Preserving the Tibetan culture

Rigpa’s projects in India, Nepal and Tibet

In the East, Rigpa actively supports a number of monasteries, nunneries and study centres. Rigpa also supports individual masters and practitioners, as well as social programmes, in a concerted effort to help keep alive the great wisdom culture of Tibet.

Additionally, Rigpa also sponsors an annual programme of practice intensives (drupchen) and prayer gatherings (mönlam), that are a unique feature of the Buddhist tradition of Tibet, and considered to be especially powerful for bringing peace in the world, harmony to the environment, and benefit to all living beings.

Rigpa provides support for the following projects and practitioners in the East:


Chörten Gompa in Gangtok, Sikkim, was established by Kyabjé Dodrupchen Rinpoche and is highly respected for the purity and vigour with which the teaching and practice traditions are maintained.


Thubten Chöling, Nepal, was founded by Kyabjé Trulshik Rinpoche and is now a leading centre for the monastic traditions of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, and supports a large community of monks, nuns and lay practitioners.


Shugsep Nunnery, India, was re-established on the outskirts of Dharamsala in Himachel Pradesh and is home to over fifty Tibetan nuns who risked their lives fleeing their homeland to seek sanctuary in India.


Rigpa House, Delhi, co-ordinates all of Rigpa’s activities in India and Nepal, and provides invaluable support for a number of Tibetan Lamas.