Director of the Dzogchen Meditation Center; Founder of the Surmang Kagyu Order
Tashi Armstrong moved to Karme Choling ,a Buddhist Meditation Center under the direction of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, in 1984 at the age of 21 and began his formal training then. He received empowerments and instruction from Trungpa Rinpoche and the Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin while in residence at Karme Choling and during the 1986 Vajradhatu Seminary at Rocky Dharma Center in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado. Tashi was stationed at Gade Gar as a Dorje Kasung during the preparation and aftermath of the parinirvana of Trungpa Rinpoche at Karme Choling and did service in the Purnachandra. He has lived within Trungpa Rinpoche’s mandala from his early days at Karme Choling and at the major metropolitan centers of that mandala, including Boulder, Colorado and Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has received the abhisekas of Vajrayogini and Chakrasamvara from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and received lungs from Trime Lhawang, Patrick Sweeney. In 1994 he returned to his home in Maine. In 2006 Tashi established the Dzogchen Meditation Center which is dedicated to engaging the teachings of the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche within a retreat setting. After Trungpa Rinpoche's parinirvana in 1987 Tashi continued his studies with other Tibetan Teachers including Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, Phakchok Rinpoche, His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Sangnak Tenzin Rinpoche, Kalu Rinpoche and Eric Pema Kunsang to whom he is very grateful to for connecting him with the teachings of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche.
Tashi began studying kyudo --the contemplative art of zen archery-- in 1987 with Shibata Kanjuro Sensei within the mandala of Trungpa Rinpoche. He became an instructor in 2000 within the Heki Ryu Bisshu Chikurin-ha school of Japanese Archery.
Tashi lives as a ngagkpa with his Khandro at their home next to the Dzogchen Meditation Center. Together they run a small hotel along with the Center.
They have two grown children and a granddaughter whom they love very much.