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Teachings by Root and Lineages

Lamas of All Major Lineages

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Nechung Dorje Drayang Ling (NDDL) has hosted visits by head and lineage lamas of all four major traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. The events in 1972 and 1974 were organized by the Vajra Sangha, (NDDL’s predecessor) who also invited Nechung Rinpoche, the head lama of Nechung Monastery, to come to Hawai‘i. In 1976, Vajra Sangha disbanded, and Nechung Rinpoche established Nechung Dorje Drayang Ling and incorporated it as a 501(c)3 religious organization.

In addition to courses and retreats at the NDDL temple in Wood Valley, public lectures were organized at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and Hilo, the Hilo Meishoin, Hilo Hongwanji, Kona Daifukuji, Higashi Hongwanji and other Tibetan Buddhist centers. The programs at Wood Valley ranged from weekend seminars to month long retreats. They covered all aspects of the Buddhist path, from fundamental topics to the Highest Yoga Tantras and Dzogchen. This list of teachings gives a broad overview of the depth and extent of the Buddhist teachings as preserved and taught in the Tibetan tradition.

Following is a chronological list of the lamas, their visits and teachings given at NDDL:

1970s | 1980s | 1990s | 2000s

1972

Thanksgiving 1972

His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, head of the Nyingma lineage

Teaching: Peace, Brotherhood & Happiness

1974

December 11–15, 1974

His Eminence Kalu Rinpoche, Shangpa Kagyu lineage

Teaching: Refuge and Bodhicitta, Avalokitesvara and Mahakala initiations

1975

November 1975 – May 1983 in residence

Venerable Nechung Rinpoche, reincarnate lama of Nechung Monastery

Teaching: Foundations of Tibetan Buddhism, Gampopa’s The Jewel Ornament of Liberation, Twelve Links of Interdependent Origination, Bodhicaravatara, a Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life, Nagajuna’s A Letter to a Friend, Tibetan Book of the Dead, Overview of Lam Rim the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, Basics of Tantra, Kunzang Lamai Shelung (Words of My Perfect Teacher), Dzogchen Meditation, Tibetan Language, Intro to Tibetan Astrology, and much more.

1976

June 1, 1976

His Eminence Kalu Rinpoche, Shangpa Kagyu lineage

Teaching: Wisdom‑Energy: Buddhist Meditation, Philosophy and Psychology

June 26–27, 1976

Gyaltrul Rinpoche, Nyingma lineage

Teaching: Tibetan History, Philosophy and Language

November 1976

His Holiness 16th Karmapa, head of Karma Kagyu lineage

Visit and lunch

1980

October 27–30, 1980

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso

Teaching: Religion and the Importance of Practice

1983

June – September 1983

Geshe Lobzang Jamsphel

Classes: Understanding Buddhism, Tibetan Dream Interpretation, Tibetan Way of Healing, Tibetan Language, and Shantideva’s "Guide to a Bodhisattva's Way of Life"

1985

May 5–9, 1985 and October 27–November 19, 1985

His Holiness the 98th Ganden Tripa Jamphel Shenphen, head of Gelug lineage

Teaching: The Heart Sutra, Lam Rim the Graduated Path to Enlightenment, Mahamudra, Initiation and Commentary of Yamantaka

August 1985

His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche, head of the Nyingma lineage

Teaching: Initiation of Duk Kar, the White Umbrella Goddess

October 11, 1985

Lama Zopa Rinpoche, founder of Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Buddhism (FPMT)

Teaching: Tibetan Tantra

1986

January 8–20, 1986

Chakdud Tulku Rinpoche

Teaching: Psychology of Death and Dying, empowerment and commentary of Red Tara, Twenty‑one Tara Mandala, Chod, "View, Meditation and Action"

March 15–31, 1986

His Eminence Ludhing Khen Rinpoche, head of the Ngor sub‑sect of Sakya lineage

Teaching: Samatha and Vipassana, Avalokitesvara Initiation and Commentary, Vajrayogini Blessing and the complete commentary on the 11 Yogas and meditations in a 11 day semi‑retreat

June 24–26, 1986

His Eminence Kalu Rinpoche, Shangpa Kagyu lineage

Teaching: Bringing Meditation into Daily Life, The Essence of the 6 Yogas of Naropa.

