Kagyu Tibetan Buddhism
Before Herman died in 1985, he predicted that in 7 years another would come to carry on the teachings. In 1992, the Venerable Lama Karma Dorje, came to Lorien at the invitation of several Herman students. Lama Dorje directed the building of a stupa, also known as a chorten, at the request of the community, to honor Herman and Herman’s own personal devotion to Milarepa, one of the founders of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, the lineage of which Lama Dorje is part. With the name ‘Kagyu Mila Guru Stupa’, the stupa acknowledges Milarepa (Mila) as well as (Guru) Herman. Lama Dorje also loved that Mila Guru sounded like the Spanish word 'milagro', which means miracle. Thus began a long and enduring spiritual partnering with Tibetan Buddhism. Lama Chodrak came to the community in 1997, and remained as a resident Lama for 9 years. At his invitation, as well as Lama Dorje, and invitations from the sangha, many great teachers have come, and continue to come, to the community to teach; Very Ven. Thrangu Rinpoche, Very Ven. Bokar Rinpoche, Very Ven. Mingyur Rinpoche, Ven. Khenpo Tsultrim Rinpoche, Lama Rinchen, Lama Lodro, Lama Thinley Dukpa, Lama Dudjom Dorjee, Khenpo Jigme, Lama Karma Mingma and many others.
And, we are happy to be a station on the route of stupa pilgrimages!