Bardo Teaching by Lopön Lama Tobden

Bardo Teaching by Lopön Lama Tobden, translated by Khenpo Sangye Trinley, given at Karma Mahasiddha Ling in Idylwyld, California, on September 23 to 24, 2023.

Bardo refers to transitional states, such as between death and rebirth in Tibetan Buddhist belief, encompassing various stages of consciousness and opportunities for spiritual liberation.

Vajra Master (Lopön) Lama Tobden from Qinghai Thrangu monastery was born in 1975 at Punang near Princess Wencheng Temple north of Jiegu, Ga District.

He began his dharma studies at age eight, and at 16, he received his initial monastic vows at Thrangu Tashi Monastery. After completing the traditional Karma Kagyu three-year retreat, he received full monastic ordination, attended monastic college, and served as monastery chanting master (Umdze).

In 2007, Ven. Thrangu Rinpoche and Lodro Nyima Rinpoche jointly appointed Lama Tobden as the Vajra Master (Lopön) of Thrangu monastery, and he has held this position ever since.

Lama Tobden has visited Karma Triyana Dharmachakra monastery several times, accompanying Lodro Nyima Rinpoche in 2016 to establish the annual longevity practice and in 2017 to help consecrate KTD’s Eight Stupas. In 2019, he gave the two-month Reading Transmission of Karma Chakme Rinpoche’s written works at KTD. Afterward, when KTD founding abbot Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche passed away, Lama Tobden led the 49-Day memorial pujas.

Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche has praised Lama Tobden in his public talks, calling him a truly qualified Vajra master of the lineage. With his knowledge and compassionate approach to students, he has inspired admiration among the sanghas of KTD.

Day 1

Day 2 AM

Day 2 PM

Day 2 Q & A

Liberation Through Hearing chanted by Lopön Lama Tobden

These are recordings by Lopön Lama Tobden of mantras, prayers, and practices used for the liberation in the Bardo,
These can be played at any time. However, it is essential that you play this continuously during the period of dying and throughout the intervals of the Bardo.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Additional Prayer