Bodhi Tree was established by Tsering Ngodup Lama in 2003. Tsering Ngodup was born in Tibet in 1954. After the Chinese military invaded Tibet in 1959, Tsering and his family and thousands of other Tibetans followed HH the Dalai Lama across the Himalayan mountains into exile. Tsering was educated in Nepal and India through the generosity of Swiss Aid to Tibetans and under the supervision of the Tibetan Government in Exile. In 1983, at the request of HH ShaMar Rinpoche, one of the lineage holders of the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, Tsering moved to Germany to translate and interpret for high Tibetan lamas who were invited to give teachings throughout Europe. In 2000, HH ShaMar Rinpoche asked Tsering to continue this work in the United States under the auspices of the Bodhi Path centers. Tsering is married to Andrea Strimling and has three children, Dinah, Dorje, and Rinchen Dorje.
The top photo shows Tsering and Andrea in traditional Tibetan clothes called chupas. The vividly colored apron that Andrea is wearing is called a pangden and signifies that she is married.
The bottom photo shows Tsering and Andrea with their son, Yeshe Dorje Strimling Yodsampa, born October 14, 2006. Yeshe Dorje has been recognized by H.H. Shamar Rinpoche as a high reincarnate lama of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. Read story.
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