About Ngakpa Update

Ngakpa Update presents notes and news on the non-monastic ordained Tantric sangha: the gos dKar lCang lo’i sDe, or “white-skirt long-hair category” in Tibetan.

We post brief summaries of current academic research on the history of the tradition, and on its current manifestations in the Himalayas and elsewhere. We include pointers to events and resources of interest to non-monastic Tantrikas. Occasionally, we also post essays analyzing the state of current understanding, and drawing out its implications.

Ngakpa Update is primarily intended for Western ngakpas and ngakmas, and for those potentially interested in taking ordination in this lineage. We find current academic research relevant to Western Tantric practice. We hope to make that research more available to practitioners, and perhaps to serve as a bridge between the academic and practice communities.

We also welcome the involvement of academics, and of practitioners raised in Himalayan communities. We’d particularly appreciate corrections and pointers to resources of interest.

Ngakpa Update was created at the suggestion of Ngak’chang Rinpoche. Thirty years ago, Ngak’chang Rinpoche was requested by Düdjom Rinpoche (Jig’drèl Yeshé Dorje) to establish the white-skirt sangha in the West and to help preserve it in the East. For many years, he was the only Lama publicising the non-monastic Tantric sangha in the West and regularly offering gos dKar lCang lo ordination.

Ngakpa Update is written by two of his students:

Ögyen Dorje at the Asura cave, Yang Le Shod (Pharping), Nepal

  • Naljorpa Ögyen Dorje (second from left) is an ordained Tantrika, and an authorized teacher in the Aro gTér lineage. He is researching a book on the history of the gos dKar lCang lo’i sDe.

David Chapman

Ngakpa Update is meant to reflect a general gos dKar lCang lo perspective, and not specifically that of our Aro gTér lineage. We’d be glad for qualified co-authors from other traditions to join us.