In a small, hidden village north of Nepal, near Mount Kailash (sacred mountain to Buddhism considered the palace of the Buddhas called Limi Zang Humla), Lama Dorje was born in 1979, in the core of a large and poor family.
The Mahayana Tibetan Buddhism dominated this region, as Limi Zang Humla formerly belonged to Tibet, that is why their culture and people are very similar. It is a wonderful town where all the people are very quiet, and above all very respectful of the Dharma.
When he was born, his mother had a dream where a very old monk told her: “You must make sure your child is clean, take good care of him.” Besides, she saw many auspicious signs.
Since he was little, he stood out from his brothers by his noticeable tendency towards spiritual life and the Buddhist path. From the age of five, he showed interest in Dharma objects, such as malas and bells. In addition, even at that young age, he meditated and repeated mantras.
Very close to his home, there was a small monastery where Lama Dorje used to play with the monks of his age who lived there. One day, he told his parents he wanted to become a monk, and although the request made them very happy, his parents were a little worried. Being only five years old, he could be mistaken in his decision.
After seeking advice from some lamas, and due to the strong connection he had with the Buddhist path, they decided to take him to a monastery called Phel Gyeling where they performed a simple ceremony of initiation. He took refuge in the Triple Gem and took the vows as a Buddhist monk. They cut his hair and changed his clothes by habits. From that day, he would not be allowed to go home, and could only be visited by his parents once a week.
He should stay in the monastery and assume responsibility for living as a Buddhist monk; fulfill his vows, wash his clothes and personal belongings, and study the Buddhist behavior, basic philosophy and rituals.
In 1990, at 10 years old, he moved to a larger monastery, called Jangchub Ling, in the city of Dehradun, northern India. This monastery belongs to the Kagyud Pa lineage, one of the four major lineages of Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism, which comes from the lineage of Tilopa, Naropa, Marpa and Milarepa all the way to his own root teacher. There, Lama Dorje learned the profound teachings of Sutra and Tantra, rituals, mandalas, astrology, herbs and Tibetan medicine.
In 2003 he finished his studies, receiving the title of professor of Buddhist philosophy. The Phelgye Ling monastery asked him to come back to teach monks and the people of Limi Zang Humla. He remained there for a year doing service.
In 2004, he travels to Kathmandu, Nepal, where he had different Rinpoches and received teachings from various Buddhist lineages. Then he returned to Dehradun, India to the Jangchub Ling Monastery, where he met his root teacher Rinzin Drupon Jampa Rinpoche, a meditation master specialist.
There, in the autumn of 2004, he went on a retreat called LO SUM CHOG SUM, a supreme retreat of the Kagyu Pa lineage, for 3 years, 3 months and 3 days isolated on a mountain.
He went to the mountain retreat with his teacher and a group of 20 people from different countries. They were not allowed to leave their cabin or see anyone during the retreat, and had to remain in absolute silence.
The retreat consists of several stages. The first is performed during the first year and is the preliminary stage, or preparation. Physical work is done, such as prostrations; In two months, they should do two hundred thousand prostrations for purification, and merit accumulation, besides the repetition of mantras.
In the next stages, the work is related to the mind, such as practicing the visualization of the yidam. They are required to follow the tantric path; they can’t bathe, or cut their hair or nails, in order to be in absolute contact with their own nature. Each time the teachings become deeper, and more subtle.
This retreat is very dangerous for people who have no control over their mind and emotions. Of the 20 people who went on the retreat, only 6 completed it successfully.
When he finished his Mahamudra retreat, His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche (Lama Dorje’s Teacher) invited him to teach Zogpa chenpo, or the great perfection, and Mahamudra at the retreat center. Garchen Rinpoche spent more than a week with the group of meditators. Lama Dorje had the opportunity to invite him to his retirement cabin and had a wonderful personal interview with one of the most important masters of Tibetan Buddhism in the modern world.
At the request of His Eminence, he extended his retreat for one more year, achieving the stage of meditation: Tumo, the inner sacred fire, one of the sacred meditations of the six Yogas of Naropa: one should meditate in the winter above the snow without clothes, drying a wet blanket with pure natural body heat.
In 2008, he completed his retreat and received the title “Lama”, which means “Teacher”. He was already very accustomed to that lifestyle and was very happy. He didn’t want to come out of his retreat, but his teacher told him: “Now, you go out and share with others.”
In 2009, Lama Dorje was invited to Chile as a disciple of His Eminence, and spent a year sharing the teachings. In 2010, he met the Condor Blanco organization which had the same common purpose: to expand the Dharma for the liberation of all beings.
So in 2011, he joined Condor Blanco, founding one of the seven schools in the organization: The School Bodhisattva, that consists of 4 modules and teaches the Mahayana Buddhist path, with the goal of continuing to turn the wheel of Dharma.
In addition, the Condor Blanco Buddhist Center (CBBC) was created with the purpose of expanding the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism through study, practice, meditations and retreats based on Buddhist philosophy and the ancient knowledge of Tibetan culture.
The main objective of the center is now the Dharma Project, a project that embodies the vision of the future and consists of 5 main stages and areas of action:
- The construction of Buddhist temple
- The creation of sculptures and decorative art for the temple
- The Surya Lingka project
- The construction of 25 cabins for individual retreats
- The construction of a Stupa