many did, where he then studied at the feet of all the true masters of the Old and New Schools. Having been taken as a student by Masters such as Khunu Lama Tenzin Gyaltso Rinpoche, Khyabje Dudjom Rinpoche and Khyabje Chatral Rinpoche, Rinpoche dedicated his life to retreat. In Yolmo Nepal he first did a Dudjom Tersar retreat with Dudjom Rinpoche as his retreat master, Lama Dawa practiced Ngondro (foundation practices) from the Dudjom Ter, as well as Tsa-sum (the three root deity practices), along with the entire cycle of Troma Ngakmo and Namchad Phu-ti (Dorje Phurba).
Once finished with the Dudjom Ter retreat, Rinpoche went to Parping Nepal (known to Tibetans as Yang-la Show, where Guru Rinpoche meditated in to different caves) where Chatral Rinpoche was at that time residing. He soon entered into a Nyingthig retreat, this time with Chatral Rinpoche himself acting as Lama’s Retreat-master. After having completed his 3rd great retreat, Lama Dawa Rinpoche continued to studying with the greatest Gurus of this era. He received numerous teachings, reading transmissions and empowerments from Penor Rinpoche. He has studied with masters the likes of Nyalsho Khen Rinpoche and Kontrul Tenpay Nyima Rinpoche. From the Lord of Siddhis, Khyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, he received teachings and transmissions for the Longchen Nyingthig as well as Rinpoche's own Terma Teachings.
In terms of Mahamudra, Rinpoche has received teaching from such Masters as HH The 16th Karmapa, Tuksay Rinpoche, Drukpa Gar Rinpoche, Drupwang Rigdzin Lama, Lhopon Tsultrim Dorje, Lama Jamyang Drakpa, and Gegen Khyentse. From the Dzogchen Lineages, Drupon Lama Dawa has received teachings from Tripon Pema Chogyal Rinpoche (the number one heart disciple of the Mahasiddha Shakya Shri), Dudjom Rinpoche, Chatral Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Nyalsho Khenpo, Khunu Lama, Dodrupchen Thupten Trinlay Rinpoche, Punda Khenpo Dorje, Penor Rinpoche, and Abhu Yeshe Rangdrol (the Mahasiddha Shakya Shri’s grandson). As Rinpoche lived in his retreat house for almost 20 years near Nagi Gonpa, the retreat hermitage of Khyabje Tulku Orgyen Rinpoche, he was able to meet privately with Orgyen Rinpoche and clear any doubts and obstacles he may have had. In all Rinpoche has had 22 Gurus of the Mahamudra and Dzogchen traditions
Since he finished his last 3 year retreat in the '70s, Drupon Lama Dawa has spent no less then 6 months out of every year in retreat at his house next to Nagi Gonpa. Lama Dawa teaches Chatral Rinpoche’s retreatants when asked and has taught Kunzang Lamay Shelung to many of the Lamas, Khenpos and Tulku of this day that claim to be students of the Great Yogi Chatral Rinpoche. In the Untied States Rinpoche has taught three times since 1999. He has taught in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Utah. Lama Dawa is very much a Naljorpa and he follows very much in the tradition of Khyabje Chatral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche, he is one of the true hidden yogis living in this world today.