1998-1999

1996 Nyoshul Khenpo Rinpoche, and, from left to right, Mayumla Tsering Wagmo, Khandro Damchö-la, Khandro Tséring Chödrön, Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche, Chokling Rinpoche, Jigmé Khyentse Rinpoche, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche and Sogyal Rinpoche at Lerab Ling.


1998 Sherab Özer Rinpoche


1999 Trulshik Rinpoche


1999 Dzogchen Rinpoche & Tulku Pegyal
1998 Lerab Ling invites Sherab Özer Rinpoche, Dzongsar Khyentse, Chokling Rinpoche, Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche and Orgyen Topgyal Rinpoche to the summer retreat.

The winter retreat at Kirchheim, Germany, with Dzogchen Rinpoche; first ‘Three Roots’ retreat at Dzogchen Beara.

1999 New Paris centre blessed by Trulshik Rinpoche; summer retreats at Lerab Ling with Dzogchen Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Chokling Rinpoche and Orgyen Topgyal Rinpoche; Trulshik Rinpoche teaches in San Francisco, New York and Lerab Ling; new Amsterdam centre; Kirchheim Millennium retreat with Dzogchen Rinpoche, Tulku Pegyal Rinpoche and a Vajrakilaya drupchö is held. Trulshik Rinpoche teaches at Lerab Ling in November.


In 1999, Kyabjé Trulshik Rinpoche, the heart son of Dudjom Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, gave a series of empowerments at Lerab Ling, and taught at Rigpa’s request in San Francisco, New York, and London. He also founded the basis for a monastic sangha within Rigpa by ordaining the first nuns. At the same time, Rigpa Australia acquired land for a new retreat centre at Bluey’s Beach, on the east coast near Sydney. With some three thousand people already following courses worldwide, 1999 also marked the beginning of a complete, long-term review of the programme for study and practice within Rigpa. True to the spirit of his work, Rinpoche’s vision is to set in place an authentic, accessible Buddhist study foundation for modern people, based on classical Buddhist teachings and the advice of teachers of all schools, both the senior masters as well as some of the brilliant younger teachers so attuned to modern times.