Visiting Teachers

Tara Mandala Visiting Teachers

Lama Willa Miller

Lama Willa has studied and practiced in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for the last thirty years in the non-sectarian Kagyu, Nyingma and Shangpa lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. She completed two three year retreats in the nineties, and teaches Tibetan Buddhist practice, meditation and yoga in the Northeast. Her teaching interests at the moment include the wisdom of the body, natural awareness practices and compassion. She is the founder of Natural Dharma Fellowship in Boston, and its retreat center Wonderwell Mountain Refuge in Springfield, New Hampshire. She has a PhD in religion, and is author, editor and translator (respectively) of Everyday…Read More

Dr. Nida Chenagtsang

Dr. Nida Chenagtsang was born in Amdo, in North Eastern Tibet. Interested in Sowa Rigpa, the traditional healing science of his people, he began his early medical studies at the local Tibetan Medicine hospital. Later he gained scholarship entry to Lhasa Tibetan Medical University, where he completed his medical education in 1996. He completed his practical training at the Tibetan Medicine hospitals in Lhasa and Lhoka. Alongside his medical education, Dr. Nida trained in Vajrayana with teachers from every school of Tibetan Buddhism, especially in the Longchen Nyingthig of the Nyingma school from his root teacher Ani Ngawang Gyaltsen and…Read More

Wendy Garling

Wendy Garling is author of Stars at Dawn: Forgotten Stories of Women in the Buddha’s Life (Shambhala Publications, 2016), a groundbreaking new biography of the Buddha that weaves together women’s stories from the earliest Mahayana and Pali literature that were originally part of the Buddha’s life story and have since been lost or forgotten. Wendy has a BA from Wellesley College and MA in Sanskrit language and literature from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a vajrayana practitioner and dharma teacher in the Lam Rim tradition; her root teacher was Venerable Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden. In 1976, she took…Read More

Lama Rod Owens

Lama Rod Owens is an author, activist, and authorized Lama (Buddhist Teacher) in the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism. Lama Rod is the co-founder of Bhumisparsha, a Buddhist tantric practice and study community. Lama Rod is also a teacher with the Daishin Zen Buddhist Temple, the Urban Yoga Foundation, Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme), a visiting teacher with Natural Dharma Fellowship and the Brooklyn Zen Center. Lama Rod has been a faculty member for the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s professional education program in mindfulness for educators and has served as a guest faculty member for the school’s course Mindfulness…Read More

Katchie Ananda

Katchie Ananda is an international Yoga and Dharma teacher whose leadership in yoga and social change prompted Yoga Journal to name her one of five top yoga teachers making change in the world. Katchie has 25 years of experience as a full-time yoga teacher and trainer, and is certified in Anusara, Jivamukti, Integral and Ashtanga yoga by Richard Freeman. An avid student of vipassana, she has studied closely with Jack Kornfield, her Buddhist teacher for more than 15 years, and offers retreats and workshops worldwide. She was the co-founder/director of Yoga Sangha, a studio in San Francisco known for practices…Read More

Dorje Lopön Chandra Easton

Dorje Lopön Chandra Easton, Buddhist teacher and translator, studied Buddhism and Tibetan language at the Library of Tibetan Works & Archives in Dharamsala, India, founded by H.H. Dalai Lama. She later received her degree from UCSB’s religious studies department at which time she co-translated Sublime Dharma, A Compilation of Two Texts on the Great Perfection, published by Vimala Publishing, 2012. From the very beginning of her Buddhist studies, Dorje Lopön Chandra recognized the profound need to bring forth the voice of the sacred feminine in Buddhist theory and practice. Due to this, in 1999 during her first pregnancy, she met and…Read More

Fabio Andrico

  Fabio Andrico was born and raised in Italy and is an internationally recognized expert on the unique tradition of Tibetan Yoga, known as Yantra Yoga, from the lineage of the renowned Tibetan translator and Dzogchen master, Vairocana. Fabio studied directly under the great Tibetan Dzog Chen master, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, who learned this extremely potent and transformative form of yoga from his uncle, the great yogi Urgyen Tenzin, who reached rainbow body (the highest level of realization in which the body completely dissolves into light at the time of death) in Tibet in 1962. After early studies of yoga…Read More

Magyu Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam

Magyu Lopön Charlotte Z. Rotterdam has studied Tibetan Buddhism for the last 20 years, was authorized to teach by Lama Tsultrim Allione in 2006, and received the title of Magyu Lopön, lead teacher of Magyu: The Mother Lineage at Tara Mandala from Lama Tsultrim in 2016. Lopön Charlotte teaches in the US and abroad, often in partnership with her husband Pieter Oosthuizen, and co-leads the Boulder Tara Mandala Sangha. Lopön Charlotte received a Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School where she studied comparative religion. She served as executive co-director of Tara Mandala for four years, and thereafter as Trustee…Read More

