Sogyal Rinpoche

Born 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 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 studied Comparative Religion at Cambridge University. He went on to study with many other masters, of all schools of Tibetan Buddhism, especially Kyabjé Dudjom Rinpoche and Kyabjé Dilgo Khyentse 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. Over 1.6 million copies of this spiritual classic have been printed, in 27 languages and 54 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 has been teaching for over 25 years and continues to travel widely in Europe, America, Australia, and Asia, where he addresses thousands of people on his teaching tours and is a frequent speaker at major conferences.

International Teaching Schedule

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The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

Sogyal Rinpoche's book The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, published in 1992, is widely regarded as one of the most complete and authoritative presentations of the Tibetan Buddhist teachings ever written. It has demonstrated how these teachings can be at one and the same time accessible to everyone, and yet totally authentic and faithful to the tradition. Rinpoche's book has been acclaimed by people of all ages and backgrounds, as well as by Buddhist practitioners. Many readers have remarked on how it carries all the immediacy and force of an oral teaching, and how, with repeated study and reflection, deeper meanings are continually revealed.

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