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Events

Rigpa's main centres around the world host a regular programme of talks, weekend seminars and retreats led by Rigpa's senior instructors and teachers from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. For courses and other programmes, please check your local centres’ website.

More events will be published here as they are confirmed.

Meditation, Loving Kindness & more at Dzogchen Beara, Ireland
Jan
3
to Jan 2

Meditation, Loving Kindness & more at Dzogchen Beara, Ireland

Dzogchen Beara, Rigpa’s retreat centre on the wild and beautiful Beara Peninsula in County Cork, in south-west Ireland, offers a unique year-round programme of retreats, seminars, workshops and professional training. Upcoming events include: Finding Peace - What Meditation Really Is and Loving Kindness Week - Discovering the True Nature of Love.

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Personal Retreats and Meditation Breaks at Lerab Ling, southern France
Jan
4
to Oct 19

Personal Retreats and Meditation Breaks at Lerab Ling, southern France

Lerab Ling, Rigpa's main retreat centre in France, offers everyone the opportunity to take a break from their busy daily lives in an environment that inspires rest, reflection, healing and renewal. This is a precious opportunity to nourish yourself and learn or deepen your practice of meditation.

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Bodhicharyavatara Online Course
Feb
19
to Nov 20

Bodhicharyavatara Online Course

Led by Shedra teacher, Chantal Bergers, this course will study Shantideva’s classic text, the Bodhicharyavatara or the Way of the Bodhisattva, over the course of this next year. This online course will be based on teachings being given at the Rigpa Shedra in Nepal in 2019 and will follow a Shedra approach to studying a classical Buddhist text but converted to an accessible online format.

Chantal has been a Rigpa student since 2002. She has been studying in the Shedra for eight years, and was the first Westerner to teach the Bodhicharyavatara in the Rigpa Shedra East in 2016 at the request of Khenchen Namdrol. Since 2017 she has been part of the Milinda Program, a project established by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche to train Buddhist teachers for the West.

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Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche - evening and weekend teachings in London, Amsterdam, Berlin and Lerab Ling, southern France
Mar
20
to Oct 13

Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche - evening and weekend teachings in London, Amsterdam, Berlin and Lerab Ling, southern France

H.E. Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche is one of the outstanding meditation teachers of our time. She holds the Nyingma and Kagyu lines and is known for her penetrating wisdom and humor. She conveys the Buddhist teachings in a concise and lively manner, enriched with personal anecdotes and examples, which are of particular relevance to the everyday life of the modern, sometimes fast-paced world.

Rigpa is looking forward to welcoming Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche to join Rigpa’s Prayer Gathering in Bodhgaya, as well as teach in its centres in London, Amsterdam, Berlin and Lerab Ling, southern France.

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Andy Karr, dharma talks and teachings in London and Lerab Ling, southern France
Apr
13
to May 5

Andy Karr, dharma talks and teachings in London and Lerab Ling, southern France

Andy Karr is a writer, photographer, longtime meditation practitioner, and Buddhist teacher. He trained intensively with two of the great founding teachers of Western Buddhism: Shunryu Suzuki Roshi and Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Karr is the author of two books—Contemplating Reality and The Practice of Contemplative Photography—which are concerned with investigating the nature of mind and the phenomenal world, and helping people cultivate clear seeing.

Andy will teach at Rigpa centres in London & Lerab Ling, southern France in April & May.

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H.E. Ling Rinpoche teaching in  London, Barcelona, Paris and Lerab Ling, southern France
Apr
22
to May 25

H.E. Ling Rinpoche teaching in London, Barcelona, Paris and Lerab Ling, southern France

His Eminence the 7th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche was recognised by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the reincarnation of His Holiness' senior tutor, the 6th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche. He has been giving teachings and tantric initiations since 1991 in many countries in Asia and Europe, Canada, the United States, Israel, Australia and Mongolia as well as Tibetan settlements throughout India and Nepal and Himalayan regions. Rinpoche is known for his exceptional intelligence and great sense of humour.

