Membership - Rigpa UK

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Our membership is currently being reviewed.

Please check this page again in a few weeks time.

For students who wish to follow a spiritual path, we offer the Sangha Programme.

Sangha is an ancient word in the Pali and Sanskrit languages meaning “association”, “assembly”, “company” or “community” and refers in Buddhism to the monastic community of ordained Buddhist monks or nuns.

At Rigpa, we use the word Sangha more broadly to refer to our community of dedicated students, who have made a personal commitment to the study and practice of Buddhism in their lives.

Generally, you are considered part of our Sangha once you have completed your first year of introductory courses and pay a membership (monthly or annually).


Join Rigpa UK

What do I receive from my Membership?

All-Encompassing Path to Enlightenment

Becoming a Rigpa UK Member gives you full access to the All-Encompassing Path to Enlightenment, the groundbreaking study programme for the Rigpa Sangha. This is Rinpoche’s vision for bringing the depth and breadth of the Buddha Dharma into one complete path to enlightenment. It is tailored to the needs of each individual student, and is accessible and suited to these modern times.

Monthly Sangha Gatherings

Study the teachings deeply and systematically alongside other spiritual friends; developing compassion and wisdom as a community and learning how to support each other.

Weekly Home Study

Study the latest and most essential teachings online or download them to your computer, tablet or smartphone and study in your own time.

Dharmakosha website

Access to the All-Encompassing Path teachings and a wealth of study and practice materials, tailored to our level.

Study Support & Feedback

Instructor guidance and the opportunity to offer feedback to Rinpoche so he is able to address our needs and aspirations.

Free access to “What Meditation Really Is” courses

Rigpa sangha websites: access to a wealth of online resources made especially for the Rigpa Sangha, including the “Are You Ready” website

Regular communications

Receive special communications from Rinpoche and Rigpa such as programme announcements, availability of new study and practice resources and advice on ways of supporting Rigpa’s work.

UK Membership Fees

 Supporter Membership £35 / month
Benefactor Membership suggested £70 / month

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We would like to encourage those with a higher income to contribute a little more so that our fellow Sangha who are experiencing financial hardship are able to become Rigpa Members too. Benefactor members can contribute any additional sum to the standard amount.


How does my Membership support Rigpa?

In the UK

National Centre

The national centre in London has two shrine rooms, public spaces and offices with three full-time National staff. It offers a broad programme including regular free meditation, the full public & sangha programme of study and hosting visiting teachers & senior instructors.

Enables us to invite teachers to visit Rigpa centres such as:

  • H.H Sakya Trizin
  • Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
  • Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
  • Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche
  • Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche
  • Khamtrul Rinpoche
  • Tsoknyi Rinpoche
  • Ato Rinpoche
  • Chagdud Khadro
  • Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

Regional Centres and Groups

There are many branches and study groups across the UK offering Rigpa’s programme of study and practice, including:

Regional Centres

  • Birmingham
  • Edinburgh
  • Manchester
  • South Downs (Lewes and Southampton)

  • Bristol
  • Cornwall
  • Norwich
  • Tarset


Lerab Ling and Dzogchen Beara Retreat Centres

Rigpa has two major retreat centres: Lerab Ling in France and Dzogchen Beara in Ireland. Between them they hold major retreats, conferences and long term closed retreats for practitioners.

Spiritual Care

Rigpa’s Spiritual Care Programme offers non-denominational education and care for living and dying, and since 1993 has trained over 30,000 professionals and volunteers around the world in all fields of medicine, social care and education.

Monastic Community

Lerab Ling is home to a community of monastic practitioners who hold much of Rigpa’s work and observe a daily schedule of prayer and meditation.

Preserving the Wisdom Culture of Tibet

Rigpa actively supports a number of monasteries, nunneries and study centres in the East, including individual masters and practitioners.

Treasury of Wisdom

Rigpa plays a major part in presenting Tibetan Buddhism to the modern world: hosting teachings by H.H. the Dalai Lama and many outstanding masters of our time. The Treasury of Wisdom works to preserve and make available this unique collection of teachings.

Friend of Rigpa

If you do not wish to become a Member at this time but would still like to support the work of Rigpa UK, you are warmly invited to become a Friend of Rigpa UK.

Supporter donation £20 / month
Benefactor donation suggested £40 / month