Our Teachers and Lineage

His Holiness Karmapa

The 17th incarnation of the leader of the Karma Kagyu lineage, with a history stretching back more than 1000 years, His Holiness Karmapa has begun to be seen more and more on the international stage, as a prolific writer, speaker, poet, artist, and calligrapher known for both scholarly depth and approachable humor. His latest book is Interconnected: Embracing Life in Our Global Society.

Lama D.D. Rinpoche

Lama Dudjom Dorjee Rinpoche was sent to the United States by His Holiness the 16th Karmapa over 30 years ago, and since that time he has guided westerners all over the US, often teaching from one of his books. Lama Dudjom Dorjee Rinpoche is the resident teacher at Karma Thegsum Choling (KTC) Dallas, where he has taught for 20 years.

See Lama Dudjom Dorjee's books here.

Dawa Sangmu

Dawa has been a student of Tibetan Buddhism for over 16 years, studying and attending teachings all over the world. Some of her main teachers include His Holiness the 17th Karmapa and Lama Dudjom Dorjee Rinpoche, as well as Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. Recognized as a senior student, Dawa has been teaching at her Dawa Dolma Center for over ten years.

Saturday Teaching by Lama Dudjom Dorjee Rinpoche

If you are keen on meditating then don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a skilled teacher with almost 40 years of meditation experience. Learn from a professional who knows what he’s doing!

Annual Open House

A treasured gathering for over 16 years - a great potluck lunch and teaching outside. Enjoy the community fellowship, hear a wonderful teaching that applies directly to your life, and make new friends.


At first I was just so interested by all the neat stuff in her store; then when I found out there were classes I couldn't wait to check it out. It turned out to be what I had been looking for, and years later, I can't imagine life without meditation or my Tibetan Buddhist connection.

- Name withheld on request

Dawa has a way of explaining complicated ideas that makes them simple; her long experience and willingness to share what she knows has benefited me greatly, and I consider her a great guide and friend.

- Guy Stewart