Teachers of the Kagyu Shenpen Kunchab Buddhist Center

His Eminence VV Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche

H.E. the Very Venerable Kalu Rinpoche was born in eastern Tibet in 1904. He was considered the supreme meditation master of the Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism and the activity emanation of Jamgon Kongtrul the Great. Having spent more than one-third of his 80 years in solitary meditation he became...

His Eminence the 2nd VV Kalu Rinpoche

His Eminence, the second Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche (formerly known as Yangsi Kalu Rinpoche) was born September 17, 1990 during offerings to the special Shangpa Kagyu protector, Six-Armed Mahakala, at his previous home, Samdrub Darjay Chöling Monastery in Sonada India. Auspicious signs accompanied the birth as the Monastery was covered with...

Venerable Lama Karma Dorje

Venerable Lama Karma Dorje was born in a village near Gangtok, Sikkim. He began his Buddhist training at the age of twelve and became a novice monk at the age of 30, at Sonada Monastery in Darjeeling with H. E. Kalu Rinpoche. He later took full ordination at Rumtek, Sikkim,...

Venerable Lama Mingma Sherpa

Venerable Lama Mingma Sherpa was born in Nepal and became a Buddhist monk at the age of eight. He completed three-year retreat under the direction of the current Kalu Rinpoche. In 2010, His Eminence asked Lama Mingma to come to Santa Fe to assist Ven. Lama Dorje and to assume...

Dr. Fred Cooper

Dr. Fred Cooper has received the complete transmission of the Mahamudra tradition of Tibetan Buddhism from H.E. Tai Situ Rinpoche. He has also received detailed Mahamudra transmissions from Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and H.E. Kalu Rinpoche. Fred is a Theoretical Physicist on the External Faculty of the Santa Fe Institute and President...