Rigpa Vision Board
Following the retirement of Sogyal Rinpoche from the role of Spiritual Director of Rigpa in August 2017, a Vision Board has been appointed to guide Rigpa. To maintain the authenticity of Rigpa's work, the Vision Board will be advised by eminent Tibetan Buddhist lamas.
Each of the members of the Vision Board has a life-long commitment to the dharma, has been a long-term student of Sogyal Rinpoche, and undertook the three-year retreat in Rigpa in 2006-2009.
Valerie has worked to support events and retreats with Sogyal Rinpoche for many years and she continues to study, compile and make teachings available for the Rigpa Sangha Programme. She also leads retreats and oversees Rigpa's Dzogchen Study Programme. Valerie has accomplished a number of long-term closed retreats, including the three roots practices.
Mauro De March
Mauro has an in-depth knowledge of Buddhism’s cultural and artistic heritage. He has supervised the crafting of sacred decorations of the temple at Lerab Ling, Rigpa's main retreat centre in France, in particular the Buddha statue – replica of the Buddha statue in Bodghaya, working with artists in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Thailand and Burma. He is the founder of ZAM (Rigpa's distributor of study and practice materials) and Rigpa House in New Dehli, and has facilitated the visits of many lamas to Rigpa centres around the world.
Seth has been trained by many teachers as a master of ceremony (or chöpön) of Vajrayana practices and is dedicated to helping establish the Vajrayana Buddhist tradition in the West. He has been an attendant to Sogyal Rinpoche in his travels, teachings and public events for twenty years, and is also currently studying at Milinda, a project established by Dzongsar Khyentse to train Buddhist teachers for the West.
Patrick is a scholar, translator and teacher in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. He was the co-editor of Sogyal Rinpoche's book The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. He has also edited two of the Dalai Lama's books, Dzogchen: The Heart Essence of the Great Perfection and Mind in Comfort and Ease: The Vision of Enlightenment in the Great Perfection.
Verena has completed eight years of shedra education at the Rigpa College of Buddhist Studies in Nepal under the direction of Khenpo Namdrol. She is currently studying at Milinda, a project established by Dzongsar Khyentse to train Buddhist teachers for the West.
Philip has been instrumental in establishing Rigpa as an organisation and facilitates the visits of numerous Tibetan lamas to the West. He has directed major development projects for Rigpa, including the temple at Lerab Ling, Rigpa's main retreat centre in France, and Rigpa's first city centre, Dhamamati in Berlin. More recently, he co-founded the Sukhavati Centre, outside Berlin, that brings together for the first time the teaching and application of spiritual care for the living and dying.
Vinciane is an educator interested in ways in which the modern world can benefit from the peace, compassion and wisdom of the Tibetan Buddhist teachings. She initiated several projects, including a programme bringing mindfulness and awareness into schools, and conferences on compassion in society.
Lamas guiding the Rigpa Vision Board
To maintain the authenticity of Rigpa's work, the Vision Board will be advised by a number of eminent Tibetan Buddhist lamas including Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche and Mindrolling Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche (both key figures in interpreting Tibetan Buddhism in the modern world), and Khenchen Namdrol Rinpoche (a great scholar and lineage holder of the Ngagyur Nyingma tradition). Other Tibetan Buddhist lamas will be invited to advise in the future.