Pieter Oosthuizen

Pieter Oosthuizen is a teacher and entrepreneur and a long-time student of Tibetan Buddhism. He has been teaching various practices and retreats in Lama Tsultrim’s lineage in the US and abroad since 2006, offering a blend of incisive insight and genuine compassion. He co-leads the Boulder Tara Mandala Sangha with Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam, and serves as the President of the Tara Mandala Board. In addition to Lama Tsultrim Allione, Pieter studied with Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, Lama Tharchin Rinpoche, Adzom Paylo Rinpoche, and others. In the past, Pieter has brought innovative leadership to institutions such as Naropa University, where he served as Assistant…Read More

Karla Jackson-Brewer

Karla Jackson-Brewer, MS, Tara Mandala Authorized Teacher, has been practicing Chöd for 28 years and has assisted Lama Tsultrim on many Chöd retreats. Since 2013, she has taught Chöd with Lama Tsultrim and Lopon Chandra Easton. Karla is a founder of Sine Qua Non: Allies in Healing, an Integrative Therapy Practice in New York City. She is an adjunct Professor in the Women’s & Gender Studies Department and the Africana Studies Department at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She also leads the Tara Mandala sangha in New York City.   Authorized to teach: Feeding Your Demons® Namkhai Norbu…Read More

Ellen Booth Church

Ellen Booth Church (Yeshe Choepel) has been practicing Tibetan Buddhism for 30 years. She is a Buddhist teacher, meditation coach, former member on the Tara Mandala Board of Trustees, and an accomplished educator and author of many educational books and articles for parents and teachers. Formerly a professor of Education at the State University of New York, she is currently an adjunct Professor of Education at Nova Southeastern University. Ellen has assisted in creating three satellite Tara Mandala Sanghas (Key West, FL; Ithaca, NY; and Marathon, FL) for her teacher, Lama Tsultrim Allione. Ellen teaches widely across the United States…Read More

Polly Ryan, MA, MFT

Polly Ryan, MA, MFT has been a devoted student of Lama Tsultrim Allione since 1992. She has also studied with B. Alan Wallace for over two decades. Under the tutelage of B. Alan Wallace, she has studied Shamatha, The Four Applications of Mindfulness, Seven Point Mind Training, The Four Immeasurables, Dzogchen, and other practices for over two decades. She has received teachings from many other Tibetan teachers including Kalachakra and Dzogchen teachings from H.H. the Dalai Lama in the late 1980’s. Polly is a certified Feeding Your Demons® Therapist and utilizes this process as a therapeutic life tool to assist…Read More

Scott Blossom

Scott Blossom is a Traditional Chinese Medical practitioner, Shadow Yoga teacher and Ayurvedic Consultant. He has been studying yoga since 1989 and teaching since 1997. His primary teachers are Zhander Remete, founder of Shadow Yoga, and Dr. Robert Svoboda, Ayurvedic physician and scholar. In 2011 he founded DoctorBlossom.com, a site dedicated to Ayurvedic education, nutrition and treatments.  Read More

Matthew Brensilver, PhD

Matthew Brensilver, PhD, began practice in the Tibetan tradition and since 2003, has studied with Shinzen Young. He served as a Buddhist chaplain at USC for four years and teaches about the intersection of mindfulness and psychotherapy at UCLA’sMindful Awareness Research Center. Matthew was trained by Noah Levine, with whom he teaches atAgainst the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. Talks are available atagainstthestream.org/audio. He has been involved with Spirit Rock Teen Retreats since 2008.Read More

Marlow Brooks

Marlow Brooks is a calligrapher, painter, Five Element acupuncturist, healer, and longtime Buddhist practitioner. She teaches at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, and conducts private classes in calligraphy and healing. She is a featured artist in the documentary “Chinese Calligraphy in 5000 Years,” and she recently published a book of her poems and paintings, The Way Through, available at www.marlowbrooks.com.Read More

Kunze Chimed

Kunze Chimed, a native of Mongolia, began her study and practice of Buddhism at the age of seventeen under the tutelage of old Mongolian Buddhist masters who survived the Communist regime. She joined the Jamyang Choeling Buddhist Nunnery in Dharamsala, India for three years, and pursued further study of Buddhist texts and philosophy at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics. While in Dharamsala, she began her study with the Ninth Khalka Jetsun Dampa Rinpoche, recognized by the 14th Dalai Lama as the head of the Mongolian Buddhists. During this time she received numerous Chöd empowerments, oral transmissions and teachings and engaged…Read More

