Advisors, Guest Teachers & Artists
Robert A. F. Thurman is an advisor and guest teacher at the Foundation of the Sacred Stream. He is an influential and prolific American Buddhist writer and academic. He is also the Je Tsongkhapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University, holding the first endowed chair in this field of study in the United States.
Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D., is an advisor and guest teacher at the Foundation of the Sacred Stream. He is an author and has been the principal English translator to the Dalai Lama since 1985. He is also President of the advisory board of the Mind and Life Institute, dedicated to fostering creative dialogue between the Buddhist tradition and Western science.
Geshe Pema Dorjee is an advisor and guest teacher at the Foundation of the Sacred Stream. He was the head of the Tibetan Children’s Village in Dharamsala for almost twenty years. Geshela was charged with recreating the Tibetan education system and creating programs to preserve the Tibetan culture for the youth in exile.
Barbara Higbie is an advisor and visiting artist at the Foundation of the Sacred Stream. She is a Grammy-nominated, Bammy award winning pianist, composer, violinist, and multi-instrumentalist. She is a folk, jazz, pop, and fusion singer-songwriter, noted for her highly melodic, jazz/folk piano performances.
Teacher and spiritual master Geshe Thupten Tenzin is currently serving as the assistant Abbott of Gyuto Tantric Monastic University in Dharmsala. He will be enthroned as the Abbott of Gyuto Tantric Monastic University by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in 2017.
Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche is a teacher of the Bon Tibetan religious tradition. He is founder and director of the Ligmincha Institute and several centers named Chamma Ling, organizations dedicated to the study and practice of the teachings of the Bon tradition.
Vedic Astrologer Prasannan has consulted with more than 60,000 clients throughout the world. Employing his immense experience, he offers clear direction, assisting you in making decisions in any area of life, and achieving your full potential.
Acclaimed musicians Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter are a multi-instrumentalist duo with Celtic harps, Swedish nyckelharpa, Ukrainian bandura, bouzouki, cittern, and more. They hail from San Francisco and tour extensively.
Award-winning electric cellist and vocalist Jami Sieber reaches inside the soul with compositions that are contemporary, timeless, lush, and powerfully evocative. Her style of performance has been recognized internationally.
Grammy-nominated composer Liz Story began her musical training as a young child, mastering Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 11 by the age of 11. When her family moved to Germany during her teens, she added languages, philosophy, and poetry to her studies.
A distinguished disciple of the legendary Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Rajeev Taranath was the recipient of the Indian government’s highest award in the arts in 1999— for outstanding achievement in the classical music field.