Teachers

Alan Sloan

Alan Sloan began studying with Chögyam Trungpa in 1970. He has been a teacher within Trungpa Rinpoche’s tradition since 1976, leading programs in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia and New Zealand, as well as webinars on mindfulness and authentic leadership. He is an executive coach and facilitator in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Antonio Wood

Antonio Wood became a student of Trungpa Rinpoche in 1978 in Boulder. He practices medicine and neuropsychiatry in Boulder, CO. He received permission to offer lung for Medicine Buddha practice and White Tara from the Vidyadhara. He is not often enough in retreat in Crestone, CO.

Barbara Smith

Barbara took Refuge in the Buddhist tradition with  Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1971. She attended the Vajradhatu Seminary in 1973. Under the direction of Rinpoche she began teaching in the Buddhist tradition in 1974 and in the Shambhala Tradition in 1977. She has held a variety of teaching and administrative positions since 1975 and although […]

Barry Boyce

Barry Boyce began practicing and studying with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1973. He was longtime senior editor with the Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma magazines. He is editor-in-chief of Mindful, editor of The Mindfulness Revolution, and co-author of The Rules of Victory, a commentary on Sun Tzu’s Art of War. He has taught many dharma and […]

Carolyn Rose Gimian

The compiler and editor of The Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa, Carolyn Rose Gimian has been editing the works of Chögyam Trungpa for more than twenty-five years. She is the Executive Director of the Chogyam Trungpa Institute at Naropa University. She studied elocution with Chogyam Trungpa from 1983 to 1987 and was authorized by him […]

Changling Rinpoche

In 1985, Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Kyabje Penor Rinpoche recognized Changling Rinpoche as the main tulku of Changchub Ling Monastery in the Tsang region of Tibet. The news came to Rinpoche’s family in Kalimpong via a letter written by their Holinesses. Rinpoche’s grandmother, being surprised by the news, took it upon herself to look […]

Clarke Warren

Clarke Warren became a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1970, having been part of the group that initially invited Trungpa Rinpoche to Colorado. He taught Buddha Dharma on behalf of Trungpa Rinpoche for many years, as well as the Shambhala teachings when they were under the inspiration and direction of their founder Trungpa Rinpoche. […]

David Sable

David Sable began studying with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1971. David served as the director of the Washington D.C. Shambhala Center, co-led the Ngeton School for advanced Buddhist studies in Halifax and served as a Shastri. Today, he leads university courses and workshops on contemplative education and is writing a book on reflective interaction for […]

Derek Kolleeny

Derek began the practice and study of Buddhism in 1976 under the guidance of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. He received a B.A. from Harvard College focusing in Buddhism, and also studied with other leading dharma teachers, primarily Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche and Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. In 2009, he co-founded and continues to co-lead […]

Ellen Mains

Ellen Mains became a student of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche in 1971 in Montreal, Canada. Since then she has taught in various capacities within the Shambhala community in both the U.S. and Europe. In addition to meditation, she is trained in several body-mind practices including Kyudo (the Way of the Bow), and currently guides people in an embodied practice […]

Hazel Bercholz

Hazel Bercholz became a student of the Vidyadhara in 1970 while living in the Bay Area (California). She attended the 1973 Seminary and moved to Boulder in 1976, where she started teaching buddhadharma and Shambhala Training. After several moves, further teaching, and study with Thinley Norbu Rinpoche, she has returned to Boulder and is still […]

Jan Wilcox

Jan Wilcox became a student of Trungpa Rinpoche in 1975 in Berkeley and moved to Boulder in 1977, where she dedicated much of her time to kasung service. She became a student of Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamsto in 1993 and has been studying and singing those teachings ever since. Jan has been an active dharma teacher […]

Jason Gavras

Jason met Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in the early 70s and one month later quit university and moved to Karme Choling (formerly Tail of the Tiger). He attended the 1974 Vajradhatu Seminary and has been an attorney in Nova Scotia for many years. Jason has been a Staff Member, MI, discussion group leader, and co-teacher at […]

Joseph Litven

Joseph Litven, PhD., has been practicing and teaching Buddhism for nearly 40 years. With a PhD in psychology, he offers a confluence of Eastern and Western wisdom. He has a wide range of experience and a varied career that has involved being a practicing psychologist, consultant, radio DJ, ad agency executive, and owning a business […]

JP Glutting

JP Glutting was introduced to Trungpa Rinpoche’s teachings through an auspicious encounter with one of his books. Since then he has had the good fortune of encountering many opportunities to study and practice in the Karma Kagyu lineage.

