Lama Padma Yontan Gyatso (Richard Baldwin) began his formal Buddhist training in India in 1970 with the outstanding meditation master, the late Venerable Kalu Rinpoche. After returning to the U.S., he entered the Buddhist Studies Program at the University of Washington and at that time also received many teachings at the feet of the late Venerable Dezhung Rinpoche, a master of all lineages. He received his degree in 1974 and embarked on a number of meditation retreats, then in 1982 he became a student of H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche. In 1996, Chagdud Rinpoche ordained him as a Lama and appointed him Resident Lama of Chagdud Gonpa Amrita in Seattle, Washington. As one of the Spiritual Directors of Chagdud Gonpa Foundation, Lama Padma teaches and practices with meditation and study groups throughout the country, including several Buddhist groups in state prisons. Presently, Lama Padma serves as the Lama-in-Residence at Rigdzin Ling, the Seat of the Chagdud Tulkus in North America. Lama Padma also oversees Chokdrup Ling, Chagdud Gonpa Foundation’s 320-acre retreat center in Southwest Colorado.
- Rigdzin Ling
- CGF Centers