Jim has lived, studied, and traveled in South Asia for more than 25 years. He is an adjunct professor of Asian Studies at Castleton State College of Vermont. He has lectured in the U.S. and Europe on Buddhist art, architecture, meditation and philosophy. As a photographer, Jim’s keen knowledge of the Himalayan region and cultures has served him well as a location scout for commercial film productions. He has trekked extensively throughout the Himalayas. Personable and witty, Jim’s expertise has attracted travelers from around the world. Jim leads every tour the way he teaches — with passion and concern that each traveler has the experience of a lifetime!
Tenpa is our expert Tibetan guide and scholar. He is fluent in English, German, Chinese, and Tibetan. Tenpa has been organizing and leading tours in all parts of Tibet for more than 10 years. He is a leading authority on Tibetan history, art, architecture, culture, and Tibetan Buddhism. Tenpa has led groups of all sizes to Mt. Kalish, from large Indian pilgrimages of over 200 pilgrims to individual tours with Western Buddhists such as Oliver Stone. Tenpa’s patience, compassion, and great sense of humor make all our guests want to take him home with them!
Tenpa is a famous master painter and scholar or Tibetan sacred arts. He is a renowned teacher and founder of one of the most prestigious tangka painting schools in Tibet. When visiting Tenpa’s studio and tangka painting school, we learn the centuries old tangka painting techniques from one of Tibet’s greatest living master painters.
Lama Lobsang Tenzin Rinpoche
Rinpoche is the current abbot of Drepung monastery in Tibet. Drepung was once the largest monastic university in the world with more than 10,000 monks. Rinpoche is one of the most highest and learned Tibetan lamas both inside and outside of Tibet. He has been a monk his entire life and holds the highest Geshe degree in Buddhist studies. Rinpoche has collaborated on many books with his most famous American student and Tibetologist, Professor Jeffery Hopkins. Having an audience and receiving lectures from such a highly realized lama is always an honor and true highlight of our visits in Tibet.