Lama Lodro (Jeff Alvin Olson) is a multi-disciplinary meditation teacher who seeks to make esoteric information comprehensible and useful to a wide variety of people. He particularly enjoys integrating ancient mystic philosophies with modern scientific principles.
Lama Lodro’s teaching draws upon many years of traditional monastic study, extensive meditation work, and fourteen years of intensive meditation retreats. His style of communication is seasoned by a sometimes irreverent sense of humour, a buoyantly practical attitude, and eclectic life experience.
Lama Lodro’s background provides him with a rare ability to bridge East and West. His education includes many years of classical study and meditation at Buddhist monasteries in Thailand, Burma, Malaysia, India, and Sikkim. Lama Lodro has received monastic ordinations as a Theravadin Buddhist Bhikkhu and Vajrayana Tantric training as a Lama in the Kargyu and Sakya schools of Tibetan Buddhism.
In addition to being a meditation teacher, Lama Lodro is also an enthusiastic artist, a certified journeyman carpenter, cabinet maker, amateur auto mechanic, and has a strong interest in nature and the environment.
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Lama Karma Tsundulp Lodro is a mystic yogi and a multi-faceted, classically trained meditation teacher currently residing with his wife, Chrys Antaya, in Yukon, Canada.
Lama Lodro’s teaching style is Sahaja-Tantra, which is a refreshing, fluid, natural, and spontaneous weaving together of many different teachings.
Lama Lodro skillfully combines teachings from different Theravada and Tantric Buddhist lineages, as well as from Science, Nature, Jungian Psychology, the Western Mysteries, Taoism, Medicine Qi Gong, and modern energy-healing techniques. His goal is to integrate the mystical into mundane reality in a natural, uplifting, useful, and sensible way.
Lama Lodro’s extensive skills as a meditation teacher also draw upon fourteen years of intensive meditation retreats, many journeys around the planet, a diverse variety of studies and explorations, and eclectic life experience as a married householder. Lama Lodro’s practical attitude is seasoned by a sometimes irreverent sense of humour.
Lama Lodro is as fascinated by modern technology as he is by ancient mysticism. He particularly enjoys exploring and integrating the links between ancient mystic philosophies and modern science.
Born in North America of Viking descent, Lama Lodro moved to the Orient in 1967. He first studied meditation at Wat Mahadatu in Old Town Bangkok under the personal guidance of the great Chao Khun Racha Siddhimuni who was Chief Vipassana Meditation Governor of Thailand. An inspiring teacher and renowned scholar, Chao Khun Racha Siddhimuni was also famous for having memorized the entire Tripitika (2,400,000 words – three times larger than the Bible!).
Lama Lodro was twice ordained in Thailand as a Theravada Buddhist Bhikkhu (first ordination was at age 23 and the second at age 43).
Lama Lodro received Vajrayana Tantric training as a Meditation Lama in the Kargyu and Sakya lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. He studied for many years in Buddhist monasteries in India, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Sikkim, and Thailand.
Shortly after his first ordination as Bhikkhu and while on a pilgrimage in India, Lama Lodro met His Holiness the 16th Karmapa. On the advice of the 16th Karmapa, Lama Lodro moved to Canada in 1969 to study with another remarkable teacher, the Venerable Namgyal Rinpoche, whom the 16th Karmapa later described to Lama Lodro as the foremost Kargyu meditation adept.
Visit his website for more information on his teachings and schedule: http://lamalodro.ca