Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche is the spiritual representative of the Gyalwang Karmapa in North America. He is the Abbot of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra and oversees all the Karma Thegsum Choling affiliate centers. Khenpo Rinpoche was ordained as a monk at the age of twelve in Tibet. In 1975 His Holiness the 16th Karmapa acknowledged Rinpoche’s attainment with the title Choje Lama (Superior Dharma Master). At the request of His Holiness the 16th Karmapa, Khenpo Rinpoche immigrated to the United States in 1976 to establish and guide the development of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra.
Khenpo Ugyen Tenzin
Khenpo Ugyen Tenzin Is the resident Khenpo or scholar at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra and has taught regularly at Albany KTC. He is currently on retreat in the Karme Ling Retreat Center in Delhi, NY. Khenpo-la was enrolled in the first class of Karma Shri Nalanda Institute at Rumtek with Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and Sangyay Nyenpa Rinpoche. He received the Acharya degree from Nalanda Institute and Sampurnanand Sanskrit University, jointly, in 1991. As a Khenpo, he taught Buddhist philosophy for six years at Nimalung Monastery in Bhutan. From 1997 to 2002, he was Senior Abbot/Principal Teacher at Nalanda Institute at Rumtek Dharma Chakra Center.
Lama Karma Drodhul
Lama Karma Drodhul is Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s principal representative and is a resident lama at KTD. He entered Thrangu Monastery when he was nine years old and at twenty received both getsul (novice) and gelong (full) monastic vows from Kyabje Thrangu Rinpoche. Lama Karma excelled in all aspects of Dharma study and completed his education in five years. Thrangu Rinpoche then sent him to the U.S. to deepen his understanding of the Dharma under the tutelage of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche. Lama Karma completed two three-year retreats under the direction of Khenpo Rinpoche at Karme Ling Retreat Center. He now serves as retreat master at Karme Ling. He travels to different centers to teach and is the author of "Amrita of Eloquence: A Biography of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche."
Lama Zopa Tarchin
Lama Zopa was appointed as the resident lama of Albany KTC by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche in 2008. He first encountered the Dharma through the kindness of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and in 1992 met his root lama, Kyabje Thrangu Rinpoche, who gave him precious advice, instructions, and transmissions over many years. In 1996 and 1997 Lama Zopa studied Buddhist philosophy and Tibetan language under the guidance of Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche at Pullahari in Nepal. He later completed two three-year retreats under the guidance of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche who became his second principal lama. He has had the good fortune to receive additional teachings and initiations from other great lamas such as The 17th Gwalwang Karmapa, Kenting Tai Situ Rinpoche, Goshri Gyaltsab Rinpoche, Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche, Kyabje Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche and Kyabje Bokar Rinpoche. In 2008, he was fortunate to receive monastic vows from Kyabje Thrangu Rinpoche at Namo Buddha, Nepal.