Teachers in the Lineage of Namgyal Rinpoche,
who have taught at Maitreya House

Ad Brugman

Ad started practising Mindfulness Meditation under John Garrie Roshi in 1976 and also studied intensively under the guidance of the Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche.
He teaches mindfulness meditation at The Orchard, a meditation centre in S.Herefordshire. Ad has also developed "Touching Stillness" , a unique blend of mindfulness meditation and T'ai-Ji which he teaches both in the UK and abroad. His approach is non-intrusive , allowing for space and lightness, passing on the knowledge he so gratefully received from his teachers.

Cecilie Kwiat

Cecilie is the resident guide and teacher for the Novayana Society for Eastern and Western Studies, based in Edmonton, Alberta. Cecilie has focused on developing non-clinging, compassionate awareness. Her main practices aim at increasing love, skill and a respect for the gift of what is present. She shares her love of writing and Dharma by giving writing/meditation workshops in many beautiful places on the planet.

Doug Duncan

Achariya Doug Duncan studied with his teacher Namgyal Rinpoche for 30 years, has started centers for the eclectic Namgyal lineage in Japan and Canada, and teaches dharma and meditation worldwide. Doug's teaching and the Namgyal lineage are remarkable for their dynamic combination of traditional forms of Buddhism with Western mystical traditions, as well as with contemporary discoveries in psychology, art and science. Doug Sensei (the title for "teacher" in Japan) is known for his humor, penetrating insights, therapy skills, and eye-opening application of ancient traditions to contemporary life. Please see www.clearskycenter.org <http://www.clearskycenter.org/> and www.dharma-japan.org <http://www.dharma-japan.org/> for more details.

Jangchub Sempa Gyatso

Jangchub studied Qabala, T.M. & yoga before meeting his root teacher, Ven. Namgyal Rinpoché in Athens in 1975. He helped establish the Wangapeka Retreat Centre and was the resident teacher at the Queenstown Dharma Centre in NZ for some years. He teaches in an accessible, warm and personal way with a deep understanding of the issues that arise in everyday life. He is now, with his partner Verena Erismann-Henman, teaching Dharma in Brazil and Wales.

Mala Sikka

Mala started her journey in the arts and practicing Shiatsu and Seiki- Soho. Mala was given permission to teach Zen and Satipattana (mindfulness training) in 1985 by her teacher Zen master - John Garrie Roshi. In 1997 she met The Venerable Namgyal Rinpoche who became a central inspiration and influence in all of her ongoing work. Her spiritual path has culminated in a tapestry of over twenty years of practice and teaching.

Mark Webber

ama Mark Webber is a Visiting and Resident Teacher for a number of retreat and Dharma Centres worldwide. When he is not travelling Mark resides on Galiano Island, British Columbia, Canada. His work with people demonstrates a profound commitment to freeing beings from innumerable suffering states, whether through meditation, study, art, nature or science.

Sally Muir

Sally has been a Dharma practitioner for over 22 years and was a student of the late Namgyal Rinpoche. In addition to the Namgyal Lineage, she has received teachings from many distinguished Lamas, including the HH Dalai Lama, HH 17th Karmapa, HH Sakya Trizin Rinpoche, Lama Tusltrim Namgyal, Lama Choeying, Ringu Tulku, and Kalu Rinpoche. She spent a year travelling on spiritual sabbatical, practicing in many Dharma centres around the world and living in Rhumtek, Sikkim, where she taught the Monks and Nuns English. Sally teaches in a warm and accessible way, focusing on direct experience and awareness; and using creativity, nature and the daily challenges of life to help bring into awareness the nature of mind. Sally teaches Meditation in Weybridge, Surrey and Mindfulness one-to-one and in Corporations.

Sonam Gyatso

Met his root guru the Venerable Namgyal Rinpoche in 1961, while studying Mathematics at Cambridge. During twenty years of constant travel and meditation retreat work with Namgyal Rinpoche, he met and studied with H.H. Gyalwa Karmapa, H.H. Sakya Trizin, the Ven. Kalu Rinpoche and other high lamas, receiving all the major Empowerments of the Tibetan lineages, and translating numerous Sadhanas and Wongkur texts into English.

In 1998, after further retreat work, Sonam Gyatso was authorized by Namgyal Rinpoche to transmit the Vajrayana Empowerments and has since visited several Centres to give WongKur and teachings.

Sonia Moriceau

Sonia met her first meditation teacher, John Garrie Roshi in 1974, and in 1982 he gave her permission to teach the Way of Mindfulness. Sonia met the Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche in 1997 and he became a strong influence in her life. She attended many of his regular and intensive retreats in Vajrayana Buddhism. Sonia is the resident teacher at "The Orchard," a Meditation and Study Centre she founded in 1983 with her partner Ad Brugman. Sonia's teaching is characterised by simplicity, humour and clarity, bringing forth her joy and vitality in sharing the gifts of wisdom and compassion that were so generously bestowed on her by her teachers.

Tarchin Hearn

Has more than 30 years of experience in Theravadin and Mahayana schools of Buddhism. Tarchin sometimes describes himself as a yogi of the natural world. He has a great interest in blending the insights and understandings of science and ecology with the teachings of Buddha Dharma. He has been a guiding teacher for The Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre in New Zealand.

Terry Hagan

Spent over a quarter century as the personal assistant of the late Venerable Namgyal Rinpoche. He has a unique ability to integrate teachings from both eastern and western sources, revealing the universality of the unfolding mind. He uses his wide ranging interests, his love of nature, and above all his continual commitment to the teaching of compassion, to create a refreshing accessible approach to meditation.