What Meditation Really Is

Sogyal Rinpoche, Rigpa

Meditation is a process of coming to know our own mind. More than simply a remedy against stress and anxiety, meditation is a precise and systematic approach for working with and transforming our minds. Not only can meditation bring about inner peace, stability and confidence in any situation, but on the most profound level meditation also introduces us to who we really are, our unchanging pure awareness, which underlies the whole of our experience.

Sogyal Rinpoche is the founder and spiritual director of Rigpa, an international network of Buddhist centres. He has been teaching for over thirty years and continues to travel widely in Europe, America, Australia, and Asia. He is the author of the well-known work The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. More than two million copies have been printed in fifty-six countries and in thirty-one languages.

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.  

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Thursday, November 18, 2010 | 7:30 pm — 9:00 pm
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