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"Meditation and daily life practice are a path of discovery because there is something to be discovered. It is called the Nature of Mind, Buddha Nature or the Indestructible Heart Essence. But what is it? That is what we each have to discover within ourselves. The path is the awakening process by means of which we come to recognise it."

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Rigdzin Shikpo welcomes you to the website of the Longchen Foundation.

The Longchen Foundation is a community of Buddhist teachers and students practicing meditation in the Mahayana Maha-Ati (Dzogchen) tradition of Buddhism.

Our approach is to reveal the essence of the Tibetan teachings in a way that is genuine and authentic, and at the same time directly accessible to Westerners and Western lifestyles.

Our programmes and teachings are suitable for everyone, whether you are just starting out on the path of meditation or have been practising for many years.

All you need is the curiosity to explore your own experience with an open mind, and a desire to connect ever more fully with your world for the benefit of others.

News - 2015:

The 2015 timetable for current students and for public events are now available:

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News archive - 2014

"Mandala, Meditation and the Path of Freedom"

Mandala is a way of describing the underlying dynamics of people, places and situations; of the whole of life in fact.

Often associated particularly with spiritual practices of ritual and meditation, Mandala offers an understanding of how everything in our world – physical, social, psychological can be viewed in terms of simple patterns and relationships that interconnect continually.

This event introduces the basic idea of Mandala principle as taught by Rigdzin Shikpo to his students.

Day 1 – will introduce the core principles and explore how these help us understand situations of all kinds with greater clarity and sensitivity. There will also be a breief introduction on formless meditation.

Day 2 – will go further into the importance of Mandala specifically as a way of relating to meditation and the whole path of training.

Both days are suitable for all – beginners and those with background in meditation (in Longchen or in other traditions). You are welcome to book for both days, or just for Day 1."

Lion's Roar Gate 1 (Introductory Weekend)

Donations and bequests to support our work:

As with other similar organisations The Longchen Foundation, a Registered Charity, is in constant need of funds in order to be able to function and to continue its work. It provides a varied programme including meditation instruction, Dharma teaching and retreats. We also have a burary scheme to support those wishing to do retreat or attend programmes who wouldn't otherwise be able to come.

Donations are always gratefully received.

The Gift of Dharma exceeds all.

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Meeting Trungpa Rinpoche

5 October 2013, Oxford

A special teaching from Rigdzin Shikpo

Rigdzin Shikpo has a long and deep connection with Chögyam
Trungpa and his teachings reflect this. In his talks he will try to pass
on the inspiration he had from Trungpa Rinpoche and show how the
teachings of the direct simplicity of awareness can affect not only the
individual but the whole of society.
We hope you can join us.

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The New ECV timetable for current students has now been published with details of weekends and retreats for 2012 - 13


Video Teachings on You Tube

We now have a You Tube Channel where you can watch video teachings from Rigdzin Shikpo. We will continue to update and add content to this channel over the coming months


Three new public talks by Rigdzin Shikpo

Now available as CDs and DVDs.

These are teachings from the Heart of the Buddha series:

Longchen, Longchenpa and MahaAti

An introduction to key figures and teachings from the Longchen lineage

Death and Dying

Instructions on how to be helpful to oneself and others at the time of death

Karma: Working with our World

An explanation of Karma from the perspective of Mahayana MahaAti