Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Rigpa Fellowship's Autumn Retreat and Public Talk by Sogyal Rinpoche!

The Rigpa Autumn Retreat at the Bahia Hotel in San Diego begins this weekend! Ground crew is busy preparing--there's lots of excitement over the opportunity to learn from Sogyal Rinpoche. The public talk is Saturday Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Mission Ballroom at the Bahia in Mission Beach. Tickets will be available at the door. $20 general admission, $10 students! Come early to get your preferred seats...
See you there!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Second Annual Rigpa Retreat in San Diego with Sogyal Rinpoche

November 12 - 20, 2011
with a short option November 12 - 14, and a public talk on November 12th

With his remarkable gift for presenting the essence of Tibetan Buddhism in a way that is both authentic and profoundly relevant to the modern mind, Sogyal Rinpoche is one of the most renowned teachers of our time.

Born in Kham in Eastern Tibet, Sogyal Rinpoche was recognized at an early age as the incarnation of Terton Sogyal Lerab Lingpa, a great master and visionary saint of the nineteenth century and a teacher to the Thirteenth Dalai Lama. Today he continues to teach and travel widely in Europe, Australia, Asia, and the United States.

We rarely have teachers of this caliber in San Diego, making this 9 day retreat a true highlight of the year. Make your plans now to experience the authenticity, purity and power of Sogyal Rinpoche's unique teachings for yourself.

Early Bird Rates Are In Effect Through July 31st

Registration Here

November 12 - 20: Full Retreat - $450 early bird, $550 regular

November 12 - 14: Short Option - $175 early bird, $275 regular

Complete Retreat information Here

At the Bahia Resort Hotel
998 W Mission Bay Drive
San Diego, CA 92109

For questions, call Rigpa Fellowship at 619 906 4291 or email

Please inquire for Student Rates (valid student ID required)

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Rigpa Spring New York Retreat, and Zam—The Rigpa U.S. Store

As Summer approaches, plans are cooking for the upcoming retreat in New York. Fewer activities will be planned for the local San Diego Rigpa Meditation Center. So, to tide you over, here is a link to the Zam Rigpa Store, which sells books, CDs, DVDs, practice material for those who meditate (or just think about meditation), and every type of study and inspirational resource one could need.

And here is one of the latest books to be offered, a spiritual memoir/travelogue/human rights treatise written by Matteo Pistono—In The Shadow of the Buddha. I'm sure you'll find it entertaining and highly informative!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

New Online Rigpa Meditation Classes Begin April 20 2011

Rigpa Online Meditation Classes

Don't Miss out - Classes start April 20
These are great classes based on Sogyal Rinpoche's latest instructions about meditation. Whether you've meditated a little, a lot, or not at all, they will lead you into establishing and enlivening your practice. Taught by experienced Rigpa instructors.
(For More Info, Click on the Link Above)

Foundation Courses:
What Meditation Really Is, Part 1
April 20 - July 13, 2011 (12 sessions)
An introduction to methods of meditation practice that are simple, yet powerful and profound.
Prerequisites: Open to all.
3 DVDs $30 plus shipping, Tuition $150

What Meditation Really Is, Part 2
April 27 - July 13, 2011 (11 sessions)
This course continues an introduction to meditation practice.
Prerequisites: What Meditation Really Is, Part 1
1 DVD $20 plus shipping, Tuition $150

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Devastation in Japan - Message from Sogyal Rinpoche

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Devastation in Japan - Message from Sogyal Rinpoche

Dear Rigpa Sangha and Friends,

As you know by now, there was a massive earthquake in Japan on Friday, followed by a tsunami with waves as high as 10 metres that surged across parts of the country washing away everything and everyone in its wake. Whole villages have been washed away and huge fires caused by the earthquake are burning, affecting tens of thousands of people. The pictures of the devastation coming from Japan are shocking.

I want to express my deep sadness and heartfelt condolences to all the people of Japan, and especially to those who have lost loved ones. The next few days will be critical, and my prayers are also with all the rescue workers and everyone helping with the recovery effort.

Hundreds of people are already reported dead, hundreds more are missing, including four passenger trains, and police are reporting that 215,000 people have fled their homes. And we don't yet know the full extent of the damage.

There are also serious concerns for the safety of some of Japan's nuclear power plants in the earthquake affected area, and people living near them have been evacuated.

Please join me in holding the Japanese people in your prayers, especially those who have died or been injured, and their families.

Pray that there are no deadly aftershocks, no radiation leaks from the nuclear power plants, no more fatalities, and no obstacles for the rescue and recovery work.

Also remember that many people will have lost their homes and their livelihoods so please also pray for their well-being and safety.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has recommended that Japanese Buddhist practice the Heart Sutra for those who have lost their lives, and to help prevent further disasters in the future, and has organised for it to be recited 100,000 times in Dharamsala for this purpose. And His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa has emphasised that joining together in prayer for those who had suffered in this natural disaster is one way of benefiting beings.

If you would like to make a donation towards the relief effort, you could contact the Red Cross Society in your country, or Medecins Sans Frontieres.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Rigpa San Diego Buddhist Center Losar Celebration

Rigpa San Diego Buddhist Meditation Center will host a Tibetan New Year Losar Celebration on March 5th between 1 and 5 p.m. at the center. All are welcome to come and usher in an auspicious new year.

Food, music, and community.

710 13th ave. #314
San Diego, CA 92101
(the second door from the south in the Design Center building)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

San Diego Rigpa Center Meditation Class—On Site and Online Options

Guru Rinpoche; Padmasambhava

Where do you go to learn to meditate? Or where do you go to refine the meditation skills you already have?

Rigpa U.S. is offering meditation classes at its San Diego Rigpa Meditation Center, downtown on 13th street between City College and Petco Park. Entitled "What Meditation Really Is", the class series runs 10 weeks, beginning January 27th (It's okay to join a week late or enter on the 6th week, but it would be good to contact the center to let them know you're coming) and ending March 31st. The classes begin at 7 p.m. and end promptly at 9 p.m.

The classes will also be available live online with the option to join in the discussion in the center! The online group is facilitated by an instructor.

These classes are based on the newest meditation instructions given by Sogyal Rinpoche, Tibetan author, teacher, and meditation master. They will be led by senior Rigpa students using both their own experience and video clips of Rinpoche. Suitable for those who haven't meditated and those who already have a meditation practice.

Last week's class had an extraordinary atmosphere of peace and contentment stemming from the teachings and our practice. I urge you to come and enjoy yourself in our growing, friendly Dharma community. Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Parking is on the street or in the paid parking lot one block south of the center, which is in the Art Center building at 13th & G Street. Our door is the second from the south end of the building, facing 13th street. Push the "Rigpa" button at the door to gain entry. If that doesn't make sense, just call the center at 619-906-4291 and we'll help you out.

It helps to come a bit early to find your parking space.

There's a small donation/fee for the classes is suggested; a sliding scale can help out those who need it.