Our community

Lama Lobsang Tai Yun

Lead Lama of Rongbuk Monasetry, Lama Tai is the head of the Upeska Order as the ecclesiastical and ceremonial lead since 1970.  Tai works from Kathmandu and Dharamshala and is a personal advisor to HH The 14th Dalai Lama and the Japaense Urasenke School of ChaDao.

Rinpoche Tenzin La, The 7th Chi Lama

Rinpoche is a lay master in the order, is the 7th recognised incarnation of the Chi Lama, an aspect of the reincarnation of Bodhidharma. Rinpoche represents the order publicly and is the administrative head of  the Upeska Order and it's associated communities and monasteries and Shaolin Orders in the schools of GongFu.

Geshe Tenzin Wangpo

Lead advisor to the councils of the order. Geshe is a lay buddhist master and studied in all schools of buddhism and of many other faiths.

The Global Tea Scouting Group

A group established by our order within Scouting which uses the teachings of ChaDao across the world to train young people in inter-religious peace dialogue.

Find out more here: https://prod-cms.scouts.org.uk/media/7288/gongfu-tea-guide.pdf

HH the 14th Dalai Lama

Our order forms a part of the Gelug School of Buddhism for teaching linages and historic authority. We follow the buddhist direction of the Office of His Holliness the 14th Dalai Lama.

The founder of our order

Bodhidharma, is revered as the founder of Chan (Zen) Buddhism in China and the first patriarch of Zen. According to tradition, he was an Indian Buddhist monk who traveled to China during the Northern Wei dynasty, where he imparted the teachings of meditation and enlightenment. Bodhidharma is famously known for his emphasis on direct transmission of enlightenment outside scriptures and reliance on meditation as the path to spiritual awakening. 

He is often depicted with piercing eyes, symbolizing his penetrating insight into the nature of reality. Though many stories and legends surround his life, Bodhidharma's profound influence on Zen Buddhism and the wider spiritual landscape remains undeniable.

The Kalachakra Council

Our council of trained masters,  who come together to discuss the spiritual work of the order. This council of 13 Masters is formed of buddhists, christian, hindus and sikhs, and people of no faith, allowing a wide scope of discussion on the work of the order to encompass a wide range of global considerations.

Our Trustee Board

As a registered charity in the UK we operate to the UK Charity Commission rules and ethics, our board of trustees oversee our direction, funding and resources to ensure our charity purpose.

Our trustees at present at:

Chair: TBC

David Wraight

Dawn Sheppard

Daljit Aubby

Gareth Davies

Geshe Tenzin Wungpo

Rinpoche Tenzin La

Our Policy Council 

Our working group to ensure our policies such as safeguarding, out-reach, Diersity & Inclusion, HR and other organisational policies are current, considered and global in their outlook.

Our Sangha

Our global network of ChaDao Masters, trainers, teachers, Lamas, Monks, Nuns and priests who form our global community.

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