Lerab Ling - Institute of Wisdom and Compassion
Located to the northwest of Montpellier in France, Lerab Ling, Institute of Wisdom and Compassion has established itself as one of the leading centres of Tibetan Buddhist culture and learning in Europe.
Created by Sogyal Rinpoche and under the patronage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the institute provides a series of outreach and secular programmes translating the core values of the ancient wisdom tradition of Buddhism into different fields of contemporary life.
The Institute of Wisdom and Compassion organise since 2002 the forums Buddhism and Medicine and the International conferences.
These events aim to multiply the links between the Buddhist science of mind and western science such as medicine and therapy. Their objective is also to explore the benefits and the changes that meditation and compassion can bring to our modern world. They gathered since their creation more than 5,000 people.
International Forums Buddhism and Medicine
Unique in Europe the Buddhism and Medicine forums bring together renowned Buddhist teachers and key figures in the fields of sciences, medicine psychiatry and psychotherapy. Together they exchange knowledge and understanding on the treatment and healing of both physical and mental pathologies.
The 1st International Forum Buddhism & Medicine in 2002 had for theme Physical pain and Suffering
The 2nd International Forum Buddhism & Medicine in 2006 explored the subject of Depression and Mental Suffering. These two events were held at the Corum conference centre in Montpellier.
The 3rd International Forum Buddhism & Medicine in 2010 was held at Lerab Ling on the topic Meditation and health: the Therapeutic Benefits of Meditation in Modern Life.
The 4th International Forum Buddhism & Medicine in 2013 - Empathy, Compassion and Health, Explored the therapeutic benefits of compassion in modern life”
The Lerab Ling International Conferences
The International Conferences aim to propose solutions relevant to our modern world. They bring together world-renowned meditation teachers and key people in our society, such as scientists, psychologists, educators and business leaders to explore what happens when we get to know our minds.
The 1st International Conference in 2014 , Meditation and Human Values in the Workplace, explored how meditation and human values – such as wisdom and compassion – can come together to change the way we live and work today.
The 2nd International Conference in 2015, Mindfulness & Awareness - Bringing Wisdom into Society, explained the true purpose of meditation and envisioned what the world would look like if we were able to bring mindfulness and awareness into every aspect of our lives.