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About Sensei

Achariya Doug Duncan’s principal teacher was Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche, the illustrious Canadian-born lama who was recognized as an awakened being by the leaders of all four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and who was known for integrating traditional Theravadin, Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhist teachings in an eminently practical holistic approach that incorporates teachings of other mystical and religious traditions together with psychology, art and modern science.

Based on decades of practice and training with Namgyal Rinpoche in this comprehensive new approach to awakening, Doug Duncan has been teaching Dharma at centers around the world for over twenty years. He has done extensive insight practice and has received teachings from numerous Tibetan meditation masters including the 16th Karmapa, Kalu Rinpoche, Sakya Trizin Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and the Dalai Lama among others. He is well versed in teachings such as the six yogas of Naropa, Mahamudra and Dzogchen. In addition, Doug Sensei (as his Japan-based students call him) is experienced in Sufi, Taoist, Zen and Western mystical traditions, along with a strong base in Abhidhamma (Buddhist psychology) method. With a thorough grasp of the sciences and arts, Doug Duncan is also considered an excellent therapist by those who have worked with him.