Our teachers


The Karma Kagyu lineage belongs to one of the four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism. This lineage focuses on view, meditation, and a direct transmission of the experience of the nature of mind from teacher to student. Its origins date back to the historical Buddha, whose teachings were passed on to different meditation masters in India for 1500 years. About 1000 AD this transmission came to Tibet and in the twelfth century the Karma Kagyu lineage was formed, which has been kept alive and powerful in an unending succession by the Gyalwa Karmapas until today. The Gyalwa Karmapa, whose name means “Master of Activity”, was the first consciously reborn lama of Tibet.



Lama Ole Nydahl

Lama Ole Nydahl and his wife Hannah were the first Western students of the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa. In continuous exchange with his students, Lama Ole teaches the way and goal of Diamond Way Buddhism. His unique synthesis of modern style and ancient wisdom has helped create the largest body of students practicing Diamond Way Buddhist methods in the West. Through his example of unshakable joy and constant activity for the benefit of others, he shows what can be achieved through working with mind. Today, at his request, over one hundred of his students teach Buddhism around the world.


Jigme Rinpoche

Lama Jigme Rinpoche was born into the family of H.H. the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, as the brother of Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche. He received extensive teachings from the 16th Karmapa, who during his first visit in the West left him there as his representative. Since that time, Jigme Rinpoche has been guiding Karmapa’s seat in Europe, Dhagpo Kagyu Ling in France.

Jigme Rinpoche is highly respected as a lama. Many have benefited from his profound knowledge; his understanding of Western lifestyle; and his practical wisdom, warmth, and humor.

Lopon Dorji Rinchen (Tshoke Lopon)

Lopon Dorji Rinchen was born in Punakha, Bhutan, in 1963. After completing his studies at the Tango Monastic University of Philosophy and Higher Buddhist Studies in Bhutan, he spent many years in retreat in the Cheri and Tashigang Meditation Centers. He continued with higher Buddhist studies at Rumtek Monastery and Bir in India. He has been a principal, lecturer, and meditation master at various Buddhist universities in Bhutan, and he currently serves as the Learned Master of the Central Monastic Body of the Royal Government of Bhutan. With the title Tshoke Lopon, he is the second highest ranked Lopon of the Kingdom of Bhutan.