Lama Michael Conklin is Lama Lekshe’s western teacher. Michael served as Resident Lama at Kagyu Changchub Chuling from 1993 until 2019. Lama Michael was a direct disciple of Kalu Rinpoche. He completed a three-year Shangpa Kagyu retreat in 1989. When Kalu Rinpoche passed away, Lama Michael studied under the direction of Venerable Bokar Rinpoche and Venerable Khenpo Lodro Donyo Rinpoche. He is retired and currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

Lama Lekshe is Dekeling’s current Resident Lama. She 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 three-year Shangpa Kagyu meditation retreat under the direction of Lama Michael Conklin and Lama Tara Goforth of Victoria, British Columbia.

Before long retreat, she was a university teacher and a consultant to colleges. Lekshe lives at Dekeling vicarage in Portland, Oregon.

Peter “Daishin” Renner is Dekeling’s Assisting Teacher for Sanity Sits, and general advisor. He resides in Victoria, British Columbia.