I got some of that information from this website - https://thehermitage.ca/teachers
, which is the website of the hermitage, regarding his teachers. To be honest, if someone truly needs that information, I would contact them personally here - https://thehermitage.ca/contact-us
. Obviously, I do not have documents regarding his life or history. All I want to do is give an honest expression of my experience there, that they are a legitamate organization that teaches Dharma true to a lineage.
They have been visited by lineage holders in the Kagyu tradition such as the 17th Karmapa This is from the end of the 17th Karmapas written bio on the website-
"The Dharma Fellowship, a small group of western followers of the Kagyu teachings initially established by the 16th Karmapa, met with His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, and was formerly reconfirmed as an official "chös-sde" of the Kagyu lineage on April 18, 2000, having sole allegiance to His Holiness. The Gyalwa Karmapa is our spiritual head, our guide and root Lama, and we look to him as the ancient custodian of the Four Transmissions of Tilopa and the oral lineage of Mahamudra, which are the priceless esoteric teachings that form the basis of our spiritual practice.
The Dharma Fellowship is purely a practice centre, where we practice meditation, yogacara, and those special tantric exercises originally taught by the great saints and founders of the Kagyu brotherhood. We remain aloof from public teaching, scholastic studies and are entirely non-political. Even the internal administration or politics of the Kagyu Order has nothing to do with us at all. We simply follow the way of Buddhist Yoga, making homage to the Karmapa as our foremost guide, according to age old custom long pursued by yogis and yoginis in the Himalayas, in India, Burma, and in old Tibet."
It also says on the website that Bardok Chusang Rinpoche,Karma Gyurme Rinpoche are head lamas of the Dharma Fellowship and the abbot of the fellowship is Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche who oversees ordinations of monks and nuns.
"Some twenty or more years ago the Venerable Bardok Chusang Rinpoche placed into the hands of the western Tulku Kunzang Palden the woodblock text of the Ka'dro Nyingtig tradition of Chöd. This initiated a long odyssey not only to translate the text, but to discover a way to complete the practice in English without deviating from the pure, rich sounds of the Tibetan melody."
from here - http://www.dharmafellowship.org/biograp ... husang.htm
. Bardok Chusang has given Rodney other woodblock texts to translate, such as Kunkhyen Pema Karpo's Mahamudra Manual, which Rodney published
This is the other website where this information was found. http://www.dharmafellowship.org/dharma-fellowship.htm
. The Dharmafellowship has other centres in New York and San Fransisco, overseen by Bardok Chusang Rinpoche it says.
The retreat was done in isolation in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. I got this information from the biography section in his translation of Pema Karpo's text. It says "For a ten year period as a Buddhist monk, Lama Rodney spent his long winters in isolated meditation retreat in the snowy wilderness of the Canadian Rockies where he completed the Kagyu practices given to him by his teachers, with a particular focus on the Six Yogas of Narpo and Mahamudra".
Lama Kelsang Dorje, is also a teacher there, a Ngakpa Chod practitioner. He says of his bio the following
"“I come from a family lineage of Ngakpas (mystic yogis) that can be traced back to the time of Guru Padma Sambhava Rinpoche’s twenty five direct disciples. One of Padma Sambhava’s disciples, Langchen Pelkyi Sangye, was requested to come to my region of Tibet to help protect the area from negative forces. There he accomplished this feat and others. He settled in our area, Amdo, and gradually, from his family, the Tantric practice lineage was formed. More recently in this family lineage, there was Lang Gyalpo Rigzin Palden Tashi, a very renowned Lama in his time. He traveled to central Tibet and Kham and received countless teachings from many masters. Upon returning to Amdo, the Rekong Ngakpa Community (Rekong Ngakmang) was formed. To this day, this Ngakpa community exists and the practices of Kyirim, Dzogrim and Dzogchen remain in unbroken continuity. I am the seventh generation from him in this family Ngakpa lineage.”
So the Chod teaching there is in fact a very high one, straight from a Tibetan Ngakpa
Well there's some info and lots more to pick through, as well as many contacts and references, of which I am not. Like I said, he isn't my teacher, but I have been there multiple times, talked to people, experienced it, and received teachings, and can vouch that they are practicing Dharma founded in a lineage, are not simply after money (given that they didnt even charge me), and wouldn't want them to be disparaged if anyone was drawn to be taught by them. I can say that if you went there for teachings, you would receive the lineages have been handed down such as the Longchen nyingtig, Mahamudra, Chod, ect. As for satisfying the curiosity of onlookers, maybe I can't do that, but if you need to, I say contact them and ask. If you don't receive a reply, perhaps it's because there was no reason for one.