Team

Staff

Director:  Carolyn Rose Gimian

Carolyn has been the director of the Legacy Project since its inception. She is the Director Emeritus of the Shambhala Archives and a senior editor of the books of Chögyam Trungpa. She is a past president of the Council of Nova Scotia Archives. Carolyn has been a meditation instructor and teacher for 35 years. She is a regular contributor to the Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma magazines, and is included frequently in The Best of Buddhist Writing.

Web designer and webmaster:  Françoise Guyaux

Francoise started to practice sitting meditation in 1985 and met Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s teachings in 2005. She fell in love with them and entered the Shambhala path at that time. She moved from Montreal to Nova Scotia in 2010 where she has enjoyed meeting and working with students of Chogyam Trungpa. Françoise is President and founder of Elephant, a Website and marketing tools development firm. Françoise taught multimedia courses at both the university and college levels. She assisted in developing the college curriculum in multimedia at Maisonneuve College in Montreal. She spent three years in the doctoral multimedia program at the University of British Columbia. Françoise holds a bi-disciplinary masters degree in Computer Science and Art from the University of Montreal.

Special Projects:  Julia Creighton

Julia  first connected with the Buddhist teachings in a Thai monastery and feels blessed by her brief connection with Chögyam Trungpa, continuing as his student in the Buddhist and Shambhala traditions with Sakyong Mipham. Julia is an active member of the Halifax peace movement, and a (generally) joyful ally for her teenage daughter and aging parents.

Board of Advisors

Richard Reoch, President of Shambhala International

Richard has spent most of his working life in the service of international public affairs organizations in the fields of human rights, conflict resolution and inter-cultural communication. For many years he was the global media chief of Amnesty International, speaking for human rights to the media worldwide. In the 1980s, he was asked by Sting to help organize the Rainforest Foundation, and is one of its longest-serving trustees. He currently chairs the International Working Group on Sri Lanka. In 2002, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, head of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage, appointed him President of Shambhala.

Carolyn Rose Gimian, chair

Carolyn has been the director of the Legacy Project since its inception. She is the Director Emeritus of the Shambhala Archives and a senior editor of the books of Chögyam Trungpa. She is a past president of the Council of Nova Scotia Archives. Carolyn has been a meditation instructor and teacher for 35 years. She is a regular contributor to the Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma magazines, and is included frequently in The Best of Buddhist Writing.

Sara Hamsa Bercholz

Sara was born into the community of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the daughter of his students Samuel and Hazel Bercholz. She is the Executive Vice President at Shambhala Publications, the business her father started 40 years ago with the publication of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s Meditation in Action.

Jane Carpenter

Jane is an Associate Professor at Naropa University. She has taught and coordinated programs for Shambhala and Buddhist centers for twenty-five years and has directed meditation programs and retreats internationally. Jane began her study and practice of Buddhism in 1975 under the guidance of Ven. Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche.  She received her MA in Buddhist Psychology from Naropa University. She was the Chair of the Contemplative Psychology Department for nine years and currently teaches courses in Buddhist Psychology and Contemplative Psychology. Jane is an instructor of Ikebana, Japanese flower arranging. She is currently working in collaboration with the Royal University of Bhutan in the development of Mindfulness and Contemplative approaches in education and counseling.

Walter Fordham

Walter became a student of the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1974. For many years, he worked in Rinpoche’s household, the Kalapa Court. He was appointed the Master of the Household in 1981, a post he held until Trungpa Rinpoche’s death in 1987. An information technology consultant for the past twenty-five years, Walter is currently the co-director with his wife Joanne of The Chronicles of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. 

Thomas Hast

Tom first met Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1972. He was one of the initial administrators of Naropa University and also helped reorganize and manage Shambhala Training in the 1980s.  During the past 30 years, he served as Chairman of the Board of CDR Associates ,which does mediation training and dispute resolution all over the world, and was a founder and Board member of The Friends School, The Colorado Movement for Children, and the Boulder Jewish Community Foundation.  He is the President of Hast & Company, a professional property management company in Boulder, Colorado and is currently on the Boards of Naropa University and of the Yesod Foundation which he started 16 years ago to support the work of Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi.

