Dzokden, founded in San Francisco, California is the United States Jonang Kalachakra religious buddhist community under the guidance of Shar Khentrul Jamphel Lodrö Rinpoche. Our Kalachakra practice groups are devoted to sharing and realizing the teachings of Kalachakra in order to create the golden age of Shambhala in our world.  Shambhala is the perfection of peace and harmony, so in realizing Kalachakra and strengthening our connection with Shambhala we align our world to peace. We practice in the Jonang-Shambhala Kalachakra tradition the only Tibetan buddhist lineage to currently hold the completion stage yogas of Kalachakra.

We offer assistance to those preparing to take a Kalachakra initiation by hosting empowerments, retreats and the ngondro teachings as well as facilitate a practice groups around the USA and online for those who would like to actualize the complete Kalachakra path.

“The nature of perfect love and compassion is unchanging bliss. Accomplishing this state is the path of Kalachakra completion.”



The Dalai Lama encourages dharma practitioners to adopt a Rimé view.  ‘Rimé’ means a ‘non-sectarian’ or ‘non-biased’ view. While some people may think this is related to the idea of all systems being equal, it is actually focused on recognizing the value and benefit of multiple points-of-view. We work to cultivate an unshakeable and genuine respect for pluralistic traditions seeing the value in all faiths. We are inclusive and welcome practitioners from all backgrounds.

The Rimé Approach


Shar Khentrul Jamphel Lodrö Rinpoche is a renowned Jonang Kalachakra Scholar and buddhist Rimé master. He was originally born in the mountain ranges of the Golok region of Tibet. After taking full ordination, he studied and practiced with more than 25 teachers from all of the major Tibetan Buddhist traditions, earning himself the title of “Rimé Master”. He was later officially recognised as the reincarnation of the great masters Lama Ngawang Chözin Gyatso and Ghetse Khentrul. When he was chosen to be a teacher (khenpo) of the prestigious Tsangwa Monastery in Dzamthang, Rinpoche chose to renounce his position though in favor of dedicating himself to strict practice.



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