Ryan Connolly


Ryan Connolly graduated from Wesley College in Dover, Delaware with a BS in Management in 1996. He began his study and practice of Buddhist philosophy in 1995. In 2010 he had the good fortune to attend a teaching by Tulku Sherab Dorje at Garrison Institute. Soon after he requested teachings and began the preliminary practices. He has remained a student since then and has participated in a variety of programs. He was blessed to be able to go to Thubten Chokhor Ling Monastery in Golok in 2013 & 2017 and be hosted by Hunkar Dorje. He has participated in organizing numerous programs for Blazing Wisdom Institute including the annual Rimay Monlam. He worked in construction throughout his younger years, and in 2013 began working with people with developmental disabilities.

Bertrand Deleuse


Bertrand Deleuse is an entrepreneur and finance veteran with a 25-year global track record, and the founder of EarthEnergy Partners LLC, an investment and strategic advisory firm partnering with passionate leaders with a vision for building a better world. EarthEnergy specializes in corporate development advisory, venture growth, social & environmental impact, and clean energy project development, structuring and financing.

Prior to that, Bertrand was an investment banker at Rothschild & Co., Lehman Brothers, and Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein in New York and Paris, where he advised Board of Directors and CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and private equity fund managers on M&A transactions totaling $14 billion.

Bertrand has a passion for spirituality, environmental conservation, impact investing and scuba diving. Bertrand is originally from the French Alps and is fluent in English, French, Italian, and Spanish.

Kelly Hohman


Kelly Hohman is a 1994 Graduate of Sonoma State University, with a B. A. in Psychology. She also completed post-graduate work at the University of Oregon and Marquette University. She spent 20 years working in acute care inpatient  psychiatric facilities in several states. She met Orgyen Kusum Lingpa in 1994, and has been a lazy student of the dharma since 1989. Interspersed with her mental health work, she also has been active in a number of music and film productions, and is an avid equestrian. To fulfill a commitment she made to Lamasang, since 2018 she has been developing a 35 acre property in Colorado for a Vajrakilaya center (Purba Ling) that is the home of a Gesar of Ling festival.

Khenpo Sonam Topgyal Rinpoche

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Khenpo Sonam Topgyal Rinpoche is the senior Khenpo of Riwoche Monastery and founder of the Riwoche Society and Temple in Toronto, Canada. He is an Honorary Khenpo of Katog Monastery in Tibet, and a senior holder of the Nying Tig and Ter Sar lineages from Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche, Chadral Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche, and others. He offers his guidance to and teaches advanced seminars annually at Blazing Wisdom Institute.

Venerable Hung Kar Dorje Rinpoche

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The Abbot of Tubten Chokhor Ling Monastery in Golog, Tibet, Hungkar Dorje Rinpoche was born into a nomadic family of great and realized yogins.  Rinpoche was recognized early in his life by such Buddhist masters as H.H. Orgyen Kusum Lingpa, H.H. Dodrupchen Rinpoche, Penor Rinpoche, and later, by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, as the reincarnation of Do Khyentse Yeshe Dorje, the mind emanation of Jigme Lingpa.  He has trained extensively in Buddhist studies at a monastic university in India and in an Institute for Tulkus in Beijing, and has initiated numerous charitable projects for better education and cultural and environmental preservation in Tibet.   He teaches with incredible humility and lucidity.

Tulku Sherab Dorje

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Tulku Sherdor is our Executive Director.  Born in Montreal, Canada in 1961, he began studying Buddhist Insight meditation from a very young age, and met his principal teacher, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, in Nepal in 1981.  He was fortunate to study with other pre-eminent masters of the 20th century, including His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Khetsun Zangpo Rinpoche, Dung Say Trinley Norbu Rinpoche, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, Kalu Rinpoche, and many others.