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Venerable Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche

 

The Venerable Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche • Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche is the Abbot of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra monastery, our parent Center in Woodstock, New York. He was ordained as a monk at the age of twelve in Tibet. He fled Tibet with several other monks in 1958. In 1975 His Holiness the 16th Karmapa acknowledged Rinpoche’s attainment with the title Choje Lama (Superior Dharma Master). At the request of His Holiness the 16th Karmapa, Khenpo Rinpoche immigrated to the United States in 1976 to establish and guide the development of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra.

In June 1986, Khenpo Karthar founded Karma Thegsum Chöling Jacksonville as an affiliate of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Monastery. Our Practice Center and Shrine Room is located at 1258 South McDuff Avenue in the Riverside-Avondale district of Jacksonville, Florida.

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Lama Karma Drodhul • Lama Karma Drodul is Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s principal attendant and assistant. He became a monk when he was nine years old and at twenty received both getsul (intermediate) and gelong (full) ordination from Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche. Lama Karma excelled in all aspects of dharma study and completed his education in five years. Thrangu Rinpoche sent him to the U. S. to deepen his understanding of the dharma under the tutelage of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche. In March 2004, Lama Karma completed his first and in February 2008 his second traditional three-year, three-month retreat under Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche at Karme Ling Retreat Center. He now is the Drubpon (retreat master) at Karme Ling. He travels to different centers to teach and is the author of Amrita of Eloquence: A Biography of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche.

 

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Lama Lodro Lhamo • Lama Lodro Lhamo has been a student of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche since 1990. She completed three three-year retreats at Karme Ling under Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, and received full bhikshuni ordination in 2008. She is currently the women’s retreat master at Karme Ling Retreat Center. She has a master’s degree from Columbia University.

 

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Lama Losang / Dr. David Bole • The spiritual director and Lama to the Florida KTC’s and KTC Jacksonville, Lama Losang completed the traditional three year retreat at Karme Ling Retreat Center under the direction of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche. He received getsul (intermediate) and gelong (full) monastic ordination from Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche. He is currently serving as the Resident Lama for Gainesville KTC. In addition, he received a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Florida. He is a licensed Acupuncture Physician, A.P. and Director of the Traditional Acupuncture Center in Gainesville, Florida. He is also serving on the Board of Trustees at our parent monastery KTD.

 

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Kathy Wesley • Lama Kathy Wesley (Gyurme Chotso) has been a student of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche since 1977. She participated in the first three-year retreat led by Khenpo Rinpoche at Karme Ling Retreat Center in upstate New York, and thus earned the title of ‘retreat lama.’ Lama Kathy serves at the Columbus Karma Thegsum Choling (Ohio) as its resident teacher, and travels to other Buddhist centers throughout the country to teach. She is a graduate of Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and lives in Newark, Ohio with her husband, Michael. She is also on the Board of Trustees at KTD.