Meditation Teachers

Shambhala Meditation Teachers in LA

 

Shastri Marcy Henry-Fink

has been a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche since 1977. Trained in both the sciences and the arts, she has been a stress management consultant for Boeing, and has worked with a start-up company that uses biofeedback and mindfulness/awareness exercises as tools for dealing with stress. As a member of the Los Angeles Buddhist and Interfaith Councils she worked for many years with the diverse religious communities in Los Angeles. She is a senior teacher and former Director of Education at SMCLA and travels frequently to teach.


Shastri Marilyn Moore

has been active in the Shambhala community since 1997, serving in various administrative roles and for five years teaching meditation at the Center for Living Peace in Irvine. Her appointment as a Shastri in 2016 included a special commitment to developing a Shambhala community in Orange County. Marilyn has a special interest in all topics related to death and dying and co-facilitates a monthly on-line gathering called “Before I Die.” In 2011, Marilyn retired from a position working in an art gallery for almost thirty years and pre-pandemic, she fully enjoyed the time that gave her to teach, to travel and to stay in touch with three grown children living in other parts of the world.


Shastri Joel Wachbrit

has been a member of the Los Angeles Shambhala community since 1989. He served as Center Co-Director and before that was Director of Buddhist Education for 7 years. In 2016 he was appointed as one of three Shastris, or senior teachers, for the greater Los Angeles area. Joel has been a working musician for more than forty years and for the last twenty he has composed music for TV and film.


Katharine Bainbridge

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has been a Shambhala Buddhist practitioner and student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche for over 25 years. She is a Jungian Psychoanalyst in private practice in Encino. She specializes in dream work and issues relating to women’s health and wellbeing.

 


Emily Bower

started practicing in the Shambhala community in 1987, in Berkeley, CA. She began studying with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche when he came to teach in Berkeley in 1991. She served as his editor for various projects, including his first book, Turning the Mind into an Ally. She has studied kyudo with Kanjuro Shibata Sensei and is a lifelong member of the Dorje Kasung. In 1991, she joined the staff of Karme Chöling, where she lived for three years, working on publicity and marketing. She has been a professional editor since 1987 and has most recently worked full-time as an acquiring editor for Shambhala Publications in Boston. Now, in addition to traveling and teaching in the Shambhala mandala, she continues to work as a book editor and publishing consultant.


Pamela Bothwell

first encountered the Dharma at Tail of the Tiger (Karme Chöling Buddhist Contemplative Center) in Vermont in 1973. She has served as co-director of the New York Shambhala Center; Head of Practice and Study at Karme-Chöling; Head of Study at the San Francisco Shambhala Center; Ambassador to the Los Angeles Shambhala Center; and Co-Director of the Los Angeles Shambhala Center. In 2010, she was appointed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche as Shastri for Los Angeles.


Debra Dysart

has been a student and practitioner in Shambhala ever since she found Pema Chödrön’s Wisdom of No Escape in a bookstore in 1997.  She is a Shambhala Art teacher, meditation instructor, and has served as Director of Education and Center Co-Director of Los Angeles Shambhala.  Debra sings with the Verdi Chorus and is a member of their board of directors.


Anne Fraser

has been a member of the Shambhala community since 1974. She was one of the founding members of the Shambhala Center in Chicago where she lived and practiced until 2008, when she and her husband went “on the road”. A former real estate lawyer with a large corporation, Anne is the mother of three and also a grandmother. Anne currently lives in Carpinteria CA with her husband Robert Lehmann and their two lhasa apsos, Kiki and Soso.


Jenny Hannah

offers mind-body awareness by way of deep communication. She is a meditation and yoga instructor, psychotherapist, art therapist, and group facilitator. She developed an Expressive Arts course based on principles of the Black Mountain College, and teaches at University of the West, a school founded on Buddhist values. Jenny has been engaged with Shambhala since 2007, has served with the community in various leadership roles, and continues to walk a path of warriorship, wakefulness, and sacred view.


