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 Mountain Dharma Center in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado. Tashi was stationed at Gade Gar as a Dorje Kasung during the preparation and parinirvana -cremation 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 a lung 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, Kalu Rinpoche and Eric Pema Kunsang to whom he is very grateful to for connecting him with the teachings of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and the unique pith instructions of the Kagyu and Nyingma lineage gurus.
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.
Between Two Places
I will meet you between
Here and there
but please remember
It's a lot scarier than you might think.
Rest your mind on the outbreath.
Cultivate bliss, clarity and nonthought as synchronized body, speech and mind.
Then go on a road trip. Sleep in your car like a homeless person.
Feel the edge of loneliness and boredom.
Realize the limits of your self-improvement project.
When you walk into Dunkin Donuts to pick up your coffee from Jasmin
Do you look at her and see her qualities?
This is your world-- the ultimate one--
Proven at the nadir of this right here.
You and Jasmin.
Thank you. Have a nice day.