Robin Caton, Director of Dharma College and Instructor

Robin holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan. She is an attorney, poet and teacher who has studied Buddhism for many years, both at the Nyingma Institute, where she is also an instructor, and under the direction of Founding Head Lama Tarthang Tulku. Her published works include a volume of poetry, The Color of Dusk.


Abbe Blum, Instructor

Abbe holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley, an M.A. from Cambridge University, England, where she was a Marshall scholar, and a Ph.D. in English literature from Yale University. As an Associate Professor at Swarthmore College, she taught Shakespeare and intensive writing seminars, and she currently teaches in the School of Psychology and Interdisciplinary Inquiry at Saybook University. She has been studying Buddhism since the 1970’s, and has taught at various TNMC locations since 1998.


Richard Dixey, Instructor

Richard holds a Ph.D. from London University, an M.A. in the history and philosophy of science from London University and a B.A. Hons from Oxford. Richard has been a student of Buddhism since 1972.


Jack Petranker, Instructor

Jack holds a J.D. from Yale and an M.A. in political theory from the University of California, Berkeley. He is Director of the Mangalam Research Center for Buddhist Languages and the Center for Creative Inquiry and an active member of the California State Bar. In addition to having published academic articles in the fields of consciousness studies and organizational change, he is the author of When It Rains, Does Space Get Wet? (Dharma Publishing 2006).


Pema Gellek, Instructor

Pema holds an M.A. in International Politics from American University and a B.A. in Asian Studies from Mary Baldwin College and has studied under the Founding Head Lama, Tarthang Tulku and with Buddhist masters in Nepal. She is also a faculty member of the Nyingma Institute and Co-Director of the Guna Foundation.

Curt_editedCurt Caton, Instructor

Curt holds a J.D. from Harvard, a B.A. from Santa Clara, and has taught social science courses at several Bay Area colleges after practicing with a major San Francisco law firm.


Elizabeth Cook, Instructor

Elizabeth holds a B.A. and an M.A. in South Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin, followed by a year of coursework toward a Ph.D. in Indian Language and Linguistics. Since 1977 she has studied directly with Tibetan lama Tarthang Tulku. She has edited and compiled introductory books on Buddhist history and teachings under his direction, served as editor for Dharma Publishing, and presented workshops on Buddhism in Europe and Brazil.




Brandon Roberts, Registrar

Brandon has been working with the Nyingma Organization off and on since 2006, first building a temple at Odiyan, then making books at Ratna Ling. Other things he has done recently include meditating full time in Maine and working at a summer camp for at-risk boys in New Hampshire. In his spare time Brandon studies computer programming.

Joor Baruah, Marketing

Associated with the Nyingma organization since 2012, Joor is a student of Tibetan Buddhism and a part-time volunteer at Dharma College. He is a documentary filmmaker working on a feature length version of Adi | At The Confluence and a strategy consultant for creative and nonprofit projects. Joor holds an M.B.A (Central University, India), M.A. (Film+Digital Media, University of California, Santa Cruz) and an Associate of Investigative Reporting Program IRP 2017 (University of California, Berkeley)