arrivals after 6pm on Friday, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    CONTRIBUTION to the event - €405
    With Extension: €546
    (Does not include accommodation and meals)

    LANGUAGES 
    Teachings: English
    Translations: French, German, Spanish
    It will be possible to have personal interviews in English, French, German and Spanish.

    TRANSPORT
    12 July
    - From Montpellier to Lerab Ling 
    Departure from Montpellier Méditerranée Airport at 3.15pm 
    Departure from Sud de France train station at 3.45pm 
    Departure from St Roch train station at 4.15pm

    22 July - From Lerab Ling to Montpellier
    Departure from Lerab Ling (Welcome centre) to Montpellier at 8.30am
    (Montpellier Méditerranée Airport, Sud de France train station, St Roch train station)

  • > CARPOOL

    From 13 to 21 July: Organise your carpooling
    From 13 to 26 July (With Extension): Organise your carpooling 

TEACHERS & PRACTICE HOLDERS HOLDING THIS RETREAT

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Ruth Seehausen (Senior Teacher), Ian Ives (Senior Teacher), Miguel Oramas (Teacher), Lily Ng (Teacher), Javier Torales (Teacher)

To learn more about H.E. Ling Rinpoche, please click here.

PROVISIONAL SCHEDULE

There will be 5 sessions a day at these approximate times:

Session 1 (9:00-10:00) Guided Longchen Nyingtik Ngöndro practice, up to and including Taking Refuge
Session 2 (10:30-12:00) Teaching
Lunch
Session 3 (15:00-16:00) – not online Guided practice, group discussion, time for personal interviews with a teacher, or for personal practice
Session 4 (16:30-18:00) Guided contemplation
Dinner
Session 5 (19:00-20:00) – not online Time for personal practice

20-21 July with Ling Rinpoche
Two teaching sessions per day (10:00-12:00 & 14:00-16:00)
The Refuge & Lay Vows ceremony on Sunday afternoon will not be shared online.

  • > FINANCIAL SUPPORT

    Our commitment is for everyone who wishes to come to Lerab Ling, to have access to our programmes, whatever their financial circumstances. We offer different options for those who are unable to pay the standard contribution.

    More info about Lerab Ling financial support for attending our retreats/events.

  • > STAY WITH US: ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

    You can book your meals and/or onsite accommodation when registering for the retreat/event. For more information on our accommodation and meals click here

    Otherwise, there's also accommodations in surrounding villages

  • > PREPARE FOR YOUR STAY

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