How in the heck did a Russian citizen get lineage on an Oriental
tradition from his family, if he is from Russia? He does not look
oriental at all. Where is this lineage from?
"Lama Tantrapa spent many years studying Buddhism, Daoism and Bon,
traditionally known as Tibetan Shamanism. As a reincarnate Bon Lama,
he carries a title of a Tulku and was ordained as a Buddhist monk in
three different traditions: Tibetan Nyingma, Thai Theravada and
Japanese Nipponzan Myohoji"
Many years, how many is many years? This guy is relatively young. In
order for all of these to happen he should have been approaching
fifty or pass it. This is he, and he looks even younger in person.
He offers this:
"We offer a four-year-long course leading to Ph.D. in Tibetan
What kind of credentials does he have to offer a PH.D? How valid is
I asked him how many graduates he had, and he said none. He has been
open only for four years and nobody has ever completed the four-year
I also found this
Lama Somananda Tantrapa Turku
Lama is the holder of the lineage of Qi Dao that has been fostered in
his family for 27 generations. He is an ordained Tibetan Lama and has
a black belt in Aikido. He has over twenty years experience in
internal styles of kung fu and Qi Dao. He was taught Qi Dao by his
grandfather, the previous Grand Master of this style of Tibetan
Looking at his face, he would of have to start practicing when he was
ten years old. How did he get this lineage fostered in a Russian
"He received religious asylum in the United States in 1997."
In such a short time his English is impeccable, and he sounds as
American as it can be?
There is to many things that do not add up with this guy.
This link shows his face a lot better.
Is there an organization where I can check if a Tai Chi teacher is
really who he claims to be? This guy does not sound real, and I hate
to be use by him. How can I verify who he is? Is there an
organization that can verify his credentials?