Chagdud Gonpa is an international Nyingma Buddhist organization, founded in 1983 by H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche (1930-2002), a highly revered meditation master, artist and Tibetan physician who taught extensively in the East and West. Through its many activities, which include offering public teachings and retreats, translating, and publishing texts, Chagdud Gonpa Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization that upholds and preserves the arts, philosophy, and meditation practices of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism.

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 CGF Leadership

Board of Directors

Chagdud Khadro, President
Lama Padma Gyatso, Vice President
Lama Tsering Everest
John Swearingen
Hans Schumacher
Don DeLaquil
Abigail Rogers

Spiritual Directorate

Chagdud Khadro
Lama Padma Gyatso
Lama Yeshe Zangmo
Gatsal Lama
Lama Tsering Everest
Lama Padma Norbu
Lama Padma Dorje
John Swearingen

Active Lamas – North America

Jigme Tromge Rinpoche, Empowerment Lama
Lama Padma Gyatso (Richard Baldwin), Head Lama
Lama Yeshe Zangmo (Inge Sandvoss)
Gatsal Lama (James Kalfas)
Lama Padma Dorje (Jeffrey Miller)
Lama Trinley Drolma (Maile Wall)
Lama Chokyi Nyima (Richard Barron)
Lama Shenpen Drolma (Lisa Leghorn

Active Associated Lamas – South America

Chagdud Khadro (Jane Tromge) РChagdud Gonpa Khadro Ling, Tres Coroas, Brazil
Lama Tsering Everest – Chagdud Gonpa Odsal Ling, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Lama Padma Norbu (David Everest) РChagdud Gonpa Odsal Ling, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Lama Sherab Drolma (Andrea Dilima) РChagdud Gonpa Khadro Ling, Tres Coroas, Brazil
Lama Yeshe Drolma (Sonya Taylor) РChagdud Gonpa Dordje Ling, Curutiba, Brazil
Lama Rigdzin Dorje¬†(Chris Taylor) –¬†Chagdud Gonpa Dordje Ling, Curutiba, Brazil


Lori Takahashi


Lama Padma Norbu

Assistant Treasurer

John Swearingen