Our Sangha

Sangha is an ancient word in the Pali and Sanskrit languages meaning “association”, “assembly”, “company” or “community” and refers in Buddhism to the monastic community of ordained Buddhist monks or nuns.

At Rigpa, we use the word Sangha more broadly to refer to our community of dedicated students, who have made a personal commitment to the study and practice of Buddhism in their lives.

The information in this area of our website is primarily aimed at these students, including details of the more advanced practice sessionsthat are conducted at the centre.

Join Our Sangha

Generally, you are considered part of our Sangha once you have completed your first year of introductory courses and pay by subscription instead of paying for each course separately.

Detailed calendar for Rigpa students

Please note: in general only the Meditation classes and practices are open to all. See the course section for more information about study.

The practice sessions on this calendar are for those who are familiar with these practices. Please contact us if you have any questions.

View the online sangha calendar

Fire Monkey Year Accumulation Tally

The year 2016 is the Fire Monkey Year. To celebrate this year of Guru Rinpoche, the Rigpa Sangha as a whole are going to accumulate 300 Million Vajra Guru mantras and 10 million 7 line prayers.

To view the monthly totals for the national and international offerings just click on the following link.