Lama Padma Karma is a Vajra Master (Dorje Loppön) within the lineage system of Pukang Monastery, Arik Dza, Tibet. He is authorized by Pukang Monastery to teach and create new centers of learning worldwide. The Center For Dzogchen Studies, a branch of Pukang Monastery, was started by Lama Padma in 1993 and continues to be his place of residence.
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.
Lama Padma spent 8 years in China and has traveled frequently to Tibet, India and Nepal for teachings, pilgrimage, and retreat. During the last 15 years he has disseminated Buddhist meditation practices and taught American students to integrate these practices into everyday life. Some of his pupils have gone on to become Tibetan Buddhist scholars, translators of Buddhist texts, acupuncturists, and alternative healers.
Lama Padma was ordained into the Ngakpa (one who
uses mantra) lineage in 1997. This training qualified him to act as a healing counselor as well as to provide services
in energy balancing and removal of obstacles through ceremonies in homes and businesses. Under his spiritual guidance a network
Lama Padma has been invited on multiple occasions to give teachings at Yale,
Quinnipiac University, Southern Connecticut State University, Sacred Heart University, Connecticut
College and local area high schools. He has served on interfaith panels and participated in comparative
religion adult educational programs. He also works closely with local residents to improve the quality
of life in the Westville section of New Haven.
Lama Padma Karma and Patrul Rinpoche
Dolop Kunzang Khedrub Rinpoche with Lama Padma Karma
Kyabje Chatral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche writing with the new pen offered by Lama Padma Karma.
The golden dragon embroidered material and the multicolored Bhutanese carpet Lama Padma Karma is sitting on were gifts given to him by Kyabje Chatral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche.
Khenpo Chowang and Lama Padma Karma