Lama Lodu is the long time spiritual director of the Bodhisattva Institute. He resides in San Francisco. He comes to Tucson to give teachings usually twice a year.
About Lama Lodu Rinpoche
Lama Lodu Rinpoche arrived in the United States in 1976, sent here by the
command of His Holiness the 16th Karmapa and His Eminence Kalu Rinpoche to be
their representative and give Dharma teachings in the West. Since that time,
Rinpoche has been here in United States teaching and guiding Westerners of all
multiple different races, with many of them following him for 20, 30 and 40
years. A number of them wishing to deepen their practice, entered the serious
Kagyu tradition of Vajrayana Three Year Retreat. Rinpoche has graduated a
number of Westerners in this tradition, some of whom have assisted him in the
KDK Dharma center, and some of them teaching in different centers here in the
Rinpoche has multiple centers branched out from KDK in San Francisco,
founded either by himself or by his own root guru, His Eminence Kalu Rinpoche,
and he visits these centers every year to give teachings, answer their questions
and make sure they have everything they need to advance their practice.
Those people who come into contact with Rinpoche are greatly benefited and
treasure this connection. Whether they are young, middle age or old aged,
people of all different ages and levels of spiritual practice know that his
teachings and guidance brings meaning and happiness into their lives. Many of
them have strong mental afflictions and emotions, experiencing disharmony in
their family or great frustration with the situation of this world with it's
conflicting leaders and wars. However, with Rinpoche's teachings as well as his
kindness and loving wisdom energy, they gain insight to find a different way to
view their problems and most people can get peace and happiness in their
As everyone has shifting mental levels, some of these students continually
put Rinpoche's teachings into practice and stabilize their life, and some of
them receive immediate benefit at the moment of Rinpoche's teachings and then
revert back to their habitual patterns, but still benefit due to the seeds of
Dharma that have been planted in their mind.
The Karmapa described Lama as, "a Lama who has highly developed his inner practice."