Vipashyana: The Path of Recognizing Our True Nature -

Retreat with Tsoknyi Rinpoche


This summer Tsoknyi Rinpoche will give teachings on vipashyana, the path of meditation for realizing the ultimate nature of mind and reality. Vipashyana, which has many stages, ultimately brings about the complete liberation of destructive emotions and suffering, and the full awakening of our inherent potential--enlightenment.

This retreat is ideal for those who already have experience in the practice of shamatha, which will be presented in the preceding ‘What Meditation Really Is’ retreat from 30 July-4 August.

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All of Buddha’s teachings on meditation can be condensed into two categories: shamatha, or calm-abiding, and vipashyana, or clear seeing. These two are to be practised progressively, as the great Buddhist saint Shantideva says:

Knowing that the mind’s afflictions are overcome
Through penetrating insight (vipashyana) suffused with stable calm (shamatha),
You should first seek the peace of calm abiding,
Which is found in joy and non-attachment to the world.

When, through shamatha meditation, the mind becomes settled, clear and able to simply abide undistracted in the present moment, we can begin, through the practice of vipashyana, to recognize the simplicity of the natural state beyond concepts, the ultimate nature of reality. Through vipashyana, our ordinary awareness is realized as the luminosity of the nature of mind, the pristine, pure awareness of rigpa.

Rinpoche will teach from 6-9 August, followed by practice and guidance from one of his senior students on 10-11 August. 

The Rigpa Annual Meditation Retreat, held just before (30 July-4 August), will offer you the basis and grounding necessary to follow this retreat.

Special Offer Button v2This event is preceded by a “Meditation Retreat” (30 July – 4 August), if you join the two events you will automatically benefit of 20% reduction on the Tsoknyi Rinpoche event fees. Choose the event “Meditation retreat and Tsoknyi Rinpoche” when registering online. More info about the Rigpa Annual Meditation Retreat here

Tsoknyi Rinpoche is renowned for his interactive teaching style and his quality of clarifying the subtle points and challenges of our practice, drawing on many years of teaching in the West.

Tsoknyi Rinpoche or Ngawang Tsoknyi Gyatso is the third Tsoknyi Rinpoche and was recognized by His Holiness the Sixteenth Gyalwang Karmapa as the reincarnation of Drubwang Tsoknyi Rinpoche. He is a renowned master of the Drukpa Kagyü and Nyingma traditions and the lineage holder of the Ratna Lingpa Lineage and the Tsoknyi Lineage.

Since 1991, Tsoknyi Rinpoche has been teaching in the Dzogchen tradition and he is one of those rare teachers whose lighthearted yet illuminating style appeals to both beginners and advanced practitioners alike. He is truly a bridge between ancient wisdom and the modern mind. His main teachers were Khamtrul Rinpoche Dongyü Nyima, his father Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche and Adeu Rinpoche.

His fresh insights into the western psyche have enabled him to teach and write in a way that touches our most profound awareness, using metaphors, stories and images that point directly to our everyday experience. He is widely recognized as a brilliant meditation teacher, is the author of three books, Open Heart, Open Mind, Carefree Dignity, and Fearless Simplicity, and has a keen interest in the ongoing dialogue between western research, especially in neuroscience, and Buddhist practitioners and scholars. 

Here you find an overview of the Complete Buddhist Path offered in Rigpa.

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