October 1986

Lama Lodru Rinpoche, Kagyu lineage

Teaching: Buddhist Basics

November 1–10, 1986

Venerable Lati Rinpoche, Ganden Jangtse Monastery

Teaching: Blessing of Green Tara and Commentary, Introduction to Tantra, "Death, Intermediate State and Rebirth"

1987

April 25–26, 1987

His Holiness Drikung Chetsang Rinpoche, head of Drikung Kagyu lineage

Teaching: Individual Responsibility towards World Peace, Healing mind and Body through Buddhist Meditation — Medicine Buddha blessing and commentary

May 22–28, 1987

Jetsun Kushog Chime Ludhing, Dolma Podrang of Sakya lineage

Teaching: Women on the Spiritual Path, Women in Buddhism: the Dakini Principle, Empowerment (Je Nang) of Green Tara and teachings

January 1988

Jamgon Khontrul Rinpoche, Kagyu lineage

Words of inspiration and tea

January 14–25, 1988

His Holiness the 98th Ganden Tripa Jamphel Shenphen, head of Gelug lineage

Teaching: "Twelve Links of Interdependent Origination", Samatha Meditation, Initiations and practices of Vajrapani, Hayagriva and Garuda

August 25 – October 1, 1988

His Eminence Tara Rinpoche, Sharpa Choje of the Gelug lineage

Teaching: Atisha's "Lamp Illuminating the Path to Enlightenment", Empowerment of Yamantaka and teachings on the Generation Stage meditation practices; led a one month retreat and the concluding fire rituals. White Tara long life blessing.

October 1988

Lama Tarchin Rinpoche

Teaching: Introduction to Dzogchen

November 10–13, 1988

Jetsun Kushog Chime Ludhing, Dolma Podrang of Sakya lineage

Teaching: The Four Immeasurable Meditations — Love, Compassion, Joy, Equanimity

November 1988

Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche

Tea with Jetsun Kusho Chime Ludhing

November 16 – December 11, 1988

His Eminence Ludhing Khen Rinpoche, head of the Ngor Sub‑sect of Sakya lineage

Vajrayogini Blessing and the complete commentary on the 11 Yogas and meditations in a 11–day semi–retreat.

1989

January 6–9, 1989

His Eminence Chogye Trizin Rinpoche, head of Tsarpa sub-sect of Sakya

Teaching: The Essential Meaning of Tantra, A brief explanation of the Kalachakra Tantra, Avalokitesvara blessing, teaching on the Avalokitesvara meditation and mantra Om Mani Padme Hung.

August 1989

Venerable Nechung Kuten Thupten Ngodrup, Medium of Tibet’s Chief State Oracle

Teaching: The Essence of the Dharma

August 1989

Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche

Guru Rinpoche Tsok with Venerable Thupten Ngodup, the Nechung Medium

August 23–30, 1989

His Holiness Sakya Trizin, head lama of the Sakya lineage

Teaching: Parting from the Four Attachments, "The Thirteen Golden Dharmas", a treasure of the Sakya Lineage, Vajrakilaya Initiation, Sakya Pandita’s "Gift of Dharma"

November 1989 – January 1990

Khamtrul Rinpoche, senior Nyingma lama

Teaching: "Kun‑zang La‑may Shel‑lung" Words of My Perfect Teacher, common and uncommon preliminary practicesm, Yeshe Lama (restricted)

1990

May 18–23, 1990

Venerable Lati Rinpoche, Ganden Jangtse Monastery

Teaching: "Wheel of Sharp Weapons" — a teaching on mind training, "The Heart Sutra", Initiation of Yamantaka, Yamantaka self‑initiation and commentary

August 23–September 23, 1990

His Eminence Tara Rinpoche, Sharpa Choje of the Gelug lineage

Teaching: Foundational Teachings, Empowerment of Yamantaka and teachings on the Generation Stage meditation practices; led a one month retreat and the concluding fire rituals. White Tara long life blessing.

