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Lama Surya Das is one of the foremost Western Buddhist meditation teachers and scholars, one of the main interpreters of Tibetan Buddhism in the West, and a leading spokesperson for the emerging American Buddhism. The Dalai Lama affectionately calls him “The Western Lama.”

Surya has spent over forty-five years studying Zen, vipassana, yoga, and Tibetan Buddhism with the great masters of Asia, including the Dalai Lama’s own teachers, and has twice completed the traditional three-year meditation cloistered retreat at his teacher’s Tibetan monastery. He is an authorized lama and lineage holder in the Nyingmapa School of Tibetan Buddhism, and a close personal disciple of the leading grand lamas of that tradition. He is the founder of the Dzogchen Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Over the years, Surya has brought many Tibetan lamas to this country to teach and start centers and retreats. As founder of the Western Buddhist Teachers Network with the Dalai Lama, he regularly helps organize its international Buddhist Teachers Conferences. He is also active in interfaith dialogue and charitable projects in low-income countries. In recent years, Lama Surya has turned his efforts and focus towards youth and contemplative education initiatives, what he calls “True higher education and wisdom for life training.”

Lama Surya Das is a sought-after speaker and lecturer, teaching and conducting meditation retreats and workshops around the world. He is a published author, translator, chant master (see Chants to Awaken the Buddhist Heart CD, with Stephen Halpern), and a regular contributor at the Be Here Now Network with his Awakening Now Podcast, as well as his own AskTheLama.com blog site where he shares his thoughts and answers questions from the public each week.

Surya Das is the author of 14 books, which you can find here

Learn more about Lama Surya Das on his website

Our Board of Directors

Lama Surya Das

Lama Surya Das established the Dzogchen Center in 1991 upon the return from twenty years of intensive study and retreat in India, Nepal, and France.

Lama Surya Das is Dzogchen Center’s President and Spiritual Director.  A brief bio is here.

Judi Ricci

Judi Ricci retired in 2008 after a career in public health research. Trained as an anthropologist and epidemiologist, she worked in the fields of human nutrition and chronic and infectious disease both internationally and in the United States. Judi has published many articles and abstracts in scientific journals, has presented at national and international professional organizations, and has been a peer reviewer for a number of scientific journals. She earned a master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate in international health from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Judi is also a yoga instructor, silversmith, cartoonist, and community volunteer. She regularly practices Tibetan energy yoga, Kundalini yoga, and hatha yoga as a prelude to meditation. Judi has been a student of Lama Surya Das for over 10 years.

Kevin Buck

Kevin Buck is collaborative leadership and executive coach, leveraging more than 30 years of consulting experience to guide organizations toward self-transformation. As the President and Founder of Emergent Success Inc. in 2006, he and his team offer collaborative leadership consulting and advisory services including the following: Executive Coaching (for individuals and teams), Talent Development, Succession Planning, Strategic Planning and Facilitation and Leadership Education. The mission of Emergent Success is to assist individuals, teams and organizations in ‘co-creating’ the optimal conditions for success to emerge.


Kathleen Albanese


After spending many years as a marketing/advertising executive, in the high-tech world, Kathleen took leave to raise her family. In 2009, on the recommendation of a friend, she met and went to work with Lama Surya Das.  In May of 2021, Kathleen took over as Director of the Dzogchen Foundation, bringing with her many years of experience working in the non-profit world.

If you’d like to reach Kathleen, please email her at kathleen@dzogchen.org


All Dzogchen Center programs are run by a dedicated group of volunteer practitioners.

Our Community Policies

A Good and Spiritual Life

At the Dzogchen Center, we recognize that the foundation of the good and spiritual life rests upon our mindful and caring relationship to all the lives and life around us.

We endeavor to throw no one out of our hearts nor build walls around our hearts and ourselves, and wish only for the best and most harmonious, safe, sane, sacred and beautiful community sangha and Bodhisattva ideal in living action possible. An ideal and community to which we have offered our service as well as continuing practice efforts and participation.

Communicating with the Center

A good spiritual community rests on a transparent, loving exchange between community members.  If you would like to communicate with the center, there are three different channels you can use:

  1. Communications to the Board of Directors can be sent to board@dzogchen.org
  2. Questions or concerns or can be sent to questions@dzogchen.org
  3. If you have a personal matter you’d like to discuss, please direct communication to CommunityCouncil@dzogchen.org


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  2. Policy Against Harassment and Discrimination
  3. Grievance Policy

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