Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo, the Spiritual Director and Founder of Kunzang Palyul Choling (KPC).

Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

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H.E. Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo Rinpoche, is the founder and Spiritual Director of Kunzang Palyul Chöling Buddhist temple. She began teaching in 1983. In 1985, she met her teacher, H.H. Penor Rinpoche on his first visit to America. At that time, he authorized Jetsunma to teach Dharma in America directly from her own realization. She has taught extensively on compassion, meditation, the nature of mind and the importance of relying on a spiritual master. Jetsunma’s down-to-earth style makes ancient spiritual concepts immediately and directly available to modern western students.

H.H. Penor Rinooche was the 11th Throneholder of the Palyul Lineage. He visited the USA often and enthroned Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo in 1988.

H.H. Penor Rinpoche

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The 3rd Drubwang Padma Norbu (Penor) Rinpoche was the 11th throneholder of the Palyul Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He was widely renowned in the Tibetan Buddhist world as a master of Dzogchen, meditation techniques designed to help us realize our true nature, and respected for the integrity and strength with which he upheld the Buddhist teachings. It was he who first recognized Jetsunma as an authentic Buddhist teacher with an extraordinary ability to relate to western students. H.H. has since been reborn as the 4th Penor Rinpoche, and is currently studying and leading ceremonies at the Palyul Monastery in Tibet.

H.H. Karma Kuchen, the 12th Throneholder of the Palyul Lineage, spends most of his time at the main monastery in Tibet (China).

H.H. Karma Kuchen Rinpoche

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H.H. Karma Kuchen Rinpoche is the current 12th throneholder of the Palyul Lineage. He resides at the main monastery in Tibet and has been teaching and leading the monastic community there, as well as caring for H.H. the 4th Penor Rinpoche.

Frequent KPC Teachers

Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche, originally from Bhutan, teaches often at KPC Maryland

Khenpo Tenzin Norgay

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Originally from Bhutan, Khenpo has been in the United States for many years. He has overseen the Palyul retreats in upstate New York and has recently established a new temple for the New York City sangha NPDC in Queens. Jetsunma has requested Khenpo Norgay teach and give empowerments at KPC as often as possible.

Khenpo Pem Tsheri Sherpa, originally from Nepal, teaches often at KPC Maryland

Khenpo Pem Tsheri Sherpa

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Khenpo is originally from Nepal. He has been a resident at KPC for part of each year since 2015 following his graduation from Shedra in 2014. He has been teaching a multi-year course on the Bodhisattva Way of Life, by Shantideva, as well as teaching on many other topics at Jetsunma’s request.

Atira Maitri Zeoli, regular teacher at KPC Maryland. Raised in the Dharma, she is Jetsunma's daughter and heart student.

Atira Zeoli

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Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo’s daughter and heart student, was raised in the Dharma, and has been teaching a regular series on Buddhism for Beginners since 2018.