1991

January 27–29, 1991

Venerable Yangthang Rinpoche, Nyingma lineage

Teaching: View, Meditation & Action, Avalokitesvara and the 1000 Buddha Empowerment

November 29–December 1, 1991

Venerable Bokar Rinpoche, senior Kagyu lama

Teaching: Vajrayana Techniques of Meditation — techniques of Shamatha, Vipassana and Mahamudra meditations in the Vajrayana tradition.

1992

January 1992

Venerable Locho Rinpoche, senior lama Gelug lineage, Drepung Losaling Monastery

Teaching: Teaching on the Tara Protecting from the Eight Fears

September 25–28, 1992

Khamtrul Rinpoche, senior Nyingma lama

Teaching: "The Four Themed Precious Garland", an introduction to Dzogchen

November 6–20, 1992

Jetsun Kushog Chime Ludhing, Dolma Podrang of the Sakya lineage

Teaching: Vajrayogini Blessing and 10 day commentary.

1993

June 18–21, 1993

His Holiness Terton Tsogyal Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok

Teaching: Bodhicitta and Dzogchen, Revelations of Manjusri, Guru Yoga, Empowerment of Guru Padmasambhava, Teachings on the 7 Line Prayer, Buddha in the Palm of the Hand, Empowerment of Dorje Phurba Gurkhukma (Vajrakilaya) and Commentary.

December 18–20, 1993

Lodi Gyari Rinpoche, special envoy to H.H. the Dalai Lama in the USA

Lecture: Tibet. Self‑determination and the International Community

1994

February 20, 1994

Lama: Lama Tarchin Rinpoche

Children's Program

April 17–18, 1994

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso

Teaching: Wisdom and Compassion: Generating the Mind of Enlightenment

April 1994

Nechung Kuten Thupten Ngodrup, Nechung Choktrul Rinpoche, and monks of Nechung Monastery - Thupten Damchoe, Pema Dorje, Rinchen Gelek, Tenzin Rinchen

October 6–17, 1994

His Holiness Drikung Chetsang Rinpoche, head of Drikung Kagyu lineage

Teaching: Healing mind and Body through Buddhist Meditation — Medicine Buddha blessing and commentary, "Fivefold Path of Mahamudra", Initiation and Teachings on Milarepa, Chod and Phowa.

November 25–29, 1994

His Eminence Khalkha Jetsun Dhampa, head of the Jonang lineage

Teaching:"37 Practices of the Bodhisattvas", Kalachakra Initiation & Commentary on meditation practice, White Tara Long Life Blessing, plus A Multicultural Interfaith Spiritual Celebration.

1995

July 29, 1995

Venerable Jampa Rinpoche and monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery

Program: Long Life Initiation and Creation of Sand Mandala

August 16–September 4, 1995

Lelung Shadpa'l Dorjee Rinpoche

Teachings: Samatha (Calm Abiding) and Vipassana (Special Insight) Meditation, Introduction to Tantra, Vajrapani "Drop of Ambrosia" Permission, and White Tara Long Life Blessing.

October 18–21, 1995

Venerable Kushog Bakula Rinpoche, Indian Ambassador to Mongolia

Teaching: History of India’s relationship with Mongolia

October 19, 1995

Kalu Yangsi Rinpoche, reincarnation of Kalu Rinpoche

Tea with Venerable Kushog Bakula Rinpoche

November 8–29, 1995

His Eminence Khalkha Jetsun Dhampa, head of the Jonang lineage

Teaching: Majik Labdron Initiation, Chod Initiations and Teachings

1996

June 6–16, 1996

Venerable Geshe Tenzin Chophel, Nechung Monastery

Teaching: Foundation of Spiritual Practice, Meditative Quiescence and Vipassana

September 20–24, 1996

His Eminence Ludhing Khen Rinpoche, head of the Ngor sub–sect of Sakya lineage

Teaching: Parting from the Four Attachments and Four Mandala Tara Practice.

1998

August 7–9, 1998

Lharampa Geshe Lobsang Khenrab, Drepung Losaling Monastery

Teaching: Three Principles of the Path

November 17–December 28, 1998

His Eminence Khalkha Jetsun Dhampa, head of the Jonang lineage

Teaching: Twenty–One Tara (uncommon) Annutarayoga Initiations and Commentary, Lam Rim (Stages of the Path to Enlightenment), Kalachakra for World Peace.

