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Venerable Wangdor Rimpoche



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Lama Lena has been Wangdor Rimpoche's student and translator for the past 35 years, 7 of which she spent in retreat in a cave above Tso Pema.
Lama Lena Yeshe Kaytup is Wangdor Rimpoche's longtime English language translator. She has studied with him for 35 years, the first seven of those years in the yogic cave community above the town of Tso Pema/Rewalsar where she currently resides when she is not off traveling or teaching in the west.


Statue Project

The first stage of the statue's construction has been completed! Now the workers are focusing on painting the statue and completing work on the supporting buildings. For more information about Wangdor Rimpoche's Padmasambhava Statue project, check out the statue page, or visit our photo gallery.

Joy Schulenburg, Wangdor Rimpoche’s administrative aide de camp
Joy Schulenburg is Wangdor Rimpoche’s administrative aide de camp working together with Rimpoche and Lama Lena since 1989. She is a psychic, astrologer, and shamanic practitioner with an international clientele. In addition to Sponsorships, Joy administers the Tso Pema Medical/Emergency Fund.

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Please look at the calendar page to see the currently scheduled sessions so that you can make plans to attend as much of these precious teachings as you are able.

We hope to see you at upcoming teachings!

NEW Download:

Amitabha prayer, by Phyllis Glanville (PDF, 850K)
Long Life Prayer -- cover image (PDF, 5MB)
Long Life Prayer -- text (PDF, 1.7 MB)
For other buddhist images of interest, please see our images page.


Rimpoche at the Holy Caves of Padmasambhava



Wangdor Rimpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist monk and teacher (lama). Through decades of solitary meditation, retreats and practices he has achieved the state which Buddhists call realization and is respected worldwide as a venerable teacher and a master of "Direct Mind Perception" (Dzogchen) Meditation. Lama Wangdor has a profound commitment to making Buddhist philosophy and teachings accessible to everyone with a sincere interest. He has taught and given empowerments in Asia, Europe and the United States over the past two decades.


He has spent more than 30 years meditating in the caves first used by the Tibetan saint, Padmasambava, above Lotus Lake (Tsol Pema) in the Himachal Pradesh region of Northern India. In solitary retreat during the early years, he was eventually joined over time by more than 50 cave-dwelling yogis and yoginis who look to him for guidance and support. Beginning in the 1970s, he constructed a monastery near the lake as well as a retreat center on the mountain, available to practitioners of all lineages and nationalities, projects which have taken nearly 20 years to complete.


Wangdor Rimpoche holds both Nyingma and Kagyu Dzogchen/Chagchen lineages and is considered a Remay (ecclectic) teacher. He teaches from heart texts on Dzogchen, the maha-ati and mahamudra yogas which he has received in lineage from Nambla Janchub Dorje, Kunu Rimpoche and Scholars Chonchok Sumon Khenpo of Trungpa Rimpoche's line; Tucksie Rimpoche and Pumdong Key Rimpoche.


Venerable Lama Wangdor Rimpoche
Holy Caves of Padmasambhava
Rewalsar/Tso Pema
Himachal Pradesh, North India