Lama Shenpen Drolma
Lama Shenpen Drolma meet Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche in 1987 and worked with him constantly both as a translator and to develop Rigdzin Ling, his main seat in the United States. A published author before entering the Buddha dharma, she helped Rinpoche prepare the transcripts for his autobiography, Lord of the Dance, and she collaborated closely with him on Gates to Buddhist Practice. After Rinpoche’s Parinirvana in 2002, she wrote Change of Heart, based on his Bodhisattva Peace Trainings.
Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche ordained her as a lama by in 1996, and authorized her to propagate his Bodhisattva Peace Trainings. Lama Shenpen has focused on making the teachings accessible and relevant to people who live with violence, conflict and great suffering, as well as those seeking to help them. As an ordained lama, she also draws on her work as an activist to provide protection against domestic violence in the 1970s. She has taught at-risk youth, youth workers, battered women, advocates, peace activists and a variety of others who work with at-risk populations. She travels to a number of Chagdud Gonpa centers throughout the United States.
Lama Shenpen is the resident lama at Iron Knot Ranch in New Mexico, where she makes extended retreats, organizes teaching events by other masters, and oversees the development of the center in very beautiful but difficult terrain. In addition to the Bodhisattva Peace Trainings, her teachings focus on both the Dudjom Tersar and the T’hröma Ngagmo preliminary practices, and various sadhana transmissions she received from Rinpoche.