Judy Lief

Judy Lief has been a Buddhist teacher for over 35 years. She was a close personal student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who trained and empowered her as a teacher in the Buddhist and Shambhala traditions. In her teaching, Judy focuses on how the insights and meditative techniques stemming from the Buddhist tradition can be applied […]

Julia McKaig

I have felt a connection with the work of the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche from a very young age. His teachings on Buddhism and Shambhala inspire me because of their massive view and societal applications. The perspective that life is a ceremony is very enriching for me and leaves nothing out. My connection to these […]

Larry Mermelstein

Larry became a student of Trungpa Rinpoche in the early 1970s. Larry has served as the director of the Nalanda Translation Committee for many years.   

Lodro Dorje

Under the Vidyadhara’s direction, Loppon Lodro Dorje was head of the Office of Three Yana Studies from 1976 through 1990, which facilitated the meditation practice and study of the three yanas for Vajradhatu students. He was designated  Dorje Loppon in 1985, with reference to his responsibility for working with vajrayana students.  He also serves as […]

Mark Nowakowski

Mark Nowakowski met the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1972 and has been his student ever since. He also currently studies with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and other Kagyü and Nyingma masters. Mark is particularly inspired by the works of Chögyam Trungpa and his teacher Khenpo Gangshar, and is currently coordinating the translation and publication of […]

Martin Evans

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Meg Federico

Meg Federico has been a student of the late Trungpa Rinpoche since 1973, and is a staff member of the Profound Treasury of Dharma retreat.  She is a writer, and author of Welcome to the Departure Lounge; Adventures in Mothering Mother (Random House, 2009).  She currently teaches outdoor fitness classes and occasional writing workshops in […]

Michael Chender

Michael Chender started studying with Trungpa Rinpoche in 1970, and is a senior teacher and meditation instructor in the Buddhist and Shambhala streams of Trungpa Rinpoche’s teachings. He has also been a student of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche since the late 1990s. He was the founder of the Shambhala Institute for Authentic Leadership (now ALIA), and […]

Peter Volz

Peter Volz started practicing Buddhist meditation while in college in 1970. He met Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1973 and worked for 25 years for the Vidyadhara in helping to bring many Buddhist teachers to the U.S. to enrich and supplement the understanding and meditation practice for the Vidyadhara’s students. For the past ten years, he […]

Robert Walker

Robert Walker has been a student of the Vidyadhara since 1979, and has been a meditation instructor and teacher of Shambhala dharma and Buddhadharma since 1984. He has been on the faculty and staff of the Naropa psychology departments, an employee of Vajradhatu Publications and Maitri Psychological Services, and co­director of Marpa House in Boulder, […]

Scott Wellenbach

Scott Wellenbach is a long-time student of the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and has studied with Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Scott is a senior member of the Nalanda Translation Committee and also serves as the Dean of Translation and Language Study at Nitartha Institute. A senior teacher in […]

Sherab Chödzin

Sherab Chödzin Kohn — author, translator, and editor — has been a close student of Chögyam Trungpa since the early 1970s. He has served as one of Rinpoche’s principal editors (His editing credits include Garuda I and II, and several of Rinpoche’s books.), as Ambassador (Rinpoche’s representative) to Europe (1978-1983), and as the head of […]

Valerie Lorig

Valerie Lorig has been a Buddhist practitioner since 1973. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche empowered her as Sangyum Drukmo Tinkar in 1985, to help promote feminine wisdom. Valerie is a faculty member in Naropa University’s Contemplative Psychology Program and works as a contemplative psychotherapist incorporating mindfulness-based therapeutic practices.