About the Longchen Foundation

Founder Teachers



The Longchen Symbol


"Trungpa Rinpoche’s approach was simply to be open and to minimize the projections we make on our experience. His great saying was, “Turn towards everything.” Even if we don’t know what to do, or how to handle a situation, we just turn towards it. What comes to us might be quite painful, but it is always better to turn towards. It is a very simple choice, although it might be a painful choice sometimes. We can either turn towards or we can turn away, and Trungpa Rinpoche said you should
always turn towards, and never turn away. "

Rigdzin Shikpo












About the Longchen Foundation

Longchen Foundation is a Buddhist organisation whose name is associated with one of the great yogins and scholars of the Tibetan Nyingma school of Buddhism, Longchen Rabjam who lived in the 14th century.

Nyingma means 'old' and refers to the earliest tradition of Buddhism that was originally established in Tibet. The Longchen Foundation can thus trace its roots back to the beginning of Buddhism in Tibet and even before.

The Longchen Foundation was established in 1975 by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, both acknowledged as accomplished masters of the Kagyu-Nyingma and Nyingma traditions respectively and as two of the great meditation masters of the 20th century. They appointed Rigdzin Shikpo as spiritual director of the Longchen Foundation and entrusted him to realise their vision for the development and spread of the teachings.

Longchen’s mission is to preserve and disseminate the essence of the Buddha’s teaching, in accordance with Nyingma tradition, whilst at the same time creatively adapting its teaching style and methods to the needs of modern Western students. This rare combination – having ancient and authentic teachings and practices conveyed in a way that is directly applicable to our current times and culture is one of the unique hallmarks of the Longchen approach and something that those practising within the tradition value very highly. The emphasis throughout is to present the teachings directly in English using methods and language appropriate to Western students.

As a non monastic organisation, we emphasise the importance and potential of practising within every facet of life – family, work, relationships etc. Far from being a distraction to the path, with the right inspiration and connection to the teachings, the various challenges of our every day lives in the West can become opportunities to open more fully to our immediate experience and to develop wisdom and compassion in order to benefit others.