|Rigpa Students at Rigpa's Main Retreat Site, Lerab Ling in France|
Rigpa Fellowship, under the guidance of Tibetan meditation master Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, aims to present the Buddhist tradition of Tibet in a way that is completely authentic and highly relevant to the lives and needs of modern people. Under the 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. But Rigpa is not just for Buddhists at all.
What does the word Rigpa mean?
“Rigpa is a Tibetan word, which in general means ‘intelligence’ or ‘awareness’. In Dzogchen, however, the highest teachings in the Buddhist tradition of Tibet, rigpa has a deeper connotation, ‘the innermost nature of the mind’. The whole of the teaching of Buddha is directed towards realizing this, our ultimate nature, the state of omniscience or enlightenment – a truth so universal, so primordial that it goes beyond all limits, and beyond even religion itself.”
--- Sogyal Rinpoche
Inspired by the meaning of the word rigpa, Sogyal Rinpoche gave this as the name for his work and to the vehicle he was developing to serve the Buddha’s teaching in the west.
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