SAMVARA

 
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Samvara, the Ajahn (respected teacher) is the director of the Vajranandacharya Buddhist Church and the abbot of the Bodhiwoods spiritual retreat in the Santa Cruz mountains of Northern California. Samvara is a teacher of Dzogchen Indo-Tibetan Buddhism and Karma Yoga. Samvara, the author of The Enlightenment Workbook of Buddhist Mysticism, imparts the authentic ancient Buddhist teachings lucidly, so that the spiritual path becomes accessible and easily applicable for Westerners.

From the age of 6 Samvara studied martial arts, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, and Chinese medicine under the instructions of master Wai Lee. Like the Shao Lin monks, Samvara was taught by his Buddhist master how to make martial arts a spiritual practice.

At the age of 20 he was ordained a Buddhist Monk and was given the instructions and transmissions to be initiated into the highest doctrines of Dzogchen Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Mysticism by his Buddhist master Ram Rinpoche.

As a monk, though Samvara primarily studied with Ram Rinpoche, he also studied at the Naropa Institute and at Kopan Monastery. His journey also led him to learn from other high masters, rinpoches, sadhus, and khenpos such as: Acharya Tshewang Khenpo, the respected Nyingma Dakini Yoga master Yuan Miao, Khenpo Yurmed Tinly Rinpoche and the high siddhas of the Himalayas.

Samvara has spiritual study centers in San Francisco and Budapest. He leads inspiring spiritual pilgrimages to sacred places throughout the world including India, China, and the Native American Southwest.

A teacher of Buddhist mysticism for over 20 years, Samvara is known for his miracle of light. At his seminars, he imparts profound esoteric teachings (secret teachings) through transmissions of light and wisdom. Seminar attendees often report seeing white and gold lights surrounding Samvara and filling the room. Samvara radiates love, compassion, humor and light. 


Dharma

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Dharma is a senior monk at the Vajranandacharya Buddhist school and the Bodhiwoods spiritual retreat in the Santa Cruz mountains of Northern California. He is a teacher of Dzogchen Indo-Tibetan Buddhist meditation and Karma Yoga. Dharma is a student of Samvara, the author of The Enlightenment Workbook of Buddhist Mysticism, which is a spiritual guide that imparts the authentic ancient Buddhist teachings lucidly so that the spiritual path becomes accessible and easily applicable for Westerners.

Dharma has practiced martial arts since the age of 14 and is a black belt in Kempo and Small Circle Jiu Jitsu. He was taught by Samvara, a master martial artist in multiple martial arts styles, how to make martial arts a spiritual practice.

He was ordained a Buddhist monk in 2002 and was given the instructions and transmissions to be initiated into the highest doctrines of Dzogchen Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Mysticism by his Buddhist master Samvara.

Dharma's studies have also lead him to inspiring spiritual pilgrimages to sacred places throughout the world including India and the Native American Southwest.

He currently is CEO of a successful technology company in Silicon Valley California where he and his team run their business on the core values of practicing compassion and selfless service.

For more information, please email dharma@sfawakenedmind.org.


Tara

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Tara is a senior monk in the Vajranandacharya Buddhist Tradition. She studies Dzogchen Indo-Tibetan Buddhism and Karma Yoga with her teacher Samvara.

She had received teaching empowerment in 2008 and has been teaching meditation and mindfulness ever since.

Through her meditation practice, Tara has learned to go into high states of mind and integrate the balance and joy gained from meditation into her daily life.

Tara uses her accomplishments as a top software consultant, martial artist and scuba diver to demonstrate how teachings of Enlightenment empower women not only spiritually, but in all aspects of their lives.

For more information, please email tara@sfawakenedmind.org