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Ngakpa Kalzang Dorje
Belonging to a special and rare lineage within the Tibetan Tantric tradition, Ngakpa Kalzang is a wellspring of sacred knowledge. His unique background offers an incredible glimpse into the spiritual and cultural landscape of the Tibetan plateau. Among his many accomplishments, he has maintained a balance between the academic and mystical spheres.

In 2002 he was awarded the Doctorate of Philosophy degree, recognizing his years of outstanding scholarship. While the degree attests to his expertise, it does not shed light on Kalzang’s spiritual achievements. Kalzang-la is fluent in the sacred arts of Tibet. His talks can illuminate diverse topics within the ocean of Tibetan wisdom, from philosophy to literature, or ceremony to Yogic practices.

Ngakpa Kalzang Dorje describes his lineage as follows:

“I come from a family lineage of Ngakpas (mystic yogis) that can be traced back to the time of Guru Rinpoche’s twenty five disciples. One of Padma Sambhava’s disciples, Langchen Pelkyi Sangye, was requested to come to my region of Tibet to help protect the area from negative forces. There he accomplished this feat and others. He settled in our area, Amdo, and gradually, from his family, the Tantric practice lineage was formed. More recently in this family lineage, there was Lang Gyalpo Rigzin Palden Tashi, a very renowned Lama in his time. He traveled to central Tibet and Kham and received countless teachings from many masters. Upon returning to Amdo, the Rekong Ngakpa Community (Rekong Ngakmang) was formed. To this day, this Ngakpa community exists and the practices of Kyirim, Dzogrim and Dzogchen remain in unbroken continuity. I am the seventh generation from him in this family Ngakpa lineage.”

After the death of his teacher in Tibet, Kelzang went to Nepal to continue his studies with his current teacher, Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche. In 1996 he entered the Sheddrup Dojo Ling monastery in Nepal to take formal and strict study and practice from the guidance of Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche. There Kalzang also helps with the instruction of the monks and foreign visitors that come to study Buddhism.

Ngakpa Kalzang is the current Spiritual Teacher at Thubten Choling, a non-sectarian Buddhist Centre, located in Duncan, BC.
Ngakpa Kalzang Dorje