Group Retreats

Annual Calm Abiding Meditation Retreat

Thursday, 13 April – Monday, 17 April 2017

One of the two annual group retreats held at De-Tong Ling Retreat Centre, this 4-day retreat is held over the Easter weekend. It is a meditation retreat designed to help develop the ability to calm and concentrate the mind. It has been led by Venerable Thubten Dondrub, the resident teacher at Buddha House in Adelaide, for many consecutive years.

In 2017, Geshe Konchog Kyab will lead the annual Calm Abiding Retreat at De-Tong Ling Retreat Centre. Geshe Kyab received his Geshe degree, the highest monastery degree equivalent to a Doctorate in Philosophy, from Sera-Je Monastery University in the Karnataka State of South India in 1993. He was invited by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in 2000 to Tubten Kunga Centre in Florida where he has been the resident teacher for the past 15 years. He is presently the resident Geshe at Buddha House and teaches in English.


The costs listed below cover transport between Adelaide and the centre (including ferry fares), accommodation, and vegetarian meals.
Premium Single (2 spots): $580
Premium Twin: $510
Basic Dorm: $430
Tent: $390
Members receive a 10% discount.

Registration closes 6 April 2017.

To register, please download the following form2017 Easter retreat application form. For enquiries, please contact the Retreat Centre Manager via the Contact Us page.

Annual 10-Day Lam Rim Meditation Retreat

Saturday, 1 October – Wednesday, 12 October 2016

This is not a teaching retreat, but an opportunity to meditate on the Lam Rim, the Graduated Path to Enlightenment, which presents the core teachings of the Buddha as set out by Lama Atisha and Je Tsong Khapa.

GyatsoThis year, the 8th National retreat, will be led by Thubten Gyatso. Thubten Gyatso has been a monk for forty years and is one of the most experienced and longest serving western Dharma teachers in the FPMT. Having met Lama Yeshe (founder of the FPMT) and Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Nepal in the mid-1970s, Gyatso spend many years in study and retreat in Nepal and India before returning to Australia. Since returning, Gyatso has been the driving force as well as being instrumental in the construction of Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery at Atisha Centre in Bendigo. He also has the distinction of being the first person to complete the traditional three-year solitary retreat at De-Tong Ling. This will be Thubten Gyatso’s first visit to the Centre since completing that retreat.

The retreat will be comprised of mostly meditation sessions with a few explanatory talks and discussions. Participants should have some background in the Buddhadharma and have strong faith in the teachings. This will be a powerful event and participants are asked to attend all sessions and commit to completing the retreat regardless of what happens. This retreat offers a unique opportunity to meditate and deepen one’s understanding of the Lam Rim in a peaceful, pristine environment.

De-Tong Ling has held this retreat annually around October since 2007 (except for 2014). This retreat fulfills the requirements of the Discovering Buddhism Programme and is the Official FPMT National Lam Rim Retreat in Australia.

Prices below include return travel from Adelaide by bus and ferry, accommodation, and vegetarian meals. Maximum 22 participants.

Early Registration (before 7 August 2016)
Camping          $505
Dormitory        $625
Twin Share       $775
Single              $875 (limited to 2)

Registration on 7 August 2016 and after
Camping          $555
Dormitory        $675
Twin Share       $825
Single              $925 (limited to 2)

Members receive a 10% discount.


Retreat Payment and Cancellation Policy
A 30% non-refundable deposit is required upon registration to secure a place in the retreat. Full payment is due by 3 September 2016. In the event of a cancellation after 3 September 2016 when full payment has been made, the policy is as follows: Between 14 and 30 days before retreat start date – loss of 70% of total cost by registered retreatant. Less than 14 days before retreat start date – loss of 80% of total cost by registered retreatant. Within 24 hours of retreat start date and once retreat has begun – loss of 100% of total cost by registered retreatant. In the event that the Centre is able to find a replacement for the cancellation in due time, a refund of 70% of total cost may be granted.