• DZOGCHEN PONLOP RINPOCHE

    DZOGCHEN PONLOP
    RINPOCHE

    Founder and Spiritual Director
    of Nalandabodhi

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    Worldwide

  • DILYAK DRUPON RINPOCHE

    DILYAK DRUPON
    RINPOCHE

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    Worldwide

  • ACHARYA LAMA TENPA GYALTSEN

    ACHARYA LAMA
    TENPA GYALTSEN

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    Worldwide

  • LAMA RABTEN TSHERING

    LAMA
    RABTEN TSHERING

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    U.S., Canada

  • ACHARYA TASHI WANGCHUK

    ACHARYA
    TASHI WANGCHUK

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    Worldwide

  • ACHARYA LHAKPA TSHERING

    ACHARYA
    LHAKPA TSHERING

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    U.S., Mexico

  • MITRA MARK POWER

    MITRA
    MARK POWER

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    U.S., Mexico

  • MITRA KARL BRUNNHOLZL

    MITRA
    KARL BRUNNHOLZL

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    Worldwide

  • MITRA LEE WORLEY

    MITRA
    LEE WORLEY

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    U.S., Canada

  • MITRA TYLER DEWAR

    MITRA
    TYLER DEWAR

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    Worldwide

  • The founder and president of Nalandabodhi, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, is a leading Buddhist teacher in North America and an advocate of American and Western Buddhism. A lover of music, art and urban culture, Rinpoche is a poet, an avid photographer, an accomplished calligrapher and visual artist, as well as a prolific author. Rinpoche is fluent in English and well-versed in Western culture and technology. He is also the founder of Nitartha International, a non-profit educational corporation dedicated to preserving the contemplative literature of East Asia.
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  • Dilyak Drupon Rinpoche is highly respected for his gentle demeanor and deep wisdom. Born in Bhutan in 1965, he grew up and was educated in Rumtek, Sikkim, India during the tenure of the 16th Karmapa. Rinpoche graduated from Nalanda Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies in 1991, and continued to serve there until 1992 when Rinpoche assumed duties as abbot of Dilyak Monastery in Nepal. Since the mid-1990s, Dilyak Drupon Rinpoche has offered an increasing portion of his time to Nalandabodhi, advising both students and teachers with steady temperament, deep awareness, and considerable practical acumen.
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  • Born: Drakar region, Nepal

    Educational Background: Acharya degree, Karma Shri Nalanda Institute and Sampurnanand Sanskrit University.

    Occupation: Professor, Buddhist Studies and Tibetan language, Naropa University

    Lives in: Boulder, Colorado, USA
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  • Born: Sikkim, India

    Educational Background: Trained at Rumtek Monastery, Sikkim, India.

    Occupation: Resident Teacher, Nalandabodhi Canada

  • Born: Eastern Bhutan

    Educational Background: Acharya degree, Karma Shri Nalanda Institute and Sampurnanand Sanskrit University.

    Occupation: Principal editor, Nitartha International

    Lives in: Seattle, Washington, USA
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  • Born: Dagana Valley, Southern Bhutan

    Educational Background: Acharya degree, Karma Shri Nalanda Institute and Sampurnanand Sanskrit University.

    Occupation: Resident teacher at Nalanda West

    Lives in: Seattle, Washington, USA
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  • Born: New Hampshire, USA

    Education: Service, administrative and ministerial training. Masters of Divinity equivalent and chaplaincy certification through the Association of Professional Chaplains. Life and Executive Coaching certification through Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara

    Occupation: Mitra; Life and Executive Coach; Awareness Enabled Life Positioning, partner; Chaplain

    Lives in: Red Hook, NY, USA with Marion (wife of 35 years). They have 2 adult daughters Cynthia (and husband Michael), and Katherine
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  • Born: Munich, Germany

    Education: Trained and worked as a physician for twenty years. Five-year training in higher Buddhist philosophy at Kamalashila Institute, Germany. Ten years of Buddhist and Tibetan language training at Marpa Institute For Translators in Kathmandu, Nepal. Seven years of studying Tibetology, Buddhology, and Sanskrit at Hamburg University.

    Occupation: Full-time Sanskrit and Tibetan translator and author of books on Buddhism.

    Lives in: Seattle, Washington, USA
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  • Born: Glen Cove, New York, USA

    Education: BA in English, Drama, Mt. Holyoke College; MA in Buddhist Studies, Tibetan Language, Naropa University; Graduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse, NYC and the Ngedon School of Higher Learning, Boulder, Colorado.

    Occupation: Professor Emerita of Theater and Contemplative Education at Naropa University

    Lives in: Boulder, Colorado, USA
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  • Born: Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada

    Education: High school

    Occupation: Oral interpreter, literary translator

    Lives in: Seattle, Washington, USA
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Our kind Nalandabodhi teachers offer instruction in the timeless Buddhist teachings in locations throughout the world.

 

Guru
When a student calls a spiritual teacher “guru,” the term refers to a relationship of deepened mutual commitment and trust. In such a relationship, the connection itself becomes a means to experience the mind that is always naturally awake. A student decides to enter this special relationship only after careful consideration. While some Nalandabodhi members regard Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche as their guru, many experience benefit from relating to Rinpoche as a spiritual friend rather than as a guru.
Rinpoche
Meaning "precious one," is an honorific title. Traditionally, the title “Rinpoche” is given to a person who has been recognized as the reincarnation of a great teacher, though as an honorary title it is also given as an expression of respect.
Acharya
Acharya is a title given to a person who has gone through the traditional 9-year training in a shedra, or Tibetan Buddhist monastic academy.
Lama
Originally this term was only used for masters of high realization, but more recently it has also become a title for people who have done the traditional three-year meditation retreat in the Kagyu Lineage.
Mitra
In 2005, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche appointed a group of his long-time students to be senior Western teachers of Nalandabodhi. He gave each of them the title Mitra, or 'spiritual friend.' The Mitras teach in Nalandabodhi centers throughout North America mainly, and provide continual guidance and leadership for the practice and study paths of Nalandabodhi.