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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.  

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Lama Tsultrim Allione

Lama Tsultrim Allione is founder and resident lama of Tara Mandala.  She is author of Women of Wisdom and Feeding Your Demons. Born in New England to an academic/publishing family, she traveled to India in her late teens and was ordained as a Buddhist nun at the age of 22 by H.H. the 16th Karmapa. She was the first American to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun in the Karma Kagyu lineage. After living in the Himalayan region for several years she returned her vows and became the mother of three, while continuing to study and practice Buddhism, particularly…

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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…

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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.    

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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Drüpon Lama Karma

Venerable retreat master (drüpon) 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 Threngwa 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. Drüpon Lama Karma studied with other great teachers, including H.H. Dodrupchen Rinpoche, H.H.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.  

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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…

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Peter Rowan

Peter Rowan – GRAMMY-Award winner and six-time GRAMMY nominee, Peter Rowan is a bluegrass singer-songwriter with a career spanning over five decades. From his early years playing under the tutelage of bluegrass patriarch Bill Monroe, Peter’s stint in Old & In the Way with Jerry Garcia and his subsequent breakout as both a solo performer and bandleader, Rowan has built a devoted, international fan base through his continuous stream of original recordings, collaborative projects, and constant touring.

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Lopön Beth Lee-Herbert

Lopön Beth Lee-Herbert 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.  

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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.

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Spring Washam

Spring Washam is a meditation and dharma teacher based in Oakland, California. She was trained by Jack Kornfield and now leads vipassana and mettaretreats throughout the country. Spring is one of the founders of the East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland where she teaches daylong retreats and weekly classes. She is also a member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council. Spring is considered a pioneer in bringing mindfulness based healing practices to inner-city communities. In addition she has extensive training in indigenous healing practices and works with students individually from around the world.

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Ellen Booth Church

Ellen Booth Church (Yeshe Choepel) has been practicing Tibetan Buddhism for 25 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…

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam

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. Charlotte teaches in the US and abroad, often in partnership with her husband Pieter Oosthuizen, and co-leads the Boulder Tara Mandala Sangha. Charlotte received a Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School. She served as executive co-director of Tara Mandala for four years, and thereafter as Trustee and Board President. Currently she is an…

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Lopön Chandra Easton

Lopön Chandra Easton is a teacher and translator of Tibetan Buddhism, focusing on the lineage of Machig Labdrön and Lama Tsultrim Allione. She has taught Buddhism and Yoga for 15 years and co-translated Sublime Dharma: A Compilation of Two Texts on the Great Perfection. She is currently on the Tara Mandala Bay Area coordinating committee, through which she teaches and organizes events in the Bay Area. Visit www.shunyatayoga.com and www.taramandalasf.org.  

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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.  

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Ann Hackney

Ann Hackney is a Transformational Wilderness Guide and Life Coach. She works with families, young women and groups to help them build authentic empowerment, transform through life transitions, initiations and edges, and deeply connect with nature.  Ann is a skilled Earth Centered Healer, Herbalist, Naturalist, Guide and Educator. She has been diligently studying, teaching and sharing for over 10 years. For the last three and a half, she has been a lead mentor for an 8 Shields school, and she continues to grow her own private practice.  She received her B.A. from Naropa University in Interdisciplinary Studies, brilliantly weaving together Environmental…

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Anna Raithel

After finishing her B.A. in Religion, Anna Raithel lived at Tara Mandala for six years, working as Lama Tsultrim’s Executive Assistant and the Temple Manager. She studied Tibetan language and gyaling, coordinated the annual Drubchens, and was the lead umdze (chant leader) and chöpön (ritual arts leader). She is currently pursuing an M.B.A. with a focus in Sustainability, with the goal of bringing sustainability to Buddhist organizations and furthering dharma activity in the West.