Rigpa is looking forward to welcoming Ling Rinpoche to teach in our centres in London, Barcelona, Paris and Lerab Ling, southern France

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Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel: evening and weekend teachings in Ireland, London, Amsterdam, Valencia, Berlin, Lerab Ling southern France
Jun
7
to Jun 30

Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel: evening and weekend teachings in Ireland, London, Amsterdam, Valencia, Berlin, Lerab Ling southern France

Rigpa is looking forward to welcoming Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel for a series of evening and weekend teachings in Ireland, London, Amsterdam, Valencia, Berlin, France.

Elizabeth has studied and practiced the Buddhadharma for 35 years under the guidance of her teacher and husband Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche. She is the retreat master of Samten Ling in Crestone, Colorado and has spent over six years in retreat. She holds a degree in anthropology and an M.A. in Buddhist Studies. She teaches throughout the U.S., Australia, and Europe. Elizabeth is known for her use of inquiry as a means to reach a place of genuine practice and awakening.

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Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, teachings in Berlin
Aug
11
to Aug 12

Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, teachings in Berlin

Occasionally we encounter people in our lives who have an immediate effect upon us. We are struck by the selfless nature of their presence, the strength of their confidence, the wisdom in their eyes, or the warmth they radiate. Contact with such people can awaken our intelligence, curiosity and longing, and perhaps even inspire us to look deeper into the meaning of our ordinary lives. Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche is one of these people.

Kongtrul Rinpoche has taught in Rigpa centres over the last 21 years. We look forward to welcoming him to Rigpa's city centre in Berlin in August, 2019.

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Khamtrul Rinpoche
Oct
10
to Oct 13

Khamtrul Rinpoche

Rigpa is honoured to welcome Gyalwa Dokhampa Shedrub Nyima, the 9th Khamtrul Rinpoche to Berlin and other centres again in 2019. Khamtrul Rinpoche is an outstanding teacher of the younger generation of masters of the Drukpa Kagyu tradition. He manages over 200 monastic and nunneries in eastern Tibet as well as in India, where he was born and lives. His outstanding presence and the peace and compassion he transmits create the perfect environment to receive his profound teachings.

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Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, teaching in London and Lerab Ling, southern France
Nov
8
to Nov 17

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, teaching in London and Lerab Ling, southern France

Rinpoche is acknowledged as one of the foremost scholars and meditation masters of his generation in the Nyingma and Kagyu schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He is known for his sharp intellect, humor, and easygoing teaching style, for launching the kindness initiative #GoKind and for his outreach to communities internationally.

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche will teach in Rigpa’s centres in southern France and London in 2019.

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Bodhgaya Prayer Gathering
Feb
26
to Mar 16

Bodhgaya Prayer Gathering

Uniting our hearts and minds under the Bodhi Tree

Everyone is warmly invited to join a special Rigpa prayer gathering in Bodhgaya, India from 1 to 16 March 2019. This will be an opportunity to gather and unite our hearts and minds in prayer and meditation at the very place where the Buddha reached enlightenment, at the Vajra seat under the Bodhi Tree. We will practise from both the Sutra and Tantra tradition, including Narak Kong Shak and Vajrasattva. We will also spend time in silent meditation and quiet mantra recitation.

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Teachings in Rigpa in 2019
Jan
1
to Jan 14

Teachings in Rigpa in 2019

In 2019, Rigpa will welcome a number of Tibetan Buddhist masters and teachers to our centres around the world including His Eminence Ling Rinpoche, Neten Chokling Rinpoche, Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, Khenchen Pema Sherab and Khenchen Namdrol, Chagdud Khadro, Andy Karr and Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel. More details of these and other events will be posted here once details are confirmed.

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Why is Compassion Essential in Our World with Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche
Nov
11
11:00 AM11:00

Why is Compassion Essential in Our World with Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche

Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche is a distinguished lama of the Nyingma Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and is an accomplished scholar, Dzogchen master, and an authentic and highly qualified teacher from an unbroken lineage of revered Palyul/Nyingma masters. 

