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!
Kanpo Sonam Tenpa
Kartok Monastery, located in the Kham region of Eastern Tibet, is one of the most important monasteries in the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. It was founded in 1159 by the great Nyingma master Tampa Deshek. Kanpo Sonam Tenpa is the abbot of Kartok Monastery and is a renowned meditation master who has a vast understanding of Buddhist philosophy. He has spent many years in retreat actualizing all aspects of the Buddhadharma. When we visit Kartok Monastery, Kanpo Sonam Tenpa always gives our group a lecture on Buddhist philosophy. He is a gifted teacher and enjoys sharing his experience and knowledge with our groups. It a real pleasure and honor to receive instruction from such a qualified master.