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The Yongey Foundation
PO Box 770630
Steamboat Springs CO 80477 - 970-846-2699

The Yongey Foundation Board -

The Ven. Mingyur, Rinpoche - Chairman and Spiritual Director
Tim Olmsted - President
Glenna Olmsted - Secretary/Treasurer
Josh Baran - Vice-President
Edwin Kelley- Executive Director of Tergar International

Board of Senior Advisors - 
The Ven. Tsoknyi Rinpoche
Khenpo Kunga
Lama Trinley
Lama Tashi
Alex Halpern LLC - Foundation attorney

Tim Olmsted:
Tim has been a student of the Dharma for the past 35 years.  In 1981, he moved to Nepal to study with Mingyur Rinpoche’s father, Tulku Urgyen, and stayed for 12 years.  He founded the Yongey Foundation in 2003, and is a Tergar Instructor.  Tim has been the director of Gampo Abbey, the Buddhist monastery in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.  He is also the founder, and president of the Pema Chodron Foundation. 


Glenna Olmsted:
Glenna lives with Tim in Steamboat Springs, CO.  She is the dedicated student of Mingyur Rinpoche, and his brothers, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, and Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche.  She has been selling real estate in Steamboat For the past 30 years, and is the personal assistant to the well known western Buddhist nun, Pema Chodron.                   

Josh Baran:
Josh is a communications and public relations professional.  He is the founder of Baron Communications.  Josh is a long time practitioner, (was once a Zen monk), and has been instrumental in the successful publication of Mingyur Rinpoche’s books

Edwin Kelley:
A long time student practitioner, Edwin is the Executive Director of Tergar International.  He lives with his wife, Myoshin, (one of the Tergar Instructors), in Minneapolis, MN., where they lead the active Tergar community. Before joining Tergar, Edwin served for 7 years as the director of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS), in Barre, MA. 

The Ven. Tsoknyi Rinpoche: 
Tsoknyi Rinpoche is Mingyur Rinpoche’s brother, and a brilliant teacher who teaches around the world.  He lives in Kathmandu, Nepal, and is responsible for over 3500 nuns who of the Tsoknyi Rinpoche in Tibet and Nepal. 

Learn more about Tsoknyi Rinpoche's activities - here

Lama Tashi (Tsewang Rinzing Lama):
Tashi is a much loved member of Tsoknyi Rinpoche and Mingyur Rinpoche’s worlds.  Tashi grew up and trained at Ka-Nying Shedrup Ling in Kathmandu, and for the past 20 years has travelled and worked tirelessly in to support and support Tsoknyi Rinpoche activities.

Khenpo Kunga: 
Khenpo Kunga began his education at Tergar monastery when he was young, studying the rituals, prayers, and traditional practices of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. At fifteen, he entered an extended meditation retreat and spent three years mastering the profound contemplative practices of the Kagyü lineage. Following this period of intense meditation practice, he entered the renowned Dzongsar monastic college near Dharamsala in Northwest India. After studying there for eleven years and receiving his Khenpo degree (roughly equivalent to a PhD), he taught at Dzongsar college for three additional years. Kunga has taught in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the United States as one of the main teachers for the worldwide network of Tergar Monasteries, Meditation Centers, and Meditation Groups.

Lama Trinley:
Acharya Lama Chhewang Thile (Lama Trinley) began his education at Tergar Monastery, where he studied the rituals, prayers, and other traditional practices of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. He entered the traditional three-year retreat when he was seventeen years old, after which he spent six years training in the monastic college of Tergar Monastery, where he taught for three years as assistant professor.  He has been the resident teacher at the Tergar Meditation Center of Phoenix since November, 2007.

Alex Halpern LLC: 
Alex has been a practicing Buddhist for nearly 40 years. He has helped establish a variety of Buddhist communities, including Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s, Pundarika Foundation. He has practiced law in Colorado since graduating from the University of Denver College of Law in 1976.