Rangjung Kunchyab Rime Ling is a small non-profit (501(c)(3)) dharma community centered in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii. It was created by student demand as a place to be able to more easily access, learn and practice Vajrayana/Mahayana/Tantric meditation with close supervision by a resident lama.
The goal of our center is for all who visit to feel welcome and part of our dharma "family", while equally encouraged to find their own unique paths through the maze of dharma teachings, empowering them to reduce suffering for themselves and others.
A sense of humor is mandatory.
Nyungne Lama's goal is for students to meditate more often, analyze their own views and behaviors, and gradually cultivate more compassion in their lives, with the result that other beings suffer less. All of the practices that we do have that end in mind. "These teachings are consistent with my views on psychology, society, and internality/externality." A nice side effect is that our own mental health benefits as well.
We find that our meditation is even more powerful, and results come more quickly, when we do it in a group in addition to our individual practice sessions.
Lama Lodro Zangpo has been teaching at our center since 2008. He finished his three year retreat at the Garden of the Five Golden Dharmas in the summer of 1999. Lama Lodro Rinpoche was retreat master for the retreat; Bokar Rinpoche gave the full set of wang (empowerments), and during the retreat he received additional teachings from Situ Rinpoche and Khenpo Tsultrim.
Lama Zangpo took refuge with the Vajradhara Kalu Rinpoche first and was then directed to start study with Lama Lodro. Lama Lodro instructed him in Ngondro practice. During the completion of Ngondro Lama Zangpo received additional teachings from Tai Situ Rinpoche, Khenpo Karthar, Trangu Rinpoche, Lama Dudjom Dorje, Sogyal Rinpoche, and Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche.
Lama Zangpo co-founded Ukiah Sarwa Dharma in Northern California and joined the Board of Directors of Kagyu Droden Kunchab. At KDK he worked with Lama Lodro Rinpoche to purchase and build the retreat facility in Laytonville California.
He has degrees in Psychology and Nursing from San Francisco State University. He moved with his life partner, Dean Cail, to Hawaii in 2006 after his retirement from a career in Mental Health and Health Administration. Lama Lodu Rinpoche has directed him to teach and assist the members of RKRL along with Nyungne Lama.
Thanks to Michael Ash for the original website design and layout.
Nyungne Lama is uniquely suited to leading this endeavor. He is a long time Hawaii resident with graduate schooling in psychology and religious sciences and plenty of life experience. He was given his title in 2003 by Lama Lodu Rinpoche after over two decades of intensive Tibetan Buddhist meditation. He holds teachings from all the major lineages of Tibetan Buddhism (Kagyu, Nyingma, Sakya, Gelug) and from most of the highest lamas to teach in the west (including Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche).
Nyungne Lama is particularly adept in the teaching and practice of Chod, Nyung Ne (a 1000-armed Chenrezig purification ritual), and phowa (transference of consciousness).