De-Tong Ling Retreat Centre (DTL) is a Buddhist retreat centre at the western end of Kangaroo Island in South Australia. We offer retreat accommodation in five self-contained earth-walled houses and hold an annual 10 day group meditation retreat. The centre is under the spiritual guidance of Venerable Kyabje Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche and is affiliated to the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT). Please click here to access the FPMT Australia website.
The Centre is on 1300 acres of wilderness, 3 kms from the coast with long views out to sea. The pure air and water of its pristine environment, and the deep silence of its remote location, provide ideal conditions for retreat.
We welcome retreat applications from all Buddhist traditions and other contemplative faiths. Experience in isolated meditation practice and willingness to abide by the centre’s protocols are essential.
January Work Session Invitation
It is that time of year when the call is put out to all who may be interested in attending the main work session that we hold each year – for more than ten years now over the new year period. This upcoming work session will be held between Thursday the 2nd and Sunday the 12th of January.
We have recently received the wonderful news that Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) will be visiting the centre next year. The exact dates are not confirmed at this stage, but we estimate that it will be some time in October.
Rinpoche has only visited DTL once before, in 1991 when the land was offered to FPMT. This is truly a wonderful opportunity for DTL to make the best offering possible to Rinpoche. The plan is complete as many of the unfinished projects as possible. Given the somewhat harsh winter conditions on the island, there is only a short window until April to complete a long list of outside tasks.
There is a multitude of varied jobs to do during this 11 day period in January, jobs suitable for everyone, skilled and unskilled. The tasks include: rock collection, bush clearing around retreat houses, cooking, cleaning, vegetable garden, Zen garden creation as well as many trade related jobs.
Please consider offering some time if you are able, to come to DTL and be part of the wonderful project that is De-Tong Ling retreat centre.
One of the many jobs that need to be completed is the construction of the base for the three metre Guru Rinpoche Statue that will be built in the small pond adjacent to the Stupa. This follows a key piece of advice given to us by Lama Zopa in 2004. Construction of the base is in preparation for the arrival in late February of a master Tibetan statue maker, who will be on site for up to three months. We will be sending out more information in subsequent emails about this amazing project.
If you would like any information on travel arrangements, costs or how to get to DTL, please email the director from the contacts pageor phone 0417891921.
As always, the Stupa is a site to behold, standing 14 metres tall next to the blue lake with the view out over the bush to the distant sea and islands.