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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…

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Chitra Giauque

Chitra Giauque is Founder of Dakini’s Breath Yoga, a traveling school and mentorship program focused on the return to wholeness. Chitra holds certifications in Yoga, Ayurveda, Breema

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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,…

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Jonathan Barfield

Jonathan Barfield, PhD began his personal practice in 1997, with two years of intensive shamatha practice. Continuing his practice, in 1999, he moved from Chicago and into the deserts and mountains of the southwest where he studied ecology, earned a PhD in psychology, and lived in a tipi on the Colorado Plateau for nearly 6 years. He began studying with Lama Tsultrim Allione in 2008. Currently, Jonathan lives in Telluride, CO and is a psychotherapist in private practice using cognitive, mindfulness, and compassion based approaches. He lectures, facilitates workshops, and publishes internationally on the subjects of Buddhism and Ecopsychology, Buddhism…

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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…

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.com

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Lama Gyurme

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…

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Monica Mesa

Monica Mesa is the founder and creative director of Yoga for The Peaceful, a soulful green community yoga studio, as well as, Yoga Rocks the Butte winter festival in Crested Butte, Colorado. She is an assistant, mentor, and teacher trainer in Shiva Rea’s Samudra Global School for Living Yoga and is featured in Rea’s TV program, Yoga Mountain High. Monica teaches Prana Flow Energetic Vinyasa, in classes that are infused with music, poetry, and an element of spontaneity and joy. Her affectionate and motivational style of teaching is fueled by her studies in the law of attraction, oneness consciousness, and Buddhism. Monica…

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Ursula Hirschi

Ursula Hirschi has attended family retreats as a child at Tara Mandala for many years and is excited to return as a facilitator. She is interested in agriculture and connections with land and place. She is a student at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. 

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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.  

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Chöying Khandro, M.A.

Chöying Khandro 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 is among the few original students of Khalkha Jetsun Dampa who was with him since the early 1990s. For the last twenty years Chöying Khandro has devoted her life to transmitting this rare Machik Dakini lineage to the West. 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…

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Ram Dass

Ram Dass was one of the first to bring Bhakti Yoga to the West through his book “Be Here Now.”He continues to share his enormous heart with new generations of seekers through his retreats, online workshops, and new books.

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Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg is a meditation teacher and New York Times best-selling author. She is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, and has played a crucial role in bringing Asian meditation practices to the West.

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Michael Blossom

Michael, father of of Ruby, is a lover of art and dharma and the places where the two commingle. He is honored to be a part of the Tara Mandala family and delighted to make new friends in buddha-dhamma-sangha. Michael directed a poetry and art program in the afterschool hours in San Francisco, CA, where he had the privilege of seeing writing and art from hundreds of children and youth during his time directing the program.  

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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 in…

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Noah Levine

Noah Levine is the founder of the, “Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society,” with two centers in Los Angeles and over 20 affiliated groups in North America and Europe. He teaches meditation groups, workshops and leads retreats. He is the author of “Dharma Punx,” “Against the Stream” and “Heart of the Revolution”.

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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…

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Debra V. Quayle

Debra V. Quayle has been on the Buddhist path for almost thirty years. She has a firm foundation in the Theravadan tradition and, while living in Asia in 2005 and 2006, she began her study and practice of Vajrayana. She has taught many meditation classes and retreats to students in a variety of settings, including in her private psychotherapy practice, in hospitals, universities, at professional conferences, in prisons, and in foreign countries. Ms. Quayle is a student of Lama Tsultrim Allione who has authorized her to teach. Ms. Quayle is Tara Mandala’s Program Director and a Resident Teacher. She is also the guiding…

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Erik Jampa Andersson

Erik Jampa Andersson is a Tibetan Medicine practitioner, performer, and Tara Mandala apprentice teacher. After meeting the Dharma at age 12, he developed a deep love for the Tibetan tradition and became a student of Lama Tsultrim’s at 14. For more information, please visit www.erikjampa.com.

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Dagmar Loewenkamp

Dagmar Loewenkamp has been on the Buddhist path and worked as a psychotherapist and supervisor in Analytic Therapy, Hypnotherapy, and Breath and Bodywork since 1989. She has been a student of several different Buddhist schools and studied with Sogyal Rinpoche and Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche for many years. Through her Buddhist practice, Dagmar felt the need to bring the path into her therapeutic work. Between 1999 and 2005 she participated in, assisted, and co-taught “Karuna Training” (the German version of the Naropa University’s Contemplative Psychology program). She is a Shamatha meditation instructor. She met Lama Tsultrim Allione in 2004 and has since been…

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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 his wife, Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam. In the past, Pieter has brought innovative leadership to institutions such as Naropa University, where he served as Assistant VP for Academic Affairs, and Tara Mandala, where he served as executive co-director and then as a Trustee. His years of leadership have been dedicated to…

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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…

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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.

