Rigpa is an international network of centres and groups offering the Buddha’s teachings in a way that is based on an authentic tradition, yet also relevant and beneficial for people in the modern world. Rigpa offers courses and seminars in meditation and compassion, as well as a complete path of study and practice for every stage of the Buddha’s teachings.
Rigpa was founded in 1979 by Sogyal Rinpoche, a Buddhist teacher from Tibet, who is also the author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. Rigpa has the gracious patronage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and each national Rigpa association has charitable and non-profit status.
Rigpa has undertaken a series of reforms and changes throughout the organisation, following the retirement of its founder Sogyal Rinpoche in August 2017, and serious allegations and complaints against him and Rigpa.
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How Lerab Ling’s Management is Integrated with Rigpa’s Management Internationally
Lerab Ling is represented on, and is an active participant in the executive and board-level bodies managing Rigpa internationally - international Board and the International Coordination Group (executive). Read more about the Rigpa Teams.
Rigpa's vision is to offer the Buddha’s teachings in a way that is based on an authentic tradition, yet also relevant and beneficial for people in the modern world. Rigpa offers courses and seminars in meditation and compassion, as well as a complete path of study and practice for every stage of the Buddha’s teachings.
Spiritual direction in Rigpa is held by the Vision Board, along with Rigpa’s Senior Teachers and Practice Holders, and the guidance of our Spiritual Advisors, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Mindrolling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche and Khenchen Namdrol Rinpoche - as well as the advice of many great masters of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism.
The role of the Vision Board is to ensure that the Rigpa community has clear spiritual guidance and direction.
The Vision Board oversees the spiritual authenticity of Rigpa, helping ensure all its activities remain true to its vision, values and culture. And it takes care that Sogyal Rinpoche’s legacy is secure, including his vision, teachings, lineage holders and particular approach to dharma activity.
Read more about the Rigpa Teams.