Teachers

Venerable Champa Tenzin Lhunpo
The Venerable Champa Tenzin Lhunpo is a Tibetan Monk from Dharamsala India. He is currently a senior monk at the Namgyal Monastery in Dharamsala, India (the personal monastery of H.H. the Dalai Lama) where he studied for 13 years. He holds the equivalent of a Master's degree in both sutra and tantra. Champa is uniquely qualified to teach western students. He taught Tibetan language and philosophy to western students for college credit (through Cornell University) at the Namgyal Monastery in Ithaca, New York, as well as at the University of Virgina.

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Lama Chuck Stanford
Chuck Stanford is an ordained Lama within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. His 20 year course of study has included trips to Dharamsala India where he received teachings from H.H. Dalai Lama and to Golok. Lama Stanford is co-founder of the Rime Buddhist Center & Monastery & Institute of Tibetan Studies located in Kansas City.

Lama Stanford is the Buddhist member for Kansas City’s Interfaith Council. In addition he writes a monthly column on Buddhism for the religion section of the Kansas City Star <underscore> newspaper. He has also written other freelance articles on Buddhism and Tibetan culture. In 1998 after doing extensive research in Dharamsala India he wrote an article on Tibetan Medicine that was published in the Kansas City Star <underscored> newspaper. He has written a book entitled "Basics of Buddhism" designed to be used as a study guide for use by other Buddhist Centers.

Currently Lama Stanford serves as the spiritual leader and Executive Director of the Rime Buddhist Center which he administers on a day to day basis. In addition he teaches classes on meditation and Buddhism and performs Buddhist ceremonies, including weddings and funerals. He also serves on the boards of the National Conference of Community & Justice, Shawnee Mission Hospital's Board of Institute for Spirituality in Health, and the Friends of the Dept. of Religious Studies at the University of Kansas. Lama Stanford is very involved in prison outreach and serves as a part time Chaplain at Leavenworth Prison.

In addition Lama Stanford has been asked to consult with and give Dharma teachings at Buddhist Centers in other cities.

View Lama Stanford's Letters of Certification


His Holiness Orgyen Kusum Lingpa
His Holiness. Orgyen Kusum Lingpa was born in Eastern Tibet and is renowned throughout his homeland and the world as a great Terton. One of the 25 principal students of Guru Rinpoche, His Holiness is a pre-eminent Dzogchen meditation and P'howa master. Sealed in his mind are the teachings and transmissions he received directly from Padmasambhava and Ma Chig Lab Dron. These are revealed today in the form of "mind treasures" such as the Rig Dzin Acharya Pamda Guru Yoga and his terma of Shi-Chay Chod. His Holiness is the abbot of three major monasteries including Thupten Chokor Ling in Golok, Tibet. It is through his tireless commitment that the Great Stupa for World Peace was constructed at his mother monastery in Golok and that these rare treasure teachings are brought to blossom in the West.

His Eminence Khamtrul Rinpoche
His Eminence Khamtrul Rinpoche is a renowned Tibetan Buddhist Scholar from Dharamsala, India. Khamtrul Rinpoche is the Tantric Master for Namgyal Monastery (the personal monastery of His Holiness the Dalai Lama), and the former Minister of the Department of Cultural and Religious Affairs of the Tibetan Government-In-Exile. Rinpoche is the only living Lama outside of Tibet who holds direct and unbroken empowerments, transmissions, and teachings of the Fifth Dalai Lama's complete works. Rinpoche was urged by H.H. the Dalai Lama to preserve and pass along these teachings for future generations.