Rigpa offers a diverse programme of courses, seminars and retreats designed to make the wisdom & compassion of the Buddhist teachings accessible and relevant to men and women of all ages, and from all walks of life.
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Open to any tradition
Our courses are conducted in a spirit of open enquiry and relevant for those of any spiritual tradition or none. We also offer a complete path of study and practice for those who wish to engage with the Buddhist teachings more fully.
We endeavour to create and provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere for all. If this will be your first time attending a course at one of our centres, here are just a few points that might be of use.
What to wear
You can wear whatever you like, although you may prefer something loose and comfortable. If you’re able to do so, you are welcome to sit crossed-legged on a cushion on the floor. We provide meditation cushions or chairs if you prefer, and you are welcome to bring your own meditation cushion or meditation stool if you have one. Many people prefer to sit on chairs and that is perfectly alright, the main thing is that you are comfortable. We don’t wear shoes in the meditation shrine room, so if you are not comfortable in stocking feet, please bring slippers or other indoor shoes. Some people like to bring a notebook and pen, to write down what they’ve learned or any insights they might have.
What to expect
On a typical course night, we watch some teachings on video, we allow time for reflection & discussion relating to the content of those teachings. We will also spend some time in silence while we practise meditation. As a course progresses, the silent times will be a bit longer, but you can take a break whenever you need to. There is also time for an informal chat over a cup of tea. Our centres are run almost entirely by volunteers. Course facilitators and instructors will be happy to answer any queries you might have. A warm welcome is extended to all who visit.