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Khentrul Lodrö Thayé Rinpoche

Khentrul Lodrö Thayé Rinpoche was born in Eastern Tibet, in a region called Golok, which is the home of the monastery of which he is the abbot, Mardo Tashi Choling. At the age of seven, he began the formal practice of the Dharma by taking monastic ordination as a supportive foundation.

Khentrul Lodrö Thayé Rinpoche studied and practiced under his main root guru, His Holiness Khenpo Jigmed Phuntsok Rinpoche – the sole life-force of the Buddha's teachings – for over twenty years. He also spent many years studying in Katog Gonpa under His Holiness Katog Moktsa Rinpoche in Tibet, as well as with His Holiness Penor Rinpoche for five years, in Namdroling Monastery in India. During that time, not only did he study, contemplate, and meditate on all of the scriptures of Sutra and Tantra, -- including Mahamudra and the Great Perfection (Dzogchen) -- but also received all of the empowerments, reading transmissions, and oral instructions.

Thus, he was given a Khenpo degree (equivalent to a PhD in Buddhist philosophy) in each of the three monasteries, Serthar, Katog Gonpa, and Namdroling. During that time, Rinpoche also spent three years in retreat. H.H. Moktsa Rinpoche has formally recognized Khentrul Rinpoche to be a reincarnation (trulku) of Katog Drubtobchhenpo Namkha Gyamtso,a mahasiddha of the Katog lineage, and gave an elaborate enthronement ceremony for him in the mother monastery of Katog Gonpa, amongst an assembly of monks, lamas, khenpos, and laypersons.

Thus, he is called Khentrul – someone who is both a Khenpo and Tulku. There are over 300 monks, advanced-degree candidates, full-time retreatants, families and more than 100 children in Mardo Tashi Choling, for whom he provides food, lodging, education, a temple, and other essential facilities. Khentrul Rinpoche also supports the main monastery and its many branches. 

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Previous Teachings from Khentrul Lodrö Thayé Rinpoche in Anchorage, Alaska

Khentrul Rincpohe has been coming to Anchorage, Alaska since 2003 to do weekend teachings and meditation retreats.

Some of his past teachings in Anchorage include:



Spring Retreat 2007

Spring Retreat 2008: Mipham Rinpoche’s Buddhahood in the Palm of Your Hand

Spring Retreat 2009: Longchen Nyingtik Tsalung

Spring Retreat 2010: Longchen Nyingtik Tsalung

Spring retreat 2011:  Silent meditation retreat, unifying Shamatha and Vipashyana

Spring Retreat 2012: Diamond Sutra

Spring Retreat 2013: Green Tara Empowerment, Dream Yoga

Spring Retreat 2015: Kalachakra empowerment from Longsel Nyingpo, The Six Yogas, Completions stages of Kalachakra, Mipham Rinpoche

Spring Retreat 2016: Shamatha and Vipashyana: In Depth meditation instructions

Weekend Teachings

2003: 37 Practices of the Bodhisattva

2004: 37 Practices of the Bodhisattva
2005: Heart Sutra
2006:  7 Key Points of Mind Training

2007:  7 Key Points of Mind Training
2008: Heart Essence of Interdependent Origination, Nagarjuna
2009: Ngondro
2010: Six Bardos
2013: Transforming Happiness and Suffering

2014:  Rinpoche’s year of personal retreat, we did mantra recitation accumulations

2015:  See spring retreat
2016: Bringing Happines and Suffering onto the Path, Dodrupchen 

2017: Bringing Happines and Suffering onto the Path, Dodrupchen 

2018: Bringing Happines and Suffering onto the Path, Dodrupchen

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