Rigpa offers a variety of courses, seminars and retreats designed to make the Buddhist teachings accessible and relevant to people of all ages, and from all walks of life.

We also offer a complete and graduated training in the Buddhist teachings and practice. The ultimate goal is to guide and support students so they can receive the highest teachings in the Tibetan tradition, known as the Dzogchen teachings, which can ultimately enable people to realize enlightenment.

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Whether you are looking for instruction and support with your meditation practice, or a complete path to Enlightenment, Rigpa courses have something to offer you.

Learn what meditation is and how to meditate. Explore compassion and how and why it is worth cultivating in our lives. For those new to Buddhism, there are introductory courses that provide a general introduction to Tibetan Buddhism.

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Events & Retreats

Our annual retreat is a chance to enter into an environment dedicated towards getting to know our own mind and awakening the wisdom and compassion of our true nature. Receiving teachings in this environment can bring about a profound transformation in our being and open the possibility of looking at ourselves, our lives and the world around us with a fresh perspective.

Upcoming Events with Sogyal Rinpoche

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Local Centers

Live near one of the cities listed below? Visit your local Rigpa Center for more information on courses, events and community in your area.

New York
San Diego
San Francisco
Washington D.C.

Online Programs

Online Courses

Don’t live near a center?

The Rigpa Online Courses program is intended to provide guidance and support for study and practice, for students who are not able to take courses at established Rigpa centers.

While students are encouraged to develop a daily practice, and to engage with regular study of the course curriculum, students are free to participate in the ways and extent that fit their circumstances.

Spiritual Care Program

Rigpa’s Spiritual Care Program offers practical ways in which the wisdom and compassion of the Buddhist teachings can benefit those facing illness or death, and help support their families and care-givers.

For over 20 years, the Spiritual Care Program has offered seminars and training delivered by a team of highly trained educators and facilitators. We have worked with hospitals, hospices and universities and organized international conferences. To date 30,000 professionals and volunteers from Europe, Australia, North and South America, India and Israel working in all fields of medicine, social care and education have attended trainings. We also offer workshops, retreats and support groups for people facing serious illness, death, or bereavement, as well as for their families. We have an online learning program providing access and support from anywhere in the world.

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International Centers

Lerab Ling

Situated on the remote Larzac plateau of the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France, Lerab Ling has been blessed by numerous great masters of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, most notably His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2000 and 2008, Lerab Ling has established itself as one of the leading centers of Tibetan Buddhist culture and learning in Europe.

Lerab Ling

Dzogchen Beara Ireland

Rigpa’s center for long-term and secluded retreats in the west of Ireland, Dzogchen Beara is an important center of activity for the Spiritual Care Program. Over the years, it has welcomed people affected by motor neuron disease (ALS), multiple sclerosis, and those dealing with cancer, and other long term illness, and their families.

Dzogchen Beara

Care Center Ireland

The Spiritual Care Center opened at Dzogchen Beara in 2009. It offers a sanctuary of rest, reflection, healing and inspiration for all those facing the challenges of serious illness or disability, or loss.

Care Center

Sukhavati Germany

Approximately 70km south east of Berlin, in the old spa-town of Bad Saarow, Rigpa built a new Spiritual Care Center. This beautiful location has excellent transport connections to Berlin and a well-developed infrastructure of local medical services.