Lion’s Roar was co-founded by Lama Yeshe Jinpa and Geshe Losang Gyatso in 1992, officially becoming a non-profit in 1998. Lama Jinpa received direct lineage transmission from Geshe Gyatso in 1995 and is one of the few Western lamas thus far recognized within the Gelugpa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism (which is connected to the Sera Jey Monastery in Tibet). In 2008 Geshe Damchoebaazar Gurjav, a Mongolian monk, joined as an Associate Teacher.
Vajrayana Buddhism is a “kahma”, or oral tradition. This means that every scripture and every meditation practice for training the mind is passed on verbally from teacher to student and then internalized until it becomes part of that student’s personal experience. A truly qualified teacher must have actually attained realization, which means they see things as they are: interconnected and interdependent.
LRDC is not a “one size fits all” center. There is something for everyone depending on “where you are”. There are no expectations and no judgments. We are here to help lessen suffering and facilitate healing, and we provide many opportunities in which to do so. Our primary goal is to create an enlightened society based on kindness, equanimity and spiritual growth – Starting with our own backyard!