Laura Landau

has taught classes in the Way of Shambhala series, Buddhist classes, Shambhala Art, co-directed the children’s program and for 4 years facilitated Friday morning meditation.  She was a script reader, had a brief stint as a writer/producer, has a Masters in Transpersonal Psychology and worked as a poetry therapist. Currently, she is hard at work having fun with the grandkids.

Robert Lehman

has been a meditator in the Kagyu and Nyingma and Shambhala traditions for over 37 years. His original teacher was the Vidyadhara, the Ven. Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Since his passing, he has studied with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Her Eminence Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche of the Mindrolling lineage. Robert and his wife Anne Fraser are retired and living in Carpinteria, CA with their two wonderful Lhasa Apsos. They also have three splendid children, all carving out their own paths.


John MacAdams

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is a student and practitioner of Shambhala Buddhism since 1982. For over 16 years John has been an MI and active Assistant Director for Shambhala Training. He is Senior Buddhist Chaplain for the Los Angeles Men’s Central Jail and is certified by the Engaged Mindfulness Institute as a Mindfulness Meditation Facilitator.

 


Cynthia MacKay

has been a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche for over 25 years. She is the Deputy Minister of the Pillar of Government of Shambhala, guiding and supporting Shambhala Center Directors in the Americas. Cynthia has traveled extensively around our globe with a backpack and her running shoes, gathering teachings and running marathons. She is also a Motorcycle Safety Instructor for the California Motorcycle Safety Program.


Sharon Owyang

has been a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche since 2007. She is the Regional Director of Southern California Shambhala, as well as a writer, former film producer, and world traveler.

 


Anne Saitzyk

is an artist teaching painting and drawing at Art Center College of Design extension (ACX) and occasionally in other locations in the world. She received her MFA in painting from Claremont Graduate University. She has served as co-coordinator of Westside Shambhala and is currently Director of Contemplative Arts at Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles. Anne met the Shambhala Buddhist dharma through the Dharma Art program in 1997 and has since become a practitioner, meditation instructor, Shambhala Art teacher/administrator and a co-founder of Contemplative Creativity Lab. She’s dedicated to creative practices that includes the magic of community.


Gail Whitacre

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met Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1976, and then founded the first Dharma Study Group in Orange County. Coordinatorships since have included Publicity, Children’s Programs, Practice and Feast Practice. A sociologist and retired teacher, Gail now tutors test prep and does astrological consulting. She lives with her son and dog near the Eagle Rock center, where she is a Meditation Instructor, arranges flowers, teaches, and assistant directs Shambhala levels.

Claude Zachary

is a longtime student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He is an archivist/librarian at the University of Southern California, and married to Ali Lake.

 


Meditation Instructors

Katie Bainbridge
Guy Blume
Pamela Bothwell
Darryl Burnham
Laura Burnham
Debra Dysart
Malcolm Dysart
Gil Figueroa
Anne Fraser
Tom Gottlieb
Marcy Fink
Laura Landau
Robert Lehmann
John MacAdams
Cynthia MacKay
Marilyn Moore
Bruce Oglesby
Sharon Owyang
Anne Saitzyk
Steve Saitzyk
Carter Smith
Franny Smith
Kate Summers
Carolyn Sykes
Joel Wachbrit
Gail Whitacre
Claude Zachary


Acharyas (Senior Teachers)

The acharyas of Shambhala are senior teachers appointed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. As the Sakyong’s representatives, the acharyas, who are empowered to offer refuge and bodhisattva vows, bring the continuity of the lineage into the living teaching environment of local Shambhala centers.

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the lineage holder of Shambhala, chose these individuals because of their knowledge, wisdom, and commitment to the confluence of teachings found in Shambhala.


Shastris (Teachers)

In Sanskrit, shastri literally means “teacher learned in the texts and commentaries”. The shastris have been appointed for three year terms by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche to bring the current understanding of the Shambhala Buddhist vision and teachings to their centers, to be a reference point for questions about the path, and in particular to help establish The Way of Shambhala curriculum as the core path. A major role of the shastri is to personally mentor and strengthen the local teaching mandala.  Shastris will also support the leadership in Shambhala centers in building community and strengthening the vision of enlightened society.