KTC San Diego happily welcomes back Lama Karma Drodhul!
We are very happy and fortunate to again have Lama Karma Drodhul visiting us here at KTC San Diego. Lama Karma will be teaching this weekend at KTC San Diego.
Lama Karma Drodhul is Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s principal attendant and assistant. He became a monk at the age of nine and at twenty received both getsul (intermediate) and gelong (full)
ordination from Thrangu Rinpoche. In February 2008, Lama Karma completed two consecutive three-year retreats under Khenpo Rinpoche at Karme Ling Retreat Center. He now is the Drubpon (retreat master) at Karme Ling. He authored Amrita of Eloquence: A Biography of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, published in 2009.
Lama Karma devotes much time and energy to his Dharma activities. He teaches at the KTD and at other Karma Kagyu centers throughout the country, attends to and often translates for Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, leads an on-line Ngondro group on Google and is named Retreat Master for the retreat center, Karme Ling, which is part of KTD.
He is a unique and knowledgeable figure within the Karma Kagyu order, capable of traversing between the two cultures in order to uphold the traditional Dharma teachings of the Karma Kagyu lineage and also further Dharma in the West. He has already made an extraordinary contribution and he continues to work diligently into the future.
Songs of Realization
Buddhist teachings and spiritual experiences are often communicated through experiential songs. Masters of Many Spiritual Traditions are revered for their ability to convey meaning beyond words. For centuries Buddhist masters have composed realization songs or dohas, sung poetry that conveys the wisdom of accomplished practitioners and teachers. The Buddhism tradition practiced at KTC San Diego, called Karma Kagyu, has given rise to many composers of dohas, from Tilopa in the 11th century to Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche today. During this weekend teaching, Lama Karma Drodul will discuss the history of the Kagyu lineage and how we can unlock the inner meanings of these realization songs. On Sunday, Lama Karma will also offer Refuge Ceremony and Refuge Ceremony and Amitabha Empowerment (To attend the empowerment, one must have taken refuge either during this ceremony or one previously.)
Saturday, Oct. 10:
10 AM – 12:00 PM: Songs of realization in the Karma Kagyu, Part I
12 Noon – 2:00 PM: Songs of realization in the Karma Kagyu, Part II
Sunday, Oct. 11:
10 AM – 12 Noon: Songs of Realization Part III
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Refuge Ceremony and Chenrezig Empowerment (To attend the empowerment, one must have taken refuge either during this ceremony or one previously.)