Lama Karma Chotso

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Lama Karma Chötso began her study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism in 1982 when the fully enlightened master Kalu Rinpoche bestowed the Kalachakra Empowerment in New York City. She was fortunate enough to continue to take teachings and empowerments from Kalu Rinpoche, who ordained her as a novice Buddhist nun in 1986 prior to her entering the traditional three-year, three-month retreat at Kagyu Thubten Chöling Monastery/Retreat in upstate New York. The retreat, held in strict seclusion, was guided by Lama Norlha Rinpoche, one of the great meditation masters of the Kagyu lineage, and was completed in 1990. After that, Lama Chötso added to her training by learning Tibetan painting, traveling to Asia twice on pilgrimage and living in Nepal for a while to study and practice there. She then returned to KTC in America. Late in 1996, Lama Karma Chötso came to South Florida to prepare for Lama Norlha Rinpoche, Abbot of KTC, to visit and teach in Hollywood. At the end of his teachings, Rinpoche instructed her to stay in Florida and begin teaching. When Rinpoche returned a year later, a little house had been rented in Hollywood, a shrine room set up, and many students were waiting for him. Rinpoche…


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