Newcomers Welcome:

Sundays, 10:00am
Orgyen Namdrol Choling
157 Northfield Road
Litchfield, CT 06759

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Orgyen Namdrol Choling, a center for Dzogchen studies, is dedicated to the teachings and practices of the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Our mother house is Gonjang Monastery in Gangtok, Sikkim.

In the ordained Ngakphang, or tantric White-Robed lineage, teachings are given from the perspective where everyday experience is embraced as a precious opportunity to realize one's own true Nature. Through this process, one discovers that the awakened state of absolute peace, compassion, and wisdom already exists within.

Resident teacher Lama Padma Karma delivers regular teachings at Orgyen Namdrol Choling in Litchfield, CT to students of all levels. We invite you to join us for introductory teachings on Sundays at 10am. He also gives teachings several times a year in Tucson, AZ where a number of his students intend to establish an affiliated dharma center, Orgyen Namdrol Choling West.

Tingkye Gonjang Rinpoche

Gonjang Rinpoche is the 10th incarnation in the Yolmo Shakya Zangpo lineage of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism. He received all the Northern Treasure empowerment and oral transmissions from H.E. Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche and the Dudjom Ter-Sar and complete Ka-Ter teachings from His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche as well as other oral transmissions from Gyalwai Kagyur Rinpoche. His root teacher is H.H. Dodrupchen Rinpoche, of whom he is a primary disciple. Gonjang Monastery is home to 100 monks, is located in Gangtok, Sikkim.

Gonjang Rinpoche is Lama Padma Karma’s teacher and makes periodic visits to the United States.


Lama Padma Karma is authorized to teach within the lineage system of Gonjang Monastery, Sikkim, India as well as within the lineage of Pukang Monastery, Kham, Tibet. He has been teaching in Connecticut since 1993.

Since becoming a Buddhist practitioner in 1985, Lama Padma has received instruction from many wonderful teachers, including: Kyabje Chatral Sangay Dorje Rinpoche who lives in Pharping, Nepal; Patrul Jigme Rikpey Dorje Palzankpo Rinpoche, Kham, Tibet; Dorlop Kunzang Khedrub Rinpoche, Darjeeling, India; and Lama Gyaltsen Rinpoche.


Orgyen Namdrol Choling

Orgyen Namdrol Choling sits on nine idyllic acres in the hills of Litchfield, CT. The property includes apple orchards, two rustic barns, Lama Padma Karma’s residence, a firepit for casual gatherings, and a small farmhouse where teachings and festivities take place. When approaching Orgyen Namdrol Choling from Northfield Road, look for the copper mailbox topped with prayer flags on the east side of the road between Wigwam Brook Wildlife Sanctuary and Boyd Woods Audubon Sanctuary.