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Spiritual Master and founder
of Chagdud Gonpa Foundation
Chagdud Gonpa Tibete
H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche (1930-2002) belongs to the last generation of teachers to have been fully trained in Tibet in the vast wealth of Vajrayana teachings and methods. He held superb teaching lineages, primarily in the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Vajrayana, which he taught unceasingly throughout his life. The main emphasis in whatever he taught was pure motivation. After the Communist conquest of Tibet in 1959, Rinpoche went into exile in India and Nepal.
During the next twenty years, in various refugee camps and settlements, Rinpoche served as lama who administered to the refugees’ spiritual needs, as a camp leader who organized work projects, and as a physician Tibetan medicine. Rinpoche traveled to the United States in 1979.
The combination of his warm personality, his depth of knowledge, and his meditative realization magnetized thousands of students. His tireless teachings led him to Europe, Russia, Korea, Hong Kong, Australia, and South America. He resettled in Brazil in 1995 after successfully establishing numerous centers and meditation groups in the United States and other places. In order to maintain his lineage teachings, he ordained a number of his Western students as teachers and gave them specific authorizations to teach.
Since Rinpoche's Parinirvana on November 17, 2002, the extensive Brazilian network of centers—many with their own resident lamas—and meditation groups have been under the spiritual direction of Chagdud Khadro, Rinpoche's wife, whom he ordained as a lama in 1997.
Rinpoche’s work is maintained by Chagdud Gonpa Foundation in North America, by Chagdud Gonpa Brasil, and by Chagdud Gonpa Hispanoamerica in Spanish-speaking Latin America. The Mahakaruna Foundation administers support for Chagdud Gonpa and associated monasteries in Tibet and Nepal.
If I had to leave only one legacy, it would be the wisdom of pure motivation. If I had to be known by a single title, it would be the Motivation Lama.
The moment our hearts are inclined to compassion for all beings, our motivation expands toward the all-encompassing motivation of a bodhisattva.
H.E. CHAGDUD TULKU RINPOCHE
Jigme Tromge Rinpoche
Spiritual Director of Chagdud Tibet
Padmasambhava Peace Institute
Jigme Tromge Rinpoche was born in 1965 in Orissa, India, where he had the good fortune to receive a traditional Buddhist education. He has had extensive training in the teachings and practices of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism and has studied with many great masters of our time including H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche, H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and H.H. Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche. He also studied philosophy with Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche and at the philosophy school of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, late head of the Nyingma school.
Rinpoche emigrated to the United States in 1988. After completing the traditional three-year retreat under the guidance of his father, he moved to Ati Ling in 1992 and became its resident lama. Rinpoche travels throughout North and South America and Asia giving teachings and counseling people with his gentle wisdom and warmth. As authorized by his teacher the Dzogchen master Khenpo Ngagchung of eastern Tibet, and at Chagdud Khadro’s request, Jigme Rinpoche now offers Dzogchen teachings in the context of the annual retreats that Chagdud Rinpoche initiated in Brazil.
Besides the monasteries in Tibet and Nepal for which he is jointly responsible, he is the founder and director of the Padmasambhava Peace Institute, and director of the Mahakaruna Foundation, an international charitable organization founded by H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche that offers assistance to the old, sick and impoverished in various parts of Asia, and also works to preserve Tibetan Buddhist culture.
Spiritual Director of Chagdud Gonpa North and South America
At the time of her ordination as a lama in 1997, Rinpoche invested her as the future Spiritual Director of Chagdud Gonpa Brasil. Since Rinpoche's Parinirvana in 2002, Chagdud Khadro has focused on maintaining the high caliber of Vajrayana training he had established.
During her time with Rinpoche, Khadro received constant training from him both in organizing dharma activities and in the teachings and practice of Vajrayana. She was among the collaborators for his autobiography Lord of the Dance and with his guidance, she compiled commentaries of his teachings on the Dudjom Tersar Ngondro, the Longsal Nyingpo Phowa, and the concise version of Apong Terton's Red Tara.
