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In this class, we will discuss and explore each of the Vajrayogini lineage holders, according to the long supplication (pages 18–32) in our Vajrayogini sadhana.

  • Class 1, January 24: Vajradhara, Ratnamati, Sahara, Nāgārjuna, Śavaripa, Maitrīpa, Tilopa, Nāropa, Marpa
  • Class 2, January 31: Milarepa, Gampopa, Tüsum Khyenpa (Karmapa I), Drogön Rechenpa, Pomdrakpa, Karma Pakshi (Karmapa II), Ugyenpa
  • Class 3, February 7: Rangjung Dorje (Karmapa III), Yungtönpa, Rölpe Dorje (Karmapa IV), Khachö Wangpo (Shamar II), Deshin Shegpa (Karmapa V), Rikpe Raltri, Thongwa Tönden (Karmapa VI), Jampal Sangpo, Paljor Töntrup (Gyaltsap I), Chödrak Gyatso (Karmapa VII), Tashi Paljor (Sangye Nyenpa I)
  • Class 4, February 14: Mikyö Dorje (Karmapa VIII), Könchok Yenlak (Shamar V), Wangchuk Dorje (Karmapa IX), Chökyi Wangchuk (Shamar VI), Chöying Dorje (Karmapa X), Yeshe Nyingpo (Shamar VII), Yeshe Dorje (Karmapa XI), Chökyi Töntrup (Shamar VIII), Changchub Dorje (Karmapa XII),
  • Class 5, February 21: Chökyi Jungne (Situ VIII), Düdül Dorje (Karmapa XIII), Chötrup Gyatso (Shamar X), Pema Nyinche Wangpo (Situ IX), Thekchok Dorje (Karmapa XIV), Lodrö Thaye (Kongtrül I)
  • Class 6, February 28: Khakhyap Dorje (Karmapa XV), Pema Wangchok (Situ XI), Khyentse Öser (Kongtrül II), Rikpe Dorje (Karmapa XVI), Chökyi Gyatso (Trungpa XI)


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About the Instructors

Lodrö is a student of the late Ven. Trungpa Rinpoche and of Dzogchen Pönlop Rinpoche. Born 1952 in Germany, he received his first ordination in the Karma Kagyü Sangha in 1984, France, and then moved to Gampo Abbey, Canada. From 1985–2002 he served as Secretary of International Kagyü Sangha Association of Buddhist Monks and Nuns and published its magazine The Profound Path of Peace. He completed the traditional three year retreat in 1996 and a four year study retreat in 2003. He also served for a few years as Acting Director of Gampo Abbey, was one of the co-founders of Nitartha Institute and served as chair of Vidyadhara Institute, the monastic college of Gampo Abbey, since its inception. His focus of study is in the systematic traditions of Buddhist Abhidharma. He has translated and published—under the supervision of Prof. Ernst Steinkellner —Erich Frauwallner’s The Philosophy of Buddhism (Motilal). He is the general editor and main translator of The Collected Works of Louis de La Vallée Poussin, of which Volume I: Abhidharmakośa-Bhāṣya of Vasubandhu, was published in 2012, and Volume II: Vijñapti-mātratā-siddhi. A Commentary (Cheng WishLun) on Vasubandhu’s Triṃśikā by Xuanzang, was published in 2017. He was also engaged for several years in translating the Collected Works of Prof. Lambert Schmithausen. As President of Karma Changchub Ling, he is presently engaged in establishing it as a monastic centre of the Karma Kagyü lineage.

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