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 in his home which was dedicated to the propagation of the teachings of the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. 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. He trained in Zen meditation briefly with Daido Loori Roshi and Shugan Arnold Sensei at Zen Mountain Monastery in Mt. Tremper, N.Y.
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 is the founder and spiritual director of the Surmang Kagyu Order, a Buddhist Contemplative Order ,which is dedicated to the propagation of the Surmang tradition of the Trungpa Tulkus particularly as it manifested in the West with the teachings of the 11th Trungpa Tulku. 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.