We acknowledge this land beneath us forms part of the traditional lands of Australian Aboriginal people. We stand here with respect for the spiritual ancestors of this island, for the Aboriginal women brought here from mainland South Australia and Tasmania, and their descendants. May all hurts be healed, may all sufferings cease and may all be at ease.

De-Tong Ling Retreat Centre (DTL) is a Buddhist retreat centre at the north-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.

De-Tong Ling is located 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.

If you are considering retreat at De-Tong Ling please read all the information on our web site under Retreating before contacting the retreat coordinator.

Easter Working Session

There will be a working session at the retreat centre for the entire two weeks of the Easter school holidays. This is in preparation for the visit by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in October and will be our last chance before winter sets in to complete many unfinished jobs and get the Stupa and surroundings looking as perfect as possible before Rinpoche’s visit.

Please consider coming over to Kangaroo Island to help. If you are interested, please contact usfor more information. We are trying to car pool to keep costs down this time.

Advance Notice of our Annual Dinner

Please keep Friday 11th July at 6.30 pm free. This is the night of our annual fundraising dinner, to be held in the comfortably-refurbished Eastwood Community Centre, Glen Osmond Road, with main courses prepared by professional chef Natalie Playford.
We have kept the cost of the sumptuous dinner, silent auction and presentation of updates on De-Tong Ling to a very low $50.  Details will follow soon.

Padmasambhava Statue

Construction of the 2.7 metre high Padmasambhava Statue continues in the small pond adjacent to the Stupa.
Here are some images of the first week’s work by Sonam the Nepalese statue maker.



The life tree




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    De-Tong Ling Retreat Centre
    PO Box 16

    Ph. 0417 891 921 (Will Abram)

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