In this Sunday morning talk, he will speak about why compassion is essential in our world.

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Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche: Emotional Rescue
Oct
5
to Oct 6

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche: Emotional Rescue

Friday 5 October (evening) and Saturday 6 October (full day).

Emotions bring colour and meaning to our lives, but they can also put us on an exhausting rollercoaster ride that takes us to blissful peak states, the depths of delusion and despair, and everything in between.

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche will teach on the 3-step Emotional Rescue Plan for working with disturbing emotions, from his new book 'Emotional Rescue: How to Work with Your Emotions to Transform Hurt and Confusion into Wisdom that Empowers You'.

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Empowerments and Teachings with Khenchen Pema Sherab Rinpoche
Sep
15
to Sep 19

Empowerments and Teachings with Khenchen Pema Sherab Rinpoche

Kyabje Khenchen Pema Sherab Rinpoche is the senior-most Khenpo in the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, and among the most important lineage holders in the Palyul tradition. Khenchen Rinpoche is one of the last of a generation of authentic Lamas who hold the pure lineage of the Nyingma tradition, both Kama and Terma. 

On this occasion, Khenchen will be giving a series of empowerments and teachings.

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Summer Meditation Retreats | Ireland and France
Jun
23
to Jul 11

Summer Meditation Retreats | Ireland and France

Discover and deepen meditation this summer in Dzogchen Beara, Ireland and Lerab Ling, France.

This June & July both of Rigpa's retreat centres, Dzogchen Beara on the wild Atlantic coast of south-west Ireland and Lerab Ling on the picturesque Larzac plateau in southern France will hold summer meditation retreats where you can relax and discover or deepen your meditation.

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Chagdud Khadro: Berlin, Ireland
May
25
to Jun 3

Chagdud Khadro: Berlin, Ireland

Chagdud Khadro was the wife and devoted student of Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, a great master of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. She was ordained as a lama in 1997 since which time she has focused on maintaining the high calibre of Vajrayana training Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche had established.

Formerly a journalist in the United States, and now a lineage holder of the ‘ancient’ school of Tibetan Buddhism, Khadro has a profound experience of living a fully spiritual life that bridges the worlds of ancient wisdom and modern challenges.

Rigpa is looking forward to welcoming Chagdud Khadro to teach in its centres in Berlin and Dzogchen Beara in Ireland in May & June.

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Teachings with Ringu Tulku Rinpoche: Berlin, London, Ireland, France
May
24
to Sep 16

Teachings with Ringu Tulku Rinpoche: Berlin, London, Ireland, France

A highly learned Tibetan Buddhist Lama and author, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche has been trained in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism under many great masters. He is known for the engaging humour and clarity of his teachings and for his love of traditional stories from around the world.

Rigpa is looking forward to welcoming Ringu Tulku Rinpoche to teach in its centres in Berlin, Lerab Ling in France and Dzogchen Beara in Ireland.

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Teachings with Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche: Berlin, London, Ireland, France
Apr
24
to Jul 15

Teachings with Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche: Berlin, London, Ireland, France

Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche is one of the outstanding meditation teachers of our time. She holds the Nyingma and Kagyu lines and is known for her penetrating wisdom and humor.

Rigpa is looking forward to welcoming H.E. Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche to teach in its centres in Berlin, London, Ireland & France this Spring and Summer.

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Teachers in Rigpa in 2018
Jan
1
to Sep 1

Teachers in Rigpa in 2018

In 2018, Rigpa is looking forward to welcoming many different teachers to share the dharma in its centres all over the world. We have confirmed events with Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, Khenchen Namdrol, Chagdud Khadro, Dominique Side, Patrick Gaffney and Elizabeth Matti-Namgyel. More events are still to be confirmed. Details will appear here as dates and topics are confirmed.

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Khamtrul Rinpoche: Mahamudra Meditation
Dec
8
to Dec 10

Khamtrul Rinpoche: Mahamudra Meditation

Weekend of teachings with Khamtrul Rinpoche. 