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Nawang Khechog

Nawang Khechog is the first Tibetan Grammy nominee and the most renowned Tibetan flutist in the world. He has won multiple awards from several countries, and is one of Tibet’s foremost world music composers. Nawang was a monk for 11 years and studied Buddhist philosophy and meditation with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He aims to utilize music as a means to inspire non-violence, compassion and spirituality and for the the freedom of Tibetan people. Nawang has produced over eight albums by himself, and he and R. Carlos Nakai have recorded “Winds of Devotion,” “In A Distant Place,” and “Music…

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Chris Warren

Chris Warren has been an outdoorsman all his life. He has raised 3 children with his wife, Jen, and they all participated in the Tara Mandala Family retreats for years. Chris, a landscaper/gardener, is a Pied Piper with little ones and is looking forward to leading the children in a variety of outdoor adventures. He has volunteered at TM many times over the years, building trails and tending the land, and loves to give back to a place that is dear to his heart.

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Laura Clemmons

Laura Elvira Clemmons is a certified herbalist and graduate of the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies. She studied under Dr. Gu Ding in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Shen Nong Center in Philadelphia, PA, and Mayan Traditional Healing Practices and Uterine Care with Ms. Beatrice Waight, Belize. She held an apprenticeship with Linda White Dove in herbal medicine; an apprenticeship with Claudia Rosewolf in traditional North American indigenous healing practices; and an apprenticeship with Pei Fen Yan in Chinese Medicine in Boulder, Colorado.  She believes that all medical modalities are life-long learning processes and that the more education one…

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Karla Jackson-Brewer

Karla Jackson-Brewer, MS, Tara Mandala Authorized Teacher, has been practicing Chöd for 26 years and has assisted Lama Tsultrim on many Chöd retreats. Since 2013, she has taught Chöd with Lama Tsultrim and Chandra Easton. Karla is an adjunct Professor in the Women’s & Gender Studies Department and the Africana Studies Department at Rutgers, The State University. She also leads the Tara Mandala sangha in New York City.

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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…

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Mary Flowers

Mary Flowers brings over 25 years of experience with children of all ages as she guides the children’s program this year. As an award- winning educator, Mary’s approach focuses on the integration of heart and mind through all facets of learning. She delights in connecting Dharma and daily life, and looks forward to sharing many-colored adventures with Tara Mandala’s family campers.

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MacAndrew Jack

He has broad clinical experience and exceptional training in a variety of settings including: university research clinics, hospital-based behavioral medicine, college counseling centers, inpatient treatment centers, emergency rooms, community based clinics, and private practice.  As a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School, MacAndrew practiced depth-oriented psychotherapy with individuals through Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital’s outpatient psychiatry clinic and primary care division as well as focalized work with cardiovascular and pulmonary medicine patients. This training and experience has informed his development of compassionate, empirically supported approaches to helping individuals with trauma and anxiety, in particular.  He has published and presented nationally and…

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Sudakini Davies

Sudakini Davies has been a registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist since 2002, following many years of professional dancing and teaching. Her work as a dancer and therapist has been deeply informed by her 23 years of Buddhist practice. Sudakini sees clients for one-on-one work as well as groups sessions; she has been authorized by Lama Tsultrim Allione to teach Feeding Your Demons® since May 2010. Authorized to Teach: Feeding Your Demons™ Contact: sudakini@googlemail.com Sussex, UK 44-7733 405822 www.feedingyourdemons.co.uk

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Vajralila

Vajralila has been a practicing Counselor since 1998. She is fully qualified in many modalities and now offers an integrative approach to therapy, tailoring the way she works to suit the individual. Vajralila has had experience co-managing a counseling service in GP surgery for many years. She has held a private practice for 12 years and has worked as a group therapist in a residential rehabilitation centre for people recovering from drug and alcohol misuse for 5 years. She is also experienced in working with clients from minority groups. Vajralila has a strong emphasis in her style of counseling of…

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Gudrun Binder

Gudrun Binder studied psychology and philosophy focusing on the question of „I, self and reality“. Brain research, constructivism and system theory became her Western background leading to the all-integrating philosophy and psychology of Buddhism. She received her degree in psychology at Vienna University. Integrating the wisdom of Buddhism in psychological work became her main focus as a psychologist. In practising Authentic Movement and improvisational theatre she has been exploring valuable forms of being and expressing the moment for many years. She has been practising Chan Mi Qigong with female Master Jiang Xue Ying since 2004 and has become a teacher…

