Ven. Lama Jigme Chokyi Lodro

Ven. Lama Jigme

Ven. Lama Jigme

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 short­ly there­after.  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. He has received exten­sive and com­plete teach­ings from Pel­ing Rin­poche, as well as many impor­tant cycles of ini­ti­a­tion from His Holi­ness. In addi­tion to assist­ing Rin­poche and man­ag­ing the retreat cen­tre for the past 34 years, Lama Jigme has under­tak­en many long and short retreats of sev­er­al deities, cov­er­ing the four lev­els of tantra. Pel­ing Rin­poche, con­fi­dent in the depth of Lama Jigme’s prac­tice and under­stand­ing of the Dhar­ma, gave him the title Dhar­ma Acharya and per­mis­sion to teach.

Lama Jigme, who is is well known and appre­ci­at­ed for his strong devo­tion, dis­ci­pline and humil­i­ty, assumed respon­si­bil­i­ty for the Palyul Foun­da­tion of Cana­da and Orgyan Osal Cho Dzong upon Pel­ing Rinpoche’s death in May 2009. Before pass­ing away, Pel­ing Rin­poche wrote a let­ter to the Heart Sons of His Holi­ness Penor Rin­poche, which includ­ed the fol­low­ing: “My heart son and Dhar­ma heir, Lama Jigme Pawo Bar Wang Trak Thun Dor­je Chokyi Lodro, has been my close stu­dent and atten­dant for thir­ty-two years. Since first meet­ing him I have believed him to be an incar­na­tion of Jigme Ling­pa and Pema Lingpa’s son, Dawa Gyalt­sen and an ema­na­tion of Vajra­pani. It is my sin­cere wish that he be rec­og­nized and enthroned as such.” On August 20th, 2010, Their Emi­nences Khen­trul Gyangkang and Mugsang Kuchen Rin­poches ful­filled the first part of Pel­ing Rinpoche’s wish by enthron­ing Lama Jigme as his regent.

Long LIfe Prayer for Ven. Lama Jigme Chokyi Lodro writ­ten by Mugsang Kuchen Rin­poche

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