Teachers in Rigpa

Masters of the Nyingma Tradition Guiding Rigpa

Since Rigpa’s founder and main teacher, Sogyal Rinpoche, passed away in 2019, great masters of the Nyingma and Longchen Nyingtik traditions who have taught, guided and given transmissions and instructions to the Rigpa community over many years, continue to do so.

Lamas and teachers who teach regularly in Rigpa centres around the world and online include (in alphabetical order) Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche, Khamtrul Rinpoche, Khenchen Namdrol Rinpoche, Khenchen Pema Sherab, Neten Chokling Rinpoche, Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Tulku Ridgzin Pema Rinpoche and Western teachers Andy Karr, Chagdud Khadro, Dungse Jampal Norbu, Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel and Lama Tsering Everest.

In addition, Rigpa is honoured to regularly host the head of the Sakya school, His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Trizin Ratna Vajra Rinpoche and one of the most senior teachers of the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism His Eminence the 7th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche.

Rigpa’s Teachers and Practice Holders

All of Rigpa’s teachers and practice holders are responsible to the Buddhadharma and to Rigpa’s sangha and lineage and therefore they are accountable to Rigpa’s Vision Board and Spiritual Advisors. They all adhere to ethical standards including Rigpa’s Code of Conduct and comply with the laws in each country where they teach and practice.

Senior Practice Holders in Ireland

Senior Practice Holders’ are the most senior knowledge holders of the lineage of Vajrayana practices held in Rigpa.

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Susan Browne has over 30 years experience of Buddhist meditation and compassion practices. She has been guiding groups and individuals in retreat over the past 25 years, both at Dzogchen Beara, and at the Institute of Wisdom and Compassion, France. She herself has completed several years of closed retreat and many in-depth studies.
Susan specialises in one-on-one and small group sessions, giving guidance on meditation methods that best help move through challenges one is facing (www.restyourmind.ie)

Teachers in Ireland

‘Teachers’ specialise in one or several Dharma topics connected to the path of study and practice, such as meditation, foundations of Buddhism, lojong, madhyamaka, Vajrayana preliminary practices (Ngondro), and so on.

Derek CorrBrendan DoyleJeffrey DeLeoKirsten DeLeo
Klara FinkeleCecily LeonardMartin LeonardAnthony McCay
Veronica NicholsonMichael RonanLeon RossiterAnne Sheehan
Andrew WarrÓrla Studdert

Practice Holders in Ireland

Practice Holders’ lead Vajrayana group practice for the Rigpa community around the world, contributing to the continuation of the vibrant tradition of Vajrayana in Rigpa.

Ann AlfordNicki BeshoffJennifer CronlyJeffrey DeLeo
Sebastian DiebetsbergerKieran EnglishKlara FinkeleAnnette Moeker
Matt PadwickCliff VennerÓrla Studdert

Find out about Rigpa teachers in other countries

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Time to Meditate – Cork Mondays
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11th September - 16th October 2023

Path to Freedom
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13th September - 25th October 2023

In the Mirror of Death
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Meditation & The Four Noble Truths 
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21st September - 26th October 2023