Bodhi Path centers are founded and led by Shamar Rinpoche and guided by locals and visitors of the Karma Kagyu teachers line of Tibetan Buddhism.
Bodhi Path offers a mix of ley men and monastic teachers from around the world including Asia, Europe and North America.
14 Shamarpa or the Red Crown Lama from Tibet. Shamarpa-genus is the oldest family reincarnated in Tibetan Buddhism, and dates back to the 1200s. 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.
Shamar Rinpoche encourages not most of his students to become a monk or nun, but stresses instead the environment to be a lay person who study and practice Buddhism. This is because to become a monk or nun requires virtuosic commitment and discipline, and should not be undertaken by those who are not willing to follow the full set of guidelines that are explained in vinaya (code of conduct). For monks, it means 253 rules and 364 nuns rules
Lama Jigme Rinpoche was born in Kham in eastern Tibet in 1949. When the Chinese invaded in 1955, he moved to Tsurphu, the monastery of Karmapas in Tibet, and finally, in 1959, along with many other lamas and Tulku of all ages, he moved to Rumtek in Sikkim.
In Rumtek, HHKarmapa founded a monastery in order to preserve the teachings, and it was there that, along with other regents and important Tulku, Lama Jigme Rinpoche that all transfers received directly from him.
In 1974 during his first visit to Europe, Dhagpo Kagyu Ling in Dordogne, France, appointed to be the central seat of his activity, led by Lama Jigme Rinpoche as his representative.
Born 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. Lama Trehor teaches 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.
Lama Walli has practiced for sixteen years in retreat, fifteen of them under the guidance of Gendün Rinpoche. In 1986, he confided to her the responsibilities of a lama and since then she has guided students practicing in retreat.
In 1996, Rinpoche initiated Gendün a retreat center for lay people in the Dordogne, where she participates in the guide. Here she helps her students in their development, mainly within a framework of shorter and longer periods of individual practice or a three-year Retreat.
Lama Walli often travels to European centers of the Karma Kagyu lineage that comes under the authority of 17 Gyalwa Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje. There, she gives public talks, teachings and retreat courses.
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