Karma Lodrö Lhadron was born in the Dominican Republic. She immigrated with her family to Puerto Rico at an early age.
Lodrö earned a BA in Accounting and an MA in Business Management. She founded her own business, providing accounting services to diverse companies.
She encountered the Dharma at the Centro Budista Ganden Shedrub Ling Buddhist Center in Puerto Rico, where she completed the study program comprising a two-year course in Basics of Buddhism followed by the study of Madhyamaka philosophy.
In 2012, she joined the 3-month Vajrasattva Retreat in Mexico directed by Venerable Damchö and organized by the Dharmadatta Nuns’ Community. The experience had a transformative effect in her life, and inspired her to make the decision to dedicate her life to Dharma as a monastic. With the support of Yangsi Rinpoche, spiritual director of the center in Puerto Rico where she began her spiritual formation, she departed for India to fulfill her aspiration to become a nun and enter the Dharmadatta Nuns’ Community.
A crucial part of her preparation to take her vows was her one-year stay in India under the care and guidance of Dharmadatta Nuns’ Community, which was receiving its first new member for the first time since its foundation in 2009. Lodrö received her sramanerika vow from Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche in April 2014. Her main teacher is His Holiness the Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje.
Along with her impressive organizational skills and her deep commitment to formal practice, the other nuns appreciate the element of Caribbean joy that Lodru brings to the community. In recognition of this quality, they have made her the honorary head of the community’s laughter department!