Rigpa is honoured to welcome Gyalwa Dokhampa Shedrub Nyima, the 9th Khamtrul Rinpoche to its centres in London, Berlin and Lerab Ling in France. His outstanding presence and the peace and compassion he transmits create the perfect environment to receive his profound teachings. 

Click below for details of the event in Berlin.

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Khamtrul Rinpoche: Weekend of teachings
Dec
2
to Dec 3

Khamtrul Rinpoche: Weekend of teachings

Weekend of teachings with Khamtrul Rinpoche. 

Rigpa is honoured to welcome Gyalwa Dokhampa Shedrub Nyima, the 9th Khamtrul Rinpoche to its centres in London, Berlin and Lerab Ling in France. His outstanding presence and the peace and compassion he transmits create the perfect environment to receive his profound teachings. Khamtrul Rinpoche will be accompanied by two tokdens, Achö and Tutop Nyima, who will both lead guided meditation sessions. This is such a rare opportunity and such a gift to everyone who is attending this event.

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Khamtrul Rinpoche: Weekend of Teachings
Nov
25
to Nov 26

Khamtrul Rinpoche: Weekend of Teachings

Weekend of teachings with Khamtrul Rinpoche. 

Rigpa is honoured to welcome Gyalwa Dokhampa Shedrub Nyima, the 9th Khamtrul Rinpoche to its centres in London, Berlin and Lerab Ling in France. His outstanding presence and the peace and compassion he transmits create the perfect environment to receive his profound teachings.

Click below on 'View Event' for details of the event in Lerab Ling, France

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Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche
Jul
28
to Aug 1

Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

This retreat presents a rare opportunity to receive a complete transmission of this classic Tibetan Buddhist sacred text. ‘The Words of My Perfect Teacher’ was composed by the great Nyingma master, Patrul Rinpoche.

The work is an explanation of the Longchen Nyingtik ngöndro, the preliminary practices from the Longchen Nyingtik cycle of teachings, discovered by Jikmé Lingpa.

This famous commentary is a completely faithful written record of the oral teachings Patrul Rinpoche received directly from his teacher, Jikmé Gyalwé Nyugu.

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Ireland Summer Retreat with Sogyal Rinpoche, Dzogchen Beara
Jun
30
to Jul 9

Ireland Summer Retreat with Sogyal Rinpoche, Dzogchen Beara

This retreat is held at Rigpa's retreat centre in Ireland, high on cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean with breathtaking views of sea and sky—a natural environment and an atmosphere that itself brings profound peace. The retreat is open to everyone and includes teachings from Sogyal Rinpoche, presentations of his best recent teachings by his senior students as well as guided meditations and contemplations. 

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Weekend with Patrick Gaffney, Bern, Switzerland
May
6
to May 7

Weekend with Patrick Gaffney, Bern, Switzerland

The Way of the Compassionate Warrior
Being well and staying sane in an age of madness

In this annual weekend retreat, Patrick will continue to explore how we can apply meditation and compassion in a way that meets the challenges and demands of our lives today.

Patrick brings clarity and humour to this exploration, helping us to discover ways to feel more calm, content and connected in everything we do.

This weekend is open to everyone, whether you have no previous meditation experience or are a seasoned practitioner.

Patrick Gaffney is the senior-most teacher amongst Sogyal Rinpoche’s students and teaches regularly at retreats and public events around the world. He was co-editor of Sogyal Rinpoche’s groundbreaking book, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying and has edited two books by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

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Australian Great Lakes, Summer Retreat with Sogyal Rinpoche
Jan
12
to Jan 22

Australian Great Lakes, Summer Retreat with Sogyal Rinpoche

  • Tuncurry NSW, Australia (map)
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The Wisdom of Awareness: Natural Freedom of Mind: Awakening the Wisdom and Compassion of our True Nature
The retreat includes teachings from Sogyal Rinpoche as well as instructions on meditation, and time for practice and reflection guided by senior students.  The Annual Australian summer retreat with Sogyal Rinpoche is open to everyone.

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