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Thrangu Rinpoche, Kagyu & other Tibetan lineages

Most teachers in Namgyal Rinpoche’s lineage within the wider Karma Kagyu school have been westerners. However, a number of Tibetan teachers have been very influential for Mana, and continue to be so.

“I met Thrangu Rinpoche in India in 2010. I was deeply touched and moved by his wisdom, learning, tenderness and humour. Meeting him felt like a completion of lineage, and still does. I studied a residential retreat on emptiness, mahamudra and dzogchen with him in Sarnath, India, and further teaching on emptiness in Kathmandu, Nepal. The following year he gave his blessing for a 3 month retreat exploring his teachings on mahamudra at his monastery in Namo Buddha, Nepal.” Read more

Lama Catherine Rathbun

I owe an unrepayable debt to many teachers with whom I have had the good fortune to study. Lama Catherine Rathbun (Lama Jetsun Yeshe) is perhaps foremost among these teachers: we have something like a lifetime association. Through her creative work with improvisational dance, she lived what I gradually came to understand was the dharma, and invited a simple opening and deep exploration to which I immediately responded. She brought me to the teachings in 1976-7, and has been an inspiration and practical guide since. Read more


Shantimayi is one of my lineage teachers. She has been a huge inspiration for the last 11 years of my spiritual journey. Read more

Namgyal Rinpoche

Namgyal Rinpoche has been a profound influence in this life. He died in 2003. Many of us feel his energetic presence and his teaching as strongly as ever. The Open Mind Centre in Pai is dedicated to him and his lineage, along with my other lineage teachers Lama Catherine Rathbun and ShantiMayi. Read more

Lama Chime

Through my association with Ven Namgyal Rinpoche I was fortunate enough to meet Lama Chime on a 6 week retreat in Sri Lanka. In 1980 I moved to Perth, Western Australia to study with him.

Together with a group of like minded students, we built the Origins Centre in Balingup 3 hours south of Perth, with Chim’s inspiration and direction. In those years we were intensively studying buddha’s teachings, body work, mandala, community development, and making time for much retreat work in which we explored many meditation methods in depth with Chime, Namgyal Rinpoche and other teachers. Read more