Pema Gellek

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Pema Gellek, Dean

Pema Gellek, M.A., is a disciple of her father, Tarthang Tulku, and Chadral Rinpoche, and studied Tibetan Buddhism at the Rangjung Yeshe Institute in Nepal. Working within her father’s mandala of organizations, she serves as a bridge between dharma in the East and West and has helped carry out Tarthang Tulku’s dharma activities in Asia for the past 20 years. Pema is also a filmmaker and director of Guna Foundation and has been a faculty member of Dharma College. She is co-dean at the Nyingma Institute and her areas of teaching at the Nyingma Institute are Buddhist Studies and Nyingma Psychology. 

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Olivia Hurd

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Olivia Hurd, Instructor

Olivia Hurd, B.F.A, is a textile artist and retired children’s publisher, co-founder of the Peaceable Kingdom Press. She is a long-time meditation practitioner, and has been a student at the Nyingma Institute for over 20 years. She teaches Beginning and Intermediate Nyingma Meditation, Nyingma Psychology, and Buddhist Studies classes, as well as workshops and retreats at the Institute.

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Erika Rosenberg

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Erika Rosenberg, Instructor

Erika Rosenberg, Ph.D. is a research psychologist in human emotions who brings an expertise in both Western and Eastern psychology to her teaching at the Nyingma Institute. She is the co-author of Psychology: Making Connections, a college-level textbook that includes sections on meditation. Erika has studied and practiced Tibetan Buddhism for more than 20 years. A regular lecturer and leader of graduate-level seminars, she teaches Nyingma Psychology courses at the Institute and is also an Instructor in the Institute’s Continuing Legal Education program.

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Elissa Slanger

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Elissa Slanger, Instructor

Elissa Slanger, Ph.D., has studied at the Nyingma Institute since 1982. Dr. Slanger brings a wealth of experience to her teaching from her professional work as a practicing clinical psychologist, artist, and author. An octogenarian, Dr. Slanger speaks from her own experience on how Nyingma teachings positively affect how we age and how we cope with the losses and disabilities that come with aging. She leads workshops and retreats that bring the value of meditation and Nyingma Psychology to bear on the aging process and also offers workshops for those in the healing professions.

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