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Tulku Sherdor is our Executive Director.  Born in Montreal, Canada in 1961, he began studying Buddhist Insight meditation from a very young age, and met his principal teacher, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, in Nepal in 1981.  He was fortunate to study with other pre-eminent masters of the 20th century, including His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Khetsun Zangpo Rinpoche, Dung Say Trinley Norbu Rinpoche, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, Kalu Rinpoche, and many others.


He completed a 3-year lama retreat in the Karma and Shangpa Kagyu schools of Tibetan Buddhism, and a year-long solitary retreat in the Chogling Tersar practice lineage held by Tulku Urgyen.  Over the past 20 years he has traveled far and wide, teaching and working with and translating for a great number of distinguished Nyingma and Kagyu meditation masters, such as helping Trangu Rinpoche establish the monastic retreat program at Gampo Abbey in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia in the early 1990s; helping Kenpo Sonam Topgyal Rinpoche re-establish the vajrayana Buddhist tradition for the Chinese community in Thailand in the mid-1990s; and working closely with his precious teacher, His Holiness Orgyen Kusum Lingpa, to advance many philanthropic projects in Tibet dedicated to world peace. Tulku Sherdor is renowned as a scholar and interpreter of Tibetan Buddhist teachings into English, and known for his quiet yet humorous and insightful manner.

listen to a talk by Tulku Sherdor on the importance of aspiration prayers 


The following is a partial list of dharma transmissions and instructions Tulku Sherdor has received, predominantly in the original Tibetan language.

The above list does not include any of the practice manuals, guide books, spiritual biographies and treatises he has studied independently in the Tibetan language, such as the Lamrim Yeshe Nyingpo root text and commentary by Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye, the extensive commentary by Situ Panchen Chokyi Jungnay and other commentaries on the Mahamudra Prayer of Karmapa Rangjung Dorje, Vimalamitra's and other commentaries on the Jampal Tsenjod (Extolling the Qualities of Manjusri), Taranatha's and other commentaries on the Heart Sutra, among many others.  Nor does it include any of the hundreds of translations of dharma texts or original dharma teachings published in English that he has read.