We are an independently governed charity run by volunteers who together coordinate the activity of Rigpa Fellowship in the UK, to advance the Buddhist teachings and in particular those of the Nyingmapa school of Tibetan Buddhism. Our activities are centralized in our National office in London, governed by our volunteer Trustees and delivered by experienced volunteers, comprising experienced instructors and practitioners throughout the UK.
Rigpa UK is also connected with a network of Rigpa Centres and Groups worldwide.
Board of Trustees: [email protected]
National Office (London): [email protected]
Safeguarding Team: [email protected]
Rigpa London – National Centre
Our National Centre in London is run by a group of experienced instructors and students who volunteer their time to fulfil the objects of Rigpa Fellowship to advance the teachings of the Buddhadharma. They are led by Rigpa Fellowship’s volunteer board of Trustees.
Address: 330 Caledonian Road, London N1 1BB
Tel: 020 7700 0185
Email: [email protected]
For details of Rigpa groups around the country, please contact [email protected]
Who we are and what we offer
Rigpa Fellowship was founded in 1979 by Sogyal Rinpoche, a Buddhist teacher from Tibet, who was also the author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. Rigpa has the gracious patronage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and each national Rigpa association has charitable and non-profit status.
Rigpa UK accepts and continues to actively respond to and address the findings of the Lewis Silkin Report, first published in September 2018 and to work with the Charity Commission to assist their ongoing inquiry, opened in November 2018. For further information on the actions we have taken to address safeguarding and governance concerns, please visit our Moving Forward page here: [page under construction]
Meditation and Compassion through to traditional Buddhist studies
Our courses and programmes share simple meditation techniques and methods for training in compassion, which have been developed over centuries, yet help us deal with the challenges of everyday life. Meditation and compassion have been shown to be beneficial in many different ways, including bringing peace of mind, tackling stress, depression and other mental health problems. They can also help us to develop more kindness and warm-heartedness for ourselves, our families and those around us.
For those who wish to go deeper into studying and practising Buddhism, Rigpa also offers study and practice programs including courses in the Vajrayana Buddhist tradition of Tibet, a traditional study college (shedra) and short and long practice retreats (drupdra).
Inviting teachers of all traditions
A unique feature of Rigpa UK’s event programme is that it regularly hosts teachers of all Tibetan Buddhist traditions who give teachings and empowerments in our London centre, as well as Buddhist masters of other lineages, and teachers from different spiritual traditions.
Such diversity is a continuation of the rimé or ‘non-sectarian’ approach, advocated by Sogyal Rinpoche’s master Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö who was an incarnation of one of the initiators of the Rimé movement—the great 19th century master Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo.
Buddhism and western science: In more recent years this open spirit of inquiry has also resulted in an active and a mutually illuminating dialogue with experts from other disciplines, both spiritual and scientific, that continues to develop Tibetan Buddhism, in particular including through the Rigpa network’s conference programme.
Rigpa UK Booking information: We do not store credit card details nor do we share financial details with any third parties. Event bookings can be cancelled and refunded up to 24 hours before the event.