Born in Tibet, Lama Drimed Lodro studied the Chinese language as a young boy. At the age of twelve, he asked his mother to leave home to study under the highly realized master, Galo Rinpoche.
At the age of 15, Lama Drimed entered the renowned Sertha Larung Five Sciences Buddhist Academy and began 14 years of scholastic learning under H.H. Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche. He continued his studies through the completion of all required training leading towards a Khenpo’s degree. From H.H. Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche, he received the entire Nyingtik lineage (including Nyingtik Yabzhi, Dzod Dun, Ngalso Korsum, Yeshe Lama, and Chetzun Nyingtik) empowerments, scriptural transmissions, and explanations on the pith instructions for the Great Perfection as well as the complete cycle of H.H. Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche’s terma collection. From H.H. Penor Rinpoche, he received Nyingtik Yabzhi, Zhi Khro (A Hundred Peaceful and Wrathful Deities), ‘Dus Pa Mdo (root tantra of Anuyoga), and many others cycles of profound teachings in the Palyul lineage. From Ven. Yangthang Rinpoche, he received all of the empowerments and scriptural transmissions for the Kama and Terma cycles and Lama Gongdü of the Nyingma school. He also served as the Tibetan-to-Chinese translator during the Kama empowerments at ODD.
At the request of his uncle, Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche, Lama Drimed came to the U.S. in 2003 for the first time to teach Buddha Dharma to Western students. In 2004, he founded a California State-approved non-profit organization, Shensem Tsogpa Tibetan Cultural Center (STTCC), in support of one of his most emphasized missions — life release. In 2005, he founded Dechen Rang Dharma Center (DRDC), also a State-approved NPO aiming at teaching and training Buddhist practitioners in scriptural learning and meditation practice.
Lama Drimed currently lives part time in Alameda, at Orgyen Dorje Den. In addition to leading pujas and giving Vajrayana teachings, Lama Drimed serves on the ODD Board of Directors and, as such, is a principle in maintaining the viability and integrity of the center. His compassion and kind guidance is a great asset to ODD.