About Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche and Chagdud Gonpa Foundation
H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche 1930-2002
H. E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche (1930-2002) belonged 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.
Rinpoche’s work is maintained by Chagdud Gonpa Foundation in North America (founded in 1983), 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. Through its many activities, which include offering public teachings and retreats, as well as translating and publishing texts, Chagdud Gonpa Foundation upholds and preserves the arts, philosophy, and meditation practices of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism.
His Eminence Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche (a highly realized meditation master and abbot of Chagdud Gonpa monastery, established in 1131) first came to teach in Anchorage in January 1989. A small dedicated group of students continued with the practice of Red Tara, supported by teachings of Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche and other Chagdud Gonpa lamas who returned on a regular basis until the formation of the Chagdud Tromge Ling Center in 1996. Tromge Ling is the Anchorage branch of Chagdud Gonpa Foundation providing continued instruction in the tradition of Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism.
We are sustained solely by sangha members, donors, and volunteers. The richness of these teachings continue to be maintained by weekly group practices, study groups, and classes. We also continue to host visiting lamas who offer teachings to the public and more in-depth teachings within the context of weekend retreats in a simple urban setting. Tromge Ling has created a modest library of Buddhist reading material, audio tapes, and CD’s. We have a small store of Buddhist practice supplies, a shrine-room for practice, and a comfortable yoga studio space available for rent.