Jhampa Shaneman Biography

Jhampa Shaneman was one of the first western Buddhist monks in the Tibetan tradition of Mahayana Buddhism.  In his first 10 years in India he studied the tenants of Buddhism interspersing this with short periods of meditation retreat.   By 1980 he had completed 6 years of study of the Sutras and Tantras and approximately 4 years of short retreats such as the four preliminaries and several deities.  In the fall of 1980 Jhampa entered the traditional great retreat of Yamantaka and spent the next 3.5 years in isolation on the mountains above Dharmsala, India under the direct guidance of Kyabje Ling Rinpoche.

Upon returning to Canada in 1984 Jhampa returned his ordaination but he continued as a lay Buddhist teacher. His Holiness Dalai Lama gave Jhampa permission to teach Tantra in 1988.

Jhampa has been teaching Sutra and Tantra for over 30 years in Canada, Europe, the United States and Mexico.  He uses Buddhist wisdom and Mindfulness practices to help people deal with the stress of our modern world.  His presentations are full of interesting antidotes from both life in India and the Western World.

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