Lama Somananda Tantrapa is the holder of the lineage of Qi Dao that has been fostered in his clan for 27 generations since 1224 AD. He has over 30 years of experience in Qi Dao and other internal martial arts. He was primarily trained by his Grandfather who was the last Grandmaster of this style of Tibetan Shamanic Qigong. In addition to being recognized as an incarnate Bön lama, ordained as a Buddhist monk and initiated into Subud spiritual brotherhood, Lama Tantrapa holds a degree in Cultural Anthropology and certifications in Qigong, Hypnosis and NLP.
Having experienced persecution in his homeland for his initiatives dedicated to peace work and spiritual freedom, Rinpoche received religious asylum in the United States in 1997. His unique background is complex enough to include serving in the Soviet Armys Special Forces, being kidnapped in the Ukraine and going through several near-death experiences.
His coaching has inspired many professional athletes, speakers, dancers, singers, writers and actors to open up to the infinite source of intuition that exists within everyone. After pioneering Qi Dao coaching in 2000, he has provided wellness, peak performance and life coaching to hundreds of clients of all ages from all walks of life. Since founding them in 2000, he operated Academy of Qi Dao, as well as Portland Qigong Clinic, which was one of just a handful of Qigong clinics in the United States at that time.
Lama Tantrapa is an author of two books, numerous articles as well as multimedia training materials. Being an avid speaker and presenter, he appeared on many radio and TV programs in the US and abroad. He is also the producer and host of the Internet Radio talk show The Secrets of Qigong Masters. He currently works on two new books and an Internet TV Program called The Flow Show.