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Robin Gayle

Robin Gayle has undergraduate and graduate degrees in theology, psychology, and east-west studies. She is a Tara Mandala authorized Feeding Your Demons® psychotherapist in private practice in Marin County, CA, and currently serves as Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology at DominicanUniversity of California.  Her interest in Buddhism began in 1986 with teachings and an empowerment by Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey; followed by Kalachakra & Dzogchen teachings by H. H. Dalai Lama; Longchen Nyngtig and Rinchen Terzod cycles with Ven. Yangthang Tulku Rinpoche; intensive Shamatha, Vipassana, Lojong, and Dzogchen retreats with B. Alan Wallace; and teachings and empowerments by Ven. Gyaltrul Rinpoche and…

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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…

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Roberta Godbe-Tipp, Ph.D.

Roberta Godbe-Tipp, Ph.D. is a Transpersonal Psychotherapist with over 40 years of meditative experience. Her private practice integrates Western Psychology with Eastern Meditative Traditions and incorporates Lama Tsultrim Alione’s Feeding Your Demons® process. She brings a Dzochen perspective to her work and teaching, derived from her root male and females teachers, Tsoknyi Rinpoche and Lama Tsultrim Alione, to whom she is profoundly grateful. She leads retreats and workshops throughout the United States and offers Skype Video Coaching with clients who live at a distance. Authorized to  Teach: Feeding Your Demons® robertagodbetipp@gmail.com San Rafael, Sebastopol, CA (415) 485-5607 www.clearmindcounseling.com    

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Jeffrey Tipp, LMFTI

Jeffrey Tipp was ordained as a monk in an order of Christian mystics in 1968, entered the into Dharma with Lama Tsultrim Allione in 1973, met Zen Master Seung Sahn in 1978, and founded  Blue Heron Zen Community, an urban residential Zen Center in Seattle, in 1980. He received Inka from Zen Master Ji Bong in 2006, and permission to teach from Lama Tsultrim in 2010. He is a Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice and lives with his wife Roberta on Vashon Island. Jeff and Roberta both have a Skype video therapy practice with clients who are at a…

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Barbara Staemmler

Barbara Staemmler has studied medicine and specialized in psychotherapy. For more than twenty-six years she has been working as gestalt therapist and supervisor in private practice; she is also conducting gestalt therapy training programs. She has had additional trainings in psychoanalytic therapy, in musical therapy, and in body work. She started meditation 1993 and since 2004 she is a student of Lama Tsultrim. She has been several times in TARA MANDALA, has traveled with Lama Tsultrim to Tibet and assisted her in teaching the Kapala Training. She teaches ‘Feeding your Demons®’, Kapala 1 + 2 Training and Prajna Paramita in…

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Jennifer Warren

Jennifer Warren spent her formative years in Norway, playing in primordial forests. She’s taught elementary school for over 20 years, including 7 in Waldorf schools. Jen is a Certified Master Gardener and Wilderness First Responder. She first became a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner when she lived in Nepal in the 1980’s. Jen is thrilled to be helping out with the Family Retreat as it, Lama Tsultrim and Tara Mandala have been a huge part of her life for over 20 years.

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Paula van Lammeren

Paula is a psychologist (MSc), living in the Netherlands (1961). She worked as a scientific researcher at the Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction and taught at the Utrecht University on preventive mental health care. She is trained in Transpersonal Psychology, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, psychosynthesis and yoga. For ten years she was executive and teacher of the school of ‘Being-orientation’ a modern approach on the integration of psychotherapy, bodywork and Buddhism. On this subject she wrote two books. Since 2000 she is psychotherapist and spiritual trainer at Larijs Trainingen. She has a Skype video coaching practice with clients who live at…

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Rianne van Rijsewijk

Rianne is a psychologist (MSc), living in the Netherlands (1964). She worked in the mental health care and wrote a book about women and grieve. For 15 years she was executive and teacher at the school of ‘Being-orientation’ a modern approach on the integration of psychotherapy, bodywork and Buddhism. On this subject she wrote two books. She has been a practitioner for 25 years first under the guidance of Sogyal Rinpoche, Hans Knibbe and later as a student of Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Khandro Rinpoche and lama Tsultrim Allione. Since 1996 she works as a psychotherapist and spiritual trainer at Larijs Trainingen and leads…