Lama Tsering Everest
Lama Tsering Everest was born in 1954 and spent her childhood in Helena, Montana. She first became interested in Buddhism after hearing a series of lectures by Sogyal Rinpoche in early 1980. She received her refuge vows from Dudjom Rinpoche and met her root teacher, Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche. A year later, she became Rinpoche's translator. Her warm and humorous style reflected Rinpoche's own humor and empathy.
Under Chagdud Rinpoche's supervision, Lama Tsering completed a three year retreat in 1995 and was ordained as a lama in the same year. In her ordination, Rinpoche said that she is an emanation of Tara and a realization holder of the Red Tara lineage. Immediately afterwards, she was requested to teach in Brazil, and some months later became the resident lama of the dynamic Chagdud Gonpa center in São Paulo. Since that time, she has given empowerments and teachings, and conducted retreats in the Americas and Australia.