Dr. Drubgyud Tendhar

Dr. Drubgyud TendharDR. KARMA DRUBGYUD TENDHAR, whose family came from Tibet, was born in 1972 in Sikkim, India, near Rumtek Monastery. Although he began his schooling in his village, in 1982 he went to study at Rumtek Monastery. A few months after he arrived he became a monk under Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche and continued his monastic studies, specializing in the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

In 1984 he was one of four monks chosen to study Tibetan astrology and during this time received teachings, initiations, and transmissions from many great teachers. He completed his monastery courses in 1987 and went to Dharmasala, India, to study Tibetan medicine and continue his studies in Tibetan astrology.

Traditionally in the large monasteries one or two monks must study astrology and medicine, and Dr. Drubgyud was selected to attend Meen tse Kang, the Tibetan Medical and Astro Institute of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala. In 1991 Dr. Drubgyud completed his medical studies and graduated with honors as a doctor of Tibetan medicine.

The following year he completed two six-month internships: one at the Medical Institute in Sikkim and the other at the Main Medical Institute in Dharmasala. While at the Main Medical Institute he worked with Dr. Lobsang Wangyal, personal physician to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In 1993 Dr. Drubgyud completed his medical training and became a doctor at the Tibetan Medical and Astro Institute's branch clinic in Ladakh.

In 1993 Dr. Trogawa Rinpoche asked Dr. Drubgyud to assist him in founding the Chakpori Medical Institute in Darjeeling. Dr. Drubgyud was subsequently appointed lecturer and taught the entire curriculum of Tibetan medicine at the Institute for four years while working at its medical clinic and pharmacy.

In 1997 he was asked to upgrade the Tsurphu Astrology System, a project sponsored by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, and Dr. Drubgyud worked with Dragthon Jompa Gyaltsen in Dharamsala to upgrade this special astrology calculation system. When the project was completed, Ponlop Rinpoche invited Dr. Drubgyud to the United States to develop computer software for Tibetan astrology. His visit provided him the opportunity to take English and computer science classes at the University of Colorado.

He has since practiced medicine at Karma Thekchen Choling, His Holiness Karmapa's center in Vancouver, Canada. In 1999 he visited Karma Triyana Dharmachakra where he taught seminars on Tibetan medicine and treated patients. Dr. Drubgyud is currently the resident lama at Kamalashila Institute in Germany.