Pema Chödrön

Pema Chödrön is a leading exponent of teachings on meditation and how they apply to everyday life. She is widely known for her charming and down-to-earth interpretation of Tibetan Buddhism for Western audiences. An American Buddhist nun, Pema studied under the meditation master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and currently studies with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche. Pema is the resident teacher at Gampo Abbey, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, the first Tibetan monastery for Westerners. She has written numerous books, including “The Wisdom of No Escape”, “Start Where You Are”, “When Things Fall Apart”, “The Places that Scare You”, “No…Read More

Adriana Dal Borgo

Adriana Dal Borgo is a Psychologist and psychotherapist. She met the great Dzogchen Master, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu in Italy in 1986 and has been his student ever since. Adriana learned Chögyal Namkai Norbu’s Vajra Dance from him directly and in 1994 was authorized to teach this method and further authorize new instructors.Read More

Julie Daley

Julie Daley is an educator writer, consultant and leadership coach who has led hundreds of people from all walks of life to awaken the soul–the source of true creative expression within. Julie guides individuals from around the world in discovering and uncovering their true nature as creative human beings. She speaks about and offers one-on-one coaching, courses and consulting in creativity and innovation, compassion and vulnerability and authentic feminine leadership. She has worked with corporations on Creativity in Business and teaches Creativity and Leadership at Stanford University Continuing Studies. Julie believes we each have a blessing to give, and as women, a deeply instinctive, creative force that emits…Read More

Krishna Das

Layering traditional Hindu kirtan with instantly accessible melodies and modern instrumentation, Krishna Das has been called yoga’s “rock star.”  With a remarkably soulful voice that touches the deepest chord in even the most casual listener, Krishna Das – known to friends, family, and fans as simply KD – has taken the call-and-response chanting out of yoga centers and into concert halls, becoming a worldwide icon and the best-selling chant artist of all time, with over 300,000 records sold.  His album ‘Live Ananda’ (released January 2012) was nominated for a Grammy in the Best New Age album category. KD spent the…Read More

Ösel Dorje

Ösel Dorje’s root teacher is Adzom Paylo Rinpoche, under whose guidance he has done his retreats. He is particularly fond of the practice of ngöndro (the foundational practices) and he is also enthusiastic about Tibetan Buddhist history, biographies of realized yogis and yoginis, the Tibetan language and epistemology. From his own personal retreat practice, Ösel Dorje has gained a strong appreciation for the importance of developing a deep understanding of the philosophical side of Buddhist study, while bringing it to life through meditation experience. Recently he completed a 108 charnel ground Chod pilgrimage in Ladakh as a wandering yogi. He is currently studying…Read More

Lama Pema Dorje Rinpoche

Lama Pema Dorje Rinpoche is a master yogi of the Nyingmapa tradition. He was a student of H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche and a lineage holder of Dudjom Lingpa and H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche. He has also studied with H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, H.E. Chagdud Rinpoche, Lama Kunzang Dorje Rinpoche, and many other teachers. He has been authorized to teach by H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and many other teachers. For more information please see his main biography at www.sangchenpemachholing.org.Read More

Khandro Tsering Drolkar

Khandro Tsering Drolkar was born in Bumthang, Bhutan in 1963. In 1984 she began an eleven year retreat under the guidance of her consort Lama Naljorpa at the Phurpaling Retreat Center in Tashiyangtse. During Lama Naljorpa’s lifelong retreat there, she received many teachings and experiential trainings directly from him. She was the Chöd practice chant master at the retreat center and Lama Naljorpa took great pride in her ability to lead the practice. She assisted Lama Naljorpa in instructing practitioners in the Chöd melodies and rhythms. Whenever there was Chöd practice, she would lead it. From Lama Naljorpa she received…Read More

Ranjini George

Ranjini George Ranjini George holds a PhD in English (Northern Illinois University, USA), an MA in English (St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi, India) and an MFA in Creative Writing (University of British Columbia, Canada). She was a Georges and Anne Bochardt Fiction Scholar (Sewannee Writers’ Conference) and received the Arnold B. Fox Award for Research Writing (Northern Illinois University). More recently, she won the first place in Canada’s inaugural Coffee Shop Author Contest for her travel memoir, a work-in-progress, Miracle of Flowers.  She was born in Calcutta, India, lived in Kenya, the US, and the Middle East.  She taught English…Read More

