Teachers

Drubpön Lama Karma

Venerable retreat master (drubpön) Lama Karma was born in eastern Bhutan and joined the Long-Nying Chöling Monastery at a young age. His root teacher was Lama Naljorpa, the great yogi of mahamudra and Dzogchen, from whom he received numerous vows, empowerments, instructions and oral transmissions, including the Chöd Rinchen Trengwa and the Chöd practice of Laughter of the Dakinis from the Longchen Nyingtik Tradition. A heart student of Terton Pedgyal Lingpa Rinpoche, he served as the scribe for the entirety of Pedgyal Lingpa’s Kusum Gongdü treasure cycle. Drubpön Lama Karma studied with other great teachers, including H.H. Dodrupchen Rinpoche, H.H. Penor Rinpoche, H.H. Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche, H.H Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche, H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche, and the 16th and 17th Karmapas. He has spent over 16 years in strict meditation retreats. Drubpön is renowned as a genuine retreat master throughout Bhutan and has been one of the most important Bhutanese lamas to disseminate the teachings and maintain the tradition of Terton Pedgyal Lingpa.  

Events with Drubpön Lama Karma

Flight of the Garuda: A Dzogchen Solstice Retreat
December 16, 2017

This winter join us for an extremely rare opportunity to receive teachings and transmissions on three of the most famous and profound Dzogchen instructions practiced in Tibet. Drubpön Lama Karma will teach on Zhabkar Tsogdrug Rangdröl’s (1781-1850) ultimate Dzogchen song called the Soaring Wings of the Garuda: Songs on the…

Queen of Great Bliss Dakini & Twenty-One Taras Equinox Retreat
March 17, 2018

The retreat will begin with an empowerment of the Queen of Great Bliss Yeshe Tsogyal Wisdom Dakini from the Longchen Nyingthig Dzogchen treasure cycle revealed by Jigme Lingpa (1729-1798). In this practice we cultivate the ultimate primordial wisdom dakini of the universe from the perspectives of the practices of maha,…

Garland of Jewels Part I: Machig Labdrön’s Living Oral Lineage of Chöd
April 21, 2018

This retreat is the first of two retreats this year that will cover the entire transmission of the Garland of Jewels (Rinchen Trengwa), one of the greatest and oldest living oral lineages of Machig Labdrön’s Chöd practice. Part II will be offered on December 7 – 22, 2018.  Drubpön Lama…

Taming Our Wild Minds: An Introduction to Buddhist Meditation
June 2, 2018

Since beginningless time, our own minds have run wild and not served us as they have fallen victim to various afflictive emotions, suffering, depression, laziness, and other negative thought patterns. In this retreat we will learn to take the power of our own minds back, so that they serve us…

Endless Knot Padmasambhava Treasure Retreat
June 27, 2018

Drubpön Lama Karma has kindly agreed to grant the empowerment and instructions on an amazing recent treasure cycle revealed by the master Apang Terchen (1895-1945). Apang Terchen was one of the miraculously conceived sons of the famous treasure master Dudjom Lingpa. He also was the father of dakini treasure revealer…

White Dakini Drubchen
August 8, 2018

The annual Drubchen (Great Accomplishment Ceremony) of the White Dakini practice from Do Khyentse’s Dzinpa Rangdröl (Self-Liberation from Fixation) treasure cycle will be performed at Tara Mandala. This lineage comes directly from Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche to Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche to Lama Tsultrim Allione. We will experience a traditional empowerment and…

Dzogchen Tregchö Mountain Dharma: A Thanksgiving Retreat
November 21, 2018

Drubpön Lama Karma will teach two precious cycles of Dzogchen instructions composed by the recent master Dudjom Rinpoche (1904-1987). The first set of instructions is Extracting the Essence of Accomplishment: Straightforward Ultimate Guidance on the Practice of Mountain Dharma Training. This amazing set of clear and direct instructions explains in…

Garland of Jewels Part II: Accomplishment of the Secret Path of Ten Million Dakinis
December 7, 2018

This will be a continuation of teachings on Machig Labdrön’s Garland of Jewels chöd tradition. While it is not absolutely required, participants are encouraged to have attended Part I, offered April 21 – May 6.  In this retreat we will continue to learn how to practice and perform the rhythms…