Bardor Tulku Rinpoche

Born in 1949 in Kham, East Tibet, the Third Bardor Tulku Rinpoche (Tenpay Nyima) was recognized as the third incarnation of Terchen Barway Dorje (1836-1920) by is Holiness the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa (1924-1981). Bardor Tulku Rinpoche underwent his training as a tulku (reincarnate lama) under the tutelage of the 16th Karmapa at Rumtek Monastery. He remained close to His Holiness throughout his life, serving as his attendant and traveling with him overseas. At His Holiness’s request, he stayed in the United States to help Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche and Mr. Tenzin Chonyi establish the Karmapa’s Seat in North America, Karma Triyana Dharmachakra. Rinpoche started teaching in the West in 1980s. He has taught at KTD and its affiliates, at other Buddhist centers in the United States and abroad, as well lectured at universities and other venues.

In 2000, Bardor Tulku Rinpoche established the Raktrul Foundation and in 2003 a Tibetan Buddhist center, Kunzang Palchen Ling , in Red Hook NY, where he offers teachings and empowerments. In 2005, a ground-breaking ceremony for a new building at Kunzang Palchen Ling was held. The new building remains under construction.

In the fall of 2008, Bardor Tulku Rinpoche resigned from his responsibilities at KTD and is now focusing fully on the activities of Kunzang Palchen Ling. In addition to providing access to the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism in general, the center also serves as a venue for the preservation of the treasure (terma) teachings of Terchen Barway Dorje and the teachings of the Barom Kagyu lineage.

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