Visiting Teachers

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.…

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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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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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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 since 2001 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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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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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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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…

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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…

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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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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…

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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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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.  

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Ranjini George

Ranjini George holds a PhD in English (Northern Illinois University, USA), an MA in English (St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi) and an MFA in Creative Writing (University of British Columbia, Canada). 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 an Associate Professor of English at Zayed University, Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates where she ran the Teaching with the Mind of Mindfulness series. A Mindfulness Meditation Instructor, she currently teaches classes such as Meditation & Writing and Pilgrimage to the Sacred Feminine…

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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…

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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 recently 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…

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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.