About Us


Tashi Armstrong

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 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.  In 1994 he returned to his home in Maine.    In 2006 Tashi established the Dzogchen Meditation Center  which is dedicated to engaging of 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, His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Sangnak Tenzin Rinpoche, Kalu Rinpoche and Eric Pema Kunsang. 

Tashi began studying kyudo --the contemplative art of zen archery-- in 1987 with Shibata Kanjuro Sensei.  He became an instructor in 2000 within the Heki Ryu Bisshu Chikurin-ha school of Japanese Archery.

  Tashi lives as a ngagkpa with his wife at  the Dzogchen Meditation Center.  Together they run a small hotel along with the Center and they have two grown children and a granddaughter.