Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel

Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel has studied and practiced the buddhadharma for twenty-five years under the guidance of her teacher and husband, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche. After meeting Rinpoche in Nepal, she became his first Western student. She has been intimately involved with Rinpoche’s work in bringing Buddhist wisdom to the West, particularly with the development of Mangala Shri Bhuti, an organization dedicated to the study and practice of the Longchen Nyingtik lineage.

Elizabeth has an academic backround in both Anthropology and Buddhist Studies, but her learning is also grounded in practice. After she spent many years in solitary retreat, Rinpoche appointed Elizabeth as Retreat Master at Longchen Jigme Samten Ling, Mangala Shri Bhuti’s retreat center in southern Colorado. She has edited two of Rinpoche’s books -- It’s Up to You and Light Comes Through -- and has written a book of her own, titled The Power of an Open Question. She regularly teaches the buddhadharma in the United States and Europe.

Elizabeth delights in wrestling with difficult and juicy “koans” that tend to plague modern day practitioners, while still maintaining a deep respect for the ancient tradition of her lineage.

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