About Our Teachers

Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche

courtesy KTD

Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche was the Abbot of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra. He was ordained as a monk at the age of twelve in Tibet. In 1975 His Holiness the 16th Karmapa acknowledged Rinpoche’s attainment with the title Choje Lama (Superior Dharma Master). At the request of His Holiness the 16th Karmapa, Khenpo Rinpoche immigrated to the United States in 1976 to establish and guide the development of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra.

Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche first came to Ann Arbor in 1978 and established the Ann Arbor KTC. His biography can be found here: https://kagyu.org/khenpo-karthar-rinpoche/ .

We are deeply saddened to announce that Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche passed away on October 6, 2019 at the age of 95. He continued teaching until shortly before his death. For more information about his legacy, please visit https://tricycle.org/trikedaily/khenpo-karthar-rinpoche/.

Lama Nancy Burks

Lama Nancy Burks has been a student of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche since his first visit to Ann Arbor in 1978. In February 2000, she completed a traditional 3-year, 3-month meditation retreat under his guidance at Karme Ling Retreat Center in upstate New York. In addition to teaching and leading meditation practices at the Ann Arbor Karma Thegsum Chöling, she is available for individual instruction and guidance. Before retiring, Lama Nancy worked as a psychologist.