Today, 8 August 2009, is the start of the special annual retreat for the worldwide Rigpa sangha, the All Mandala Retreat. The three-week retreat is held at Lerab Ling, Rigpa's main retreat centre, located in southern France.
This year 1,600 people will attend the retreat. They come from 33 countries, including Bhutan, Estonia, Indonesia, Israel, India, Mauritius, most European countries, Australia and the United States.
Sogyal Rinpoche will teach throughout the retreat, and Garchen Rinpoche and Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche will also visit Lerab Ling during this period to teach.
Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche
(Lerab Ling temple photo by Heinz Nowotny, Garchen Rinpoche and Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche photos courtesy of www.rigpawiki.org)