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Lion's Roar : Karma Sonam Senge

Venerab le Namgyal Rinpoche

Venerable Sonam Senge

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Two Buddhist Talks by the Venerable Sonam Senge

Karma Sonam Senge is a teacher of awakening in the tradition of his principal teacher the Venerable Namgyal Rinpoche. Senge, a native of New York state, was recognised as a gifted painter when still in his teens, and was invited to attend the prestigious Art Students League in New York City. Senge later travelled to Toronto in 1967 where he met and began studying with Namgyal Rinpoche (then Bikkhu Ananda Bodhi). Senge received ordination in the Karma Kargyu tradition from His Venerable Sonam SengeHoliness the 16th Karmapa. He has also been ordained in the way of the elders (Theravadin tradition) by Sayadaw U Thila Wanta of Burma.

In 1975 Senge co-founded the Open Path Dharma Centre in Boise Idaho. In the early 1980's His Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche (of the Sakya tradition) asked Senge to begin giving Wonkurs (Tibetan meditation empowerments). From 1983-86, Senge led a three year Ngondro Foundation work retreat in Costa Rica; after which he became the senior instructor in Buddhist Studies at the Kinmount Academy and Seminary founded by Namgyal Rinpoche. In 1989, Senge led a group of Dharma students in a tour of Asia, meeting many teachers including the Venerable Tara Tulku Rinpoche, His Eminence Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In the mid 1990's, Senge's love of sailing led him in a three year exploration with his principal student Susan Bell. For three years they taught sailing and ecology to children on their sailboat off the coast of British Columbia. From 1998 to 2000 Senge lived in Thailand and Malaysia, completing the first of a three part series of books on Buddha Dharma as practiced in the West.

Senge currently lives on Vancouver Island, Canada, where he works with students who are committed to in depth transformation. Senge is a tantric adept, a student of the Kaballah, a teacher of Western mysteries, and a visionary Dharma teacher.