His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche
His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche was the 11th Throneholder of The Palyul Lineage of Nyingma. He was considered one of the of the foremost masters of the Buddhist tradition of Tibet. Throughout the Buddhist community he was respected for his vast knowledge and accomplishment and for the integrity and strength with which he upheld the Buddhist teachings. His Holiness attained Parinirvana on March 27, 2009.
His Holiness Karma Kuchen Rinpoche
His Holiness Penor Rinpoche formally enthroned the Fifth Karma Kuchen Rinpoche on 14 August 2000, as the 12th lineage holder of the Palyul Tradition. Just as the second Penor Rinpoche guided the Fourth Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, so did the Third Penor Rinpoche guide and teach His Holiness Karma Kuchen Rinpoche.
His Eminence Khentul Gyangkhang Rinpoche
His Eminence Khentul Gyangkhang Rinpoche shoulders the teaching as well as adminstirative duties at Namdroling Monastery with His Eminence Mugsang Kuchen Rinpoche. He has officiated over many of the main monastic ceremonies assisting as His Holiness Penor Rinpoche’s health weakened.
His Eminence Mugsang Kuchen Rinpoche
His Eminence Mugsang Kuchen Rinpoche shoulders administrative responsibilities with Khentul Gyangkhang Rinpoche. He is recognized as an emanation of Terton Migyur Dorje – the treasure revealer who brought us the precious Nam Chö (Sky Treasure) teachings.
Ven. Peling Tulku Rinpoche
Rinpoche was born in Havana, Cuba of German and Spanish parents on August 2, 1938. He arrived in Canada in January of 1959 after the Cuban Revolution. A life long student and practitioner of the Dharma, Rinpoche was given Bhikkshu ordination and the name Lama Karma Jetsun Dorjechang Jamgon Jampa Rabjam Tenzin Dorje i in 1977 by His Holiness Karmapa XVI. His Holiness also recognized Rinpoche as the mind emanation of Padma Lingpa and the activity emanation of Karma Lingpa during a visit to his Toronto centre in 1980.
Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche
Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche was born in 1954 in a village near Lhakhang Dzong in the southern region of Tibet bordering Bhutan called Lhodrak. From his birth, his parents had a strong feeling that they should place him in the nearby monastery of Nub Namkha’i Nyingpo. The head lama, Namkha’i Nyingpo Rinpoche, was the tulku of one of the twenty-five disciples of Guru Padmasambhava.
Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche
Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche was born in Bhutan in 1965. After completing secondary school in 1986, he joined Ngagyur Nyingma Institute, the prestigious Buddhist studies and research center, at Namdroling Monastery in Mysore.
Ven. Lama Jigme Chokyi Lodro
Venerable Lama Jigme Chokyi Lodro is the head of the Palyul Foundation of Canada and Orgyan Osal Cho Dzong Buddhist Temple and Retreat Centre. Born in Niagara Falls in 1956, Lama Jigme first met Venerable Peling Tulku Rinpoche in 1976 and became a Buddhist that same year. Since that time, he studied and practiced the Buddhist path with Peling Rinpoche, becoming his personal assistant and taking novice vows in 1980, monks vows in 1988 and then full ordination (Bikkshu) from His Holiness Penor Rinpoche in India in 1995.
Lama Samten has been in residence at Orgyan Osal Cho Dzong since 2012, although she undertook the traditional three year retreat at Dag Shang Kagyu in Spain from 2013 — 2016. Before coming to Orgyan Dzong, Lama Samten studied and lived in several Dharma centres including Mindrolling Lotus Gardens, Gampo Abbey and Plum Village. Prior to ordination, she worked as a Counselor, a hospital Chaplain, and a Professor of psychology at the graduate and undergraduate level.