Lerab Ling, France
Lerab Ling is one of the leading centres of Tibetan Buddhist culture and learning in Europe. Since it opened in 1992 in southern France, it has been blessed by visits from some of the greatest masters of our time including His Holiness the Dalai Lama (in 2000 and 2008), His Holiness Sakya Trizin, Penor Rinpoche, Dodrupchen Rinpoche, Trulshik Rinpoche and Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok and many other contemporary Buddhist teachers.
Home to a traditional Tibetan Buddhist temple, built to help preserve the unique spiritual traditions, art and culture of Tibetan Buddhism and to serve as a home for the teachings of the Buddha. The sacred decoration of both the interior and exterior of the temple was completed by master craftsmen and artists from Tibetan communities in India, Nepal and Bhutan. In the centre is a seven-metre-high statue of Buddha that was made in Burma and assembled on site at Lerab Ling. It is a replica of the famous statue in the Mahabodhi temple at Bodhgaya in India, the place where the Buddha attained enlightenment.
It was Kyabjé Trulshik Rinpoche who gave the temple its Tibetan name when he visited Lerab Ling in 2005. He named it Palri Pema Ösel Dargyé Ling, which means a place like the Glorious Mountain of Padmasambhava, from where his tradition—the ‘Clear Light teachings of the Great Perfection’, or Dzogpachenpo—will flourish and spread. Many lamas who have visited Lerab Ling, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, have emphasized the important role that centres like Lerab Ling have to play in the preservation of Tibet’s wisdom culture.
Lerab Ling is home to a monastic community of monks and nuns a number of whom were ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and a lay spiritual community who participate in daily prayers and meditation practices. It is possible to request prayers to be dedicated by the Lerab Ling spiritual community for loved ones who are ill or going through difficulties.
Personal Retreats: Lerab Ling welcomes anyone who wishes to take a break from their daily life and dedicate some time to contemplation and reflection, regardless of their spiritual tradition or beliefs. Rigpa instructors who have completed a three-year retreat under the guidance of Sogyal Rinpoche, individually guide each person and support them throughout their stay.
Dzogchen Beara, Ireland
Rigpa’s long-term retreat centre in south-west Ireland, Dzogchen Beara offers a unique year-round programme of weekend retreats and seminars. Set on the wild and beautiful Beara Peninsula in south-west Ireland, the centre sits high on cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean with breathtaking views of sea and sky.
Dzogchen Beara extends a warm and open-hearted welcome to all, offering many different ways to experience this unique place of peace and inspiration, for casual visitors or those who wish to attend an event or to stay a while.
Construction of Ireland's first Buddhist temple is now underway in Dzogchen Beara. The temple will be built in the style of a traditional Tibetan monastery, a form of architecture designed to be an inspiring symbol of the Buddha’s teachings. The projected completion date is October 2017.