Teachers

Our third annual Be Wise, Go Kind Online Retreat features teachings by acclaimed Buddhist teacher Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, together with teachings and guided meditations by Nalandabodhi senior teachers Acharya Tashi Wangchuk, Acharya Lhakpa Tshering, Mitra Mark Power and Mitra Lee Worley.

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche is a widely celebrated Buddhist teacher and the author of Emotional Rescue, Rebel Buddha, and other books. Rinpoche is the founder and spiritual director of Nalandabodhi, an international community of Buddhist centers. One of the foremost scholars and meditation masters of his generation in the Nyingma and Kagyu schools of Tibetan Buddhism, Rinpoche is known for his keen intellect and humor, for launching the #GoKind initiative, and for his outreach to communities internationally.
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Acharya Tashi Wangchuk was born and raised in eastern Bhutan, he moved to Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim, India, at the age of 15. While there, he studied for ten years and graduated from Karma Shri Nalanda Institute, the principal Karma Kagyu monastic college. After his graduation, Acharya Tashi assumed teaching responsibilities for the Karma Kagyu lineage in Hong Kong before returning to Rumtek Monastery to teach at the college from which he graduated. 
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Acharya Tashi Wangchuk

Born and raised in eastern Bhutan, Acharya Tashi moved to Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim, India, at the age of 15. While there, he studied for ten years and graduated from Karma Shri Nalanda Institute, the principal Karma Kagyu monastic college. After his graduation, Acharya Tashi assumed teaching responsibilities for the Karma Kagyu lineage in Hong Kong before returning to Rumtek Monastery to teach at the college from which he graduated. Read more…

Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen

Acharya Lhakpa Tshering

Acharya Lhakpa Tshering was born in Bhutan and entered monastic school at age 12. In 1993, he enrolled at Rumtek Monastery’s Karma Shri Nalanda Institute in Sikkim, India. During his final years as a student, he served as an assistant teacher and member of the student welfare committee.

In 2002, Acharya Lhakpa graduated with a masters in buddhist studies, also known as an acharya degree. After completing his studies, he served as co-librarian with Dilyak Drupon Rinpoche, as a teacher at Karma Shri Nalanda Institute, and as an editor for Nitartha Publications in Kathmandu, Nepal.

In 2006, Acharya Lhakpa moved to Nalanda West in Seattle, Washington, where he continues to support students as a resident teacher. He is also a visiting teacher at Nalandabodhi centers across the northeastern and central United States, as well as Brazil. 

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Mark Power

Mark Power

Mark Power has over 30 years of experience supporting, training and coaching people to bring their lives into alignment with their most important values. His approach uses his Four Core Strengths of Presence (physical, cognitive, emotional and relational) to develop self-awareness, deepen self-acceptance, and lead with self-confidence.

As young man he went “on the road” exploring North America.
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Mitra Lee was born in Glen Cove, New York. She graduated from Mt. Holyoke College with a BA in English and Drama, and later from The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City. Her acting career led her to discover Buddhism in 1973 while attending a theater conference in Boulder, Colorado, where she was invited to teach acting at the Naropa Institute. While teaching, she began meditating and attending talks by Naropa’s founder Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

In 1975, Chogyam Trungpa asked Lee to head the Theater Studies program at Naropa. While shepherding the theater program through its early years, she also helped launch the Ngedon School of Buddhist Studies.
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Lee Worley

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