Acharya Tashi Wangchuk

Acharya Tashi Wangchuk is the resident teacher at NalandaWest, the Nalandabodhi event center in Seattle, where he teaches regularly. Acharya-la also is the main acharya overseeing the North American Nalandabodhi centers. Acharya Tashi was born and raised in eastern Bhutan, and at the age of 15 moved to Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim, India, the seat-in-exile of His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa. At Rumtek, Acharya studied for ten years and graduated from Karma Shri Nalanda Institute, the principal Karma Kagyu shedra, or monastic college. This is the same shedra from which Nalandabodhi’s main teacher Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and our former resident teacher Acharya Sherab Gyaltsen Negi also graduated.

After graduating from Shedra, Acharya Tashi took on one year of teaching responsibilities for the Karma Kagyu lineage in Hong Kong. After that, he returned to Rumtek to teach at the shedra from which he graduated. He then went to Nepal, where he did editorial work for Nitartha International, an educational organization founded by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and devoted to the preservation of endangered Tibetan texts in digital formats. Acharya Tashi is one of the principal editors in the Nitartha International project of publishing the renowned Eight Great Treatises of the Karma Kagyu lineage, and remains active while in Seattle in preparing for publication in many different forms classical Tibetan texts vital to the continuity of the Kagyu lineage.

Acharya-la has been a featured teacher at Nitartha Institute and the Nalandabodhi annual retreat.