Born in Denver, U.S.A. in 1948, Lama Norbu (David Everest) was educated and worked as an electrical engineer during his early years. He met his teacher, H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche in 1980 and, after completing the cycle of teachings and retreats under his supervision, was ordained a lama in the Vajrayana tradition in 1995. For twenty years he worked with his teacher to carry out various projects such as the construction of retreat centers and the Khadro Ling temple in Southern Brazil. He completed a solitary two year retreat under Rinpoche’s guidance, and was encouraged to give teachings and share his experience in integrating Buddhist principles with the challenges of daily life, later helping with the design and construction of the Odsal Ling temple near São Paulo.
He and his wife, Lama Tsering Everest, currently live in São Paulo, Brazil, where he divides his time between the Odsal Ling temple and teachings, as well as working with the children’s projects – Ciranda do Dharma and Sitio Esperança.