2001

February 3–11, 2001

Lharampa Geshe Lobsang Khenrab, Drepung Losaling Monastery

Teaching: Bodhicharyavatara, Ten Non-Virtues

April 20–22, 2001

Khenchen Konchok Gyaltsen Rinpoche, senior lama of Drikung Kagyu lineage

Teaching: Precious Human Birth, Transformation of Suffering, Impermanence, Karma, Bodhicitta, Taking & Sending Practice

2002

January 24–27, 2002

Khenchen Konchok Gyaltsen Rinpoche, senior lama of Drikung Kagyu lineage

Teaching: Wisdom of Emptiness, Milarepa & Mahamudra

August 30, 2002

His Holiness Gyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche, head lama of Nyingma lineage

Teaching: Lama, Yidam, Khandro Dzogchen Teachings, Initiations & Commentaries of Guru Padmasambhava, Vajrakilaya, Medicine Buddha Healing Blessing, Hayagriva Wisdom Dakini Vajravarahi

2003

Sakya Dakmo Kushog of the Sakya Phuntsok Podrang

Teaching: The Significance of Arya Tara and Practice

January 11–12, 2003

Tashilhunpo Monastery Lamas & Monks

Program: Sacred Dance & Chants, Amitayus Longevity & Healing Blessing, Sand Mandala Creation

January 24–27, 2003

Venerable Namgyal Khen Rinpoche (Geshe Thubten Dawa), abbot of Namgyal Monastery

Teaching: Twelve Links of Interdependent Origination, Karma & Freedom on the Path of Liberation, the Four Noble Truths

January 19, 2003

Khenpo Choga Rinpoche, Nyingma lineage

Teaching: Guru Yoga & the Nature of Mind

March 8–9 2003

Garchen Rinpoche, Drikung Kagyu lineage

Teaching: Love, Compassion & Bodhicitta

Sagadawa 2003

His Holiness Drikung Chetsang Rinpoche, head of Drikung Kagyu lineage Tsok Ceremony

May 2003

Venerable Nechung Kuten Thupten Ngodup, Medium of Tibet’s Chief State Oracle

Teaching: Vajrakilaya Blessing

June 11–12, 2003

His Holiness Sakya Trizin, head of the Sakya lineage

Teaching: Vajrakilaya Empowerment & Commentary, Oral transmission of "Chanting the Names of Manjusri"

August 26–28, 2003

Venerable Lopon Thupten Damchoe, Venerable Gyaltsen Chophel, monks of Nechung Monastery, and Dr. Tenzin Namgyal

Program: Buddhism and the Art of Happiness, Sacred Art of Tibet and Intro to Tibetan Medicine

December 2003 – February 2004

Venerable Nechung Choktrul Rinpoche, reincarnation of Nechung Rinpoche

Teaching: Cultivating Bodhicitta, the Four Thoughts that turn the Mind toward Dharma

2004

April 20–May 11, 2004

Lharampa Geshe Lobsang Khenrab, Drepung Losaling Monastery

Teaching: Birth, Dying & Intermediate State, The Heart Sutra

November 25–28, 2004

Lama Kunga Rinpoche, Sakya lineage

Teaching: Vajrayogini Commentary & Retreat

Sakya Dakmo Kushog of the Sakya Phuntsok Podrang

Teaching: Green Tara Teaching and Practice

2005

February 7–17, 2005

Khenpo Choga Rinpoche, Nyingma lineage

Teaching: Refuge & Bodhicitta, Fire Rituals

June 9–22, 2005

Lhanang Rinpoche, Nyingma lineage

Teaching: Medicine Buddha Initiation & Commentary, Elements of Tibetan Wisdom, Anuyoga & Meditation

December 17–18, 2005

Khentrul Lodroe Thaye Rinpoche, Nyingma lineage

Teaching: "Parting from the Four Attachments"

