Lama Michael Conklin is a visiting teacher. He is a direct student of Kalu Rinpoche, a well-known TIbetan meditation master. Lama Michael finished the three year Shangpa Kagyu retreat in 1986 in Marcola, Oregon and teaches at Kagyu Changchub Chuling, where he is the retiring Resident Lama. 

Lama Lekshe (Julia King Tamang) has been praticing Tibetan Buddhism since 1994 in Portland, Oregon, Nepal and India. Her teachers are Bokar Rinpoche, Khenpo Lodro Donyo Rinpoche, and Lama Michael Conklin. In 2018, she completed a traditional 3-year meditation retreat in the Shangpa Kagyu tradition. Before retreat, was a university teacher and a consultant to colleges. Lekshe is the founder of Dekeling. 

Lama Diane Berger began practicing Tibetan Buddhism in 1989, receiving teachings and empowerments from many of the great lamas of our time, including HH Dilgo Khyentse, Dodrupchen Rinpoche, Thinley Norbu and others. In 1997 Diane brought Dza Kilung Rinpoche from Asia to the west, where they began the Kilung Foundation and Pema Kilaya sangha in Seattle. After 15 years working closely and studying with Kilung Rinpoche, she completed a traditional solo retreat of four and a half years. She teaches meditation and Buddhism in Seattle.

George Draffan is a Seattle-based teacher, passionately interested in bringing together diverse Buddhist and Taoist practices. He began studying Buddhism at the University of Wisconsin in the 1970s. Since then he’s received instruction and participated in many retreats with teachers in the Tibetan, Theravadin, and Zen Buddhist traditions. He’s also practiced Taoist philosophy and qigong for many years. George’s practice and teaching emphasizes

  • Direct awareness of the body as the ground of all experience

  • Relying on compassion, awareness, and skillful means

  • Maintaining intention and flexibility in the midst of daily life activities