Lama Namse Rinpoche


LAMA NAMSE RINPOCHE was born in Tsurphu, Tibet in 1930 and became a monk at the age of fifteen. From ages 16 to 21, he did intensive studies of the basic fundamentals of Tibetan religious language, etymology, grammar, and poetry. He underwent the serious studies of the Tripitaka, Vinaya, Sutra and Abhidharma, and also the Prajna Paramita, Utara Shastra, Sutra Lankara, the five states of Madhyamika and many other versions and commentaries as well as schools of Buddhist thought and teachings.

From ages 21 to 24, Lama Namse did a three-year, three-month, three-day retreat with intensive practice of the core of the Kagyu teachings such as the Six Yogas of Naropa, the meaning of Mahamudra, and other related practices. From ages 24 to 26, he studied Buddhism further, especially the Five Treasuries of Jamgon Kongtrul the Great. From ages 27 to 30, Lama Namse went on an intensive pilgrimage to many sacred places and private retreats. When he was thirty years old, Lama Namse left Tibet as a refugee. He travelled to India, and from ages 32 to 35, did another three-year retreat. At this time he also became a retreat master for many new retreatants. At age thirty-seven, he travelled to Sikkim to Rumtek Dharmachakra Centre and received the collections of the empowerments of the Kag Ngagzod, Damgang Ngagzod practices.

Since 1974, Lama Namse has served as a teacher of the Kagyu lineage all over Europe, particularly in France, and helped many students understand the nature of the path. Lama Namse Rinpoche is His Holiness Karmapa's official representative in Canada and head of Karma Sonam Dargye Ling, the Canadian centre for His Holiness the Seventeenth Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje. The centre is located in Toronto.