About Longchen

Rigdzin Shikpo

Welcome to the Longchen Foundation, an international community of Buddhist students and teachers practising meditation in the Mahayana Maha Ati (Dzogchen) tradition of Buddhism. The community, or mandala, is under the spiritual direction of lineage holder Rigdzin Shikpo.

Rigdzin Shikpo has been charged by his root teacher, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche with revealing the essence of these Tibetan teachings, which encompass the Hinayana, Mahayana and Secret Mantra Vajrayana vehicles, in a way suitable for those of us born and brought up in the West.

Longchen Buddhadharma is suitable for all ages and levels of experience. It has two qualities. It is rare because it offers a complete path of training for householder yogins. And it is precious in that it is difficult to find someone from our culture who has received these teachings and is authorised to transmit them in their entirety. Most importantly, it is a unique presentation of the path of Dzogchen Buddhism especially suitable for westerners.

The path of training, which is also the goal, is the Indestructible Heart Essence. At its heart lies the Longchen Nyinthig (Heart Drops of the Great Space) cycle of teachings. Entry points include Path of Freedom events, The Lion’s Roar and Heart of Buddha teachings. Some happen at local and national group events as well as in retreat environments. If you’re not sure where to start, then why not try the video teachings on the main page or visit our meditation or teachings pages. Or check out our events calendar to find an event or teaching near you.

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