Ati Ling was established in 1987 as the Bay Area branch of the Chagdud Gonpa Foundation (CGF), a Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhist center in the Nyingma tradition. In 1992, after completing the traditional three-year retreat, Jigme Tromge Rinpoche was appointed resident lama of Ati Ling. Based at the Padmasambhava Peace Institute since 2004, Ati Ling is a residential community focused on practising and maintaining the wealth of lineages received from many lamas including H.E. Chagdud Rinpoche and Tromge Jigme Rinpoche. We welcome visitors and practitioners from all backgrounds irrespective of race, religion, nationality, class, age (children also welcome) or gender. We are an LGBT-friendly community.
Chagdud Gonpa Foundation is an international Nyingma Buddhist organization, founded in America in 1983 by H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche (1930-2002), a highly revered meditation master, artist and Tibetan physician who taught extensively in the East and West. The Foundation takes its name from the ancient monastery in eastern Tibet, founded by Sherab Gyaltsen, the first Chagdud Rinpoche, in the 12th century. Through its many activities, which include offering public teachings and retreats, translating, and publishing texts, Chagdud Gonpa Foundation upholds and preserves the arts, philosophy, and meditation practices of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism.