Kagyu Dharma
Group of centers founded in the United States by the late
Venerable Kalu Rinpoche, concerned with the teaching and
practice of Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism. Rinpoche
studied at the Palpung Monastery and was a teacher of the Kargyupa—one
of several primary sects of Tibetan Buddhism—
which is revered as the most esoteric of all of the branches of
Buddhism. It absorbed Hindu tantric emphases.
In 1957 Rinpoche established a monastery in Bhutan and
later founded his own center, Samdup Tarjeyling Monastery,
at Sonada, Darjeeling, India. He trained monks to establish
centers in the West and during the 1970s founded centers in
Europe and the United States (New York, California, Oregon,
Washington, Hawaii, and Alaska). There is also a center in British
Columbia, Canada. North American headquarters is 247
Sheafe Rd., Wappingers Falls, NY 12590. Website http
www.kagyu.com.