About Michael Burroughs

Michael Burroughs is one of the first western students of the previous Penor Rinpoche, from whom he received Nam Cho, Rinchen Terdzod, Longchen Nyingthig and the Kama. He received the teachings of Pema Lingpa from Gangteng Rinpoche of Bhutan; Mipham from Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche; and the Northern Treasures from Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche in 1997 at Namdroling Monastery in South India. At the end of the wangs, Penor Rinpoche gave him a golden colored, raw silk zen (shawl) and instructed him to wear it at his dharma events and activities. At that time and during several subsequent meetings, TTR asked Michael to start a group in America. Previous attempts did not bear fruit. On the day Rinpoche’s body was cremated in Shimla, he received a call offering to help him start a group.  

He comes from the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and studied piano and organ as an undergraduate at Virginia Intermont College and the University of Kentucky. He did his graduate work in counseling at East Tennessee State University, organ at University of Colorado Boulder, and religious studies at the University of Virginia and at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA. 

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