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Kesang B. Tuladhar, Geshe Lharampa
Mark Waller


Yangsi Rinpoche, President
Professor of Buddhist Studies

Dr. James Blumenthal
Professor of Buddhist Studies

Dr. Dan Rubin
Adjunct Professor of Psychology

Namdrol Miranda Adams
Dean of Education & Development,
Community Service Curriculum

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Director of Programs

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Interim Director of Student Services

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Library Director

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President, Professor of Buddhist Studies
Yangsi Rinpoche was recognized as the reincarnation of Geshe Ngawang Gendun, a renowned scholar and practitioner from Western Tibet, at the age of six. Rinpoche trained in the traditional monastic system for over twenty-five years, and in 1995 graduated with the highest degree of Geshe Lharampa from Sera Je Monastery in South India. He then completed his studies at Gyume Tantric College, and, in 1998, having the particular wish to benefit Western students of the Buddhadharma, Rinpoche came to the West to teach and travel extensively throughout America and Europe. Rinpoche was a resident teacher at Deer Park Buddhist Center in Madison, Wisconsin for five years, and is currently the Spiritual Director of Ganden Shedrup Ling Buddhist Center in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Spiritual Director of Dharma Friendship Foundation in Seattle, Washington. Rinpoche is the author of Practicing the Path: A Commentary on the Lamrim Chenmo, published in 2003 by Wisdom Publications. Rinpoche teaches in English, and is admired wherever he travels for his unique presentation of the Dharma, his interest in and enthusiasm for Western culture, and his evident embodiment of the wisdom and compassion of the Buddhist path. >more

Professor of Buddhist Studies

James Blumenthal is an associate professor of Buddhist philosophy at Oregon State University and founding faculty member in Buddhist Studies at Maitripa College.  He is the author of The Ornament of the Middle Way: A Study of the Madhyamaka Thought of Santaraksita (2004), editor of Incompatible Visions: South Asian Religions in History and Culture (2006), co-author and editor with Geshe Lhundup Sopa of Steps on the Path: A Commentary on the "Shamatha" Chapter of Tsongkhapa's Lamrim Chenmo in addition to more than 40 articles in academic journals, books, and popular periodicals on various aspects of Buddhist thought and practice. In 2004 he had the honor of translating Nagarjuna's "Sixty Stanzas of Reasoning" for His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the occasion of his public teachings on the text in Pasadena, California.

Dean of Education & Development, Community Service Curriculum
Namdrol Miranda Adams holds an MA in Education with a focus on Educational Leadership and Policy from Portland State University, and a BA in English Literature from New York University. Since 1998 she has dedicated her life to the study and practice of the Tibetan language and the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. She studied the traditional texts and their commentaries at Deer Park Monastery in Wisconsin from 1998-2003, and has taken continuous courses and teachings in centers and with teachers in Europe, America, and Asia for the past 13 years. She has worked extensively with the texts of the tradition as an editor and translator, and her published works include Wisdom Publication's Practicing the Path: A Commentary on the Lamrim Chenmo (editor), the Rubin Foundation's Treasury of Lives (translator, editor), Karmapa 900 (editor), the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive's Kopan Lam Rim Courses, and more. Namdrol has also completed the major retreats on the sutra and tantra traditions of the lineage, and was ordained as a nun for 7 years. She has worked as the assistant of Yangsi Rinpoche since 1999, and is one of the founding members of Maitripa College. Her graduate work focused on contemplative education, service learning curriculums, and building sustainable and socially responsible institutions of higher education. 

Adjunct Professor of Psychology
Dr. Dan Rubin is a clinical psychologist and has been a student of the dharma since 1996. Dr. Rubin received his PsyD from the California School of Professional Psychology and wrote his doctoral project on “The Contribution of Mindfulness to the Clinical Utilization of Countertransference.” He is a clinician in private practice with a focus on mindfulness-based interventions such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and contemplative psychotherapy. Dr. Rubin’s areas of interest include Buddhist psychology, creativity, psychology of religion, and treatments for chronic illness, pain, depression, anxiety, relational distress, grief, and trauma. He also facilitates consultation groups for health care professionals that focus on communication, self-care, and contemplative skills. >more

The Rev. Dr. Marilyn Sewell is an accomplished Unitarian Universalist minister, and a respected writer, leader, activist, and speaker. She is also an Adjunct Fellow at the Attic Institute, a literary think tank and visual arts studio in Portland, Oregon that is a haven for writers and artists. Marilyn is the subject of the award-winning film Raw Faith and contributes regularly to The Huffington Post. She has authored and edited nine books and hosted an online radio show. Her warmth, insight and humor enable her to connect with a wide range of audiences. Marilyn joins Maitripa College to co-teach the course “The Good Heart” with President Yangsi Rinpoche for the fall 2013 semester. For more visit



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