Lama Rigdzin has been a student of H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche’s since 1992, first at Rigdzin Ling, in California, then, since 1995, in Brazil. During that time he has attended many teachings and retreats, and served Rinpoche in various capacities. His construction and craftsman abilities were extremely valuable during the construction of the temple at Khadro Ling, and as a fine artist, he has worked with Rinpoche on artistic projects, most notably a large statue of Akshobhya Buddha. He has also served as chöpon (shrine master), umze (chant master), lama dancer, and as Rinpoche’s translator.
His qualities were officially recognized by Rinpoche in an ordination as lama in 2002. Lama Rigdzin and his wife, Lama Yeshe, were requested to be resident lamas at Chagdud Dorje Ling in Curitiba, Paraná. Lama Rigdzin communicates in Portuguese.