Practices following Sogyal Rinpoche’s Parinirvana.

NEW - 49TH DAY PRACTICES - You are invited to join us in Lerab Ling the 17, 18 and 19 October for three days of prayers and practices during the crowning period following Sogyal Rinpoche’s Parinirvana.

In the Dzogchen tradition, the 48th day (18 October) is particularly significant for spiritual practice and in Tibetan Buddhism in general the 49th day (19th October) is considered to be one of the most powerful times for spiritual practice. Many lamas have given advice about what prayers and practices to do at this time for anyone who has a connection to Sogyal Rinpoche. Everyone with a connection to Sogyal Rinpoche is welcome to participate in the schedule of daily practices organised in Lerab Ling.

During these three days we will share evocative teachings from Sogyal Rinpoche. We will also connect with what is happening in Bodhgaya and share news about the drupchen held by Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche and 45 of his lamas and monks.

Many of the daily practices being performed will be Vajrayana practices, however if you are not a Vajrayana student you will still be able to join in the many other practices (e.g. Guru Yoga, compassion and confession practices as well as aspiration prayers) or by simply being present and doing your personal practice.

You can stay for as long as you want during this period. Your participation in this event is on a donation basis (meals and accommodation in Lerab Ling are not included).

Please note - It is important to register before you come in order to help us to organise this period.

Sponsoring Practices and Ceremonies

Rigpa and Lerab Ling would like to offer their heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped sponsor the 49-day practices, and beyond, following Sogyal Rinpoche’s passing away.

We will be completing the 49th day soon—the focus will then shift to ceremonies that are taking place in India, which include a Vajrasattva drupchen in Bodhgaya, presided over by Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche, and with over 50 tulkus, khenpos, lamas and monks from the Shechen and Chokling monasteries participating, as well as practices at Chorten Gompa in Sikkim, culminating in the dungshyu (cremation ceremony) at Tashiding (West Sikkim)​.

Should you wish to contribute further towards these practices and ceremonies, since ​they are being organized privately​, we would direct you to the following link where your support will be gratefully received here.

Alternatively, you may send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details on how to support. All donations will be allocated towards the monasteries, lamas and monks who are conducting the ceremonies, as well as towards offerings of lights, flowers and tsok, up until the dungshyu.​

Long Term Accommodation

  • Save 25% on your accommodation If you stay 7 days or more. Use the code 2019MORE7DAYS25 while registering online.
  • Save 50% on your accommodation if you stay 21 days or more. Use the code 2019MORE21DAYS50 while registering online

Prayers and Practices
In Tibetan Buddhism, the period of forty-nine days following the moment of death is considered to be the most powerful time for spiritual practice. Many lamas have given advice about the prayers and practices to do at this time, for anyone who has a connection to Sogyal Rinpoche. This information will be updated here as new advice is received.

According to the Dzogchen tradition, the first four days are especially important for practices to be done. In Lerab Ling, Dzogchen Beara, in all Rigpa centres and for anyone who wishes to practice at this time, the recommended practices are:

  • Guru Yoga
  • Rigdzin Düpa Tsok
  • Protectors practices
  • Narak Kong Shak
  • Vajrasattva mantra
  • Heart of Vajrasattva
  • Tsok
  • Prayers to Guru Rinpoche
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To see the programme for Rigpa students please log in with your "Rigpa Admin & Care" email and password. If you are a student from another sangha and you think you qualify to participate to this event, please send an email to registration@rigpa.org