Acharya Emeritus Judith Lief

Judy first met CTR in 1971 at the Tail of the Tiger in Vermont, and in 1972, her path took a turn when she dropped out of graduate school at Columbia University and moved to Boulder to focus on studying and practicing under his direction. Judy attended the first Vajradhatu Seminary in 1973, and shortly thereafter, the Vidyadhara encouraged her to begin teaching. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche gave Judy the title of “Acharya,” or senior teacher. Judy has been one of the Vidyadhara’s main editors since 1976, and recently completed compiling and editing the three-volume Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma. She is a published author of many articles and the book Making Friends with Death: A Buddhist Guide to Encountering Mortality. Judy is active in the movement to improve the way we care for the dying, and is a founding member of the Contemplative Alliance, under the auspices of the Global Peace Initiative of Women. Judy travels and teaches widely and is the lead teacher of the annual Profound Treasury Retreats.

Julie Martin

Julie attended the opening session of Naropa Institute in 1974 and eventually immigrated from Vermont to Nova Scotia in 1985. She has been an advancement officer or consultant for many educational organizations, including North Country School, Shambhala Sun Magazine, Nova Scotia Sea School, Shambhala International, Nova Scotia Community College and Goddard College. Julie now resides in Vermont, though she currently serves as interim advancement officer for Saybrook University based in Seattle and San Francisco.

Acharya Larry Mermelstein

Larry became a student of the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1971. He is empowered as a senior teacher, or “acharya,” by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He has been the Executive Director of the Nalanda Translation Committee for over thirty years and is a long-time consulting editor to Shambhala Publications.

David I. Rome

David began practicing Buddhism in 1971 and served for nine years as private secretary to his teacher Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. David played a leadership role in the early development of Shambhala International and Naropa University and was one of the first teachers in the Shambhala Training program. He has served as President of Schocken Books, Senior VP for Planning of the Greyston Foundation, and Managing Director and Senior Fellow with the Garrison Institute. David teaches and writes about Mindful Focusing, a contemplative method for addressing personal and professional challenges that combines Buddhist mindfulness-awareness practices and the Focusing method of finding the wisdom of the body.

Michael Speraw

Michael Speraw met Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche in Santa Barbara in 1974 and became his student. He was co-coordinator of the Berkeley Dharmadhatu in the late 70’s and early 80’s. He was moved to Toronto from Los Angeles by the company he worked for in 1989 and was the Shambhala Training Director there. He started a home medical device company in 1993 and moved it to Halifax in 1994. When he sold the company in 2012 it had 25 employees. Michael became a student of Khenpo Rinpoche in 2000 and a student of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche in 2007.

Miriam Tarcov

A long-time student of Chögyam Trungpa, Miriam held several positions within the Shambhala International organization established (as Vajradhatu) by Chögyam Trungpa, including Director of Information and Public Relations; Director of Fund Development; and Editor-in-Chief of the Vajradhatu Sun (now the Shambhala Sun). Over the past 30 years, Miriam has held senior fund development positions in cultural and social service organizations, including the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and Habitat for Humanity.  She was co-owner of the executive search firm Professional Search Group, and now serves as a consultant.  She currently serves on several boards, including the Arizona Friends of Tibet.  Miriam is an artist and writer and co-authored Mandala and The Feminine (Shambhala Publications).

Sally Walker

A student of  the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche for over 30 years, Sally  served many years in a leadership role in the Dorje Kasung, a service organization within Shambhala, She was the Executive Director of the Discovery Centre in Halifax for five years, and has also directed other educational organizations in the US and Canada.  Sally has a Ph.D in Biology and has worked as an environmental consultant and as a senior researcher for GPI Atlantic. She coordinated Monday Nights with Chögyam Trungpa for five years.

 

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