Previous Teachers

Geshe Tsewang Dorje

Geshe Tsewang Dorje was born in Stok, Ladakh in 1966. As a boy, he joined the village monastery and in 1978 he was enrolled at Sera Monastery (one of the four great monastic colleges in Tibetan Buddhism) to further his study of Buddhist philosophy and take vows from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Ling Rinpoche (tutor of His Holiness the Dalai Lama).

In 1998, he was bestowed the highest degree of the monastic college, a Geshe Lharampa (Ph.D.), and later he was appointed philosophy Lecturer in Kopan Monastery Nepal for 3 years. From 2000 – 2003, Gesha-la served on the Committee For Sera Philosophical Studies & Board of Examinations. In 2009, he became the first Ladakhi Monk to ever be elected to the post of Geko (similar to an academic dean) of Sera Monastery and the Gyumet Tantric College. Geshe-la teaches at several dharma centers in the international Buddhist Community, including Theken Choling in Singapore and a Vietnamese Monastery in San Francisco. At present, Geshe Tsewang is the Director and President of Ngari Institute of Buddhist Dialectics and formerly was Director of the Siddhartha School.

Geshe Ngawang Tenley was born in 1969 and in 1989 began preparation to become a monk under the guidance of his uncle, Geshe Tsulga. He was ordained by the late Gyume Khensur Geshe Urgyen Tseten Rinpoche in 1990 and began the program of studies to become a geshe at Sera Je Monastery. During the course of his studies, he has received many teachings from His Holiness the Dalai Lama as well as other highly qualified masters. In 1998, he received his full ordination (gelong) vows from His Holiness, and in November 2008, after eighteen years of rigorous studies, he completed his final exams to be conferred the Geshe degree at Sera Je Monastery. He began teaching at Kurukulla Center in 2009 and was appointed the resident teacher by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in 2010 following the passing away of Geshe Tsulga. His cheerfulness and humility endeared him to everyone he meets.

Geshe Ngawang Tenley
Lama Willa Miller

Lama Willa Miller has studied and practiced in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for the last twenty years in the non-sectarian Kagyu, Nyingma and Shangpa lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. Her teachers and guides have included Kalu Rinpoche, Bokar Rinpoche, Dilgo Khentse Rinpoche, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, Lama Norlha Rinpoche, Lama John Makransky and others. She completed two traditional Three Year Retreats in the nineties, was authorized as a lama [Buddhist minister] in 1999, and teaches Tibetan Buddhist practice, meditation, and yoga in the Northeast. Her teaching specialties include natural meditation (Mahamudra), heart-cultivation (lojong), deity practice, and practices for deep retreat. She is interested in the practical integration of meditation into daily life, and the power of nature to inspire authentic presence. She is the author of Everyday Dharma: Seven Weeks to Finding the Buddha in You (Quest Books), and the Arts of Contemplative Care (Wisdom Publications), and is the Founder and Spiritual Director of Natural Dharma Fellowship and Wonderwell Mountain Refuge. She is a Visiting Lecturer in Buddhist Ministry at Harvard Divinity School and has a Ph.D. from Harvard University.