ABOUT SOGYAL RINPOCHE
The founder of Lerab Ling
Sogyal Rinpoche was a world-renowned Buddhist teacher from Tibet, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying and founder of the international Buddhist network Rigpa, including the Lerab Ling retreat centre.
Born in 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.
Rinpoche received the traditional training of a Tibetan lama, and studied with many great masters of all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. In 1971 he went to England, where he studied Comparative Religion at the University of Cambridge.
Rinpoche dedicated over 45 years to bringing the Buddhist teachings to the West, as well as bringing many other great Buddhist masters to also teach there. In 2017, Rinpoche stepped down as spiritual director of Rigpa and Lerab Ling.
On Wednesday 28 August 2019, Sogyal Rinpoche passed away, following complications during his cancer treatment.