Center for American Buddhist Practice (CABP) Senior Buddhist Priest Lama Ngakpa Chökyi Lodü has received vows and teaching ordination from the Center for American Buddhist Practice. He is the Spiritual Director overseeing the Blue Lotus Dharma Center and currently resides in St. Paul, MN. He is also the Spiritual Head of the NamChok Pur ChoLing/Sky-Iron Kila Society (SIKS), which operates independently from CABP. He has been teaching dharma for over 20 years, and founded Blue Lotus in 2006. He has received teachings and vows from Venerable Master Hsing Yun (Founder of Fo Guan Shan) as well as teachings, vows, empowerments (wang) and transmissions (lung) 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. If you are interested in special religious services provided by Lama Chökyi please click here.
NamChok Pur ChoLing/Sky-Iron Kila Society (SIKS)
Senior Buddhist Priest Lama Ngakpa Chökyi Lodü may provide certain teachings and/or practices for participating members of our Sangha. This information was prepared and/or accomplished by the NamChok Pur ChoLing/Sky-Iron Kila Society in it's personal capacity. The opinions, teachings, practices, recordings and other information given are the authors' own and do not reflect the views of CABP. If a person is interested in participating or viewing the archives of this information, they must do it with the expressed permission of Lama Ngakpa Chökyi Lodü. Here is a list of programs available from this organization.
Request for Buddhist Refuge
The term "taking refuge" is when a person becomes a committed to in the Three Jewels or Triple Gem. The Three Jewels are: The Buddha, (the fully enlightened one), The Dharma (the direct teachings of the Buddha) and The Sangha (the community Buddhist that practice and rejoice in the Dharmas. If this is your chosen path you can become a part of a ceremony where you will vow to uphold the Three Jewels and the Five Precepts. Generally, the Five Precepts are to not kill, not steal, not commit sexual misconduct, refrain from false speech and not overindulge (drunkenness, slothfulness) in intoxicants that lessen your awareness.
Refuge Information Request Form: General Information and Requirements
BLDC Refuge Prayer: To Be completed with Lama Chökyi Lodü and the Sangha
Weekly Satsang - Q& A with Lama Ngakpa Chökyi Lodü.
Satsang is often translated as "association with true people" or "association with the spiritual Teacher." This is a chance for us to talk informally and ask questions of the Teacher. It is an open format where you can ask questions or make comments. Or, just sit back and soak up some "good association" which the Buddha taught was so important for our spiritual lives. All are welcome. Have some questions on your mind already? You can send them to us ahead of time at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Note: The Q&A program is on hiatus due to the upcoming Lojong Course)
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