De-Tong Ling Retreat Centre is a Tibetan Buddhist centre located on Kangaroo Island in South Australia.  We offer individual retreat accommodation in four self-contained earth-walled houses and currently we hold two annual group meditation retreats, 4 days over Easter and 10 days in October.  We are in the process of developing a Group Retreat Facility which will have an extended retreat program, and will also be available for rental to like-minded groups.

The Centre is situated on 1300 acres of wilderness at the western end of the island, 5 kms from the north coast and elevated with long views across the scrub out to sea and the islands in Investigator Strait.  The pure air and water of its pristine environment and the deep silence of its remote location provide ideal conditions for retreat.

De-Tong Ling is a Tibetan name meaning “place of bliss and emptiness”.  The Centre was given its name in 1988 by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, after devoted students offered the land as a potential retreat centre, and it was opened formally in 1994.

De-Tong Ling Retreat Centre is affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), meaning that the Centre follows the spiritual direction of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and that it uses FPMT’s educational programs and material, created in the unique lineage of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche.  The FPMT organisation provides opportunities for beings to listen, reflect, meditate, practise, and actualise the unmistaken teachings of the Buddha, with the aim of helping all beings develop their full potential of infinite wisdom and compassion.

De-Tong Ling follows the FPMT Ethical Policy, a code of conduct which helps create and maintain a harmonious environment that is safe, respectful and supportive of Buddhist practice within the FPMT organisation.  The FPMT Ethical Policy can be read here.

Furthermore, each person in a position of authority at De-Tong Ling is required to adopt and apply the procedures described in the Protecting from Abuse Policy, which are intended to foster a safer environment for all who attend, visit or work at the Centre.  There are three Designated Protection People listed in the Policy with their contact details and they are always available to respond appropriately to any concerns that a person has about safety, misconduct or abuse in connection with De-Tong Ling Retreat Centre.

The Centre is incorporated individually as a separate legal entity, is responsible for its own governance and finance, and is a registered charity.

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10 Day Lam-Rim Retreat with Ven CHOKYI

Dates: 28.9.-9.10.2024

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We acknowledge this land 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.