Chitra Giauque

Chitra Giauque is founder of  the Dakini Wisdom School of Yoga, a living confluence of Yoga, Ayurveda, Jyotish and Continuum movement.  A certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, Chitra studied with Dr. Lad at the Ayurvedic institute where she developed and taught the Yoga Curriculum and Yoga teacher training program for 8 years. From 1991 to 2000 Chitra lived, studied, and taught in the Mount Madonna community under the guidance of Baba Hari Dass. 20 years of study with Emilie Conrad continues to transform her perception of life on planet earth. Contact Chitra at: chitragiauque@gmail.com.Read More

Lama Sarah Harding

Sarah Harding translated Machik’s Complete Explanation: Clarifying the Meaning of Chöd, and Dudjom Lingpa’s cycle of Thröma Nakmo with Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche. As a fellow of the Tsadra Foundation, she recently completed the volume on Chöd in Jamgön Kongtrul’s Treasury of Precious Instructions. She is Associate Professor at Naropa University.Read More

Mutima Rose Imani

Mutima Rose Imani is a Social Justice Visionary, Reverend, Trainer and Facilitator working to Heal the Heart of Humanity. For 35 years, Mutima has offered healings and Rites of Passage programs to women. As a Global Diversity Specialist, she is passionate and skilled at bringing diverse groups together to transmute old wounds and establish new relationships where all are seen and honored. Within her ministry, she blends her studies of Native American Shamanism and Tantra. Mutima is a co-steward for WisdomWomen’s Sacred Sexuality Visionary Council, where she welcomes the innate power and wisdom of all women and inspires us to envision our highest potential as a…Read More

Luke Karamol

Luke has been studying and practicing yoga for over 15 years and teaches Tibetan yantra yoga and hatha yoga. He was authorized to teach in the thrul khor system of yantra yoga through Chögyal Namkhai Norbu in 2013. Additionally Luke is a hatha yoga instructor having completed a 300 hour Adi Yoga training program with Dharma,Inc. He has studied with David Moreno and Kamesvari Thorp in the Hatha Yoga Foundations program at YogaMandala in Berkeley California, as well as Vinyasa Krama studies with Srivatsa Ramaswami. Luke is also a California licensed massage therapist and has a bodywork practice utilizing tui…Read More

Stephen Karcher Ph.D.

Stephen Karcher, Ph.D., is an internationally known scholar, writer, translator, graphic artist and an initiated master diviner. He has taught and lectured on the Yijing and divination in the United States, Great Britain, France, Spain, Switzerland, and South Africa. As Research Director of the Eranos Foundation (Ascona, Switzerland) he pioneered a depth psychological approach to divination. Major publications include: Total I Ching: Myths for Change, The Classic Chinese Oracle of Change, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Divination, Ta Chuan: The Great Treatise, I Ching Plain and Simple and The Oracle of Kuan Yin, Goddess of Compassion. “Karcher liberates meanings that have been missing from our understanding for a couple of…Read More

Drubpön Lama Karma

Venerable retreat master (drubpön) Lama Karma was born in eastern Bhutan and joined the Long-Nying Chöling Monastery at a young age. His root teacher was Lama Naljorpa, the great yogi of mahamudra and Dzogchen, from whom he received numerous vows, empowerments, instructions and oral transmissions, including the Chöd Rinchen Trengwa and the Chöd practice of Laughter of the Dakinis from the Longchen Nyingtik Tradition. A heart student of Terton Pedgyal Lingpa Rinpoche, he served as the scribe for the entirety of Pedgyal Lingpa’s Kusum Gongdü treasure cycle. Drubpön Lama Karma studied with other great teachers, including H.H. Dodrupchen Rinpoche, H.H.…Read More

Nadine Nierika Keller

Nadine Nierika Keller is a Somatic Therapist specializing in intimacy, sexuality and spirituality. She holds a Masters in Somatic Psychology, is also a childbirth doula, Dakini, Initiated Priestess and Ordained Minister. She has circled and worked with women and couples for over 25 years. Nadine facilitates workshops, retreats and in depth immersions into the mysteries of the Sacred Feminine. Her work blends various modalities and traditions of East and West, Ancient and Modern, Spontaneous and Disciplined; including Hakomi, Mindfulness, Reiki, Bodywork, Holy Anointing, Shamanism and Esoteric Mysticism. Nadine is honored to be a spiritual midwife, guiding Souls through the many transitions of Life with ceremony and Rites of Passage; Birth,…Read More

Chagdud Khadro

Chagdud Khadro has taught the meditation of P’howa, transference of consciousness at the moment of death, since 1986. Like many Buddhist practitioners, especially in the Tibetan tradition, her teaching is informed by the writings and oral transmissions of such great masters as Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, Sogyal Rinpoche, the Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, and Tulku Thondup Rinpoche. She has had the opportunity to counsel many in situations of dying and death and has listened to many stories.    Read More

Chöying Khandro, M.A.

