Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Rigpa Tibetan Calendar 2014-2015 Wood Horse Year 2141

The classic Rigpa Tibetan Calendar for the Wood Horse year 2141 is filled with all the usual features: prayers for auspiciousness and to remove obstacles, special practice days and festivals, anniversaries of masters of all the Tibetan lineages, holidays from many countries and much more information.

This year’s calendar features the 84 Great Mahasiddas of India.

Available from ZAM Sarl and ZAM America.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Consecration of the Stupa for Khandro Tsering Chödrön

A Special Programme of Teachings, Practice and Empowerments with His Holiness Sakya Trizin and other guest masters

‘In a figure like Khandro Tsering Chödrön, the greatest woman master of our day, you see very clearly what years of the deepest devotion and practice can create out of the human spirit.’
Sogyal Rinpoche in the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.

Khandro Tsering Chödrön was revered as one of the greatest woman masters of recent times and her presence at Lerab Ling during her final years of her life was a tremendous source of blessing for all. In loving memory of this truly exceptional spiritual practitioner, Sogyal Rinpoche initiated the construction of a stupa at Lerab Ling to contain her relics.

Supervised by the expert master, Tulku Rigdzin Pema, the stupa will be completed by July 2014, ready for consecration by His Holiness Sakya Trizin and other great masters we have invited.

To mark this very special occasion, His Holiness Sakya Trizin, Sogyal Rinpoche, and other guest masters, will give a series of teachings and empowerments over the course of this 9-day retreat that is open to all Dharma practitioners.

We warmly invite everyone who has a special connection with Khandro Tsering Chödrön, or the guest masters who will be present, to attend this exceptional event from 26 July – 3 August.

We will have more information closer to the event, but for now you can register and book your travels in advance.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

View, The Rigpa Journal - Creating a Compassionate Society

The summer 2013 issue of Rigpa's View magazine focuses on the theme of creating a compassionate society—and celebrates the contribution that Rigpa’s Spiritual Care Programme has made since it was founded twenty years ago.

In this edition:

—We explore the fast-developing movement to establish empathy and compassion as guiding principles for life in the 21st century, reporting on two recent international conferences.

—Sogyal Rinpoche shares teachings that capture the essence of training in compassion and caring for someone who is dying.

—Christine Longaker describes how the Spiritual Care Programme has developed a unique approach that has reached more than 30,000 healthcare professionals and supported many people facing illness and loss.

—Inspiring stories of creating and leading innovative courses, providing training in hospitals and hospices, looking after others, establishing spiritual care centres and reaching out to the wider world to raise awareness.

—Plus moving personal accounts of living with illness, transforming grief, and caring for victims of tragedy.


—Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche on the spread of the Buddha’s teachings from East to West—cultural differences, technology and the role of the teacher.

—Essential advice from Sharon Salzberg on cultivating compassion.

—The pioneering Tibetan monks studying in the USA with the Tenzin Gyatso Scholars Program.

—The history of Buddhist translation.

—Remembering Michael Toms, a key figure in the publication of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.

You can get your copy of View online or from the ZAM shop at Lerab Ling and upcoming Rigpa retreats.

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Chökhor Düchen - The First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma

Friday, 12 July 2013 marks Chökhor Düchen (Wyl. chos 'khor dus chen), the 'Festival of Turning the Wheel of Dharma' — one of the four major Buddhist holidays. It occurs on the fourth day of the sixth Tibetan lunar month. For seven weeks after his enlightenment, Buddha did not teach. Finally, encouraged by Indra and Brahma, he turned the Wheel of Dharma for the first time, at Sarnath, by teaching the ‘Four Noble Truths’.

It is said that on this day the effect of positive or negative actions are multiplied ten million times.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

The Healing Power of Meditation

In 2010 a group of scientists, health-care professionals, and meditation teachers came together for a groundbreaking conference on meditation and health. Over two days, twelve of the leading figures in this field, presented some of the latest scientific and medical studies, shared Buddhist perspectives on meditation and the mind, and gave firsthand accounts of how meditation is being applied in health care today.

Each presentation has now been published in the new book, The Healing Power of Meditation, published by Shambhala publications, and includes Sogyal Rinpoche’s talk, Understanding the Mind and Meditation: A Buddhist Approach to Well-Being.

The book is available directly from Shambhala immediately or for pre-order from Zam, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and IndieBound. In fact, Sogyal Rinpoche’s chapter can be read in full using the ‘Browse Inside‘ function available on the Shambhala site.

About the Book

Regular meditation practice can change the structure of the brain, wiring into us all kinds of benefits: improved concentration, contentment, resilience, better mental health, and more empathy and compassion. This wide-ranging anthology brings together leading Tibetan Buddhist teachers with researchers and health professionals to offer Buddhist perspectives on the mind, new studies, and first-hand accounts of how meditation is being applied in health and social care today.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Sharon Salzberg in Dzogchen Beara and Lerab Ling

Sharon Salzberg visited two Rigpa retreat centres this Spring; Dzogchen Beara in Ireland (13 - 20 April ), and Lerab Ling in France (3 - 5 May). She taught on Metta - The Practice of Loving Kindness at both centres.

The public talk held in Lerab Ling on 3 May that was streamed live to several hundred viewers across the world is now available on the Rigpa Live Video Streaming website.