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HH Dalai Lama & HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche




Dr Thynn Thynn: Buddhist Theravadan Tradition

Sae Taw Win Dharma Foundation: Dr. Thynn Thynn is a Burmese born retired physician and Dhamma teacher. She is mother of two and is the resident yogi at the Sae Taw Win II Dhamma Center in Northern California. Dr. Thynn is a clear and direct teacher, sharing her wisdom and knowledge of the essential practices of the Buddha that are important for “Daily Living.” She has on-going classes and programs at her center.
Dr Thynn


Joan Halifax Roshi:  Advisor for our Being with Dying Programs

Joan Halifax Roshi is a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist, and author. She is Founder, Abbot, and Head Teacher of Upaya Zen Center, a Buddhist monastery in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

She has worked in the area of death and dying for over thirty years and is Director of the Project on Being with Dying. For the past twenty-five years, she has been active in environmental work.

A Founding Teacher of the Zen Peacemaker Order, her work and practice for more than three decades has focused on engaged Buddhism.

Our compassionate Care, and Metta Care Professional and Home Care, and public trainings, have been inspired by the ‘’Being with Dying: Professional Training Program in Contemplative End-Of-Life Care,’’ created by Joan Halifax who offers a model of training which offers a depth of preparation and inspiration to professionals and home care givers. The Upaya program, while allowing each individual the encouragement to engage with compassion within themselves, it opens us to an inner sense of ease and confidence, enabling us to be fully present, when sitting with individuals who may be facing life threatening challenges, or their family and friends with greater awareness and compassion. We are happy to model this program and the teachings, and integrate it with our Yumtha training programs.

We are pleased to have Roshi Joan Halifax as an advisor to our Compassionate Care training programs.

You may find out more about Upaya programs with Joan Halifax at www.upaya.org


Yvonne Rand: Meditation teacher and lay priest in the Soto Buddhist Tradition

Yvonne Photograph © Wayne Heldt
Yvonne Rand

Yvonne Rand is a meditation teacher and lay priest in the Soto Buddhist Tradition, she teaches many classes that reflect clear knowledge and experience, her teachings are thought provoking, and serve as a guide to one’s inner resources and wisdom.

Yvonne teaches “Meditations on Dying and Death”, and performs a “ Jizo Ceremony, for Children who have died”, and many other dharma teachings. The depth of her practice and her keen mind and heart are gifts to her teachings and wisdom.



Tsultrim Allione M.A.

Tsultrim Allione M.A. is one of the first American women ordained as a Tibetan nun in 1970 by the 16th Karmapa. Watch for her teachings around the world. Tsultrim is the Author of “Women of Wisdom,” recorded the teachings “The Mandala of the Enlightened Feminine,” which address how to transform “encumbered patterns,” and illuminates the wisdom and the sky-like awareness of the Dakini’s, and much more.

She is a profound teacher of our time... "Cutting through Fear" and permeating the "Prajna Paramita."

Her CD’s “Cutting through Fear” is based on a Tibetan practice of Chod (literally meaning “to cut”), developed by the Tibetan Yogini, Machig Lapdron, almost 1000 years ago.

Dr Bonas, calls this practice, and contemporary use of the’ Chod’, “Buddhist Gestalt”. It is a practice for our inner liberation. Tsultrim is an emanation of Machig Lapdron.”


Tsultrim Allione


Silvia Nakkach & Mayumi Oda

Music Thanatology: Music & Chants to ease transitions of living and dying

Silvia Nakkach : Academic Advisor, Program Director in California, and conducts classes across the globe with light, enthusiasm and wisdom.


Silvia Nakkach with Mayumi Oda after their Voice & Healing
retreat in Hawaii

Mayumi Oda, Artist and Peace Activist. She is a teacher of permaculture, art, cooking, local Hawaiian culture, yoga, meditation and self-healing. Mayumi lives and teaches on the Big Island of Hawaii. She also teaches on the mainland and throughout the world.

Mayumi is a teacher for Yumtha and is a Board Member. Please see Mayumi’s Bio in board member listing.



Yumtha Teacher: J. Redwing Keyssar, RN, Palliative Care Program Coordinator

Hospice trainings: “Being with the Dying







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