Rigpa UK - Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Centre
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Rigpa UK

Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Centre

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Welcome to Rigpa UK

We teach meditation in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition conducted in a spirit of open enquiry and relevant for those of any spiritual tradition or none.

Additionally, we also offer a diverse and engaging programme to learn about Buddhism in a way that is both completely authentic and fully meets the needs of men and women in modern times.

We can apply different aspects of these meditation teachings to our lives in ways that bring inner development and benefit to others – and without necessarily having to think of ourselves as ‘Buddhist’. At the same time, the teachings can be followed as a lifetime path of study and practice.

Meditation in London

Meditation is the way to bring us back to ourselves, where we can really experience and taste our full being, beyond all habitual patterns.

Whether you are new to meditation, or a seasoned practioner, we offer a variety of ways to explore and deepen your understanding.

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Learn to Meditate

Watch a short video by Tibetan master Sogyal Rinpoche on the purpose of meditation

Whether you are new to meditation, or a seasoned practioner, we offer a variety of ways to explore and deepen your understanding.

Drop-In Meditation

Why not come along to one of the following free drop-in sessions in London?

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Courses

Rigpa offers access to the wisdom and compassion of the Buddhist teachings as openly and as widely as possible, to be of service to people everywhere, of any background or faith.

We offer a full public programme which explores authentic meditation practices, methods for cultivating compassion and support for living with illness.

We can apply different aspects of these teachings to our lives in ways that bring inner development and benefit to others - and without necessarily having to think of ourselves as ‘Buddhist’. At the same time, the teachings can be followed as a lifetime path of study and practice.

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What Meditation Really Is

Led by experienced meditators, this course offers a complete introduction to meditation and shows how it can unlock our natural confidence, compassion and creativity.

Students will gain a genuine experience of meditation and all the tools they need to take the benefits into every aspect of their life.

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Cultivating Compassion

In some way we are all suffering—be it from pain, loss, frustration, dissatisfaction, or an unfulfilled desire for happiness.

In the course students are introduced to a complete picture of what compassion is, why it might be beneficial to us and others, and how to train in a more wholesome way of being.

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Tibetan Buddhist Meditation

What is Tibetan Buddhism?

After the Buddha passed away over 2,500 years ago, his teachings spread throughout Asia and were established in Tibet in the eighth century.

Buddhism developed in different ways according to the culture of each country, but the essence and core principles of the Buddha’s teachings are the same throughout the world.

In Tibet, 1,200 years of history were devoted almost exclusively to the training of the heart and mind through spiritual practice. While the West gradually mastered the outer world through science and technology, in the laboratories that were the monasteries and hermitages of the Himalayas, Tibet perfected the ‘inner sciences’ of the mind, every bit as precise and rigorous as the methodology of science.

In recent years, these two traditions have come together to yield important research on the benefits of practising meditation and compassion, and to develop ways in which these practical tools can be applied in medicine and psychology, education and other fields

Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism

Our introductory buddhist course is called "Ancient Widsom for the Modern World". The course offers an introduction to Buddhist ideas and approaches and explores them in a line of open enquiry.

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Cultivating Compassion

One of Rigpa's goals is preserving the wisdom culture of tibet.

About 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.

He received the traditional training of a Tibetan lama under the close supervision of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö, one of the most outstanding spiritual masters of the twentieth century, who raised Rinpoche like his own son. He went on to study with many other great masters, of all schools of Tibetan Buddhism, especially Kyabjé Dudjom Rinpoche and Kyabjé Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

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.