1991

1991 His Holiness Sakya Trizin gives Vajrakilaya enpowerment in Rigpa London. left to right: Sogyal Rinpoche; His Holiness Sakya Trizin; Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche; Alak Zenkar Rinpoche; Khandro Damchö-la and the Rigpa sangha at the opening of the new centre, 1991.


1991 Dodrupchen Rinpoche at Dzogchen Beara
1991 Rigpa Switzerland is established; the new London Centre in Caledonian Road opens; Dodrupchen Rinpoche teaches in London, Dzogchen Beara and at the summer retreat in Cassan, France, he blesses the new retreat land of Lerab Ling; His Holiness Sakya Trizin gives Vajrakilaya enpowerment in Rigpa London; Nyoshul Khenpo attends the winter retreat at Kirchheim in Germany.


From this point on, the pace of change began to quicken. In 1991 a new centre was opened in Caledonian Road in London, and blessed by Kyabjé Dodrupchen Rinpoche, who also taught in Dzogchen Beara, and, while in France at the summer retreat, blessed the land indicated by Khyentse Rinpoche as the future retreat centre, Lerab Ling.

His Holiness Sakya Trizin, now on the fourth of his six visits to Rigpa London, performed the Wangchen—the elaborate empowerment—of Vajrakilaya, complete with ritual dances. He was to visit again with the great woman master of the Sakya tradition, Jetsun Chimey, in 1995, and to teach in Paris and Lerab Ling in 1996.