Rigpa Vision Board
Following the retirement of Sogyal Rinpoche from the role of Spiritual Director of Rigpa in August 2017, a Vision Board was appointed to guide Rigpa. To maintain the authenticity of Rigpa's work, the Vision Board is 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 most undertook the three-year retreat in Rigpa in 2006-2009.
Vision Board members
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.
Philippe began studying Tibetan at the age of 18 and became a Buddhist in 1980. He was one of the first Rigpa students in France and has studied and practiced Tibetan Buddhism with Dudjom Rinpoche, Sogyal Rinpoche, Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, and other teachers of the Nyingma tradition. Philippe is the author or translator (into French) of several books on the Nyingma school and Dzogchen. He is a lecturer at the French National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations, Paris and at the Catholic University of Louvain, Brussels.
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.
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.
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.
Fian has supported Rigpa at a national level in retreats and events since 2011, and has been a member of international management teams since 2016. He has taken a leading role in developing Rigpa’s youth organisation Rigpé Shyönnu. He is currently studying Rigpa's Home Retreat. He has a degree in Psychology.
Yara is a postgraduate student in Philosophy at King's College, London, interested in the study of mind and the self from cross-cultural perspectives. She has initiated and facilitated international youth events exploring mind, meditation and Buddhist philosophy. She is in the core team of Rigpé Shyönnu, and is studying in the Milinda Buddhist teacher training programme.
Lamas guiding the Rigpa Vision Board
To maintain the authenticity of Rigpa's work, the Vision Board is advised by a number of eminent Tibetan Buddhist lamas including Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche and Mindrolling Jetsün 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 also advise Rigpa regularly.