Bodhi Path


Bodhi Path centers are founded and led by Shamar Rinpoche and guided by locals and visitors of the Karma Kagyu teachers of Tibetan Buddhism. Bodhi Path offers a mix of lay men and monastic teachers from around the world including Asia, Europe and North America.



Shamar Rinpoche is the 14th Shamarpa or the Red Crown Lama from Tibet. Shamarpa-genus is the oldest family reincarnated in Tibetan Buddhism, and dates back to the 1200c. Born in 1952, Shamar Rinpoche spent many years as a student in India with Buddhist teachers. He began to travel and teach in various Buddhist centers throughout Asia and the West, he started in 1980, and in 1982 he studied English for 10 months at UC Berkeley. In 1996 he began to organize the Bodhi Path Buddhist centers, a network of centers that are based on a non secterian approach to Buddhism. The curriculum from the Bodhi Path centers are grounded in the teachings of the 1000-century Indian Buddhist master Atisha, as they were transmitted by Gampopa. Atisha's methods are the most effective in stabilizing the mind and deepen wisdom, and also taught and used in a secular manner.

Shenyen Thupten Phuntsok (Trehor Lama)


Trehor Lama Tulku was born in 1963 in the region of Kham in eastern Tibet. At the age of 13 he was recognized as the reincarnation of Agyal Rinpoche. He completed his studies in the Buddhist and traditional three year retreat at the monastery of Ven. Kalu Rinpoche in Darjeeling, Sonada. After that he taught under 16 Karmapa at Rumtek monastery in India. In 2004, the 17th Karmapa and 14 Shamarpa appointed him responsible for the Buddhist Institute in Nice, France, and replaced the recently deceased Ven. Lama Thubten. Based in France. Tulku Lama teaches Trehor teach Dharma in various centers in Europe, his methods touches the hearts of people with a simple but profound way in which he transfers the great wisdom of Buddha.

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