Celebrating over 20 years of changing the way we care

Public Statement

Spiritual Care International, September 2018

The Spiritual Care Programme was established in 1992 and offers non-denominational, contemplative-based care and education for people from all walks of life. The curriculum is inspired by Buddhism and other wisdom traditions, neuroscience, psychology and the practical methods of modern healthcare. We bring mindful and compassionate help to caregivers and to people facing difficulties, illness or death.

Historically, the Spiritual Care Programme was associated with Rigpa, the Tibetan Buddhist organization founded by Sogyal Rinpoche. Allegations of abuse have resulted in the resignations of Sogyal Rinpoche and Rigpa's senior management. We stopped accepting financial support from Rigpa in 2017 and there is currently no organizational link between Rigpa and the Spiritual Care Programme.

As a global team and as individuals we are committed to creating safe and supportive environments to help people who are suffering. Any form of abuse has no place in our communities. We have already benefited more than 40,000 people and we continue to welcome anyone from any background to participate in healing based on mutual respect, kindness and understanding.