Our Teachers


rinpoche_capaCHAGDUD GONPA FOUNDATION was founded in 1983 by H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche (1930-2002), a highly revered meditation master who taught extensively in the East and West. 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.

Chagdud Gonpa teachers—work to carry out Chagdud Rinpoche’s intention to provide guidance for students on the spiritual path. See the link to Chagdud Gonpa Centers Directory below to read about them.

Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche”s autobiography is, Lord of the Dance: Autobiography of a Tibetan Lama available from Padma Publishing. His book, Gates to Buddhist Practice: Essential Teachings of a Tibetan Master is also available from Padma Publishing.


  • Lord of the Dance, Chagdud Rinpoche’s autobiography, Padma Publishing
  • Delog: Realms Beyond Death, by Delog Dawa Drolma, Padma Publishing
  • Gates to Buddhist Practice, Padma Publishing
  • Life in Relation to Death, Padma Publishing
  • Change of Heart, Padma Publishing


Chagdud Gonpa Centers Directory link to sites of other Chagdud Gonpa teachers, many of whom have taught in Alaska http://chagdudgonpa.org/directory/

Chagdud Gonpa Assiciates Link to resources and activities of Chagdud Gonpa Foundation http://chagdudgonpa.org/resources/

KhadroIn 1977, CHAGDUD KHADRO’s work as a writer/researcher for the New Yorker took her to India’s Himalayan region where she encountered Tibetan refugees and the international Buddhist community. She found a deep spiritual affinity with the Nyingma school of Tibetan Vajrayana and met her teacher, His Eminence Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche.

They moved to the United States together where, in 1979, they were married. Throughout their relationship, Rinpoche gave Khadro constant training in the teachings and practices of Vajrayana, as well as in the organization of dharma activities. In the US, Khadro worked as the managing editor of Padma Publishing, printer of dharma texts for the Chagdud Gonpa Foundation. Rinpoche, Khadro, and several other writer/editors collaborated on his autobiography, Lord of the Dance. With his guidance, she also compiled commentaries of his teachings on Ngondro, P’howa, and Red Tara.
Finding a growing interest in Buddhism in Latin America, Rinpoche and Khadro moved to Brazil in 1995 to establish Khadro Ling, which is the base of Chagdud Gonpa Brasil’s more than twenty regional centers. In 1997, after Khadro was ordained as a lama, Rinpoche invested her as the future Spiritual Director of Chagdud Gonpa Brasil and Chagdud Gonpa Hispanoamerica.
Since Rinpoche’s Parinirvana in 2002, Khadro has traveled throughout the Americas, Europe, and Australia teaching and giving empowerments. She teaches on a wide range of practices and subjects, and has a special focus on P’howa, the transference of consciousness at the moment of death. Her teachings are known for their clear and relevant guidance. At home in southern Brazil, Khadro’s main recent project has been the construction of a Zangdog Palri, “Glorious Copper Mountain”, Guru Rinpoche’s Pureland. Its consecration by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche and other masters in December 2008, fulfilled a great aspiration of Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche.

IngeLAMA YESHE ZANGMO, known as Lama Inge  (Inge Sandvoss) was born in Germany in 1939 and moved to the United States in 1958. In December 1980, she moved to Ashland, Oregon and stayed at Gyatrul Rinpoche’s center and received Vajrakilaya empowerment and the complete teachings on generating the deity. From Chagdud Rinpoche, Inge received Red Tara and T’hroma empowerments as well as empowerments for other deities practiced by Chagdud Gonpa. She also received teachings on the Great Perfection from Chagdud Rinpoche.

As resident lama of Padma Ling in Spokane, WA, Lama Inge Zangmo maintains a daily practice schedule, teaches twice a week and helps with the prison program. She also travels and teaches at various dharma centers in the United States and has taught in Germany and Nepal.

email Lama Inge:  padmaling [at] icehouse.net


KHENTRUL LODRÖ THAYÉ RINPOCHE was born in eastern Tibet in the region of Golog, where he is now the abbot of Katog Mardo Tashi Choling Monastery. At the age of seven, he began the formal practice of dharma by taking monastic ordination. Rinpoche studied and practiced under his main root guru, His Holiness Jigmé Puntsog Rinpoche, a true pillar of the Buddha’s teachings, for more than twenty years. He also spent many years studying with H.H. Katog Moktza Rinpoche at Katog Gonpa in Tibet, as well as for five years with H.H. Penor Rinpoche at Namdroling Monastery in India. He not only studied, contemplated, and meditated on all the scriptures of sutra and tantra, including those of Mahamudra and Great Perfection, but also received all of the associated empowerments, reading transmissions, and oral instructions, and thus received the degree of khenpo (equivalent to a Ph.D.) from each of the three monasteries. During that time, Rinpoche also spent three years in retreat.