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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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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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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Chagdud Khadro

Chagdud Khadro met His Eminence Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche in Nepal in 1978, became his wife in the US in 1979, and remained his devoted student for twenty-three years. At the time of her ordination as a lama in 1997, Rinpoche invested her as the future Spiritual Director of Chagdud Gonpa Brazil. Since Rinpoche’s Parinirvana in 2002, she has focused on maintaining the Vajrayana training that he established. At Khadro Ling, the seat of Chagdud Gonpa Brazil, she has worked with a “miraculously assembled team” (her words) of lamas, artists, and talented sangha members to construct a Guru Rinpoche Palace (Zangdog Palri),…

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Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo was raised in London and became a Buddhist while still in her teens. At the age of twenty, she traveled to India, becoming one of the first Westerners to be ordained as a Buddhist nun. Her lineage is within the Drukpa Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. The international bestseller “Cave in the Snow” chronicles her twelve years of seclusion in a remote cave in the Himalayas. Deeply concerned with the plight of Buddhist nuns, she established Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery in India, at the request of her Guru, His Eminence the Eighth Khamtrul Rinpoche, Director of Khampagar…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Shiva Rea

Shiva Rea, M.A. is a yogini firekeeper, sacred activist, global adventurer; and leading innovator in the evolution of prana flow yoga, transformational vinyasa flow, integrating the tantric bhakti roots of yoga, Krishnamacharya’s teachings and a universal, quantum approach to the body. Shiva is known for bringing the roots of yoga alive for modern practitioners in creative, dynamic and life-transforming ways and for offering the synthesis form of prana flow out in the world. Shiva is the creator of Prana Flow Yoga, Yogadventure Retreats, Yoga Trance Dance for Life, Moving Activism for 1,008,000 Trees, the worldwide Global Mala Project, Yogini Conferences…

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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 for over eighteen years and teaching for twelve. His primary teachers are Zhander Remete, founder of Shadow Yoga, and Dr. Robert Svoboda, Ayurvedic physician and scholar. To learn more, visit www.shunyatayoga.com.    

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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…