Lama Sonam Tsering

Lama Sonam TseringIn 1983, at the invitation of Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, Lama Sonam Tsering immigrated to America, and in 1988 he became resident lama of Chagdud Gonpa Dechen Ling in Cottage Grove, Oregon. He has worked tirelessly behind the scenes for many years supporting the activities of numerous Nyingma lamas in the West: helping to establish Dharma centers, teaching the meaning of practices, training students in the ritual arts, and supporting the efforts of Western practitioners to find the truth of Dharma.

Lama Sonam began his dharma education studying with his father in Tibet. In 1959 his family left Tibet and traveled to India. After several years, the family resettled in Orissa near Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche’s monastery, Duddel Rabten Ling, where he studied the Dudjom Tersar lineage and ritual arts, and became accomplished in the creation and perfection stages of vajrayana practice. Following this he attended Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche’s shedra, The Nyingmapa Wish-Fulfilling Center of Study and Practice, where he was educated and graduated after nine years of intensive study. He also received teachings from many other great Nyingma lamas and khenpos.

For many years Lama Sonam has been a trusted dharma brother of Tharchin Rinpoche, the founder of the Vajrayana Foundation, and Rinpoche has entrusted him to guide the foundation. Lama Sonam resides at Pema Osel Ling, but continues to support the students of Dechen Ling.