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Loppon Lama Dawa is a Karma Kagyü Lineage holder born in Kham, eastern Tibet. His root guru is Vajradhara Tai Situpa Rinpoche. Tai Situpa Rinpoche is one of the highest ranking Lamas of the Karma Kagyü Lineages of tulkus (reincarnated Lamas) in the Kagyü school of Tibetan Buddhism and was instrumental in recognizing Ogyen Trinley Dorje (His Holiness The 17'th Karmapa).


As a youth, Lama Dawa lived at the first Kalu Rinpoche's monastery. He then lived at Tai Situpa Rinpoche's monastery, Palpang Sherab Ling, for 22 years. During this time he studied Buddhadharma for 22 years, and completed his three-year retreat. In 1998, Lama was asked to come to the Bodhisattva Institute, one of Kalu Rinpoche’s dharma centers, in Tucson, Arizona. A few years later, Lama opened a meditation center called Chokor Ling on the outskirts of Tucson. Currently, Lama Dawa is the Director of The Nimbus Compassion Foundation based in Orange County, California. Lama speaks fluent Tibetan, Chinese and English and has regular dharma activities in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Tibet as well as in Los Angeles county and Orange County, California.


Lama Dawa earned the Khenpo title equivalent of a PhD in Buddhism. He is qualified to teach Buddha Dharma, performs Buddha Empowerments, teaches Phowa to help people to get enlightenment and go to the Pure Land fast in one life.

His Holiness the 17'th Karmapa and Tai Situ Rinpoche

Loppon Lama Dawa


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