Acharya-Tashi-Wangchuk webAcharya Tashi Wangchuk

Acharya Tashi Wangchuk is the  resident teacher at NalandaWest, the Nalandabodhi event center in  Seattle, where he teaches regularly. Acharya-la also is the main acharya  overseeing the North American Nalandabodhi centers. Acharya Tashi was born  and raised in eastern Bhutan, and at the age of 15 moved to Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim, India, the  seat-in-exile of His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa. At Rumtek, Acharya  studied for ten years and graduated from Karma Shri Nalanda Institute, the  principal Karma Kagyu shedra, or monastic college. This is the same shedra  from which Nalandabodhi’s main teacher Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and our  former resident teacher Acharya Sherab Gyaltsen Negi also graduated.

After graduating from Shedra,  Acharya Tashi took on one year of teaching responsibilities for the Karma  Kagyu lineage in Hong Kong. After that, he returned to Rumtek to teach at the  shedra from which he graduated. He then went to Nepal, where he did editorial  work for Nitartha International, an educational organization founded by  Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and devoted to the preservation of endangered  Tibetan texts in digital formats. Acharya Tashi is one of the principal  editors in the Nitartha International project of publishing the renowned  Eight Great Treatises of the Karma Kagyu lineage, and remains active while in  Seattle in preparing for publication in many different forms classical  Tibetan texts vital to the continuity of the Kagyu lineage.

Acharya-la has been a featured  teacher at Nitartha Institute and the Nalandabodhi annual retreat.