Upasaka Culadasa

The Buddhist Lineage of Upasaka Culadasa

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Culadasa has practiced Buddhist meditation for over four decades and is the director of Dharma Treasure Buddhist Sangha in Tucson, Arizona. He has deeply studied both the Theravadin and Tibetan traditions. This unique lineage allows him to provide a broad and in-depth perspective on the Buddha Dharma. He has combined the original teachings of the Buddha with an emerging, scientific understanding of the mind to give students a rich and rare opportunity for rapid progress and profound insight.

Culadasa taught neuroscience for many years as a college professor, and in the 70’s worked at the forefront of the new fields of complementary healthcare education, physical medicine, and therapeutic massage. He retired in 1996 to live a contemplative life in the wilderness of an old Apache stronghold in southeastern Arizona.

His principle teachers were Upasaka Kema Ananda and the Venerable Jotidhamma Bhikkhu, both of whom were trained in the Theravadin and Tibetan Karma Kagyu traditions by the Venerable Ananda Bodhi (Namgyal Rinpoche). Ananda Bodhi was originally a Theravadin teacher, but was later recognized by the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa as the tulku Namgyal Rinpoche.

A Summary of the Lineage:

Upasaka Culadasa, ordained by
Upasaka Kema Ananda, ordained by
Namgyal Rinpoche (Ananda Bodhi), ordained by
His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, whose lineage is traced to the Buddha.

Upasaka Culadasa’s Dhammacariya (Dhamma teacher) was
Jotidhamma Bhikkhu, who was trained by
Namgyal Rinpoche (Ananda Bodhi).

Ananda Bodhi (Namgyal Rinpoche) was also ordained by
U Thila Wunta Sayadaw, ordained by
Bodaw Aung Min Gaung, ordained by
Ajahn Mun Bhuridatta, whose lineage is traced to the Buddha.

Ananda Bodhi (Namgyal Rinpoche) was also trained by
U Narada (Mingun Jetawun Sayadaw), Sayadaw U Ariya, and Sayadaw U Pyin Nyein Da.