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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Lama Palzang

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Lama Palzang, Dean

Lama Palzang is a Nyingma lama who was born in the Gyarong region of Tibet, where from a very young age, he was trained in the dharma under Jigme Tenpa Dargye Rinpoche. He was formally educated at Minyak Lhagang Monastery in Kham and trained in the Longchen Nyingtik tradition under his root teachers, Khenchen Chodrak Rinpoche and Kyabje Chatral Rinpoche. He completed a traditional three year retreat under Kyabje Chatral Rinpoche in Beyul Yolmo, Nepal.  Since 2002, Lama Palzang has assisted Tarthang Rinpoche with large-scale dharma projects in Asia.  Lama Palzang teaches classes on Buddhist Studies and Nyingma Meditation and guides traditional dharma retreats at the Institute.

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Santosh Phillip

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Santosh Philip, Instructor

Santosh Philip, M.A, an architect and entrepreneur, has studied Nyingma teachings since 1995. His primary teaching area is Kum Nye, where he conveys his considerable love and respect for Tibetan Yoga self-massage and movement practices to his students, both at the advanced and introductory levels. Nearly every Sunday throughout the year, Santosh and fellow Kum Nye instructors alternate teaching a drop-in Kum Nye morning class from ten to Noon; Santosh also teaches Nyingma Practices classes, including classes in dream yoga.

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Barr Rosenberg

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Barr Rosenberg, Instructor

Barr Rosenberg, Ph.D., has been a student of Tibetan Lama Tarthang Tulku since the early 1970’s. He is a member of the Yeshe De translation team, and is a successful entrepreneur. Barr taught for many years at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, has taught at the Nyingma Institute since 1982, and served as Co-Dean of the Nyingma Institute from 1999-2016. He regularly teaches courses at the Institute in Nyingma Meditation, Buddhist Studies, and Tibetan Art and Language.

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Hugh Joswick

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Hugh Joswick, Instructor

Hugh Joswick, Ph.D., has been studying at the Nyingma Institute since the mid-1990’s. While working full-time outside the Institute, Hugh volunteers many hours a week in various capacities to help the Institute function more effectively and to bring his skill with photography and computer technology to bear on Institute projects. Trained as a Philosophy Professor, Hugh is a devoted practitioner of meditation and a continuing student of Nyingma teachings. He brings a gentle technique and a skillful style of inquiry to teaching Nyingma Meditation at the Intermediate level.

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Mark Henderson

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Mark Henderson, Instructor

Mark Henderson, J.D., LL.M. has been a student of Tibetan Lama Tarthang Tulku for many years. Once a full-time attorney, Mark made the commitment several years ago to give up his law practice and become a full-time volunteer at the Nyingma Institute. Since then, he has helped in many capacities to complete projects such as prayer wheels. Mark teaches classes in Beginning and Intermediate Tibetan Language, and also in Buddhist Studies.

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Bob Byrne

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Bob Byrne, Instructor

Bob has two agricultural degrees and a Master’s from Johns Hopkins SAIS in International Relations. A student of Rinpoche since 1969, he first taught here at the NI in 1972. His passion for Buddhist Studies and Nyingma practices has been evident throughout his adult life. After a successful career in business Bob and his spouse Renie Byrne co-directed Dharma Publishing from 1998 – 2003; Bob also served as an advisor for TAP from around 1994 – 1997. Bob and Renie are now active in a biodynamic compost business.

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Pauline Yu

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Pauline Yu, Instructor

Pauline Yu completed Nyingma Institute’s 1,200 hour program, Path and Practices of Liberation, in 2010. She started practicing meditation in 2006, and has worked full-time in the TNMC community since 2007. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a major in Art History and minor in Philosophy.

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