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Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, a scholar, artist, and meditation master, is acknowledged as one of his generation’s foremost teachers. A prolific tech savvy author, he is fluent in English and at home in Western culture. Ponlop Rinpoche is the founder and president of Nalandabodhi and Nitartha International.

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Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen shares leadership and teaching responsibility with Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche at Nitartha Institute and teaches regularly at the Nalandabodhi centers in America and Asia.

He is a professor of Buddhist studies and Tibetan language at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.

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Dr. Karl Brunnhölzl is a Mitra, an authorized senior teacher of Nalandabodhi who is deeply involved in the curriculum development and teaching of both the Nalandabodhi and the Nitartha Institute curricula.  Mitra Karl, a physician, received his training in higher Buddhist philosophy at Kamalashila Institute, Germany, and with Khenpo Rinpoche at the Marpa Institute for Translators.

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Elizabeth Callahan is a senior student of Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, translator and teacher. Elizabeth began studying Buddha dharma with Kalu Rinpoche and other lamas in 1977 and with Khenpo Rinpoche during the period of her two three-year retreats. She served as Khenpo Rinpoche’s interpreter for many years, as well as interpreting for other Kagyu and Nyingma teachers.


Marpa Foundation is a US nonprofit religious corporation (501c3) established in 1994 under the spiritual direction of Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche.

The Foundation’s purpose is to support the study, practice, and transmission of Buddhism in both the East and the West.