Chöying Khandro, M.A., holds the complete transmissions of two lineages, the Ganden Ensa Ear-Whispered Lineage and the Machik Dakini Ear-Whispered Lineage, from her teacher, the late Ninth Khalkha Jetsun Dampa (1932-2012). She brings more than three decades of intense study and practice to her teachings and has completed a number of personal retreats, including the traditional 108 Springs Retreat in the Mongolian wilderness. Chöying Khandro has completed a three and half year solitary retreat in the forests of Oregon. She has a M.A. in Oriental Philosophy from Waseda University in Japan and a M.A. in Buddhist Studies from the University…Read More

Traleg Khandro

Traleg Khandro, long-time student and wife of the late Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche IX, is the Director of E-Vam Buddhist Institute America and Nyima Centre Online Learning in Australia. Khandro studied Buddhism under Traleg Rinpoche’s guidance for 30 years and has undertaken numerous long meditation retreats. At Rinpoche’s request Khandro received traditional LuJong (Tibetan Yoga) training and is also a qualified Hatha Yoga instructor. Khandro gives teachings on Buddhism and LuJong in Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Europe. Khandro has a degree in Psychology.  Read More

Anne Klein

Anne Klein/Rigzin Drolma is a Professor and former Chair of Religious Studies at Rice University. She is also the founding director and Resident Lama at Dawn Mountain Tibetan Buddhist Temple, founded in 1996 (www.dawnmountain.org). Her scholarly dharma training includes close textual study with Geshe Wangyal, Lati Rinpoche, Loling Kensur Yeshe Thupden, and Denma Lochö Rinpoche; her Nyingma root teachers are: the late Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche of Nepal and Adzom Paylo Rinpoche of Tibet.  She has also studied extensively with Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, Lopon Tenzin Namdak, and Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche. Anne was given rein to teach by Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche in 1994 after…Read More

Nikita Gayle Romanzov

Nikita remembers spending much of her childhood at Tara Mandala with her mom, Robin Gayle (authorized Tara Mandala teacher and Feeding Your Demons Therapist).  She took refuge with Lama Tsultrim at just one year of age, given the name Shewa Osel. She then returned to Tara Mandala for the summer of 2012 as a Living Dharma volunteer.  Paralleling her upbringing and studies in Tibetan Buddhism, Nikita also developed a love for yoga. She is now a 500-hour certified Yoga Teacher, a certified Yoga Therapist, and leads her own 200-hour Teacher Training programs for groups.  An avid lover of the outdoors…Read More

Lopön Beth Lee-Herbert M.A., L.M.H.C.

Lopön Beth Lee-Herbert M.A., L.M.H.C. began her practice of Tibetan Buddhism under Lama Tsultrim Allione at 22, and completed the practices of the Dzinpa Rangdröl in three-year retreat at Tara Mandala between 2009 and 2012. In 2013, Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche made her the Tsalung Lopön, teacher of the esoteric practices of the channels and winds. Since that time, she has taught dharma both nationally and internationally. She enjoys making evident the joy, ease, and beauty of traditional Tibetan Buddhist practice.  Read More

Nick King

Nick King take’s a “Better Than You Found It” mentality to heart wherever he goes. From an early age he was enamored with nature, often camping or mountain biking with his family in Southern California. He began traveling solo internationally at fourteen and has since journeyed to Nepal where he took refuge at Kopan Monastery. Nick believes that experiences meditating and exploring outdoors have taught him life’s most valuable lessons and he feels very passionate about facilitating similar experiences for others.Read More

Yungchen Lhamo

Yungchen Lhamo born in Tibet she escaped to India overland in 1989. Lhamo’s name means “Goddess of Song” – a name given to her by a Lama soon after she was born near Lhasa. She has made pilgrimage to Dharamsala, to receive the blessings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama . She reaches out to the world through her music; to share the great beauty of her culture and spread understanding about the situation in Tibet. She moved to to New York City in 2000. She has toured extensively throughout the world, singing unaccompanied, a combination of songs of her own composition and traditional Buddhist chants and mantras.Read More

Joanna Macy Ph.D.

