Lama Karma Chötso

Lama_Karma_Chotso_SquareLama Karma Chötso began her study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism in 1982 when the fully enlightened master Kalu Rinpoche bestowed the Kalachakra Empowerment in New York City. She was fortunate enough to continue to take teachings and empowerments from Kalu Rinpoche, who ordained her as a novice Buddhist nun in 1986 prior to her entering the traditional three-year, three-month retreat at Kagyu Thubten Chöling Monastery/Retreat in upstate New York. […]

Khenpo Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche

Orgyen Chowang RinpocheOrgyen Chowang Rinpoche is a meditation master and teacher residing in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is known for his practical, passionate, and joyful approach to personal transformation. Rinpoche is currently writing his first book and teaching in the Bay Area, as well as traveling throughout the world speaking on meditation and spirituality. […]

Leah Chyten

Leah Chyten is a psychotherapist, author and teacher of the Diamond Approach, a spiritual school that integrates psychological understandings with the wisdom and methodology of many spiritual paths. She has studied and practiced many modalities of psychotherapy for over twenty years. Her work involves large group teaching as well as serving as a guide for students on the path. Leah has also written several novels that serve to articulate spiritual principles as they play out in human lives. Leah is also a mother and grandmother. […]

Lama Samten Bryn Dawson

Lama SamtenSince graduating from the traditional Tibetan Buddhist three-year retreat under the guidance of Lama Norlha Rinpoche, Lama Samten has devoted her energy and creativity towards connecting a wide range of students to their innate compassion and embodied wisdom. With an accessible and gentle presence she gently guides students using the teachings of the Buddha Dharma and yogic practices. […]

Jetsun Deleplanque

Jetsun DeleplanqueJetsun Deleplanque is a doctoral candidate in the History of Religions at the University of Chicago whose research focuses on the founding of the Bhutanese state in the seventeenth century. Jetsun, who has spent years living in Bhutan and the Himalayas, leads pilgrimages for Natural Dharma Fellowship. He is the co-founder and director of Namkha Journeys, a travel company dedicated to fostering a meaningful encounter between the peoples of the Himalayas and their visitors. […]

Lama Palden Drolma

LamaPaldenSquarePalden was one of the first Western women to be authorized as a lama in 1986, by her root teacher, Kalu Rinpoche, following her completion of the traditional Tibetan three year, three month retreat. Lama Palden has been a student and practitioner of Buddhism and of Comparative Mysticism for over 40 years. She is the founding teacher of Sukhasiddhi Foundation in Marin County, a Tibetan Buddhist center in the Shangpa and Kagyu lineages. […]

Julie Forsythe

Julie Forsythe

Julie is a founding member and associate teacher of the Foundation for Active Compassion with her teaching mentor, Lama John Makransky and Leah Weiss. She has been an active student/practioner of Tibetan Buddhism (Dzogchen) for the last 13 years. She stems from a rich background in activism based in deep contemplation, coming from the western mystical tradition of Quakerism. Currently she is an Assistant Professor and Department Chair of First Year Studies at Landmark College in Putney Vermont. […]

Charles Genoud

Charles Genoud

Charles has been a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism since 1970. He began his studies in Dharamsala, in the School of Dialectics, and was student and translator for the Venerable Geshe Rabten for over ten years. Later, he went on to study closely with Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and other teachers in the Dzogchen tradition, and has also practiced Vipassana meditation in Burma and India. […]

Jonna Goulding, MD

Jonna GouldingDr. Goulding is Co-Chair of the Advanced Illness (palliative) Care Team at Gifford Medical Center, a community hospital and clinic in Randolph, Vermont. A former hospice volunteer, she treats babies, children, adults and end-of-life patients, and educates caregivers about palliative care. A graduate of Canada’s McMaster Medical School, Dr. Goulding completed her residency in rural family medicine in Thunder Bay, Ontario. […]

Lama Gursam

Acharya Lama Gursam Rinpoche

Lama Gursam went to monastery at a very young age, received teachings as a monastic, and studied and practiced as a monastic. Then Lama Gursam went to study in Tibetan University Sarnath, Varanasi, India to get both bachelors and masters degrees in Buddhist Philosophy, History, and languages. Upon graduation he received a special award for scholastic achievement from His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche

Trungram RinpocheH. E. Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche, PhD has been recognized as an emanation of the great yogi Milarepa. Known as a scholar, teacher and meditation master to thousands of students around the world, Rinpoche is also the first incarnate lama to earn a PhD in the West. He completed his doctoral studies in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism at Harvard University in 2004. […]

Lama Sarah Harding

Sarah Harding

Sarah Harding is a lama in the Shangpa Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. She became a student of the Kalu Rinpoche in 1972 and completed the first traditional three-year retreat for westerners under his guidance in 1980. She works as a teacher and translator, and has been a faculty member at Naropa University in Boulder since 1992, where she is an Associate Professor. She works on textual translation and research as a fellow of the Tsadra Foundation. […]

Will Johnson

Will JohnsonWill Johnson received his B.A., magna cum laude, in Art and Archaeology from Princeton University in 1968. After graduation, he worked for several years as an art critic in New York before moving to the west coast of North America where he began actively exploring gazing, moving, and sitting meditations.  […]

Brendan Kennedy


Brendan Kennedy has been practicing Tibetan Buddhism for over 30 years. His main teachers are: His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Dilgo Khyentse Rimpoche, Chatral Rimpoche, Sokste Rimpoche and Lama Surya Das. Drawing on his deep study of Ramana Maharishi and Nisagardatta Maharaji, Brendan illuminates the complementary similarities between Dzogchen and Avaita Vedanta through experiential teaching. […]

