Access options for Rigpa sangha members

In January and February 2021 Rigpa is transitioning from its former streaming website. By Losar, all live and replay streamed events will be hosted here on Prajna.

Here are a few important reminders about Prajna:

There are different levels of access:
  • Basic free access - available to anyone and gives access to a range of public content.
  • Sangha basic access (free) - gives access to limited content based on your mandala. 
  • Full membership (additional fee or part of your Rigpa subscription) - gives access to the whole Prajna library, based on your mandala. The library is updated on a monthly basis. 
  • Teaching Events (additional fee) - some special events are not included in a membership subscription and are paid for separately.

To access ‘sangha-only’ content:
  • You need to be registered directly with Prajna (it is not automatic for sangha members unless Prajna subscription is included as part of your Rigpa membership. Register here.
  • Once you have registered, log in with your Admin and Care login

Membership fees - basic sangha content is free and there is an additional membership fee to access a wider range of content. Prajna aims to support you on the path and is not-for-profit, so the membership fee is used to produce and upload new teachings to the library every month as well as to run the platform. *Note: In some sangha countries, Prajna is included in your Rigpa membership so there is no additional payment, and for others it is paid separately.

Un mio amico ha accesso ad insegnamenti che non riesco a trovare

Abbiamo tutti esigenze diverse a seconda di dove ci troviamo sul sentiero, quindi potrebbe essere che il tuo amico sia ad uno stadio diverso del percorso. Il nostro contenuto potrebbe anche differire da paese a paese. Non esitare a contattarci tramite il modulo di contatto se hai bisogno di ulteriori chiarimenti. Troverai un link a piè di pagina.

Vorrei avere accesso ai materiali Vajrayana e Dzogchen

Attualmente stiamo lavorando su un modo per consentire agli utenti al di fuori del sangha di Rigpa di accedere a questi insegnamenti. Assicurati di essere iscritto alla nostra newsletter in modo che possiamo raggiungerti quando tutto ciò sarà attuato. Fai clic su "Il mio account" nella barra di navigazione in alto e poi su "Impostazioni" nel menu a tendina. Potrai iscriverti alla newsletter in fondo alla pagina Impostazioni.

Per il sangha di Rigpa: prego contatta il tuo istruttore per assicurarti che il mandala sia corretto nel sistema Admin&Care.

Mi piacerebbe avere accesso, ma non mi posso permettere la quota di iscrizione.

Ti preghiamo di contattarci tramite il modulo Contattaci e spiega la tua situazione e saremo lieti di aiutarti. Troverai il modulo Contattaci a pié pagina.

Community guidelines

The purpose of the community function is for our users to connect, discuss and help each other in their study of the Buddha-Dharma. Guidelines for the entire community are in place to fulfill that purpose, and the job of moderators is to keep the website operating for the aforementioned purpose. All moderation action is to preserve a space that is conducive to that end.

The following content is considered inappropriate:

- foul language
- personal attacks
- spam links
- sensitive information (personal info, phone numbers, etc.)
- links to executable files

Posts with inappropriate content will stay unpublished or edited to remove that content.

This page includes rules and guidelines for using the message boards at Prajna. We assume good faith and we will only warn users who repeatedly or blatantly violate these rules and guidelines.

Administrators have the final say in modifying, interpreting, and enforcing these rules.

Subjects covered in the forum
Posts on the message boards should be directly related to the subject and content of the materials. 

Users who post forum spam will have their posts removed. If a post that is otherwise appropriate includes links considered to be spam, those links will be removed.

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The Stages of the Path

All the materials found in Prajna are grouped according to five stages or categories, to make it easier for you to find the teachings & events most suitable to where you are on the path.
  • Discovery & Foundations of the Buddhist Path
  • Mahayana
  • Vajrayana preliminaries (ngöndro)
  • Vajrayana (tantra & sadhana)
  • Dzogchen

This follows the structure of Rigpa's curriculum which you can read more about here.

Discovery & Foundatio
Discovery & Foundations is not only for beginners, but also for all Buddhist students, wherever you are on the path.

