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Dr. Catherine Dalton

After receiving a BA in Religion at Middlebury College, Catherine moved to Kathmandu, Nepal in 2001 to continue her studies of Tibetan Buddhism.  From 2003 to 2011 she worked as an oral interpreter and Tibetan language instructor at Kathmandu University’s Centre for Buddhist Studies and directed the Centre’s Translator Training program for several years.  Catherine received an MA degree in Buddhist Studies from the Centre in 2008.  She has been a member of the Dharmachakra Translation Committee since 2005, and her published translations include Middle Beyond Extremes (2005), A Practice of Padmasambhava (2009), Vajra Wisdom (2011), and the Lalitavistarasūtra (2013). She completed her PhD in Buddhist…

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Khenpo Pema Namgyal

Originally from Nubri, Khenpo Pema Namgyal is a senior monk from Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling in Nepal. He serves as personal tutor to Tulku Urgyen Yangsi Rinpoche.

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Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche

Meditation master and renowned teacher Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche has been teaching audiences around the world for the past 25 years. Marked by warmth, humor and wit, his teachings offer a unique opportunity to directly connect with the Buddhist tradition in a fresh, vital way that is relevant to our lives today. The eldest son of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche was born in 1951 in Eastern Tibet. At the age of 18 months, he was recognized as the seventh incarnation of the Drikung Kagyü lama Gar Drubchen, a Tibetan siddha and a spiritual emanation of Nagarjuna, the second-century Indian Buddhist…

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Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

Born in the Northern Indian province of Himachal Pradesh to Tibetan parents, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche grew up in a monastic environment. Recognized as an incarnation of Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye, he received the teachings of the Nyingma lineage, especially that of the Longchen Nyingtik, from his root teacher, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Rinpoche also studied extensively with Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche and the great scholar Khenpo Rinchen. In 1989 Rinpoche moved to the United States with his family, and in 1990 began a five-year tenure as a professor of Buddhist philosophy at Naropa Institute. Rinpoche also founded Mangala Shri…

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Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche

Mindrolling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche, Lotus Garden’s founder and spiritual guide, is the daughter of Kyabje Mindrolling Trichen. Born into the Mindrolling lineage, which throughout its history has had many accomplished female masters, Rinpoche was recognized at the age of two by His Holiness the 16th Karmapa as the re-incarnation of the Great Dakini of Tsurphu, Khandro Ugyen Tsomo, who was one of the most renowned female masters of her time. Thus, the present Khandro Rinpoche came to hold the lineages of both Nyingma and Kagyu schools. Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche is one of the most renowned Tibetan teachers currently teaching in…

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Lama Tsultrim Sangpo

A senior monk and chant master at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling monastery in Kathmandu, Lama completed a traditional three year retreat under the guidance of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche.  He currently trains the younger monks at the monastery in the practice of the ritual arts.

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Lama Tenzin Sangpo

Lama Tenzin Sangpo was born in the Tingri region of Tibet in 1967. Following his escape from Tibet in 1976, he received ordination and a traditional monastic education at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche’s monastery, in Boudhanath, Nepal. A revered senior lama and chant master at Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche’s monastery in Nepal, Tenzin Sangpo received a rigorous monastic education and completed a traditional three-year retreat under Rinpoche’s guidance. Lama Tenzin is a key architect of the Tara’s Triple Excellence Online Meditation Program and travels throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas teaching the programs innumerable practitioners.  Lama Tenzin is currently…

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Lama Gerry Prindiville

Lama Gerry completed a traditional three-year retreat in Nepal, under the guidance of Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, in 2007. Since that time, Rinpoche has on numerous occasions requested Lama Gerry to give meditation instruction and practice advice to Rinpoche’s students. When Lama Gerry moved to California from Nepal in 2011, Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche asked him to teach and lead retreats at Gomde.

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Lama Kunzang Drolma

Lama Kunzang received her monastic vows from Tai Situ Rinpoche in 1998, and in 2009 completed a traditional three-year retreat in the Shangpa Kagyü tradition under the guidance of Lama Lodru Rinpoche.  She has received teachings from a number of eminent Lamas, including Tai Situ Rinpoche, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, Mingyur Rinpoche, and Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche.  In addition to regularly teaching in the Eureka/Arcata area, Lama Kunzang works as a speech language pathologist at the Hupa Tribal Reservation on the Trinity River in Northern California.

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Lama John Makransky

Lama John Makransky, PhD, is Associate Professor of Buddhism and Comparative Theology at Boston College, senior advisor for Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche’s Centre of Buddhist Studies in Nepal, former president of the Society of Buddhist-Christian studies, and co-founder of the Foundation for Active Compassion. John’s academic writings have focused on connections between practices of wisdom, compassion and devotion in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, on adapting Buddhist practices to meet contemporary minds, and on theoretical issues in interfaith learning. In 2000, John was ordained as a Lama, a meditation teacher of innate compassion and wisdom, within the Nyingma Dzogchen tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. As…

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Lama Bruce Newman

Lama Bruce Newman has studied and practiced Tibetan Buddhism for 44 years, and has been teaching for 24 years, primarily in the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions. He spent eleven years in India and Nepal studying under his primary teacher, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche. Lama Newman also completed a four-year retreat at Kagyu Samye Ling in Scotland. For over two decades Lama Bruce has been practicing and teaching under the guidance of Gyatrul Rinpoche in Ashland, Oregon. He is the author of A Beginner’s Guide to Tibetan Buddhism and is a Ngondro instructor at Orgyen Dorje Den in Alameda, CA, and Tashi Choling Center in…

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Khenpo Tsondru Sangpo

Khenpo Tsondru Sangpo was born in Northwestern Nepal in Mugum Bazaar. When he was eleven years old he was ordained by Kyabje Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery, in Boudhanath, Nepal. He completed his basic studies in the monastery’s elementary school, memorizing many texts and receiving the visual transmission of the monastery’s tradition of chanting. He received novice and fully ordained monastic vows from Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche. In 1998 he began his studies in the monastic college, the Sangye Yeshe Higher Shedra. He studied in the Shedra for ten years, training in the traditional way, via learning and…

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Ekai Korematsu Osho Roshi

Ekai Korematsu Osho was born and raised in Japan, but began his formal Zen practice while a university student in California, where he was affiliated with the San Francisco Zen Center.  In 1979, he returned to Japan for formal monastic training at Eiheiji, the principal Soto Zen monastery.  Returning to America in 1983, he founded Kojin-an which later became the Oakland Zen Center.  At the request of his teacher Narasaki Roshi, he returned to Japan in 1987 to become the director of an International Zen monastery, Shogoji, in Kyushu.  From 1994 to 1996, he was again at Eiheiji, and was…