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Lama Tashi TopgyalH.H. 17th Gyalwang Karmapa was born in 1985 to a nomadic family in Tibet. His recognition in 1992 was guided by the prediction letter left by his predecessor, the 16th Karmapa, and later confirmed by the His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

At the end 1999, in a heroic escape over the Himalayas, the 17th Karmapa fled from communist-occupied Tibet to Dharamsala, India, were he was warmly greeted by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The 17th Karmapa has since been residing as the Dalai Lama's guest at Gyüto Monastery, from which he directs his vast and international activities.

His Holiness has visited the U.S. twice—in 2008 and 2011—both times paying a short visit to KPL. His main seat in North America is Karma Triyana Dharmachakra.

Photo of H.H. 17th Karmapa by Sarite Sanders.
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H.E. Garchen RinpocheH.E. Garchen Rinpoche is one of the most inspiring living Tibetan masters. A Drikung Kagyu lama, he was known in the thirteenth century as the Siddha Gar Chodingpa, a heart disciple of Kyobpa Jigten Sumgon, founder of the Drikung Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

In his present incarnation he was imprisoned for 20 years during the political turmoil of China’s Cultural Revolution. While in the labor camp, he received meditation instruction from his root lama, the Nyingma master Khenpo Munsel. Enduring hardship and practicing secretly, Garchen Rinpoche attained realization of the lama’s wisdom mind.

Rinpoche is the founder and spiritual director of the Garchen Buddhist Institute in Chino Valley, Arizona.

Photo of H.E. Garchen Rinpoche by Robert Hansen-Sturm. All rights reserved.

H.E. Jetsun Khandro RinpocheH.E. Mindrolling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche was born as the eldest daughter of Kyabje Mindrolling Trichen Gyurme Künzang Wangyal, the 11th Mindrolling throne holder of the Mindrolling lineage. Mindrolling has had a unique lineage of female masters who have been great teachers and yoginis, an inspiration for generations to come. Khandro Rinpoche was recognized by the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa as the reincarnation of the great Dakini of Tshurphu, Khandro Orgyen Tsomo, the consort of the 15th Karmapa.

Rinpoche established Lotus Garden Retreat Center, the North American Seat of Mindrolling International, in Virginia in 2003. She has been teaching internationally for nearly two decades and is known for her powerful and direct style of instruction.

Photo of Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche by Diana Blok. All rights reserved.

HE 12th Zurmang Gharwang RinpocheH.E. Zurmang Gharwang Rinpoche was recognized as the 12th incarnation in the Gharwang lineage by the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa. Rinpoche received many empowerments and transmissions from the 16th Karmapa. He also received teachings from the late Kalu Rinpoche, late Tulku Urgen Rinpoche, late Khenpo Pema Pedtse, late Jamgön Kongtrül Rinpoche, ShaMarpa, Tai Situpa, Gyaltsapa, and H.H. Sakya Trizin. Rinpoche studied under the guidance of Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso, and Khenchen Chodak Tenphel. He was a top scholar at the Nalanda Buddhist Institute between 1982 and 1991. Since 1987, he has taught extensively in dharma centers in Europe, America, and Asia.

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