About Sogyal Rinpoche


Sogyal Rinpoche is a world-renowned Buddhist teacher from Tibet and the author of the highly acclaimed The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. He is also the founder and spiritual director of Rigpa, an international, non-profit network of Buddhist centres and groups around the world.

Born in Kham in Eastern Tibet, Sogyal Rinpoche was recognized at an early age as the incarnation of a great master and visionary saint of the nineteenth century, Tertön Sogyal Lerab Lingpa (1856-1926), a teacher to the thirteenth Dalai Lama. 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.  In 1971, Rinpoche went to England, where he also studied Comparative Religion at Cambridge University.

Rinpoche has been teaching for over thirty years and continues to travel widely in Europe, America, Australia and Asia.

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