2006

February 2006

Khenpo Choga Rinpoche, Nyingma lineage

Teaching: Elements of Dzogchen

April 1–2, 2006

Tulku Orgyen Zangpo Rinpoche, Nyingma lineage

Teaching: Dream Yoga & Meditation

October 8–9, 2006

Venerable Khandro Rinpoche, Mindroling

Teaching: Green Tara Initiation & Commentary, Yeshe Tsogyal Initiation & Commentary

2007

January – April 2007

Venerable Nechung Choktrul Rinpoche, reincarnation of Nechung Rinpoche

Teaching: The Seven Point Cause & Result Method, Eight Verses of Mind Training

September 21–23, 2007

Venerable Dhakpa Tritrul Rinpoche, senior lama of Sera Monastery

Teaching: Atisha’s Lamp for the Path of Enlightenment

2008

May 10–11, 2008

Venerable Tashilhungpo Khen Rinpoche, abbot of Tashilhungpo Monastery

Teaching: Seven Points of Mind Training, Lama Chopa Tsok

August 8–16, 2008

Venerable Traga Rinpoche

Teaching: Cultivating Refuge, Bodhicitta, Four Thoughts that turn the Mind, Vajrasattva Permission & Commentary, Manjusri Permission

2009

February 23–26, 2009

Khenpo Choga Rinpoche, Nyingma lineage

Teaching: Performance of Fire Pujas

February 25–26, 2009

Venerable Jampa Sopa and Dzongkar Monastery monks

Program: Yamantaka Increase Fire Ritual

June 20 – August 30, 2009

Lama: His Eminence Gongkar Dorje Dhenpa Rinpoche, head of Dzongpa sub-sect of Sakya

Teaching: White Tara Long Life Initiation, Quintessential Instructions of Tantra, Garuda Initiation, White Mahakala Initiation, Heart Sutra commentary, Vajrapani Peace Fire Puja

September 2, 2009

Venerable Nechung Kuten Thupten Ngodrup, Medium of Tibet’s Chief State Oracle

Teaching: Blessings of Vajrakilaya

2010

January – April 2010

Venerable Nechung Choktrul Rinpoche, reincarnation of Nechung Rinpoche

Teaching: Eight Verses of Mind Training

May 15–16, 2010

Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche, Nyingma lineage

Teaching: Heart Advice of Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche

2011

June 19, 2011

Venerable Nechung Kuten Thupten Ngodup, Medium of Tibet’s Chief State Oracle

Teaching: White Tara Long Life Initiation, History of Nechung Protector & Monastery, Vajrakilaya Blessing

2013

February 9–10, 2013

Tulku Yeshe Rinpoche

Green Tara Initiation & Teaching, Tara Stories, Lha Sang Ritual

September 7–8, 2013

Lopon Thupten Damchoe, Nechung Monastery

Teaching: The Significance of Sutra & Tantra, Tsok & Lha Sang Ritual

September 21–22, 2014

Venerable Ngakchen Rinpoche, Tashilhungpo Monastery

Teaching: Eight Verses of Training the Mind

2014

May 24–26, 2014

Tulku Yeshe Rinpoche

Teaching: Tibetan Zen, Vajrasattva Initiation & Guide to Practice, Explanation of Riwo Sang Chod Ritual.

December 1–6, 2014

Venerable Nechung Kuten Thupten Ngodup, Medium of the Chief State Oracle of Tibet

Teaching: Vajrakilaya Blessing, Guru Rinpoche Initiation & Teaching on 7 line prayer, Guru Tsok

2015

February 21–22, 2015

Venerable Khen Rinpoche Jampa Tenphel & Khenpo Chokyi Gyaltsen

Weekend Prayer Festival, Recitation of "Aspiration of Samantabadhra, King of Noble Prayers", Explanation of Seven Limb Verses.

September 5–7, 2015

Tulku Yeshe Rinpoche

Excerpts from "Handbook for the Half Buddha", Dream Yoga, Troma Nagmo Empowerment & Chod Teachings, White Tara Wishfulfilling Wheel Long Life Empowerment

2016

May 28–30, 2016

Tulku Yeshe Rinpoche

Refuge & Bodhicitta, 4 Thoughts, Guru Padmasambhava Initiation & Teachings

November 25, 2016

Tulku Yeshe Rinpoche

Lama Chopa Practice & Tsok Offering

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