Karma Tashi Ling
Kagyu Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Society
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.
Karma Tashi Ling actively supports Thrangu Rinpoche's projects, including Shree Mangal Dvip, a large boarding school in Kathmandu for children from the high Himalayas, founded by Thrangu Rinpoche. The school is starting a new project: the establishment of a new 'green' school, outside the city of Kathmandu with plenty of land around it. It will be a single floor facility with earthquake proof dorms, solar power, bio fuel, rainwater re-cycling, gardens and plenty of playground space for the children to play. The school web site can be found at www.himalayanchildren.org
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, Orgyen 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 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 children 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.