1977 Gyalwang Karmapa
1978 Sakya Trizin
1979 Dudjom Rinpoche
|1976 Invites Dudjom Rinpoche to London; translates for him in USA. Sogyal Rinpoche begins to teach in Paris.|
1977 Orgyen Chö Ling hosts Gyalwang Karmapa; Sogyal Rinpoche publishes View, Meditation and Action.
1978 His Holiness Sakya Trizin is invited to London; Sogyal Rinpoche teaches in Ireland; Face to Face published; Dudjom Rinpoche’s centre established in Paris at Rue Burq under Rinpoche’s guidance; first Tibetan Calendar produced.
1979 Dzogchen Orgyen Chö Ling hosts Dudjom Rinpoche for one month in London; Sogyal Rinpoche translates for him in USA, and gives his first teaching there; Sogyal Rinpoche names his work ‘Rigpa’.
Three features marked Sogyal Rinpoche’s work from the outset. First was the spirit of open-mindedness which he inherited from his master Jamyang Khyentse, whose name was synonymous with the Rimé approach in Tibet. Although Rinpoche’s lineage is that of the ‘Ancient’ Nyingma and Dzogchen tradition, from the beginning teachers of all schools of Tibetan Buddhism, and from Theravada and Zen, have been invited and supported by Rigpa. Second, Rinpoche has always preserved a clear sense of the need to maintain the authenticity and purity of the teachings and the lineage, while making them accessible and relevant to people today. Third, he has sought to offer the teachings as widely as he can, in order to benefit as many as possible. This has also led him to explore the common ground between Buddhism and other disciplines and spiritual paths.
Having founded Orgyen Chöling in London in 1975, Rinpoche was soon teaching in Paris, especially with the presence there of Kyabjé Dudjom Rinpoche, for whom he often translated, and whom he accompanied to the United States as translator and aide in 1976. At the end of that year he invited Dudjom Rinpoche to London, and in summer 1977 the London centre, known as Dzogchen Orgyen Chöling, found a home at Princess Road in Kilburn. This was a place to be blessed by many great masters: by Dudjom Rinpoche, when he taught for a whole month in London in 1979, and by His Holiness Sakya Trizin, Gyalwang Karmapa, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and others. In 1978 Dudjom Rinpoche’s centre was established in rue Burq in Paris under Rinpoche’s guidance, and Dudjom Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Ling Rinpoche and Kalu Rinpoche all gave empowerments and teachings there. A remarkable series of teachings and retreats were conducted by Dudjom Rinpoche in both Paris and Dordogne over the years 1979-1981, which were attended by those who are now Rinpoche’s oldest students.