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 Kyabje Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, after devoted students offered the land as a potential retreat centre. It was opened formally in 1994 and is affiliated to the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT).

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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.