Elizabeth Monson

Liz Monson SquareDharma Lopon, Associate Spiritual Director

Elizabeth Monson, PhD, is the Associate Spiritual Director of Natural Dharma Fellowship and the Managing Teacher at Wonderwell Mountain Refuge. She has been studying, practicing and teaching Tibetan Buddhism in the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages for over twenty years. She has studied with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Pema Chodron, Tulku Orgyen Rinpoche, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, Gyalse Tendzin Rabgye and others.

Elizabeth is interested in developing practical methods for incorporating the Buddhist teachings into everyday life through the practices of kindness and compassion as well as focusing on ways to recognize the natural state in every moment of our lives. She holds a PhD in the Study of Religion from Harvard University with a focus in Buddhist Studies and ethics. Her research interests include the ways in which Himalayan Buddhist biographical, autobiographical, narrative, liturgical, and meditative literature work to provide a space for meditation on what it means to live a good human life. Elizabeth is the co-translator of More Than a Madman: The Divine Words of Drukpa Kunley (2014), a translation of the autobiography of Drukpa Kunley. She is currently a lecturer at the Harvard Divinity School.

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