Our Precious Teachers

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gyalwa drikungpa kyabgon chetsang

His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang, the 37th throne holder of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage and the 7th reincarnation of the Chetsang Rinpoche is a manifestation of Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara).

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his holiness the 14th  dalai lama

His Holiness is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. He frequently states that his life is guided by three major commitments: the promotion of basic human values or secular ethics in the interest of human happiness, the fostering of inter-religious harmony and the preservation of Tibet's Buddhist culture, a culture of peace and non-violence.

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gyalwa drikungpa kyabgon chungTsang

His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgön Chungtsang, the 36th throne holder of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage and the 8th reincarnation of the Chungtsang Rinpoche is a manifestation of Manjushri.                                         

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his eminence garchen rinpoche

His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche is a Drikung Kagyu lama who was known in the thirteenth century as the Siddha Gar Chodingpa, a heart disciple of Kyobpa Jigten Sumgon, founder of the Drikung Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

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yogi drubwang Khyunga Rinpoche

Retreat master Kyunga Sodpa Gyatso Rinpoche (1911-1980), from Kham, was regarded as a realized master.  He was a man of indomitable character, strong, strict like Marpa, and had spent thirty-five years of his life in retreat.


His eminence choje Togden rinpoche

His Eminence Togden Rinpoche is the Choje (Dharma Master), and the spiritual leader of the Drikung Kagyu Tradition in Ladakh.                                 



His eminence druwang konchok norbu rinpoche

Through his great bodhicitta, he led many meritorous Mani Recitation Retreats in the world and benefitted countless sentient beings and disciples all over the world.  



Khenchen Rinpoche came to the West in the early 1980’s to found the Tibetan Meditation Center in Washington, D.C.

DRUPON SAMTEN RINPOCHE                                        

Drikung Kyobpa Choling was founded in 1996 by Drupon Samten Rinpoche, under the guidance of His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. 


ven. lama norbu 

Ven. Lama Norbu became a monk at a young age and went through many years of monastic training and studying Buddhist philosophy in addition to all the traditional Tibetan Buddhist ritual ceremonial trainings.  


ven. ani chodron

Ven. Ani Chodron was ordained on His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon's birthday in 1995 and has been a student of Drupon Samten Rinpoche since 1991.  She is currently engaged in the traditional 3-Year Retreat Home Study program under the guidance of Drupon Samten Rinpoche.


Ven. Ani Dolma     

Ven. Ani Dolma was ordained in Ladakh India and has trained in all the Buddhist monastic ceremonies and rituals. She speaks 5 languages including English.  She is the resident ritual master at DKC. 


Ven. Ani Tanzin has been a Tibetan Buddhist nun since the age of 15. She has trained in all the Buddhist monastic ceremonies and rituals. She studied in India at His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon's Samtenling nunnery for nine years where she was also a teacher for the novice nuns and held the position of disciplinarian. She is the resident chanting master (omzed) at DKC and speaks 4 languages including English. 


lopon dorje khandro

Lopon Dorje Khandro (Dr. Lourdes Arguelles) was born in Cuba and educated around the world. She has been a Dharma practitioner for several decades having received refuge vows from the late HE The Third Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche . 



Lopon Konchok Wangdu (Dr. Michael Essex) began seriously studying Tibetan Buddhism in 1985 at the Tibetan Meditation Center in Washington, DC.