Other Ligmincha Instructors





Alejandro Chaoul-Reich is a senior student of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and has studied since 1989 with many Tibetan Bon and Buddhist masters. Alejandro is the director of research at Ligmincha International and additionally serves as director of Ligmincha Texas Institute for the Tibetan Meditative and Healing Arts, Houston, www.ligminchatexas.org. Alejandro teaches meditation to cancer patients and their supporters and is involved in research using tsa lung trul khor with cancer patients at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He is also an assistant professor at the John P. McGovern, M.D., Center for Health, Humanities, and the Human Spirit and the U.T. School of Medicine in Houston. Alejandro received his Ph.D. in Tibetan religions from Rice University and is author of Chod Practice in the Bon Tradition, Snow Lion, 2009.



John Jackson has taught meditation courses each fall and spring at Ligmincha Institute since 2001. He is director of the Chamma Ling solitary retreat center in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Colorado, www.chammaling.org; and a faculty member at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, where he designs educational programs for future physicians. John has explored the subtle methods of sutra, tantra and dzogchen for more than 30 years, training for the last 15 years with the great Bon masters His Holiness Lungtok Tenpai Nyima, Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche, and Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche. He has traveled extensively across Asia enjoying pilgrimage, study and retreat. John helped to establish Ligmincha International; he served on its board of directors for several years, and has helped to organize more than 25 large group retreats.



Gabriel Rocco is a senior student of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and serves as Board Chair of Ligmincha International. Gabriel is the mind-body health specialist at the Wellness Community in Philadelphia, staff instructor for the University of Pennsylvania’s Program for Stress Management, and a therapist in private practice.






Laura Shekerjian is a student of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and has studied as well with the great Bon teachers H.H. Lungtok Tenpai Nyima Rinpoche and Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche. She has studied trul khor with H.E. Menri Lopon Trinley Nyima Rinpoche and Alejandro Chaoul-Reich and has been teaching this form of Tibetan yoga for several years. She is a psychotherapist practicing in Berkeley, Calif., and is adjunct faculty at JFK University and California Institute of Integral Studies, teaching Tibetan Buddhism and various classes in the counseling psychology program. She has master's degrees in Buddhist studies and counseling psychology, and is actively involved in exploring the integration of the Buddhist and Western paradigms of self-transformation.



Marcy Vaughn serves as practice leader for most of Ligmincha International's retreats at Serenity Ridge. A senior student of Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, she has practiced Tibetan Buddhism since 1973. As director of practice and support for Ligmincha, she works with Rinpoche to plan courses that facilitate study and practice among Tenzin Rinpoche's Western students. Marcy is editor of Tibetan Sound Healing, by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche (Boulder, Colo.: Sounds True, 2006). She graduated in the first class of Naropa University’s Masters Program in Contemplative Psychotherapy. Marcy leads meditation retreats and conducts training programs for psychotherapists and teachers exploring the therapeutic uses of imagery and contemplative practices and has taught mindfulness-based stress reduction for the University of Pennsylvania's Program in Stress Management. She is a therapist in private practice in Bala Cynwyd, Pa.