Dorje Yang Dron

KDK Arcata Dharma Study Group

Who We Are

We are a practice and study group under the guidance of the Venerable Lama Lodu Rinpoche. His main dharma center Kagyu Droden Kunchab (KDK), is located in San Francisco. We are fortunate enough to practice the rare and precious teachings of the Kagyu lineage in this time and place due to the immeasurable compassion of our teacher and his root teachers, His Eminence Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche and His Holiness the 16th Karmapa. To find out about the activities of our main center in San Francisco, go to

Our practice group meets every Sunday at 6:00 pm at the Community Yoga Center located on the Arcata Plaza at 890 G Street. Our Umdze, or Chant Master, is Ani Dechen Gyalmo. She leads the recitation of the Chenrezig sadhana, or practice text. This is followed by a study group and discussion. The Chenrezig practice is especially effective in purifying the mind of afflicted emotions, which is necessary to cultivate wisdom and compassion. All are welcome. You may call or email Lama Nyugu with any questions about the Sunday group at or (707) 601-5466.

It takes much effort to keep our Dharma Center functioning. We have to set up the room each Sunday at the Community Yoga Center. Help is needed with setting up the shrine, putting out chairs, meditation cushions and pictures. Much merit is gained in assisting our Dharma friends to practice. If you'd like to help, you can arrive early at 5:30 pm to volunteer.