De-Tong Ling Retreat Centre is a Tibetan Buddhist centre at the north-western end of Kangaroo Island in South Australia. We offer individual retreat accommodation in four self-contained earth-walled houses and hold two annual group meditation retreats, 4 days over Easter and 10 days in October.

De-Tong Ling is located on 1300 acres of wilderness, 3 kms from the coast and with long views out to sea across the scrub. The pure air and water of its pristine environment and the deep silence of its remote location are perfect for retreat.

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