Lama-Karma-ChopalLAMA KARMA CHOPAL was born in East Tibet in 1965, and became a monk at the age of eleven. At fifteen he became a student of Sonam Nyima, the most advanced master of iconographic art in the Karma Kagyu Lineage. He studied Buddhist thangka painting, mandala design, and other art forms for ten years.

In 1989, Lama Chopal went to India to complete his monastic training at the major Kagyu monasteries. He studied at Rumtek, the monastery of the Karmapa, and completed his three-year retreat at Sherabling under Mingyur Rinpoche. Thereafter he spent three additional years at Sherabling studying Tibetan monastic arts of torma making, ritual music, and chanting. Lama Chopal studied Buddhist philosophy at Dzongsar College in India for six years.

Following studies in advanced meditation with Bokar Rinpoche, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, and other Kagyu lamas in India and Nepal, Lama Chopal came to the U.S. in 2001. He completed two stupas over the course of six years for Kagyu Thubten Choling in New York state, and Samchenling in Virginia.

In 2007, his root teacher, Tai Situ Rinpoche, requested that Lama establish a Dharma Center in Charlottesville, VA.