Joanna Macy’s wide-ranging work addresses psychological and spiritual issues of the nuclear age, the cultivation of ecological awareness, and the fruitful resonance between Buddhist thought and contemporary science. The many dimensions of this work are explored in her books Despair and Personal Power in the Nuclear Age (New Society Publishers, 1983); Dharma and Development (Kumarian Press, 1985); Thinking Like a Mountain (with John Seed, Pat Fleming, and Arne Naess; New Society Publishers, 1988; New Society/ New Catalyst, 2007); Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General Systems Theory (SUNY Press, 1991); Rilke’s Book of Hours (1996, 2005) and In Praise of Mortality…Read More

Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel

Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel, author of The Power of an Open Question: The Buddha’s Path to Freedom, has studied and practiced the Buddhadharma for 25 years under the guidance of her teacher and husband, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche. Elizabeth has an academic background in both Anthropology and Buddhist Studies, but her learning is also grounded in meditation practice. After many years of solitary retreat, Rinpoche appointed Elizabeth as Retreat Master at Longchen Jigme Samten Ling, Mangala Shri Bhuti’s retreat center in southern Colorado. She will be joining the retreat for three days offering teachings on Prajnaparamita.  Read More

R. Carlos Nakai

Of Navajo-Ute heritage, R. Carlos Nakai is the world’s premier performer of the Native American flute. Originally trained in classical trumpet and music theory, Nakai was given a traditional cedar wood flute as a gift and challenged to see what he could do with it. Nakai began playing the traditional Native American flute in the early 1980s and released more than 50 albums in his career (with 40 on the Canyon Records label). Nakai has sold more than 4.3 million albums for Canyon Records and earned two Gold Records for Canyon Trilogy and Earth Spirit. In 2014, Canyon Trilogy reached…Read More

Wes Nisker

Wes Nisker has practiced Buddhist meditation for over 35 years with various teachers in Asia and the West. He is the author of the bestselling booksBuddha’s Nature; The Big Bang, the Buddha, and the Baby Boom; andEssential Crazy Wisdom, and the founder and co-editor of the Buddhist journal “Inquiring Mind.” Wes is a teacher at Spirit Rock and also teaches retreats and workshops internationally. Visit Wes’s website:www.WesNisker.com. To listen to Wes’s talks, visitDharmaSeed.orgRead More

Chögyal Namkhai Norbu

Chögyal Namkhai Norbu was born in Derghe, eastern Tibet in 1938. As a child he was recognized as the reincarnation of the great Dzogchen Master, Adzom Drugpa (1842-1924), and later by the 16th Karmapa as a reincarnation of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal (1594-1651), the first Dharmaraja of Bhutan. As a teenager Chögyal Namkhai Norbu completed the rigorous program of traditional studies, receiving teachings from some of the greatest masters of the time. In 1955 he met Changchub Dorje (1826-1961), his main Dzogchen teacher, whose lifestyle and way of teaching deeply inspired him. In 1960, following the deterioration of the social and…Read More

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo was raised in London. In 1964, aged 20, she traveled to India to pursue her spiritual path and met her Teacher, His Eminence the 8th Khamtrul Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist Lama. She became one of the first Westerners to ordain as a Tibetan Buddhist nun. The inspiring story of her life, including 12 years of secluded retreat in a Himalayan cave, is the subject of the biography, Cave in the Snow. A popular Buddhist teacher, she presents the Dharma in an accessible manner to audiences across the world, offering methods to apply the Buddhist teachings in every…Read More

Phakchok Rinpoche

Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche was born in 1981 and is a lineage holder of the Profound Treasures of Chokgyur Lingpa from the Nyingma School of Early Translations and one of the throne-holders of the Riwoche Taklung Kagyu Lineage. Phakchok Rinpoche’s primary root gurus are his grandfather, the late Kyabje Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, and late Kyabje Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche.   Phakchok Rinpoche has received a traditional education from the Dzongsar Shedra in India, the complete Chokling New Treasures lineage from Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and Kyabje Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche, and the Great Perfection lineage from Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche. Rinpoche’s teaching style is direct,…Read More

Lama Gyurme Rabje

Master painter and craftsman Lama Gyurme was born in Tanay, Tibet in 1969. His family sent him to the Mindroling monastery upon the invitation of the head monk to study painting and traditional arts when he was 15. Gyurme’s first teacher was from Kham (Guangzhou) located in Eastern Tibet. After initial study, he went to live with his principal teacher Lama Tsekyab in order to fully absorb the rich tradition of Tibetan painting, of which his teacher was master. The famous paintings of Korkyim Monastery were created by his teacher, during the period when Tibetans were once again allowed to…Read More

Anna Raithel

Anna Raithel first came to Tara Mandala as a summer volunteer, and after completing her B.A. in Religion at Wesleyan University, became a full-time resident. Over the next six years she held many roles including volunteer coordinator, retreat manager, temple manager, and finally as Lama Tsultrim’s executive assistant and tour manager. She also studied Tibetan language and gyaling (Tibetan oboe), coordinated the annual Drubchens, and was the lead umdze (chant leader) and chöpön (ritual arts leader). Wanting to expand her horizons and serve the dharma in a different capacity, she left Tara Mandala in 2015 to pursue an M.B.A. at…Read More

