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Karma Tashi Ling

The Karma Tashi Ling Buddhist Meditation Society was founded in Edmonton in 1986 under the spiritual guidance of The Very Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche. The main purpose of the Karma Tashi Ling society is to help make the tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, as taught by Thrangu Rinpoche, available to the Edmonton community. Visitors are welcome and encouraged to come to our centre and participate in meditation, chant, study and discussion.

The Very Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

Originally from Tibet, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche is an accomplished meditation master and an esteemed holder of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Rinpoche is well known for making complex teachings accessible to students; Karma Tashi Ling is one of several practice centres which have been established around the world under his guidance. Because of his vast knowledge and skill as a teacher, Thrangu Rinpoche was appointed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to be the personal tutor for His Holiness the Seventeenth Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the spiritual head of the Karma Kagyu Lineage. Rinpoche is the Abbot of Gampo Abbey on Cape Breton Island as well as the Rumtek Monastery and the Nalanda Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies in Sikkim. He is also the spiritual guide for Canadian practice centres in Vancouver and Toronto. He travels and teaches in India, Nepal, Europe, Canada, the United States, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. For more detailed information about Thrangu Rinpoche and his many humanitarian projects, please click here for a short biography.

Ani Kunsang

Ani Kunsang was trained at Thrangu Tara Abbey in Nepal from the age of fifteen. While there she served many roles including chant master, manager and discipline master for nuns starting from the age of fourteen, assuming the responsibility for guiding them in daily functions. She also went into a three year retreat during which she completed all of the practices of the Kagyu lineage. In January 2005, Ani Kunsang came to Edmonton to teach and guide activities at the centre. She will be in here for an extended period of time giving us spiritual guidance and meditation instruction.

The V.V. Thrangu Rinpoche with students of the SMD schoolThe V.V. Thrangu Rinpoche