Biography of Lama Lodrö Thaye
Thrangu Dharma Society, Petaling Jaya
When Lodro Thaye was 6 years old, his father secretly took him away from the comfort of his home and brought him to the 16th Karmapa's monastery in Bhutan, without the knowledge of his mother. Lodro Thaye then started to live in the strict discipline of a monastic life and began his early education in reading and writing in the monastery. He remained there till he was thirteen when he took the self-liberation vows of a monk before the 16th Karmapa Rigpe Ranjung Dorje and the Four Regents.
At the age of 14, the Karmapa sent Lodro Thaye to Thrangu Rinpoche's monastery, Zang Dhok Palri, in East Bhutan to be one of Thrangu Rinpoche's monks. He was put under the care of his teacher, Khenpo Konchok Ngyedun.
At the age of 17, Lodro Thaye was instructed to go to Thrangu Tashi Choeling monastery in Boudanath, Kathmandu to enter the Shedra to learn Buddhist philosophy. After he completed his studies and training in the Shedra, he was given the responsibility to look after the Retreat Centre at the Hill of Namo Buddha.
At the age of 19 in 1981, Lodrö Thaye took the full ordination vows of a monk before the Very Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche. Six years later, Thrangu Rinpoche permitted Lodrö Thaye, then 25 years old, to take part in the ‘3 year retreat’ in Namo Buddha together with other selected monks. It was during this traditional length of three years three months and three weeks in the confines of the retreat centre did Lodro Thaye complete his training in all the major texts and practices of Tantric Buddhism, rituals, and meditations. Upon the successful completion of his long retreat, Lodrö Thaye qualified himself as a fully trained religious teacher in the Karma Kagyu tradition of Vajrayana Buddhism. With the blessings of his guru, Lodrö Thaye stepped forth and began his journey as a recognized qualified Lama to serve all sentient beings.
The term “Lama” means teacher and it is only reserved for monks who have undergone the long retreat of 3 years, 3 months and three weeks.
Lama Lodrö’s first posting was in Malaysia with the Thrangu Dharma Society Petaling Jaya. Thereafter, Lama Lodrö has been posted to various Dharma Centres throughout the world to assist the activities of his Guru, Thrangu Rinpoche. Lama Lodro has been to Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia to give instructions to a group of western monks in the 6 Yogas of Naropa. Lama Lodrö has also taught in Thrangu House in Oxford, England. In the Far East, Lama Lodrö has been to various Dharma Centres in Thailand, Myanma, Hong Kong and Taiwan to propagate the Dharma.
With his experience of extensive travel, Lama Lodrö still and always feels that his ‘home’ is in Malaysia with his disciples and friends in Thrangu Dharma Society Petaling Jaya. Today, Lama has seen the birth and growth of the Society that started with a group of only 6 devotees in a rented premises. One of the main reasons for the growth of the Society could be attributed to the wholesome activities of our resident lama, Lama Lodrö.