Karma Sangha

Karma Sangha’s roles in the workings of Nalandabodhi U.S. are: 1) Overseeing the financial well-being of Nalandabodhi U.S., 2) Managing the legal work being done for and giving legal advice to Nalandabodhi National Administration (NBNA), the Centers, and the Study Groups of Nalandabodhi U.S. , 3) Providing adequate financial resources via fundraising for NBNA, and 4) Applying the necessary oversight to NBNA’s activities to ensure that the policies and procedures established by the Board or NBNA are being followed.

Karma Sangha supports the Executive Director in making NBNA an effective organization, assesses NBNA activities, protects the assets of NBNA, such as but not limited to NalandaWest, provides valuable financial oversight and finally, ensures the legal and ethical integrity of Nalandabodhi U.S.

Karma Sangha (Board of Directors) U.S.


Andrew Clark is a member of Karma Sangha and has been a student of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche for 13 years. He first met Rinpoche at Gampo Abbey and now lives in Niwot, CO.  Andrew was NB Boulder’s first Director of Study with Jirka Hladis and also served a stint as Practice Director. Professionally, Andrew works in the financial sector. Andrew dotes on his family and, he states, “collects more air miles than he does merit.” After he has finished his evening practice, Andrew enjoys smoking a cigar, drinking a martini, and thinking about math problems.


Susan became a student of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche in 2002.  She has been a co-director of Nalandabodhi Sangha Retreat, served as the Director of Nalandabodhi Connecticut for five years, and has been the Nalandabodhi Director of Practice for four years.  Susan has two six-foot tall sons, and runs her own law firm helping couples and individuals through the divorce process using non-adversarial means (www.susanbusby.com). When she is not working for Nalandabodhi, Susan volunteers her time at Family Court and the Children’s Law Center, working with high-conflict parents.  Her colleagues call her the meditating mediator.


Beth Patterson has been a student of Tibetan Buddhism for over 20 years.  Beth took her refuge vows with Ponlop Rinpoche in New York City in 1995, and officially became a student of Rinpoche in 2002.  After a long career as an entertainment attorney in New York City, Beth moved to Boulder to attend Naropa University, and is a graduate of Naropa’s transpersonal counseling psychology master’s program.  She is now a licensed psychotherapist and grief counselor in Denver. In addition to her private psychotherapy practice, Beth is the Life Care Coordinator and Bereavement Coordinator at SolAmor Hospice in Denver.


Sarah took refuge with His Holiness the 16th Karmapa in London when she was 22.  In 1999 she became a student of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche.  She has been Co-Director of San Francisco Bay Area Nalandabodhi since 2007.  Sarah studied American history, religion, and popular music at Wesleyan University and has an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of San Francisco.  Her day job is practicing criminal law.