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Ven. Sogan Rinpoche
Ven. Sogan Rinpoche Returns to Golok
This video slideshow presented with music by Lama Urgyen Dorje includes images from Rinpoche's autumn, 2012 trip to his homeland, Golok, Tibet.
Lobsang Dhondup at Lake Tahoe
Lobsang Dhondup Tibetan master of yoga
In November, 2013, Ven. Lobsang Dhondup, visited northern California and offered several yoga workshops in the Lake Tahoe region. See photos from his journey here >>
Rinpoche frees fish in the Ganges
Animal Release Saving the lives of sentient beings
In keeping with the Buddhist tradition of sparing the lives of animals who are about to be killed, Sogan Rinpoche has sponsored animal releases in the San Francisco Bay area and abroad. Visit the links below for photos and video of some of these events.

BHUTAN, 2017
Goats and cows were saved from slaughter and given sanctuary in Bhutan. To learn more,
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TIBET, 2016
Birds and fowl were saved from slaughter and transported to Segon Thupten Chokgyal Ling Monastery in Tibet. To learn more,
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BHUTAN, 2015
This year's release occurred on the day we celebrate the Buddha's first turning of the wheel of dharma. Cows and oxen were saved and moved to a refuge for ransomed animals in Thimphu, Bhutan. To learn more,
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BHUTAN, 2014
Rinpoche noted that the 2014 release was particularly auspicious. Forty cows and oxen were saved and moved to a refuge for ransomed animals in east Bhutan. To learn more,
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INDIA, 2013
Haridwar, by the Ganges River in India, is a place considered sacred by Buddhists and Hindus. Here at the time of a new moon on April 10, 2013, Ven. Sogan Rinpoche and monks performed a fish release.
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INDIA, 2012
In April, 2012, Ven. Sogan Rinpoche presided over a compassionate release of live fish into the waters of the Ganges River in Varanasi, India. To see photos and find out more about this event, Click here >>
SAN FRANCISCO, 2009 and INDIA, 2010
Photos from two different animal releases: one was conducted in 2009 at Lake Merced in San Francisco, and the other in 2010 in the ancient, holy city of Varanasi.
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Golok, Parts 1 & 2 and Bayan Monastery Sogan Rinpoche in Tibet
In 2007 Sogan Rinpoche returned to his homeland – Golok, Tibet – for the first time in 14 years. The purpose of the visit was the inauguration of Kunsel Kyetsal, a science and technology facility for Tibetan high school students in Golok which had been funded by The Sogan Foundation, a secular non-profit organization founded by Rinpoche in 2004.

Golok Part 1 and Golok Part 2: Rinpoche greets friends, family and tours beautiful, sacred places in Tibet and China.
Bayan Monastery: The monks and the local community extend a warm welcome to Rinpoche.

You can learn more about
The Sogan Foundation on its website.
Students at Bayan 14 young Tibetan nomads living and studying at the monastery
Tutor & students at Bayan Monastery
In conjunction with TOC's fundraising appeal in support of boys who are studying at Bayan Monastery, this gallery includes photos showing glimpses of the daily lives of these children. Separated from their families due to extreme economic hardship, they come to Bayan with the hope of gaining literacy – they have no other educational opportunity. And for many of the children, the monastery is also the only reliable provider of food and shelter.