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Sogyal Rinpoche (Tibetan: བསོད་རྒྱལ་; Wylie: Bsod-rgyal) is a Tibetan Dzogchen lama of the Nyingma tradition. He is the founder of Rigpa and the author of the best-selling book The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. Born c. 1950 in the region of Kham, in Eastern Tibet, he was recognized as the incarnation of Lerab Lingpa Tertön Sogyal, a teacher to the thirteenth Dalai Lama, by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö, of the Rime movement. Jamyang Khyentse raised Sogyal Rinpoche. This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... The Wylie transliteration scheme is a method for transliterating the Tibetan script using the keys on a typical English language typewriter. ... Tibet (older spelling Thibet; Tibetan: བོད་; Wylie: Bod; Lhasa dialect IPA: [; Simplified and Traditional Chinese: 西藏, Hanyu Pinyin: XÄ«zàng; also referred to as 藏区 (Simplified Chinese), 藏區 (Traditional Chinese), ZàngqÅ« (Hanyu Pinyin), having the two names different connotations; see Name section below) is a plateau region in Central Asia and the... This article refers to the primordial state as considered in Tibetan Buddhism and Bon. ... The Nyingma tradition is the oldest of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism (the other three being the Kagyu, Sakya and Gelug). ... Rigpa is the primordial, nondual awareness advocated by the Dzogchen teachings. ... The designation C: (sometimes C: ) is the drive letter that refers to the main partition (or portion of an hard drive) on an MS-DOS or Windows personal computer. ... 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Kham (Wylie transliteration: Khams, Tibetan: ཁམས, Simplified Chinese: 康, Pinyin: Kāng) province is one of several provinces comprising traditional Tibet (the others Amdo and Ãœ-Tsang). ... The Rimé movement (Wylie: Ris-Med) is a Buddhist school of thought founded in Eastern Tibet during the late 19th century largely by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye, the latter of whom is often respected as the founder proper. ... Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (1820-1892) was a renowned teacher, scholar and tertön (treasure discoverer) of 19th century Tibet. ...


In 1971 Sogyal Rinpoche went to England where he received a Western education, studying Comparative Religion at Cambridge University. He continued to study with many masters, of all schools of Tibetan Buddhism, especially His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche and His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.


In 1994, a civil suit was filed against Sogyal Rinpoche. The suit alleged that over a period of many years, Rinpoche had used his position as a spiritual leader to induce some of his female students to have coitus with him. The complaint included counts of intentional infliction of emotional distress, breach of fiduciary duty, as well as assault and battery. In December 1995 the lawsuit was settled through mediation.[1] A pair of lions copulating in the Maasai Mara, Kenya. ... A fiduciary is a person who occupies a position of trust in relation to someone else such that he is required to act for the latters benefit within the scope of that relationship. ...


Sogyal Rinpoche is founder and spiritual director of Rigpa, a network of more than 100 Buddhist centres around the world. He has been teaching in the west for over 30 years now and continues to travel to Europe, America, Australia, and Asia.


External links

  • Rigpa
  • Lerab Ling
  • Dzogchen Beara
  • The Center for Wisdom and Compassion in America
  • The Spiritual Care Programme
  • The Rigpa Shedra
  • Best-selling Buddhist author accused of sexual abuse

Bibliography

  • The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, by Sogyal Rinpoche ISBN 0-06-250834-2
  • The Spirit of Buddhism: The Future of Dharma in the West, by Sogyal Rinpoche ISBN 0-06-053995-X
  • A Marvelous Garland of Precious Gems, by Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche
  • "The Precious One", by Mick Brown, Telegraph Magazine, 2 February 1995, pp.20-29.

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Sogyal Rinpoche (422 words)
Inspired by this, Sogyal Rinpoche gave the name 'Rigpa' to his work and to the vehicle he was developing to serve the Buddha's teaching in the west.
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.
Rinpoche has been teaching for over 30 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.
Welcome to Rigpa (327 words)
Sogyal Rinpoche gave the name 'Rigpa' to his work and to the vehicle he was developing to serve the Buddha's teaching in the west.
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 spiritual masters of the twentieth century.
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.
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