To help our readers deepen their insights and understanding we have developed instructional programs for a wide range of topics based on the teachings of Tibetan Lama Tarthang Tulku.
Our goal is to reach current and potential readers of our over 150 books. Whether you want to begin meditation or Kum Nye, are looking for philosophical and psychological Dharma insights, or trying to understand yourself and your world better, we have designed a variety of tools for study and application.
For the Benefit of All
A Life Devoted to Dharma Activity.
Tarthang Tulku, also known as Kunga Gellek Yeshe Dorje, was born in Golok, Eastern Tibet, in 1935. Thoroughly trained by traditional masters, he went into exile in 1958. After a short stay at the Young Lamas Home School in Dalhousie, he was asked by H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche to represent the Nyingma School at Sanskrit University in Varanasi. There he established Dharma Mudranalaya to print Tibetan Buddhist texts. In 1968 he left India for the United States, becoming the first Nyingma lama in America.
In 1969, Rinpoche founded the Tibetan Nyingma Meditation Center (TNMC), a California corporation sole, as the nucleus of his activities. He established Padma Ling as a residential center, and in 1972–73 founded the Nyingma Institute, where he taught publicly until 1978. During these years he published the first of his 34 books in English to aid students in their study. He also founded the Tibetan Aid Project to support Tibetans in exile; Dharma Press and Dharma Publishing, which has now printed and produce hundreds of art reproduction and and more than 130 books in Western languages; Nyingma Centers, to guide the growth of four international centers; and Odiyan Country Center, a mandala of temples, stupas, and libraries, including Vajra Temple, Cintamani Temple, the Enlightenment Stupa, and Variocana Gardens. Ratna Ling Retreat Center, established in 2004 as an adjunct to Odiyan, offers retreats to the general public.