Dharma College Faculty


Wangmo Dixey


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


Robin Caton


Robin holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan and an MFA in creative writing from Saint Mary's College of California. She is an attorney, poet and teacher who has studied Buddhism for many years, both at the Nyingma Institute and under the direction of Founding Head Lama Tarthang Tulku. Her published works include a volume of poetry, The Color of Dusk. Robin was the Director of Dharma College from 2010 to 2017.


Richard Dixey


Richard holds a Ph.D. from London University, an M.A. with distinction in the history and philosophy of science from London University, and a B.A. Hons from Oxford. He was director of the Bioelectronic Research Unit at St Bartholomew's hospital in London for fourteen years before founding and becoming the Chief Executive of Phytopharm PLC, a biotechnology company listed on the London Stock Exchange. Richard has been a student of Buddhism since 1972 and has traveled extensively in the Himalayas, India and South East Asia. He is currently an advisor to the Khyentse Foundation.


Abbe Blum


Abbe holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley, an M.A. from Cambridge University in 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. She currently teaches in the School of Psychology and Interdisciplinary Inquiry at Saybrook University. She has been studying Buddhism since the 1970’s, and has taught at various TNMC locations since 1998.

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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).


Diane Kepner


Diane holds a B.A. in English from California State University, East Bay, an M.A. in Humanities from the University of Houston, Texas and an M.A. in Education from Stanford University. For many years she taught English, literature and writing in the public schools. She has been interested in Buddhism for much of her adult life and, for the last five years, has been studying with Robin Caton at Dharma College.



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.