Dharma Nantucket was founded in the winter of 2011/2012 to make available traditional Tibetan Buddhist teachings of the Kagyu lineage to Nantucketers. After two years, it was named Kagyu Chokor Ling by Lama Norlha Rinpoche and became an official affiliate center of Kagyu Thubten Monastery.
Kagyu Chokor Ling’s resident teacher is Lama Yeshe Palmo. Her root Lama is Kyabje Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche, pictured here. He helped spread the Dharma (Buddha’s teachings) to the West by founding many monasteries and Dharma centers.
Lama Norlha Rinpoche founded Kagyu Thubten Choling Monastery in Wappingers Falls, New York, in the tradition of Kyabje Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche. He instituted the first traditional Three Year Retreat (seminary training) in North America at that monastery. To date, 7 cycles of the Three Year Retreat have been completed, and the 8th is in session. KTC Monastery has graduated over 100 Western Lamas.
Kagyu Thubten Choling Monastery is where Lama Yeshe Palmo received her ordination as a nun and her training. Kagyu Chokor Ling is an affiliated center of Kagyu Thubten Choling.
Beginning in1996, she completed two Three Year Retreats back to back, after which she was asked to remain as the main caretaker for the women’s retreat for two more retreats. In the Three Year Retreat, the student learns and intensively practices the meditation techniques of the lineage. Lama Yeshe Palmo holds the title of Tripon or “Teaching Lama.” She has taught at Dharma centers throughout the east coast and was on the administration and teaching staff at KTC Monastery before coming to Nantucket.