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About Our Foundation

In 1983, at the request of students in California and Oregon, Chagdud Rinpoche agreed to establish the Chagdud Gonpa Foundation, as a means to expand his teachings and activities in the West and renew his connection to Tibet's Chagdud Gonpa: a connection that it spans five hundred years, sixteen lives and decades of living in exile.

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Rigdzin Ling

In 1988, a vast and splendid piece of land was acquired in Northern California and Chagdud Rinpoche named it Rigdzin Ling, "the abode of the Awakened State Holders", which became the seat of the Chagdud Gonpa Foundation.

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Holders of Awareness

Our Teachers

Learn about the Lamas of who maintain the legacy of Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche.

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Our Lineage

The great masters and root teachers of Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche.

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Centers & Practice Groups

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Cottage Grove, OR

Dechen Ling

For the past 35 years, Chagdud Dechen Ling has been a Chagdud Gonpa center, with Red Tara and Vajrakilaya practice being held here on a daily basis. Although our Cottage Grove Sangha is small in numbers, it is a dedicated group of practitioners, who each care deeply about carrying out Rinpoche’s original intention for this place.

Seattle, WA


Chagdud Gonpa Amrita is the Seattle branch of Chagdud Gonpa Foundation. Since 1983, it has provided a place for beginning students and long-time practitioners to gather for teachings and practice in the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

Cazadero, CA

Ati Ling

Ati Ling is the Bay Area branch of the Chagdud Gonpa Foundation established by the late His Eminence Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, and is located just over two hours north of San Francisco in the coastal hills of west Sonoma county. Our resident lama is Tromge Jigme Rinpoche, son of Chagdud Rinpoche, and lama of Ati Ling since 1992.