Tibetan Buddhism

The Buddhist tradition of Tibet is recognized as one of the world’s most unique and distinctive spiritual cultures. It is especially respected for the profound wisdom and inner sciences upon which it is based, and its expression of the highest human ideals of compassion, tolerance and peace.

This section provides a simple introduction to Buddhism and to the wisdom culture of Tibet.


The Buddha
The historical Buddha, Shakyamuni, attained enlightenment in India in the sixth century BCE.


Buddhism was introduced to Tibet in the eighth century by the great master and saint Padmasambhava.


His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is Tibet's spiritual leader and the seniormost figure in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.


Tertön Sogyal
In Tibet, there is a tradition of recognizing incarnations of great masters who have passed away. Sogyal Rinpoche, Rigpa's founder and spiritual director, was recognised as an incarnation of Tertön Sogyal.