Lama Michael Conklin served as Resident Lama at Kagyu Changchub Chuling, from 1993 until 2019. Michael was an early American student of Kalu Rinpoche, and one of the founding members of Kagyu Droden Kunchab dharma center, in San Francisco. He participated in a three-year Shangpa Kagyu retreat led by Lama Tsang Tsing from 1986-1989. Lama Michael led the KCC center in the project to build a retreat center and to acquire a new Portland dharma center. Through his leadership, KCC maintained a close relationship to lineage masters Bokar Rinpoche and later, Khenpo Lodrö Donyö Rinpoche. He led KCC’s first one-year retreat and co-led its first 3-year retreat with Lama Tara of Victoria, BC. Lama Michael is Lama Lekshe’s first dharma teacher.

Lekshe Lama Lekshe (Julia King Tamang) Dekeling’s resident teacher, has been practicing 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 under the direction of Lama Michael Conklin and Lama Tara of Victoria, BC. Before long retreat, she was a university teacher and a consultant to colleges.

Assisting Teacher, for Shamatha, and dharma mentor, Sally Alworth

Assisting Teacher for Sanity Sits, and curriculum development, Peter ‘Daishin’ Renner