Faculty and Staff

Our incredible team

Wangmo Dixey


Wangmo Dixey is the eldest daughter of Venerable Tarthang Tulku and was born in Berkeley, California in 1969. She has two children with Dr. Richard Dixey and also holds roles as Executive Director, Light of Buddhadharma Foundation International and President, International Buddhist Association of America. She has been awarded many international accolades for her work in Asia. She carries a BA in International Relations from UCLA and a MA in International Development from American University.


Robin Caton


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


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


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


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).


Brandon Roberts


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.