Shiva Rea

Shiva Rea bows to the master teachers, elders and grandmothers from around the world from Africa to Asia who have expanded and deepened her integration of yoga and movement meditation. With a M.A. in World Arts and Cultures, Shiva is the founder of Global School of Living Yoga, Prana Vinyasa, Global Mala Project and Yogadventures, offering retreats, teacher training and online programs around the world, serving yoga for all.Read More

Adzom Gyalse Rinpoche

Adzom Gyalse Rinpoche is the reincarnation of Adzom Gyalse Gyurme Dorje, who was the son of Adzom Drukpa Pawo Dorje, and born in the year of the Iron-monkey (1980); in Bumthang, a region of central Bhutan, which was blessed as a hidden sacred land by Guru Padmasambhava; within a nomad family, he is the second son of seven, his father Kelzang Phuntsok and his mother Sonam Tsomkyi. When the letter written by Adzom Gyalse Gyurme Dorje, indicating all details of his rebirth, came to the hand of Rigdzin Pema Tulku, he offered it to HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche to confirm. After few years HH…Read More

Lama Tsering Wangdu Rinpoche

Lama Tsering Wangdu Rinpoche was born in 1939 in the Langkor Valley in West Tingri, Tibet. The region was the Tibetan home of Padampa Sangye, the founder of the Shije and Machik Labdron, the founder of Chod. Lama Wangdu Rinpoche began studying with his root lama, Naptra Rinpoche, at age 8. After years of practice, his guru sent him on a traditional Chod retreat, during which he practiced Chod in 108 charnel grounds. On his return, his teacher acknowledged his accomplishment, gave him further instruction and in 1958, sent him on pilgrimage to Nepal. When the Chinese closed theTibetan border in…Read More

Tsoknyi Rinpoche

Tsoknyi Rinpoche III was recognized by His Holiness the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa as the reincarnation of Drubwang Tsoknyi Rinpoche II. He is a renowned master of the Drukpa Kagyu and Nyingma traditions and also holds the Tsoknyi lineage, which is based on Ratna Lingpa’s termas. Since 1991, Tsoknyi Rinpoche has been teaching students worldwide in the Dzogchen tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. His unique approach is reflected in his books Carefree Dignity and Fearless Simplicity. Rinpoche’s teachers include Khamtrul Rinpoche; Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche; his father, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche; Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche; and Adeu Rinpoche. Yeshe Rangsal in Crestone, Colorado, is Rinpoche’s seat in the West. For more information…Read More

Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche

Gochen Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche is the founder and spiritual director of Ewam International Centers around the world. Born in 1952 into one of the oldest families in Tibet, which eventually came to be known under the name Namchak, or “sky iron,” in an area called Chamdo in the Kham region of Tibet, Rinpoche was recognized in early childhood by the great rimé lama (representing all traditions of Tibetan Buddhism), Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö [1893-1959], as well as by the former Zigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, to be the reincarnation of the GochenTulku.  Read More

Miranda Shaw

Miranda Shaw, Ph.D., Harvard University, is a Buddhist scholar known for her inspiring and groundbreaking work on women in Tantric Buddhism, chronicled in her renowned book Passionate Enlightenment, which has been translated into seven languages. She is also the author of Buddhist Goddesses of India, a thorough and fascinating historic and iconographical study based on extensive research and deep engagement with the divine feminine. Dr. Shaw is currently completing a companion volume, Buddhist Goddesses of Tibet and Nepal, and writing a book on Charya Nritya to be titled Dancing Enlightenment: Tantric Buddhist Dance of Nepal.  She serves as Associate Professor…Read More

Alejandra Siroka, M.A.

Alejandra Siroka is a truth seeker who has devoted her life to the study of language and communication. She believes that developing conscious skills with our language and communication is an essential spiritual practice in the path of awakening. Alejandra founded Language Alchemy™, a transformative process that allows individuals, couples and groups speak their truth with compassion and power while developing thriving human relationships. You can learn more about her at www.languagealchemy.com.  Read More

Alexis Slutzky

Alexis Slutzky serves as a wilderness guide, educator and mentor bringing earth-based wisdom and mindfulness practice into contemporary forums. She is a council trainer and works in this capacity with the Ojai Foundation, Center for Council and Pacifica Graduate Institute as well as other forums. Alexis is Adjunct faculty at Antioch University and teaches on humans relationship to the natural world. She has worked extensively with women and their dreams for the past five years and offers nature-based programming, consulting, groups and one-on-one mentoring out of her private practice and in collaboration with other organizations and communities. Alexis is a…Read More

