Rigpa presents the Buddhist tradition of Tibet in a way that is both completely authentic and relevant to the lives and needs of modern society.
On 11 August, Sogyal Rinpoche announced his retirement as spiritual director from all the organisations that bear the name of Rigpa in different countries around the world.
The decision follows a number of allegations brought against Sogyal Rinpoche, which have been widely shared on the internet. The governing boards and management teams of Rigpa have resolved to clarify the situation responsibly, in a way that is entirely consistent with ethical Buddhist values. They are also seeking professional and spiritual advice and plan to establish a new advisory group to guide the Rigpa organisation going forward.
As an international network of Buddhist centres, Rigpa continues to dedicate its efforts to making the Buddhist teachings of meditation, compassion and wisdom available to the modern world. The courses and programmes offered by Rigpa have helped many thousands of people around the world experience relief from suffering and find meaning in their lives.
Channels have been established to ensure that members of our community have the opportunity to express their wishes, views and concerns.
We will continue to post updates about plans for the organisation
A world-renowned Buddhist teacher from Tibet, Sogyal Rinpoche is also the author of the highly acclaimed The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. Born in Kham in Eastern Tibet, Sogyal Rinpoche was recognized as the incarnation of Lerab Lingpa Tertön Sogyal, a teacher to the thirteenth Dalai Lama, by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö, one of the most outstanding spiritual masters of the twentieth century.
Rigpa is an international network of Buddhist centres and groups, which offer meditation courses and Tibetan Buddhist studies. Rinpoche and Rigpa’s main focus is to make the Buddha’s teachings available as widely as possible, in a way that is authentic, accessible and beneficial for people of all ages, and from all walks of life.
Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
Sogyal Rinpoche’s acclaimed spiritual classic is widely regarded as one of the most complete and authoritative presentations of the Tibetan Buddhist teachings ever written.
The Buddhist tradition of Tibet is recognized as one of the world’s most unique and distinctive spiritual cultures. It is especially respected for the profound wisdom and inner sciences upon which it is based, and its expression of the highest human ideals of compassion, tolerance and peace.
Rigpa’s Spiritual Care Programme offers practical ways in which the wisdom and compassion of the Buddhist teachings can benefit those facing illness or death, and help support their families and care-givers.
Programs for Children
Rigpé Yeshé is an association of parents and educators, we support families in the Dharma education of their children, giving them the tools they need to work with their hearts and minds in their everyday lives. Rigpé Yéshé was founded in Lerab Ling in 2005. The name was given by Sogyal Rinpoche; it means the Wisdom of Rigpa.
Since ancient times, the spirit of generosity has been a defining characteristic of the Buddhist tradition. Today we still need your help to bring to life our spiritual vision, and there are many ways you can offer your support…