Formerly the managing editor of Padma Publishing in the United States, Khadro has edited many translations of Tibetan works. Today Chagdud Khadro is tireless in cultivating the seeds planted by H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche: the construction of Padmasambhava’s Pureland, translation and publishing of texts in Portuguese and Spanish, projects related to education and to death and dying.
Khadro supervises the activities and teaches in all the Chagdud Gonpa Brasil centers and Chagdud Gonpa Hispanoamérica. She also teaches in Europe, United States and Australia.
Lamas ordained by Chagdud Rinpoche
Born in the US, Lama Tsering has served H.E.Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche as his translator for more than 11 years. After completing a three year retreat in 1995, she was ordained as a lama and recognized by Rinpoche as a holder of the Red Tara lineage, authorized to give teachings and empowerments. In the same year she was invited to teach in Brazil where she moved to shortly after. Lama Tsering is the resident lama and director of Chagdud Gonpa Odsal Ling in São Paulo and is currently coordinating the construction of Odsal Ling's temple in Cotia along with her husband Lama Padma Norbu. Her warm and humorous style reflects Rinpoche's own humor and empathy, with focus on cultivating compassion, training the mind, and applying the dharma in daily life. She teaches and conducts retreats in many cities across Brazil, Chile, New Zealand and Australia as well as returning each year to fulfill the requests of her students in North America.
Ordained by H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche in 2002, Lama Sherab Drolma has become a respected teacher with obvious depth of guru yoga and spiritual discipline. She served Rinpoche as his translator, personal attendant, and as an administrator of his dharma activities.
She is a resident lama of Khadro Ling, and travels throughout Brazil supporting practitioners through teaching, spiritual counseling, and practice. She is also an extraordinary lama dancer who authentically expresses the meaning of meditation through movement.
Chagdud Gonpa Brasil
Born in Denver, U.S.A. in 1948, Lama Norbu (David Everest) was educated and worked as an electrical engineer during his early years. He met his teacher, H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche in 1980 and, after completing the cycle of Dzogchen teachings and retreats, was ordained a lama in the Vajrayana tradition in 1995.
For twenty years he worked with his teacher to carry out various projects such as the construction of retreat centers and the Khadro Ling temple in Southern Brazil.
He later completed a solitary two year retreat under Rinpoche's guidance, and was encouraged to give teachings and share his experience in integrating Buddhist principles with the challenges of daily life. He and his wife, Lama Tsering Everest, currently live in São Paulo, Brazil, where he divides his time between the construction of the Odsal Ling Temple, various children's projects, and teaching.
Lama Yeshe has been a student of H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche’s since 1990. After meeting Rinpoche in Brazil, she traveled to Rigdzin Ling in California, where she participated in several important retreats and quickly mastered excellent English.
She returned to Brazil with Rinpoche in late 1994, serving as a translator to both Rinpoche and Chagdud Khadro.
During this time in Brazil she also became a fine performer of the traditional sacred dances of Vajrayana Buddhism. Ordained in 2002, at Rinpoche’s request she interrupted an extended personal retreat to serve, along with her husband, Lama Rigdzin, as resident lama at Chagdud Gonpa Dorje Ling in Curitiba, Paraná
Lama Rigdzin has been a student of H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche’s since 1992, first at Rigdzin Ling, in California, then, since 1995, in Brazil. During that time he has attended many teachings and retreats, and served Rinpoche in various capacities.
His construction and craftsman abilities were extremely valuable during the construction of the temple at Khadro Ling, and as a fine artist, he has worked with Rinpoche on artistic projects, most notably a large statue of Akshobhya Buddha. He has also served as chöpon (shrine master), umze (chant master), lama dancer, and as Rinpoche’s translator.
His qualities were officially recognized by Rinpoche in an ordination as lama in 2002. Lama Rigdzin and his wife, Lama Yeshe, were requested to be resident lamas at Chagdud Gonpa Dordje Ling in Curitiba, Paraná. Lama Rigdzin communicates in Portuguese.