About the Teacher
Mike is an FPMT registered teacher qualified to teach Buddhist Introductory, Foundational and Basic courses, as well as other Buddhist topics of an equivalent level. He prefers an informal style of teaching, using group interactions, discussion and reflection as ways of helping those attending to get an experiential taste of whatever is being studied and comtemplated on the course.
Mike has around 40 years of experience in Buddhist study and practice in the Tibetan Buddhist Geluk tradition inspired by his main teachers Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, The Ganden Tri Rinpoche Lobsang Tenzin, and Geshe Tashi Tsering, Ganden Zong Rinpoche, Tsenshap Serkong Rinpoche, Serje Khensur Jampa Tegchok, Geshe Namgyal Wangchen.
Mike has also studied Buddhism in a more western academic context, studying an M.A. at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University and as a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society. He was incredibly fortunate to visit Central Tibet in 1987 on a British Academy grant just after it opened to tourism and has also visited some of the re-founded refugee Geluk monasteries in India.
Mike most recently worked as the Spiritual Programme Coordinator (with brief spell as Director for a year as well) in the FPMT UK’s London Centre, Jamyang Buddhist Centre.