Shenten Dargye Ling was established in 2005 by His Eminence Yongdzin Lopon Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche, the most senior teacher of the Yungdrung Bon tradition, with the aim to preserve this ancient tradition and to transmit it to Western students.
Our mission is to transmit the Yungdrung Bon tradition to the West in a completely authentic way, in its entirety and at the highest quality.
Yungdrung Bon, the native religion of Tibet, is one of the world's most ancient spiritual traditions. It has a unique and very rich heritage. Its knowledge helps sentient beings to cope with the demands of daily life and ultimately leads them all the way up to full enlightenment.
During the Chinese Cultural Revolution, the Bon tradition was nearly extinguished. But through the great hardship and efforts of a few Tibetan teachers in exile, mainly His Holiness Lungtok Tenpa’i Nyima and His Eminence Yongdzin Lopon Tendzin Namdhak, the tradition survived.
Shenten Dargye Ling organizes regular teaching retreats and collective practices, and offers facilities to do individual retreat.
We have resident lamas on our premises, at Chateau de la Modetais, where we conduct daily meditation practice in the morning and evening.
We operate a meditation school that allows students to receive the full transmission of each of the four main cycles of Dzogchen teaching during longer periods of intensive retreat in the traditional way.
As interest develops, we will expand our teaching and study programme.
Our name and organisation
Shenten Dargye Ling means Sanctuary where the Teaching of Tonpa Shenrab Flourishes. In 2006 Shenten Dargye Ling was recognized by French Ministry of Interior as a Religious Congregation, confirming its status as an authentic spiritual organization. The community of Shenten Dargye Ling comprises lay practitioners as well as ordained monks and nuns. The ordained community is organized under Shenten Dargye Ling Congregation, headed by the Abbot Tenpa Yungdrung Rinpoche, who is also the Abbot of Triten Norbutse Monastery in Nepal. The lay community is organised under Shenten Dargye Ling Association.