Dr. Linda Patrik began Shedra studies at Nitartha Institute in 1998, while she was a philosophy professor at a liberal arts college. She teaches Foundation courses at Nitartha Institute. In recent years she served as the Operations Director at HH 17th Karmapa’s KTD monastery in Woodstock, NY.
Sandra Roscoe, PhD has been a long time practitioner of Buddhism and a student of Tibetan Buddhism since 1996. She began her studies at Nitartha Institute in 2002. She holds a PhD in psychology with a focus on family systems, and was a graduate and undergraduate professor at NSU. Sandra was director of Nitartha Institute for 3-1/2 years. She has been teaching at Nitartha Institute since 2013, and in 2016 was made a fully authorized faculty member for the Shedra program.
Mark Seibold joined the Nitartha faculty in 2005. A member of the Nalanda Translation Committee, he is working on a translation of Mikyö Dorje’s Chariot of the Dakpo Kagyü Siddhas, an extensive commentary on Madhyamaka. He also serves as co-coordinator of the New Haven Shambhala Meditation Group.
Acharya Lhakpa Tshering received the degree of Acharya, or master of Buddhist Studies upon completing his studies at Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim, India at the Karma Shri Nalanda Institute (KSNI). After graduation, he served as co-librarian with Dilyak Drupon Rinpoche, and worked as a teacher at KSNI, and as an editor for Nitartha Publications in Kathmandu, Nepal. Acharya moved to Seattle, Washington in 2006 and has since been a teacher in the Nalandabodhi Buddhist community in the United States and Mexico.
R.D. Salga is a renowned master of the Karma Gadri tradition of thangka painting. Through the years, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche has commissioned Salga-la to paint all of the major lineage thangkas used to support meditation and study at Nalandabodhi, including Padmasambhava, Tara, Vajrasattva, Milarepa, and the “Golden Rosary” of Kagyu lineage masters.
Mitra Lee Worley was a founding faculty of Naropa Institute where she has taught Performance, Mudra Space Awareness, Buddhist Studies and Contemplative Education since 1976. A student of Chogyam Trungpa, she learned Mudra Space Awareness under his guidance. She holds an MA in Buddhist Studies from Naropa University, was a faculty member of the Ngedon School of Buddhist Studies and, since 1998, is a Vajrayana student of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche.