Lama Padma Yontan Gyatso

Lama Padma Yontan GyatsoLama Padma Yontan Gyatso (Richard Baldwin) began his formal Buddhist training in India in 1970 with the outstanding meditation master, the late Venerable Kalu Rinpoche. Returning to the U.S., he entered the Buddhist Studies Program at the University of Washington.  At this time he also received many teachings at the feet of the late Venerable Dezhung Rinpoche, a master of all lineages. He received his degree in 1974 and subsequently embarked on a number of meditation retreats. In 1982 he became a student of H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche. In 1996, Chagdud Rinpoche ordained him as a lama and appointed him as the teacher at Chagdud Gonpa Amrita, Seattle.

Lama Padma teaches and practices with meditation and study groups throughout the Northwest, including several Buddhist groups in state prisons. He has been an avid practitioner of Tai Chi Chuan for forty years and offers Chi Kung classes and workshops. Also, Lama Padma is coordinating the development of Chokdrup Ling, a 250 acre retreat center in the Four Corners area of Southwest Colorado. He speaks Tibetan and has translated the extensive sadhana of the Tromge Avalokiteshvara practice, for which he holds lineage and is authorized to give empowerment.