What you can expect from teachings & events in this category:

Discover the key principles and practices of meditation, compassion and wisdom for anyone interested in Buddhism. You can simply use what you find relevant to face the challenges and big questions in your life.
Learn about the overview of the whole Buddhist path and develop a solid foundation in the key philosophical principles of Buddhism, especially those of the Basic yana, so that one has a stable and solid foundation for the later stages of the path.
Be introduced to the vision of study and practice within Buddhism, which spans the whole of life, dying, death and beyond…

The five core areas of the Foundations of the Path are: Meditation, Exploring Mind & Its Nature, the Vision of Living & Dying, and Buddha, Dharma & Sangha.
Based on the ‘Great Vehicle’ (Mahayana) of Buddhism, explore the central practice of bodhichitta—the altruistic wish to attain enlightenment for the sake of all beings. This approach entails training in love and compassion to the fullest extent as well as developing profound insight into the ultimate nature of reality, or shunyata.

These teachings and practices can be of great practical value to anybody, regardless of whether you wish to be Buddhist or not, but they also form the heart of formally following the Buddhist path.

The four core areas of Mahayana are: Introduction to Mahayana & Bodhicitta, the Ground & View of Mahayana, Arousing and Training in Bodhicitta and Lojong.

Vajrayana Preliminaries (ngöndro
As the foundation for the Vajrayana and Dzogchen stages, the preliminary practices, or ngöndro in Tibetan, have been skilfully designed to effect deep transformation at every level of our being and stabilize our practice. Not only do they prepare you for the profound practices of Vajrayana and Dzogchen, but they also form a complete path to enlightenment.

It’s a requirement for students at this stage of the path to have formally entered the Buddhist path by taking Refuge and Bodhisattva vows, and to have a solid foundation and experience of the principles and practices of the Mahayana.

While studying and practising the preliminaries, you can spend time reflecting on your path and whether or not you wish to begin the main Vajrayana or Dzogchen practices with their respective commitments.

The three core areas of the Vajrayana Preliminaries are: Introduction to Ngöndro, Ngöndro Commentaries & Practice, and Preparation for Vajrayana.
Vajrayana (Tantra and Sadhana
The main Vajrayana path is a specialized path of the Mahayana that is suitable for students with certain affinities.

It’s a requirement for students at this stage of the path to have formally entered the Buddhist path by taking Refuge and Bodhisattva vows, and to have a solid foundation and experience of the principles and practices of the Mahayana as well as the Vajrayana preliminaries.

After reflection, one can formally enter the Vajrayana by receiving an empowerment from a qualified master, which enables one to study the Vajrayana teachings, or tantras, and engage in Vajrayana practices, or sadhanas.

To access the Vajrayana stage teachings on Prajna, we request you have an empowerment of the inner tantras (Mahayoga, Anuyoga or Atiyoga) which usually contains the four stages of the vase empowerment, the secret empowerment, the knowledge-wisdom empowerment, and the precious word empowerment.

Vajrayana practices emphasize the close guidance of a qualified teacher and employ many special methods such as visualization, mantra recitation and profound meditation, in order to arrive swiftly at a direct realization of one’s true nature and the nature of reality itself.

The two core areas of Vajrayana are: View, Meditation & Action of the Vajrayana and Sadhanas.
The study and practice of Dzogchen is considered the highest path in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and especially appropriate for the present time. As one teacher says, “as a way in which to realize the innermost nature of mind—that which we really are—Dzogchen is the clearest, most effective, and most relevant to the modern world.”

Though generally associated with the Nyingma or Ancient School of Tibetan Buddhism founded by King Trisong Detsen, Khenpo Shantarakshita, Guru Padmasambhava and others, Dzogchen has been practised throughout the centuries by masters of all the different schools of Tibet as their innermost practice. Formal Dzogchen practice is intended for those who have accomplished the Vajrayana preliminaries and have accepted the guidance of a qualified Dzogchen master.
The Dzogchen perspective that the nature of our mind is primordially perfect is shared throughout all the stages of the path beginning with the practice of meditation. The spirit is one of uncovering our true nature rather than fabricating something new.