About Lama Tsering Wangdu Norbu Rinpoche:-
born in the Dingri region of Tibet in 1936 and Naptra Rinpoche was his
root guru. From very young age, Rinpoche completed the tradition of 108
charnel grounds chod retreat and still today he is performing Chod and
giving his teachings through out the world.
Rinpoche is our main Teacher at the Phadampa Center. He is also the lineage holder of Phadampa Sangye’s Shije tradition.
Teachings of Phadampa Sangye and Machik Labdron are for the common people, for them to be able to alleviate their suffering through the former’s teaching of the pacification of suffering and Chod of the later. These teachings known in Tibetan as the Shije tradition are rare, secret and of paramount importance. As Lama Wangdue Rinpoche, the only lineage holder of this tradition mentions, “Phadampa Sangye is a principal source, a lineage guru for all the lineages of Tibetan Buddhism in common”. During the lifetime of these two aforementioned Mahasiddhas, the tradition of Shije and Chod flourished throughout Tibet. In the ensuing generations, since all the practitioners of these traditions were mendicant and sages, who, in their pursuit of uplifting the suffering of others, wandered throughout the earth, the teachings of Phadampa Sangye and Machik Lapdron has not been incorporated into the monastic institutions. And hence, even though the elements of Phadampa Sangye’s teachings can be found in all of the lineages of Tibetan Buddhism, unlike the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism propagated by the four different schools, the complete teachings of Phadampa Sangye has remained outside of it, resulting in the slowing of its preservation and spread. Today, Lama Wangdu Rinpoche might be the only lineage holder of this Shije tradition. He has been practicing the pure form of the Shije tradition for the past five decades and has consistently worked towards the alleviation of suffering of others. H.H. The Dalai Lama, understanding the need to preserve the purity of this tradition, advised Lama Wangdu Rinpoche to start a monastic institution to impart the knowledge of this tradition. Hence the monastic center in Kathmandu saw its inception. In the same spirit, to make the teachings of Phadampa Sangye as widely available as possible, the concept of a Phadampa center in Bay area, California came into being. This center is affiliated to the monastic center in Kathmandu and is an effort in furtherance of the effort of the Lama Wangdu Rinpoche to preserve and make available the teachings of Phadampa Sangye. On our request, Lama Wangdu Rinpoche twice visited the bay area and we were able to reap the benefits of his teachings. It is the sincerest hope of this humble center to make the teachings as widely available as possible.And since the teachings are for the common people, all are welcome. Phadampa Center is solely dependent on the benefactors for their donations and contributions.