Sogyal Rinpoche and Rigpa
Sogyal Rinpoche is a world-renowned Buddhist teacher from Tibet, author of the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying and founder and spiritual leader of Rigpa and Lerab Ling. Born in Tibet, Sogyal Rinpoche was recognized at an early age as the incarnation of a great master and visionary saint of the nineteenth century, Tertön Sogyal Lerab Lingpa (1856-1926), a teacher to the thirteenth Dalai Lama.
Sogyal Rinpoche received the traditional training of a Tibetan lama and studied with many great masters, of all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. In 1971 he studied Comparative Religion at the University of Cambridge in England. Rinpoche has been teaching for over thirty years and continues to travel widely in Europe, America, Australia and Asia. More information
Rigpa is a network of Buddhist centres and groups open to all schools and traditions of Buddhist wisdom. With the guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Rigpa offers those following the Buddhist teachings a complete path of study and practice along with the environment they need to experience the teachings fully. Today Rigpa has more than 130 centres and groups in 41 countries around the world.
Inspired by the meaning of the word rigpa, Sogyal Rinpoche gave this as the name for his work and to the vehicle he was developing to serve the Buddha’s teaching in the West. More information