Jhampa Shaneman studied Mahayana Buddhism in Dharmsala, India from 1971 until 1984. He was an ordained monk during those years. He studied with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, His Holiness’s senior tutor Kyabje Ling Rinpoche, Ven. Geshe Rabten, Geshe Dhargaye and other famous Lamas of that time. He has translated for Masters of all the 4 sects of Tibetan Buddhism over the last 30 years and carries various lineages from these traditions. In 1980, Jhampa entered the traditional Great Retreat and spent the next three and a half years on the mountain above Dharmsala, India. Being born and raised in the west gives Jhampa’s way of sharing the insights of the East a uniquely relevant twist. Jhampa is a lay Buddhist teacher living part time in Mexico and Canada. He is one of the first western practitioners to be given permission by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to teach all levels of Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism.