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The History of Rigpa

Today many people around the world have encountered Tibetan Buddhism, and derived enormous benefit from its teachings and practice. One of the direct causes for its remarkable spread was the arrival in the West in the 1960’s and 1970’s of a number of Tibetan teachers, who devoted themselves to discovering how their ancient Buddhist tradition could be placed within the reach of modern men and women.

Among these teachers was Sogyal Rinpoche, and the vehicle that he created to convey the Buddhist teachings was Rigpa. The history of Rigpa, then, is part of the history of how the Buddhadharma came to the West. 

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.

See some of the highlights of Rigpa's history in images below.

Highlights from Rigpa's history in images