Join us for our 25th Anniversary!

Join us on Saturday 16th March for a day of fun, food and bargains.

Information and Book Tickets

If you are unable to attend, please consider making a donation



Canterbury Tibet Link follows the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition, which includes the Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana paths. We are based in Canterbury, England, and are affiliated with Maitrikara in Brighton and the "Centre d'Etudes de Chanteloube" in France.

Study and practice groups and seminars are held throughout the year providing a resource for those wishing to start out on the Buddhist path or deepen their own practice. We feel that the goal of studying and practising the dharma is best summed up in the words of one of our teachers:

"The Buddha's teaching is a science of the mind. It is a method for bringing out the extraordinary capacities of intelligence and compassion which are an integral part of human nature."

For information regarding study and practice meetings and seminars please go to the Programme page using the link above.

For more information please contact Caroline Latham on
phone: +44(0)7875 743 532 or email:




In the beginning of the 1970s, a number of Westerners discovered a remarkable Tibetan teacher, Kangyur Rinpoche, living in exile in a tiny house in Darjeeling, India.
Gradually a group of practitioners formed around this astonishing person. After his death, his eldest son, Perma Wangyai Rinpoche, invited two great lineage holders of the Nyingmapa school, Dudjom Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, to teach in the Dordogne, France. That was in 1975.


Over the years they went again and again, to share their unique knowledge and experience with thousands of students from all over the world.

Thanks to their inspiration and guidance , Chanteloube became a place of meditation where people from many countries and walks of life have completed the traditional three-year retreat. Canterbury Tibet Link is a branch of Chanteloube and exists to uphold this lineage and tradition here in the UK.

For more information concerning Chanteloube activities please visit




We are affiliated to the “Centre d'Etudes de Chanteloube” which is situated in the Dordogne region of France. Chanteloube was founded with the inspiration and guidance of three great masters of Tibetan Buddhism.
(Please click on the names of the masters):


The lineage of all our teachers is connected with the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, which was established in Tibet in the eighth century by Guru Padmasambhava. However, the spirit of the teachings follows the Rimé movement started in Tibet in the last century by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche. The Rimé movement encourages openness and respect for all schools. The guidance and inspiration of Canterbury Tibet Link continues with the blessings of:

In the absence of our teachers the various groups that Canterbury Tibet Link run are guided by long term students.

For more information about the activities of our teachers please follow these links:




Study and Practice Group

The group currently meets monthly on Tuesday evenings at 7pm at Friend's Meeting House in Canterbury, and for occasional tsogs and sometimes for a whole day at weekends.

Please Contact to confirm the next Meeting Date(s).

The evening or day includes guidance and practice on meditation and recitation as well as the study of various root texts and commentaries.
At present we are studying “The Heart of Compassion” by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and currently doing “The Swift Path to Enlightenment” practice.

We also join up with Maitrikara, another satellite group in Brighton when private teachings are given.

We have also been blessed with a yearly visit of Taklung Matul Rinpoche for the last five years. To have the visit of such a teacher and to receive these authentic teachings locally is a wonderful and rare opportunity.

All information from




Five-year Parallel Retreats

Many practitioners are now participating in a "Five-Year Parallel Retreat" run by Chanteloube, our main centre in France. The aim of this retreat is to parallel the study and practice undertaken in the traditional closed three-year retreats also held at Chanteloube.
The retreat involves receiving teachings in France from either Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche or Pema Wangyal Rinpoche over two to three weekends a year. The rest of the time is spent in one's normal working life with the commitment to practice and study the teachings given a number of hours a day. This method of practice and retreat is proving popular and many are finding it a beneficial, practical and workable way to merge their lives with the dharma.

Three-year Closed Retreat

Traditional three-year retreats are being run at Chanteloube, involving intensive meditation training for a number of students.
In the words of our teacher Pema Wangyal Rinpoche, "Following the example given by our teachers, to do long retreats is the best way to make use of our human potential."
Our teachers also say, "Meditators remaining in solitude, and their supporters who remain in active life create the auspicious connection of all achieving enlightenment at the same moment."

If you would like to contribute to this project or other retreats in the future through your prayers and/or financial support, we would be most grateful. Any donations, however small or large, are all welcome. One drop in the ocean can spread infinitesimally.

Please contact us by email:

Those interested in finding out more about both retreats please contact Chanteloube directly via email at :




The Songtsen organisation
Chanteloube website
Official site of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet
Official site of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet and the Tibetan Government in Exile
Shechen Monastery and the Dilgo Khyentse Fellowship
Official site of His Holiness Sakya Trizin
Mangala Shri Bhuti - Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche
Siddhartha' Intent International - Official site of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
Khyentse Foundation
Tenga Rinpoche



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