Our spiritual community (Sangha) is guided by local teacher Sue Kochan and visiting teacher and spiritual advisor Anam Thubten, founder of Dharmata Foundation. Dharma Refuge is fortunate to host gifted Dharma teachers such as Anam Thubten and Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel for public talks, weekly Dharma teachings and retreats throughout the year. Sue offers a Dharma talk following practice several times a month. Please see our monthly calendar listing for upcoming events, classes, retreats and weekly practices.
Anam Thubten grew up in Tibet and at an early age began to practice in the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Among his many teachers, his most formative guides were Lama Tsurlo, Khenpo Chopel, and Lama Garwang. He is the founder and spiritual advisor of Dharmata Foundation, teaching widely in the U.S. and abroad. He is also the author of various articles and books in both the Tibetan and English language. His books in English include The Magic of Awareness and No Self, No Problem.
To view Anam Thubten’s teaching and retreat schedule, please visit www.dharmata.org/events-calendar. Through the essential wisdom of Buddhism and his personal experience on the spiritual path, Anam Thubten brings alive the timeless teachings and invites everyone to participate.
Sue was inspired to dedicate her life to the path of the Bodhisattva when she first met H.E. Garchen Rinpoche in 1999. She has been studying and practicing the Dharma ever since. In 2008, at the request of her teacher Anam Thubten, she was ordained to teach. Sue’s teachings are based on the transcendent wisdom of the Buddha as they have been transmitted through the lineage of her teachers. Her particular interest is "Dharma off the cushion." How do we use the conditions of our life to open and awaken us, for the benefit of all beings?
In addition to being a wife, mom and teacher at Dharma Refuge, Sue is the former CEO and current board chair of Brand Cool, and serves on a variety of not-for-profit boards and committees.