Rigpa San Francisco

Rigpa San Francisco


Is there a new space in the works?
Greetings from Boulder, Sangha-mates! I am going to be in Oakland for a dharma event the weekend of Oct 21-22, and I was wondering if I could crash one someone's floor. I can bring my own little blow up mattress, even! :D Friday night, leaving really early Monday morning. Thank you!
Steven Goodman at Rigpa SF

Rigpa San Francisco is a Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center offering meditation sessions and introductory courses based on the teachings of Sogyal Rinpoche.

Visit http://rigpabayarea.org for information. Sogyal Rinpoche gave the name Rigpa to his work and to the vehicle he has developed to serve the Buddha’s teaching in the west. Today, Rigpa has more than 130 centers and groups in 41 countries around the world.

Operating as usual

Rigpa San Francisco updated their address. 06/14/2021

Rigpa San Francisco updated their address.

Rigpa San Francisco updated their address.


"Our buddha nature is as good as any buddha's buddha nature."


"Stars shine even for those who refuse to look up". Sometimes we forget our own inner light, sometimes we are afraid of it or sometimes we might not even believe in it. Regardless, light is light. We need only learn how to ignite the light within.

I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being

rigpabayarea.org 04/11/2017

Buddha Nature: Luminous and Permanent

Rigpa SF is excited to host a one day seminar with Prof Steven Goodman on April 30. During this seminar, we'll explore the ways in which our innate goodness is always available to us.
For more information, check our website- www.rigpabayarea.org
Additional information on Prof Goodman D Steven, can be accessed at:

rigpabayarea.org "In this one day event we'll explore the ways in which Buddha Nature - our indwelling goodness - is always available." Professor Goodman is core faculty and Research and Program Director in the Asian Philosophies and Cultures Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.…


"May the roots of suffering diminish. May warfare, violence, neglect, indifference, and addiction also decrease.
May the wisdom and compassion of all beings increase, now and in the future.
May we clearly see all the barriers we erect between ourselves and others to be as insubstantial as our dreams.
May we appreciate the great perfection of all phenomena.
May we continue to open our hearts and minds, in order to work ceaselessly for the benefit of all beings.
May we go to the places that scare us.
May we lead the life of a warrior.”
― Pema Chödrön


Some highlights from the weekend...lots of rich connections, sharings and poignant reflections. Thank you Kristen, Annie E, Andrea, Hanne and Leslie for making it happen!

mountmadonna.org 03/28/2017

Explore Your Mountaintop Refuge - Mount Madonna Center

Coming up this weekend is RIgpa's "In the mirror of death" retreat at the beautiful grounds of Mount Madonna Center in the Santa Cruz mountains. It has been said that the center has always been a sacred space, from the early Native American Ohlone days to the Italian stone masons who saw the apparition of the Madonna in the forest.

We're looking forward to spending sacred time with all who have registered!

mountmadonna.org Dive into all that the land offers.


Taking a short break from all this talk on death and dying...


Loving Kindness, the fourth module in the What Meditation Really Is series, is open to anyone who has attended an introductory meditation course or retreat and new students as well. It will meet on six Tuesdays, April 11 - May 16, from 6 pm - 7:30 pm.

For more information, check out:


"Violent action creates more violence. That’s why compassion is the only way to reduce violence. And compassion is not something soft. It takes a lot of courage.

When you express your anger, either verbally or with physical violence, you are feeding the seed of anger, and it becomes stronger in you. It’s a dangerous practice" - Thich Nhat Hanh


“Let me respectfully remind you: Life and death are of supreme importance. Time swiftly passes by and opportunity is lost. Each of us should strive to awaken… awaken… Take heed: Do not squander your life". -Anon-

Perhaps one of the greatest gifts we can give to ourselves and our loved ones (or not so loved ones), is the gift of living a meaningful life and dying in a meaningful way.


Tomorrow is Chotrul Duchen, the ‘Festival of Miracles’. It's
one of the four festivals in the year commemorating
the most significant events in the life of the Buddha.
Chotrul Duchen occurs on the full moon (the fifteenth day)
of the first Tibetan month.

The first fifteen days of the Tibetan New Year celebrate the fifteen days on which, in order to increase the merit and the devotion of future disciples, Buddha Shakyamuni displayed a different miracle.

Chotrul Duchen, like the other festivals (Saga Dawa Duchen, Chokhor Duchen, and Lhabab Duchen), is a “ten million multiplier” day, when all positive and negative actions are multiplied 10 million times.

It is therefore a very good day to engage in positive activities and practice.


"Men come and they go and they trot and they dance, and never a word about death. All well and good. Yet when death does come—to them, their wives, their children, their friends—catching them unawares and unprepared, then what storms of passion overwhelm them, what cries, what fury, what despair! . . .

We do not know where death awaits us: so let us wait for it everywhere. To practice death is to practice freedom. A man who has learned how to die has unlearned how to be a slave.


Human beings face two causes of death; untimely death and death due to the exhaustion of their natural life span…..When the cause of death is the exhaustion of this natural life span, you are like a lamp which has run out of oil. There is no way of averting death by cheating it, you have to get ready to go.
- Padmasambhava-


Happy Losar Day everyone!! Today marks the start of the year of the Fire Bird, and it presents another opportunity for us to release the past year, and to reflect on aspirations for the coming one. This is also an especially auspicious day for practice and good deeds!