Sparky Shooting Star

Sparky Shooting Star is a Sun Dancer of Cherokee & Irish decent who has led vision quest ceremonies for almost 20 years. Sparky started working with Lama Tsultrim Allione in 1988, when Lama Tsultrim asked her to lead the sweat lodge ceremony at the first Dakini Retreat. Sparky and Lama Tsultrim also have a long-standing, tender personal history as Sparky lived with Lama Tsultrim’s family and was a helper to her while her children were growing up. Sparky lead vision quests during the first Family Retreats at Tara Mandala. Sparky lives in Massachusetts, where she works in mental health, supervising a clinical…Read More

Michelle Stransky

Michelle Stransky, Founder of WisdomWomen, believes that it is time for women to bring their deep wisdom forward into co-creating the life-affirming world we know is possible. Michelle was the conference director at Wisdom 2.0, where she launched WisdomWomen in 2013. A former management consultant and executive coach, she is now committed to using her gifts and skills to bring the vision of a new paradigm into form. Michelle is a convener, producer and collaborator. One of her greatest joys is in being a connector and so it is a great honor for her to be a weaver of the WisdomWomen web.Read More

Dr. Robert Svoboda

Dr. Robert Svoboda is the first Westerner ever to graduate from a college of Ayurveda and be licensed to practice Ayurveda in India. During and after his formal Ayurvedic training he was tutored in Ayurveda, Yoga, Jyotish, Tantra and other forms of classical Indian lore by his mentor, the Aghori Vimalananda. He is the author of over a dozen books and has served as Adjunct Faculty at the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM, and at Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA. You can find out more about his work at www.drsvoboda.com and follow him on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.  Read More

Anam Thubten

Anam Thubten grew up in Tibet and at an early age began to practice in the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Among his many teachers, his most formative guides were Lama Tsurlo, Khenpo Chopel, and Lama Garwang. He is the founder and spiritual advisor of Dharmata Foundation, teaching widely in the U.S. and occasionally abroad. He is the author of various articles and books in both Tibetan and English. His English books include The Magic of Awareness and No Self, No Problem. Through the essential wisdom of Buddhism and his personal experience on the spiritual path, Anam Thubten brings alive…Read More

Frank Trombetta

Frank graduated with a degree in Zoology and later received a doctorate in Holistic Health. He is also a Hakomi (body centered psychotherapy) graduate, trained by instructors from the Naropa Institute. He has done a number of wilderness solo vision quests ranging from two weeks to three months beginning in 1975. He has trained with Tom Brown Jr. and taught at boy’s summer camps and organized and lead wilderness retreats. He has taught mindfulness and meditation retreats at most major cities around the U.S. and Canada. His greatest aspiration has always been to share inner personal wilderness experience as well…Read More

Demetri Velisarius

Demetri Velisarius is a long-time Dzogchen practitioner and meditation teacher and co-founder of Prana Danda Yoga. Students of Lama Tsultrim in the Yab Yum and Dakini Mandala, Demetri and Shiva’s global offerings can be found at www.pranavinyasaflow.com and www.yogaalchemy.comRead More

Khenpo Ugyen Wangchuk

 Khenpo Ugyen Wangchuk is one of the rare advanced level Bhutanese monastics that is willing to teach full-time in the West. Khenpo has studied and practiced Buddhism since the age of 7, and in 2001 completed a nine-year course in Buddhist studies, receiving a Master’s degree (MA) in Buddhist Philosophy from the Nyingma Institute Taktse. After completing his studies, he taught for several years, and then, due to his exceptional scholarly ability, was appointed to be the Principal of the Nyingma Institute. In 2006, the title of Khenpo (equivalent to a PhD) was conferred upon him. An expert on the teachings and ritual…Read More

Stephan Wormland

Stephan Wormland, 1965, Germany. MA in clinical psychology and trained in Gestalt therapy. Stephan has studied and practiced meditation in multiple Buddhist traditions for over 30 years. He was a monk in the Tibetan tradition for 11 years, spent altogether five years in retreats and teaches meditation in Buddhist centers in Europe. Since 2009 he studies Radiant Mind with Peter Fenner.Read More

Stacy Zumbroegel

Stacy Zumbroegel is a practicing counselor and meditation teacher who lives in Myanmar and California. Her love of the Dharma and Asian culture has her traveling throughout India, Nepal, and Myanmar. She has been practicing Buddhism for over twenty-five years. As a counselor and mentor, Stacy has experience working with youth and adults in many different settings. She teaches counseling training workshops in Yangon and mentors executives in bringing wisdom to their businesses.Read More