Lama Tenzin Dakpa
Canadian Representative of H.H. The 17th Karmapa & Resident Teacher of Karma Sonam Dargye Ling & Karma Kagyu Buddhist Meditation Centre of Niagara
He went to Palpung Monastery to study Buddhist philosophy at Shedra (Buddhist college) for over five years. He furthered his studies in other practices at Palnge Monastery for an additional two years. In the year 2000, KSDL invited him to Toronto to assist Rinpoche in guiding his students through the various rituals practices as well as teaching meditation and buddhist philosophy in the Tibetan Buddhism. He has also taken on the responsibility of being President of KSDL. Lama Tenzin has continued his training with great masters whenever possible during this time, receiving the transmission and empowerment of the 5 Treasures of Jamgon Kontrul and completing a five month Mahamudra retreat with His Eminence Tail Situ Rinpoche, and attending a month private Akshyoba retreat with His Holiness the Karmapa in 2012, and more. Lama Tenzin was recommended for the position of Resident Teacher by Lama Namse Rinpoche before he passed away, and was installed in that position by His Holiness the Karmapa at the end of 2009. Since then, Lama Tenzin has worked with untiring dedication at maintaining the practices and teachings at KSDL implemented by Lama Namse Rinpoche, and has established a medical clinic in Yushu, Tibet 2011. Lama Tenzin has been giving teachings at different Kagyu centres across Canada and lecture at different high schools, colleges and universities in Toronto. He is also responsible for conceiving and overseeing the new temple project in the Tibetan area of Toronto, Canada.