Who We Are2018-10-21T19:09:19+00:00

Who We Are

Saraswati Bhawan is a non-profit religious organization founded by Acharya Dawa Chhodak Rinpoche to:

  • Preserve the Buddhist doctrine and practice as represented by its recognized lineage holders. In particular, to preserve, transmit, and establish the lineage of Vajrayana Buddhism to the United States.
  • Conduct translation, publishing, and preservation projects of ancient Buddhist texts and ritual arts.
  • Provide support here and abroad to those ordained priests and practitioners who have dedicated their lives to Buddhist practice.
  • Create outreach programs to provide healing and other religious services to the public and the environment.
  • Establish centers for study and practice of Vajrayana Buddhism.

We are dedicated to upholding the tradition of the Yogis, or Ngakpas according to the precepts set forth by Guru Rinpoche. Ngakpas and Ngakmos are a unique order within the tantric Buddhist tradition, dedicating their lives to the profound meditative and yogic practices of the tantras which involve long, isolated retreats.

Saraswati Bhawan is a non-profit religious organization founded by Acharya Dawa Chhodak Rinpoche to:

  • Preserve the Buddhist doctrine and practice as represented by its recognized lineage holders. In particular, to preserve, transmit, and establish the lineage of Vajrayana Buddhism to the United States.
  • Conduct translation, publishing, and preservation projects of ancient Buddhist texts and ritual arts.
  • Provide support here and abroad to those ordained priests and practitioners who have dedicated their lives to Buddhist practice.
  • Create outreach programs to provide healing and other religious services to the public and the environment.
  • Establish centers for study and practice of Vajrayana Buddhism.

We are dedicated to the practice and preservation of the ancient Buddhist Tantric tradition as held by the Nyingma sect of Tibet. In particular, we focus on the Khandro T’huk-t’hik path of the Dudjom Tersar and the Rigdzin Sogdrub yogic practices of the Northern Treasures lineage.

We are dedicated to upholding the tradition of the Yogis, or Ngakpas according to the precepts set forth by Guru Rinpoche. Ngakpas and Ngakmos are a unique order within the tantric Buddhist tradition, dedicating their lives to the profound meditative and yogic practices of the tantras which involve long, isolated retreats.

Saraswati Bhawan is a non-profit religious organization founded by Acharya Dawa Chhodak Rinpoche to:

  • Preserve the Buddhist doctrine and practice as represented by its recognized lineage holders. In particular, to preserve, transmit, and establish the lineage of Vajrayana Buddhism to the United States.
  • Conduct translation, publishing, and preservation projects of ancient Buddhist texts and ritual arts.
  • Provide support here and abroad to those ordained priests and practitioners who have dedicated their lives to Buddhist practice.
  • Create outreach programs to provide healing and other religious services to the public and the environment.
  • Establish centers for study and practice of Vajrayana Buddhism.

We are dedicated to the practice and preservation of the ancient Buddhist Tantric tradition as held by the Nyingma sect of Tibet. In particular, we focus on the Khandro T’huk-t’hik path of the Dudjom Tersar and the Rigdzin Sogdrub yogic practices of the Northern Treasures lineage.

We are dedicated to upholding the tradition of the Yogis, or Ngakpas according to the precepts set forth by Guru Rinpoche. Ngakpas and Ngakmos are a unique order within the tantric Buddhist tradition, dedicating their lives to the profound meditative and yogic practices of the tantras which involve long, isolated retreats.

KHANDRO KUNZANG
KHANDRO KUNZANGCo-founder
Khandro Kunzang has been a devoted student and follower of the Dharma for most of her life. In the early 1990’s, she left behind a promising career, family, home and friends, to pursue her practice of the Dharma and became a novice nun in the Drikung Kagyu lineage, studying under Khenchen Konchog Gyaltsen and H.E. Garchen Rinpoche.
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ACHARYA DAWA CHHODAK RINPOCHE
ACHARYA DAWA CHHODAK RINPOCHECo-founder
Acharya Dawa Chhodak Rinpoche was born into the Jova family, a lineage of yogis (ngakpas) which traces back to the time of Milarepa. He was born on Guru Rinpoche’s day near Mukhti Narayan, a sacred pilgrimage spot in Northern Nepal. After his birth, he was taken to the great Mahasiddha, Golok Sert’hong Rinpoche, who recognized him as the reincarnation of Nakchu Gelong Konchok, a siddha who left handprints in the caves of Mount Kailash. Golok Sert’hong Rinpoche made many auspicious predictions and named him Dawa Chhodak, in honor of the great Buddhist Masters,
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KHANDRO KUNZANG
KHANDRO KUNZANGCo-founder
Khandro Kunzang has been a devoted student and follower of the Dharma for most of her life. In the early 1990’s, she left behind a promising career, family, home and friends, to pursue her practice of the Dharma and became a novice nun in the Drikung Kagyu lineage, studying under Khenchen Konchog Gyaltsen and H.E. Garchen Rinpoche.
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ACHARYA DAWA CHHODAK RINPOCHE
ACHARYA DAWA CHHODAK RINPOCHECo-founder
Acharya Dawa Chhodak Rinpoche was born into the Jova family, a lineage of yogis (ngakpas) which traces back to the time of Milarepa. He was born on Guru Rinpoche’s day near Mukhti Narayan, a sacred pilgrimage spot in Northern Nepal. After his birth, he was taken to the great Mahasiddha, Golok Sert’hong Rinpoche, who recognized him as the reincarnation of Nakchu Gelong Konchok, a siddha who left handprints in the caves of Mount Kailash. Golok Sert’hong Rinpoche made many auspicious predictions and named him Dawa Chhodak, in honor of the great Buddhist Masters,
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