The word means "the genuine teachings of things as they are" and refers to the stream of wisdom teachings that stems from the Buddha Shakyamuni. These teachings have been handed from master to student over centuries and are now established in the West through various lineages.

Patrick Sweeney, Trimé Lhawang is the holder of the transmission of the Karma Kagyü lineage of Tibetan Buddhism given by Vidyadhara the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, to his Western lineage holder, Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin, and then conferred upon Mr. Sweeney.

As a lineage holder living in post-modern Western society, Mr. Sweeney’s teaching is informed by his knowledge and understanding of the relationship between Buddhism and psychology, philosophy, and science. The Satdharma curriculum provides a contemporary framework that ensures a student's understanding does not stop at the cognitive level, and that relates to their physical, emotional and mental states as the working basis of transformation. Gentle yoga and energetic bodywork are an important part of the curriculum. Small groups meet regularly to study and practice, to refresh personal intention, and to receive mentorship when needed.

Vajra Regent ösel Tendzin Library

The Vajra Regent was the foremost student and dharma heir of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and the root teacher of Patrick Sweeney, Trimé Lhawang. The library collection is a primary resource of Satdharma, and includes recorded teachings (both audio and video), books, poetry, and calligraphies. To visit the collection, click HERE.


Introductory programs are scheduled several times a year in Southern California. In addition, residential programs take place at Pullahari Retreat Center, located in the hills above Cayucos, on the Central Coast of California, near San Luis Obispo. To inquire about meditation instruction, please contact Jason Parkhill. To read more about programs, click HERE.

who we are

Patrick Sweeney, Trimé Lhawang: President and Lineage Holder

Lady Lila Rich: Director, Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin Library

Calligraphy by Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin
"KA" - Command
Website copyright © 2014 Satdharma, a non-profit religious organization. All works by Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin © Lila Rich. All works by Patrick Sweeney, Trimé Lhawang © Patrick Sweeney. Unless otherwise noted, photographs of the Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin are used with the kind permission of Michael Wood.