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About Sogyal Rinpoche

A world-renowned Buddhist teacher from Tibet, Sogyal Rinpoche is the author of the highly acclaimed The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. Sogyal Rinpoche is the founder of Rigpa.

About Sogyal Rinpoche

Born in Kham in Eastern Tibet, Sogyal Rinpoche was recognized at an early age as the incarnation of a great master and visionary saint of the nineteenth century, Tertön Sogyal Lerab Lingpa (1856-1926), a teacher to the thirteenth Dalai Lama.

He received the traditional training of a Tibetan lama under the close supervision of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö , one of the most outstanding spiritual masters of the twentieth century, who raised Rinpoche like his own son. He went on to study with many other great masters, of all schools of Tibetan Buddhism, especially Kyabjé Dudjom Rinpoche and Kyabjé Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Read more about Rinpoche's main masters.

Dudjom Rinpoche & Sogyal Rinpoche

Dudjom Rinpoche & Sogyal Rinpoche

Sogyal Rinpoche & Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

Sogyal Rinpoche & Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche & Sogyal Rinpoche

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche & Sogyal Rinpoche

In 1971, Rinpoche went to England, where he studied Comparative Religion at Cambridge University. First as a translator and aide to his revered masters, and then teaching in his own right, Rinpoche traveled to many countries, observing the reality of people’s lives, and searching how to translate the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism so as to make them relevant to modern men and women of all faiths, by drawing out their universal message while losing none of their authenticity, purity and power.

Out of this was born his unique style of teaching, and his ability to attune these teachings to modern life, demonstrated so vividly in his ground-breaking book, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. More than 3 million copies have been printed, in 34 languages and the book is available in 80 countries.

Rinpoche has been teaching for over 40 years and continues to travel widely in Europe, America, Australia and Asia.


Watch a teaching

What Meditation Really Is

Sogyal Rinpoche explains that there is much more to meditation than saying mantras and burning incense.
10 mins 03

What does it mean to love yourself?

What does it mean to love yourself? It is embracing every aspect of your being with an unconditional love. On a deeper level, your buddha nature manifests and loves all the ordinary, unpleasant aspects of yourself. Loving yourself is about embracing, not judging.
4 mins 36

How to help those who have died

On the occasion of a student passing away in 2010, Sogyal Rinpoche gave this simple, yet intimate teaching on how to practice the essential phowa a practice we can do to help those who have died. 6 mins 18