Board of Directors
Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche - President, Board of Directors
Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche is the founder of Chamma Ling, Ligmincha, and Garuda centers throughout the United States, Mexico and Europe. He received his Geshe degree from Menri Monastary in Himachal Pradesh, India and has taught in the West since 1988. More details of his life and accomplishments can be found on his biography page.
John Jackson - Managing Director
John serves on the board of directors, and is responsible for oversight of Chamma Ling at Crestone operations. He served on the Board of Directors for Ligmicha Institute for five years during the founding phase of that organization, and teaches meditation courses and retreats throughout the US and Europe. John was a professor of medical education at the University of Virginia for 23 years. For further information see johnjackson.info.
Margaret Freund - Design Director
Margaret leads the design and development team for all Chamma Ling facilities. She has worked previously on the design of the Serenity Ridge Retreat Center at Ligmincha. She also is our favorite auctioneer at our annual auction. Margaret has a business based in Richmond, Virginia and Boulder, Colorado that focuses on the commercial redevelopment of historic buildings.
A Place for Retreat
The primary goal of Chamma Ling is to provide a support for serious practitioners to go into solitary retreat for weeks or months. Any member of our sangha will be able apply for use of the planned retreat cabin facilities. While use of the facilities by people outside of our sangha will be considered, first priority will be given to those who have been practicing and studying with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche for a good length of time.
Small Group Retreats
We will periodically offer small group practice retreats, lead by our resident lama or senior practitioners. Participants are expected to already be familiar with the practices, and to be ready to deepen their experience through extended practice. These small group retreats will help many to prepare for personal retreats by strengthening practice, and developing confidence.
Religious Teachings and Transmissions
Chamma Ling will educate interested individuals in the teachings and practices of Bön, especially emphasizing the view, meditation, and practice of Dzogchen. Students will be trained through receiving complete authentic instructions, transmissions and initiations (Wang, Lung, and Khrid) in the traditional Tibetan manner. We offer teaching retreats lead by our lamas and senior practitioners to manifest this vision.