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AbstractChagdud Tulku Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist Lama and Founder/President of the Mahakaruna Foundation serving Buddhists worldwide, is widely recognized as a meditation master, healer, artist, and Tibetan doctor. Son of the most famous female teacher and renowned psychic in Tibet, Rinpoche came to the United States in 1979, bringing to Western students his professional skills and unique teaching style in the field of medicine, tantra, ritual, painting, sculpture, and traditional folk art. His permanent seat is the Chagdud Gompa in Eugene, Oregon, from which he frequently travels, giving seminars on meditation and Tibetan medicine. He works as a medical consultant in Eugene. He was a featured speaker at the World Peace Assembly held at the Providence Zen Center in 1982, which drew 500 Buddhists and other guests from around the world. He was born in 1930 and grew up in Eastern Tibet, receiving instruction from the great Buddhist scholars and yogis of that time, and spent many years in meditation retreats. In 1959 the Chinese took over Eastern Tibet, ultimately destroying the great monasteries and forcing the lamas to flee or he killed. Chagdud Rinpoche escaped, but without any of his precious Buddhist texts and ritual instruments. For two decades he stayed voluntarily in the Tibetan refugee camps in India, among the poorest of his countrymen, until a group of Americans, attracted to his qualities as a teacher, invited him to the United States.