Lama Ngakpa Chökyi Lodü has been teaching dharma for over 20 years. He has received teachings and vows from Venerable Master Hsing Yun (Founder of Fo Guan Shan) as well as teachings, vows, empowerments and transmissions from Lama Tsewong Sitar Rinpoché, Lama Jigmé Jinpa, Lama Pema Tenzin, H.H. Sakya Trizin, Lama Lodü Rinpoché (head of the KDK - Karma Kagyu), Lama Jigmé Tromgé Rinpoché of Padmasambhava Peace Institute, as well as Lama Chonam and Ven. Lingtrul Kadak Chöying Dorje. He is a direct student of Lama Jigmé Jinpa, and follows MaChik Labdrön's Chöd lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. As a senior priest for the Center for American Buddhist Practice, Lama Chökyi founded Blue Lotus Dharma Center in St. Louis in 2006 (it closed in 2021). Most recently, he founded the yogic lineage Sky-Iron Kila Society, which is based in St. Paul, MN. If you are interested in special religious services provided by Lama Chökyi please click here.