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Lama Karma Chopal

In 1990, Lama Chöpal visited the United States and India as an attendant to Sangye Tenzin Rinpoche. Later, after a pilgrimage in India, he studied at Rumtek Monastery under Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche for one year, completing an intensive course on The Jewel Ornament of Liberation and The Thirty-seven Practices of a Bodhisattva. In 1993, he went to Sherab Ling Monastery, the seat of His Eminence Tai Situ Rinpoche, where he learned traditional torma-making and chanting practices before entering the three-year meditation retreat.

After practicing in retreat, Lama Chöpal attended a monastic college near Sherab Ling for five years, studying logic, debate, and the teachings of the sutras. He then spent an additional year studying the Hevajra Tantra and Dom Sum (a text by Jamgon Kongtrul on the Three Vows) under the guidance of Bokar Rinpoche in Mirik.