Friday, March 10, 2017

Lama Tsultrim Allione on Lama Tsering Wangdu Rinpoche

Chöd Conference Presenters – Lama Tsering Wangdu Rinpoche

The Historic First International Chöd Conference in July will feature some amazing presenters and presentations. We will be spotlighting a different presenter each day until March 31st. Check out our Facebook page daily for these updates. Don’t miss out on our early-bird discounted registration for the conference, ending on March 31st. After this date, regular registration prices apply. For registration and more information, click here:


Lama Tsering Wangdu Rinpoche was born in 1939 in the Langkor Valley in West Tingri, Tibet, a region home to Padampa Sangye and Machig Labdrön. Rinpoche began studying with his root lama, Naptra Rinpoche, at the age of eight, and completed the traditional Chöd retreat, practicing in 108 charnel grounds. While on pilgrimage in Nepal in 1959, the Chinese closed the Tibetan border; he has not been able to return to Tibet since. For many years Rinpoche lived in a Tibetan refugee camp in the Kathmandu Valley. As one of the few Nyingma ritual practitioners accessible to both Tibetan refugees and Nepalis, he became well known as a Chödpa and healer throughout Nepal. In addition to serving as a spiritual leader for the Tibetan community, Rinpoche spent significant time in retreat, and received teachings and empowerments from HH Dalai Lama, Dudjom Rinpoche, Surkhang Rinpoche, Urgyen Tulku and Chatral Rinpoche. 

Today he is recognized as a lineage holder of Padampa Sangye’s Zhije, numerous Chöd lineages, and the Longchen Nyingthig. Rinpoche is the Abbot of Pal Gyi Ling monastery and continues to serve as a healer and spiritual guide for countless people in Nepal and the United States. As one of the few remaining Tibetan lamas who trained and practiced in pre-occupied Tibet, he is committed to preserving and transmitting the authentic and rare teachings he has received and brought to fruition through decades of practice. Lama Wangdu’s life is chronicled in his autobiography One Hundred Thousand Rays of Sun.

Tara Mandala is our Dam Trog sister organization. Dam Trog means "Samaya Fellowship", where the organizations function independently but have a close association and transmission and exchanges of teachers and teachings. In November, 2013 Lama Tsultrim Allione and Chögyal Namkhai Norbu signed a Dam Trog agreement in Dzamling Gar.

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