David Loy, PhD

David LoyDavid Loy, PhD, was the Besl Family Chair of Ethics/Religion and Society at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH from 2006 to 2011. Before that he served as professor of philosophy at Bunkyo University in Chigasaki, Japan from 1991 through 2005. In 1971 he began practicing Zen with Robert Aitken Roshi in Hawaii and is an authorized teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan lineage of Zen Buddhism, where he completed formal koan training under Zen Master Yamada Koun Roshi. Learn more at […]

Lama John Makransky

Lama John MakranskyJohn Makransky, PhD has practiced meditations of compassion and wisdom from Tibetan Buddhism for 30 years and has pioneered new ways of taking them into the worlds of social service and social justice by making them accessible to people of all backgrounds and faiths. A professor of Buddhism and Comparative Theology at Boston College, John is also a senior advisor to Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche’s Centre for Buddhist Studies in Nepal, affiliated with Kathmandu University and Rangjung Yeshe Institute. […]

Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel


Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel has studied and practiced the Buddhadharma for 30 years under the guidance of her teacher and husband, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche. After meeting Rinpoche in Nepal, she became his first Western student. She has been intimately involved with Rinpoche’s work in bringing Buddhist wisdom to the West, in particular to the development of Mangala Shri Bhuti, an organization dedicated to the study and practice of the Longchen Nyingthik lineage. […]

Bill Morgan


Bill Morgan, PsyD is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Cambridge, MA. He has participated in intensive retreats in the Theravada, Zen, and Tibetan schools of Buddhism during meditation practice over the past 35 years, and recently completed a four-year meditation retreat at the Forest Refuge in Barre, MA. He is a board and faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and contributing author to Mindfulness and Psychotherapy. […]

Susan Morgan


Susan Morgan, CNS is a long-standing meditation practitioner and psychotherapist in Cambridge, MA. She consults with therapists who are interested in deepening therapeutic presence. Susan has practiced in Theravada, Zen, and most recently, the Tibetan schools of Buddhism. She is a board and faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and contributing author to Mindfulness and Psychotherapy. […]

Lama Rod Owens

Lama Rod Owens is a graduate of the traditional 3 Year Retreat program at Kagyu Thubten Choling Monastery where he received his teaching authorization from his root teacher, The Venerable Lama Norlha Rinpoche. He is currently a resident teacher with Natural Dharma Fellowship in Cambridge, MA and is pursuing his graduate studies in Buddhism at Harvard Divinity School. […]

Lama Karma Sangye Rinchen

Paul McGhee

Karma Sangye Rinchen (Paul McGhee) has been a practicing Buddhist since 1999. Upon realizing his desire to become a monk he approached Lama Karma Rinchen and Lama Tempa Gyeltshen in Honolulu to guide Paul on his path to ordination.  During the annual Kagyu Monlam in Bodh Gaya in 2001, he had the honor of being formally accepted by H.E. the 12th Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche as a student; to this day he maintains his relationship with his root lama with great care. […]

Rebecca Spainhower Darley

Rebecca Spainhower Darley

Rebecca has been practicing Tibetan Buddhism since being introduced to it in 2002 by Jane Moss and Julie Forsythe; she has been under Lama John Makransky‘s guidance since the beginning. She has completed numerous meditation retreats including four cloistered 100-Day retreats at Dzogchen Osel Ling in Austin, Texas, under the guidance of Lama Surya Das, Lama John Makransky, Lama Willa Miller, Charles Genoud, and Brendan Kennedy. […]

Lama Joe Szep


Lama Joe became interested in the Buddha Dharma in the late ’80s and took refuge in August of 1993 with Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche in Santa Clara. In 1995, he entered Three Year Retreat at Kagyu Thubten Choling. The retreat completed in the spring of 1999 and Lama Joe remained on at KTC for some time, working with Lama Willa at a Charlottesville, VA retreat center and supporting other local KTC centers. […]

Anam Thubten

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 also the author of various articles and books in both the Tibetan and English language. His books in English include The Magic of Awareness and No Self, No Problem. […]

Tsoknyi Rinpoche

TsoknyiRinpocheSquareFor over 21 years, Tsoknyi Rinpoche has been teaching students worldwide about the innermost nature of mind in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Rinpoche is one of those rare teachers whose lighthearted, yet illuminating style appeals to both beginners and advanced practitioners alike. He is truly a bridge between ancient wisdom and the modern mind. […]

Demetri Velisarius


Demetri Velisarius, BSW, RYT 200, is a social worker, personal trainer, ex-boxer, bicycle racer, and Prana Flow Yoga teacher in the accomplished style of yogini Shiva Rea. A yogi in the tantric Buddhist tradition of Vajrayana, Demetri teaches yoga and meditation worldwide, and has completed numerous pilgrimages and retreats over the past 12 years including a silent 108-day tantric yoga and meditation retreat taught by Lama Willa Miller. […]

Leah Weiss Ekstrom

Leah Weiss Ekstrom

Leah Weiss Ekstrom is a Contemplative Educator whose research focuses on the application of meditation in secular contexts. She has taught in a variety of settings including at Harvard affiliated hospitals, the Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights, the Alzheimer’s association, and the National HIV/AIDS Conference. […]

angel Kyodo williams

angelRev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei, is an author, maverick spiritual teacher, master trainer and founder of Center for Transformative Change. She has been bridging the worlds of personal transformation and justice since the publication of her critically-acclaimed book, Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living With Fearlessness and Grace. Ordained as a Zen priest, she is a Sensei, the second black woman recognized as a teacher in her lineage. […]