Sogyal Rinpoche (Wyl. bsod rgyal rin po che) Born into the Lakar family in Kham in Eastern Tibet, Sogyal Rinpoche was recognized as the incarnation of Lerab Lingpa Tertön Sogyal, a teacher to the Thirteenth Dalai Lama, by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö, one of the most outstanding spiritual masters of the twentieth century. Jamyang Khyentse supervised Rinpoche's training and raised him like his own son.
In 1971, Rinpoche went to England where he received a Western education, studying Comparative Religion at Cambridge University. He went on to study with many other great masters, of all schools of Tibetan Buddhism, including Dudjom Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche, serving as their translator and aide.
With his remarkable gift for presenting the essence of Tibetan Buddhism in a way that is both authentic and profoundly relevant to the modern mind, Sogyal Rinpoche is one of the most renowned teachers of our time. He is also the author of the highly-acclaimed and ground breaking book, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying Two million copies of this spiritual classic have been sold in 29 languages and 56 countries. It has been adopted by colleges, groups and institutions, both medical and religious, and is used extensively by nurses, doctors and health care professionals. Rinpoche is also the founder and spiritual director of Rigpa, an international network of 106 Buddhist centres and groups in 23 countries around the world. He has been teaching for over 30 years and continues to travel widely in Europe, America, Australia, and Asia, addressing thousands of people on his retreats and teaching tours. Sogyal's first dharma centre was a squat in Chatsworth Road, Kilburn, London in 1975. The London squatting movement was at its height at this time. Sogyals' first followers were squatters from the Kentish Town area of north London.
- See also Sogyal Rinpoche Biography.
Videos - Sogyal Rinpoche
|The purpose of life. Why working with the mind is the only way to find true happiness.||What meditation really is. Sogyal Rinpoche explains that there is much more to meditation than saying mantras and burning incense|
More video extracts are available on the Rigpa website http://www.rigpa.org/Sogyal_Rinpoche_video.html
Long Life Prayer
Prayer for the Long Life of Sogyal Rinpoche
SÖNAM YÉSHÉ TSOK NYI CHU TER LÉ
This supreme and noble being is born like a stream of nectar from the ocean of merit and wisdom.
LEK TRUNG DAMPÉ KYÉ CHOK DÜDTSI TER
Like an opening water lily he radiates benefit and well-being
TEN DRÖ PEN DEI KUMÜ SHYÉ PA YI
For the Dharma and for all beings and upholds the victory-banner of Buddha’s teaching:
TUPTEN GYALTSEN DZIN SHYIN SHYAP TEN SOL
May his life be secure and long!
“Written by the old man Mangala in response to many enthusiastic requests. May its meaning be truly realized!”
Listen to Sogyal Rinpoche's Long Life Prayer: Sogyal Rinpoche Long Life Prayer.mp3
- Sogyal Rinpoche, Dzogchen and Padmasambhava; ISBN 0962488402
- Sogyal Rinpoche, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying; ISBN 0062508342
- Sogyal Rinpoche, The Future of Buddhism (contains 'The Future of Buddhism', 'The Spiritual Heart of Tibetan Medicine', 'View and Wrong View' & 'Being on Top of Things'); ISBN 0712615644
- Sogyal Rinpoche, Glimpse After Glimpse: Daily Reflections on Living and Dying; ISBN 0062511262