The origins of the association go back to the early 1970s,
when a small group of Westerners met with Kangyur Rinpoche, a great Tibetan
master living in exile in a tiny house in Darjeeling, India. After his
death, Kangyur Rinpoche's eldest son, Pema Wangyal Rinpoche, who had previously
visited France, prepared the way for two great lineage holders of the
Nyingma school, Dudjom Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, to come and
teach in Dordogne, France. That was in 1975.
Over the years they returned frequently, to share their unique knowledge
and experience with thousands of students from all over the world. Thanks
to their inspiration and guidance, this beautiful place in the valley
of the Vézère has become a centre of learning and meditation
where people from many countries have completed the traditional three-year
retreat. At the moment, a retreat is taking place under the guidance of
Pema Wangyal Rinpoche.