How do I begin?

Whether it’s through meditation, compassion, or devotion, there are many paths we can take to transform our minds.
But we all need to begin somewhere.

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For anyone interested in learning the art of meditation, or even simply curious what all the fuss is all about, check out our courses, special events and drop-in meditations.

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Where are we?

     Volunteer Park neighborhood, Capitol Hill

     Phone: (866) 200-5876 x712

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About us

Welcome to Rigpa Seattle

A community of friends supporting each other in our spiritual progress

We are a small group of dedicated Rigpa students spread around the Puget Sound area. We gather several times monthly for group practices and keeping updated on Sogyal Rinpoche’s teachings.

Our public offerings consist of free drop-in meditation sessions and instructor-led courses. Check our Upcoming Events section for a calendar of our current offerings.

Additionally, many excellent online courses are available, personally led by senior Rigpa instructors. check out the website Rigpa Online Courses for the current curriculum.

About Rigpa

Rigpa aims to present the Buddhist tradition of Tibet in a way that is both completely authentic, and as relevant as possible to the lives and needs of modern men and women.

Open to all schools and traditions of Buddhist wisdom, and with the guidance and gracious patronage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Rigpa offers those following the Buddhist teachings a complete path of study and practice, along with the environment they need to experience the teachings fully.

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Sogyal Rinpoche

A world-renowned Buddhist teacher from Tibet, Sogyal Rinpoche is also the author of the highly acclaimed The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.

Born in Kham in Eastern Tibet, Sogyal Rinpoche was recognized at an early age as the incarnation of a great master and visionary saint of the nineteenth century, Tertön Sogyal Lerab Lingpa (1856-1926), a teacher to the thirteenth Dalai Lama.

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The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

Sogyal Rinpoche’s acclaimed spiritual classic is widely regarded as one of the most complete and authoritative presentations of the Tibetan Buddhist teachings ever written.

A manual for life and death and a source of inspiration from the heart of the Tibetan tradition, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying provides a lucid and inspiring introduction to the practice of meditation, to the nature of mind, to karma and rebirth, to compassionate love and care for the dying, and to the trials and rewards of the spiritual path.

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What we offer


Drop-In Meditation

Whether you are completely new to meditation, or a seasoned yogi, drop by for our free Drop-in Meditation!

Check on the Calendar above for location, dates, and times for drop-in sessions.

There are no upcoming events at this time.


Learn what meditation is and how to meditate in one of our courses, both live and online. For those new to Buddhism, there are introductory meditation courses which explain how to meditate and give a general introduction to Tibetan Buddhism.

Rigpa offers a broad program of courses, seminars and retreats designed to make the Buddhist teachings accessible and relevant to men and women of all ages, and from all walks of life. We also aim to 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, the teachings of Dzogchen, that lead to the direct realization of enlightenment.

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In the Mirror of Death

April 5 @ 7:00 pm - May 24 @ 9:00 pm

Tue 24

In the Mirror of Death

April 12 @ 7:00 pm - May 31 @ 9:00 pm

Tue 24

In the Mirror of Death

April 19 @ 7:00 pm - June 7 @ 9:00 pm

Tue 24

In the Mirror of Death

April 26 @ 7:00 pm - June 14 @ 9:00 pm

Tue 24

In the Mirror of Death

May 3 @ 7:00 pm - June 21 @ 9:00 pm

Tue 24

In the Mirror of Death

May 10 @ 7:00 pm - June 28 @ 9:00 pm

Tue 24

In the Mirror of Death

May 17 @ 7:00 pm - July 5 @ 9:00 pm

Tue 24

In the Mirror of Death

May 24 @ 7:00 pm - July 12 @ 9:00 pm

Special Events

We are very pleased to announce that Rinpoche will be teaching here in Seattle, at the auspices of Nalandawest on Dec. 12th & 13th.

Venerable Sogyal Rinpoche- The Natural Freedom of Mind

Sogyal Rinpoche will teach on understanding the mind and the wisdom of meditation following in the spirit of the extraordinary teachings of Dzogchen—the Great Perfection, which is the highest wisdom of the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition on Saturday and Sunday, December 12 & 13, 2015.

Known for his spontaneous, dynamic and intimate teaching style, and for his ability to create an atmosphere which naturally inspires our inner wisdom, Rinpoche’s unaltered simplicity, and electric, playful and vibrant wakefulness, can leave you seeing your mind and the world from a completely fresh perspective.

Many people, from all walks of life, have found Rinpoche’s teachings to be immediately and directly relevant to their experience. Time and again they have expressed the profound and lasting impact this wisdom has had on their mind, and how it has transformed their lives and their being.

By integrating the wisdom of these teachings fully into our daily life, our inherent awareness, wakefulness, wisdom, love, and compassion begin to radiate out in everything we do and to everyone we encounter. We become truly alive—confident, open and at ease in any situation.

Special Events

Additionally, Rinpoche will also be giving a dharma lecture at the Sakya Monastery here in Seattle, on the evening of Dec. 14th, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

The Nature of Mind – H.E. Sogyal Rinpoche

Sogyal Rinpoche will teach on understanding the mind and the wisdom of meditation following in the spirit of the extraordinary teachings of Dzogchen—the Great Perfection, which is the highest wisdom of the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition.



The Purpose of Meditation

There are many stages and many levels to meditation, but the highest goal or purpose of meditation is to awaken in us the sky-like nature of mind, our true nature.

As soon as we connect with the purity of our inherent nature, our buddha nature, what is revealed is our fundamental goodness—the good heart. Kindness, compassion and love simply exude. And so you are not only in touch with yourself, but completely in touch with others also. You feel a sense of real oneness with them. There is no barrier standing any longer between you and them. Nor even between you and yourself.

So often the barriers, and so the problems, are our own; we are at war with ourselves. Now, through this practice, as the grip of ego loosens and our tendency to grasp evaporates, so the conflict, the suffering, and the pain of fragmenting and fighting with ourselves dissolve. For the first time, a deep and fundamental forgiveness for ourselves becomes possible.

At the same time, expectation, fear, and anxiety melt away, and with them all those feelings—of being blocked and closed, of not being in touch with ourselves or others, of being estranged even from our own feelings—that disqualify us from being happy.

It’s incredible what this wonderful practice can bring about…

Meditation Explained

When practicing meditation, all you need to do is let go and relax. Just rest, open, in the present moment, simply allowing whatever arises to rise. Whatever thoughts, emotions or sensations come up, you don’t have to block them. But neither do you have to follow them. Simply allow yourself to be aware of them. When you remain in this awareness, then you realize that you are much bigger than your thoughts, emotions and perceptions. You don’t have to be afraid of your thoughts any more. Thoughts are not you. Emotions are not you. You become free of them, as you discover the confidence of your true nature. So, do not follow after thoughts and emotions, but merely be aware of everything that passes through your awareness, as it is. What we are doing is resting our mind in its natural awareness, completely unaffected by whatever arises.

How to begin?

Every journey begins with a single step…

Whether you are brand new to Meditation, or are already quite experienced, you can take part in and benefit from our range of meditation offerings:

Drop In sessions

Regular sessions to come and sit in the atmosphere of an authentic shrine and settle your mind. Free and open to all


Follow a series of courses exploring meditation in depth. Led by experienced meditators, combining practice, discussion, study & guidance

Events & Retreats

Specific events with visiting teachers where you can spend

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