Teachers at the Buddha Center
Lodro Rigdzin Wangpo
Tibetan Buddhist monk
Lodro Rigdzin Wangpo is a lama in the nyingma tradition of tibetan Buddhism. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche was his teacher since 1987. He received transmission of the Longchen Nyingthig and a number of sadhanas amongst which are the Yeshe Tsogyal Practice “The Queen of Great Bliss” and the Padmasambhava practice particular to the Longchen Nyingthig. From Chagdud Tulku he received the Red Tara initiation. Lodro is also a practitioner of Chöd.
Venerable Wayne Hughes
Ch’an Buddhist monk
Venerable Wayne Hughes (Ren-Cheng) was ordained a Cleric in the Order of Pragmatic Buddhists, in May 2009, in St. Louis, MO. He was honored to perform the duties of deshi, otomo for his root teacher Dr. Jim Eubanks Sensei; to act as the Guest Prefect of the Order, to be the Associate Director of Buddhist Studies, and to lead the St. Louis Chapter of the Center for Pragmatic Buddhism (CPB).
Wayne Shi continues with the Pragmatic Buddhist tradition of “life-long learning” and the Engaged Dharma tradition of engaging the dharma through the actions of the social self. Honored to be a teacher at The Buddha Center, Friday at 2pm SLT, Monday at 1pm SLT.
Venerable David Astor
Ch’an Buddhist monk
I teach from a pragmatic Zen perspective with a primary focus on engaging the dharma in community. I am always available to Skype to answer questions you might have on Buddhist practice or persoanl concerns. Email is fine too.
Dokwang Augenblick (Jim Giorgi in real life)
ordained Zen Buddhist priest
My life and professional practice are devoted to personal transformation and the fulfillment of one’s highest good and purpose, for myself, for friends and family, and all whom I serve. Guiding principles are commitment to excellence, dedication to service, and a spirit of innovation. I use an Integral/ Transpersonal/ Spiritual approach.
Providing psychotherapy; counseling; mentor/life coaching; spiritual direction; spiritual teaching lectures.
Theravada Buddhist monk
Venerable Yuttadhammo (formerly Noah Greenspoon) is a Canadian-born Theravada Buddhist monk, ordained in 2001 under the guidance of Venerable Ajaan Tong Sirimangalo of Chiang Mai, Thailand.
He has practiced intensive and daily meditation following the Mahasi Sayadaw tradition since January 2000. He keeps discipline in line with the Theravada Buddhist monastic code, including not touching money, owning only one set of robes, etc.
He has taught intensive meditation in Thailand, Sri Lanka, USA and Canada since 2003 and gives online teachings via YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/yuttadhammo) both live and pre-recorded. He gives Dhamma talks in both English and Thai to both intensive meditators and by invitation to the general public.
Theravada Buddhist monk
34 year old Lay Buddhist Disciple of the Theravada tradition residing in the United States. I am a student on his path of Dhamma. Feel free to visit my youtube channel(http://www.youtube.com/user/StudentofthePath/featured ) for everything I do at the Buddha Center and the journey on the path.
“Do not accept any of my words on faith, Believing them just because I said them. Be like an analyst buying gold, who cuts, burns, And critically examines his product for authenticity.
Only accept what passes the test By proving useful and beneficial in your life.”
I have been a staff member of the Buddha Center for almost two years and do a variety of events from meditation sessions to dhamma talks and the basics of Buddhism class.
Buddhist practitioner for many years
Writer, musician, Tai Chi and Mindful Movement teacher, Buddhist practitioner for many years now in the Plum Village tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. I love talking with and especially listening to others, so don’t be afraid, Speak up!
Tibetan Buddhist monk
I am Karma Tsewang Samdrup. I first became a sramanera (novice monk) in April of 1977. Afterwards, I discovered my life as a monastic in Canada was to be different from my teacher’s experiences in Asia. For five years I moved around to several cities looking for a supportive environment in which to practice. In 1982, Kalu Rinpoche allowed me to enter into his first Canadian three year retreat near Vancouver, British Columbia on Canada’s west coast.
After finishing the three year retreat, I acquired a mobile home and continued to engage in solitary retreats. After some time, I returned to Vancouver and gave back my bhikshu (full monk) precepts. I got married and had a son in 1995. When my son was five, he expressed some interest in becoming a monk. When he was nine years old, myself being divorced, we both received novice monk (sramanera) ordination.
Last summer, I became a bhikshu again. Upon receiving my ordination, many people have been inspired by my decision and have come forward with many generous forms of support including the renovation of my home into a monastic center.
Delani Denimore (Founder Buddha Center)
Ordained Dharma Teacher
She has been practicing Zen Buddhism for 16 years in real life. In 1997 she formally took refuge and in 2000 took the precepts. In 2005 she was ordained a Dharma teacher in the Chogye sect, after five years of study with her Zen Master. Although her tradition is Korean Zen, Delani has integrated many other traditions into her sessions. She received Avalokiteshvara Empowerment from a Tibetan Rinpoche in 2010 and is a big advocate of Metta Karuna practice
Demian Arbizu (Alexander Duncan)
is a Buddhist blogger and published writer, including books on Buddhist philosophy and poetry, and a political blogger. He lives in Deer Park, Toronto and was born there.
Over the years he undertook an extensive comparative study of all of the major spiritual, religious, mystical, and magical traditions of humanity, including magic, astrology, the Western esoteric tradition, Cabala, Gnosticism, Sufism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, shamanism, Tantra, and Voudoun. He also studied the works of C.G. Jung, W.Y. Evans Wentz, Julius Evola, Mircea Eliade, and others.
In the late 1980s, Duncan experienced a vision of Red Tara, a Tibetan Buddhist deity, without knowing who she was at the time. In the mid-1990s, he encountered a Tibetan lama on the Internet, who sent him an image of Red Tara with the message, “this is for you.” Duncan immediately recognized the image as the object of his vision, and converted to Vajrayana Buddhism.
After many additional years of personal study and practice, Duncan founded Chroniker Press in 2010 as a vehicle to publish his own and other’s writings on spirituality and poetry. Currently he has published eight books including two non-fiction books on Buddhism, two books of poetry, a study of the mystic and magician Aleister Crowley, and Crowley’s version of the Qingjing Jing, to which he wrote a foreword. He has also published several professional titles in the financial planning field and other forewords and essays.
Duncan undertook the Vow of a Bodhisattva as a self-ordained practitioner of Dzogchen Buddhism with special devotion to Padmasambhava in 2011, after which time he began to write and publish poetry, in fulfillment of a long-standing ambition, encouraged by Buddhist scholar Dr. Robert Thurman’s reaction to his poem, “The Loneliness of the Dalai Lama.” He is also engaged in an intensive study of the process philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead, phenomenology, Heidegger, Herbert Guenther, and the Pali Canon, the results of which he publishes online and in print. Chroniker Press has published one collection of his Buddhist essays, entitled Dharma Notes, in 2012. Additional publications are pending. Altogether, Duncan’s websites, blogs, and YouTube channels are currently being read in almost seventy countries. His latest book is a revised second edition of Dharma Notes.
On December 21, 2012 CE at 7:38am ET, in the supramundane presence of Guru Rinpoche and a witness, Alexander Duncan swore the vow of a bodhisattva, receiving the name Tsering Rabten Thokmay. He is currently fulfilling a vow to read the Pali Canon through five times over the next five years. He is also active on Twitter (@AlexBDuncan).