May the year of the Fire Bird bring all our aspirations to fruition and may each one of us be fueled by its energy and courage, to manifest our own innate buddha nature.


When it rains again, maybe remember this:

usa.rigpa.org 01/20/2017

In the Mirror of Death- Weekend Retreat

Instead of celebrating New Year's Day and wishing everyone a "Happy New Year", Patrul Rinpoche used to weep. When asked why, he said that another year had gone by and so many people had come one year closer to death, still unprepared.

Gift yourself a weekend this March in the mountains of Santa Cruz. Take time to reflect while you are calm and have the opportunity, that death is real, and comes without warning.

usa.rigpa.org Inspired by The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying This weekend retreat offers a glimpse of the practical wisdom and sacred inspiration of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Inspired by The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche, Kirsten DeLeo will share essential teachings which are most re...

rigpabayarea.org 01/16/2017

What Meditation Really Is: Resting in Open Awareness

Ultimately, the aim of meditation is to remain in a state of non-distraction. To eat when you eat, to sleep when you sleep.
Starting on Jan 31, "What Meditation Really Is: Resting in Open Awareness" will guide both new and experienced students towards understanding and experiencing non-distraction in daily life.

rigpabayarea.org 6 Tuesdays starting January 31, 6 pm - 7:30 pm Rigpa Bay Area | 1033 Polk Street | San Francisco Discover the profound stillness that is always with us beneath the turbulence of our thoughts and emotions. This ongoing in-depth meditation course shows how to find natural clarity, confidence, and pr...


****** FRIENDLY Reminder ******* Drop-in meditation resumes on January 11th, not the 4th as previously announced *******


" Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters the most". - Buddha-

Happy New Year, dear friends. With the passing of each year, each month, each week, each day, minutes and seconds, may it be a reminder for us to use this life of ours wisely.

What are your intentions for 2017? What do you value deeply? What do you wish for yourself, your loved ones and the world?

(photo credit: mc)


Drop-in meditation resumes on Wednesday, Jan 4th at 6pm. What better way to start off the new year?


To be able to embrace similarities rather than see differences.
To practice harmony and tolerance, rather than rigid dogmas and man-made constructs.

Happy Christmas


Whether you find yourself alone or with family during this holiday season, may you experience community, connection, love and joy. Happy holidays everyone!


As this year's Autumn retreat comes to an end, it feels like for many of us, there has been a deepening sense of family, the preciousness of the teachings we've received, and an even deeper gratitude for the teacher and his compassion and love for us.
All of this intertwined with delight at the wonderful news related to the Standing Rock Dakota Access Pipeline Opposition. May we truly commit to putting the teachings into practice and make full use of our precious human life.

usa.rigpa.org 12/03/2016

An Evening with Sogyal Rinpoche

For those who were not able to be at this year's autumn retreat with Rinpoche in Ventura, please do consider being at the public teachings he will be presenting. It's been another incredibly rich retreat, which undoubtedly will spill over into these public venues as well.

usa.rigpa.org Powered by Eventbrite You're invited to an evening with Sogyal Rinpoche, author of the highly acclaimed The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. This December,


Have a meaningful and blessed thanksgiving everyone!
Safe travels, and for those making their way to Ventura for the annual autumn retreat with Sogyal Rinpoche, may we take the time amidst the chaos of daily life, to turn inwardly and prepare ourselves to receive all the precious teachings awaiting us.


"In the midst of emotionally charged situations, awareness itself can provide us with a sense of calm, even while the waves of powerful emotions rage on the mind's surface"
-Mingyur Rinpoche-


Practice even when you don't feel like practicing.


"So overall, though my life is far from perfect, I'm contented with it. And in a peculiar way, I'm grateful for the troubling emotions I experienced. The obstacles we face in life can provide powerful incentives for change". - Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche-


Taking everything on to the path, seeing all that happens as blessings of the lama. In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.


Hate never dispels hate...only love.


"Our state of mind is filled with illusion but not the state of mind itself. With practice we will see what is illusion and what is state of mind itself is. When you discover this quality you will recognize the reality of the practice and peace within our mind in our daily life". Kalu Rimpoche-


Help please!!! It's that time to move into our temporary abode in Ventura, and much needed help would be appreciated. Starting from Nov 12, we'd be needing volunteers to lend a hand. Even if you only have a hour or two to spare, please consider coming down to the Center at Polk and join the packing crew!

usa.rigpa.org 10/26/2016

An Evening with Sogyal Rinpoche

Needing an excuse to head down to SoCal? Consider spending an evening with Sogyal Rinpoche in LA or Santa Barbara.

usa.rigpa.org Powered by Eventbrite You're invited to an evening with Sogyal Rinpoche, author of the highly acclaimed The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. This December,

rigpabayarea.org 10/07/2016

What Meditation Really Is: Focusing on Sensations, Thoughts, and Emotions

Leaning into sensations, thoughts and emotions. Starting at 6.30pm on October 10 at the Rigpa Center on Polk. Register online!

rigpabayarea.org October 10 - November 14 Six Mondays 6:30-8 pmSensations, thoughts, and emotions - anything that arises during the meditative experience can be a focus for our meditation rather than a distraction. Through practice we gradually learn to rest our minds naturally in a state of undistracted awareness…



Rigpa offers those following the Buddhist teachings a complete path of study and practice, along with the environment they need to experience the teachings fully.