Longchen Path of Training

The Indestructible Heart Essence

The Indestructible Heart Essence (IHE) is the name for our path of training. It comprises a number of distinct programmes and is designed to take you from your very first steps on the path of awakening through to a complete understanding of awakening itself.

We run a variety of courses, classes, and retreats throughout the year. You can view information on some of our local communities here: Many of these are open to everyone, whether a beginner in meditation or a more experienced practitioner who may be a newcomer to this particular approach.

Later programmes are open only to those who have completed earlier programmes and taken any relevant commitments. There are a number of ways to begin your training with us such as public talks with Rigdzin Shikpo or the Lion’s Roar, and they should give you the time and space to discover if this path is the right one for you.

Announcing Longchen Open Meditation Group

Anyone looking to make or deepen a connection to the Longchen Foundation and the teachings of Rigdzin Shikpo can now attend an hour’s on-line open meditation group.  The Longchen Open group will take place on Zoom each Thursday evening from 7pm to 8pm UK time, beginning Thursday May 19.

The hour starts with a Longchen instructor giving simple instruction on formless meditation, followed by roughly 20 to 30 minutes of formless meditation practice.  The final 15 or 20 minutes are an opportunity for open discussion about meditation or other practice topics.

If you would like to attend, or have any questions, please email and you will receive the Zoom link.  We are excited by this opportunity to practice together with old and new friends inspired by the vision of Rigdzin Shikpo.

Teachings in the Maha Ati (Dzogchen) Buddhist tradition

5 Day Meditation Retreat


“Reality is a jagged place but at the heart of that is nobility. The nobility of compassion” 
Rigdzin Shikpo 

A rare opportunity to meet with and receive teachings from Rigdzin Shikpo who is inspired to teach in person during this retreat.

Join us for this long awaited chance to gather and practise together in the beautiful surroundings

of Boars Hill Priory, just outside Oxford.

6pm, Saturday, August 27th – 10am, Friday, September 2nd, 2022

There is an option to stay for lunch on the last day

Carmelite Priory, Chilswell, Boars Hill, OX1 5HB
Full board for 6 nights  Single (or twin) rooms 

Please note there is no choice to specify room type when booking. One of the Path of Freedom team will contact you directly after your booking to help you find a suitable room

Early Bird – £495 (Before July 3rd)
Full Price – £545

Online Early Bird – £220 (Before July 3rd)
Online Full Price – £255


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