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 the Kasung Encampment Gade Gar during the Vidyadhara Trungpa Rinpoche's parinirvana at Karme Choling.
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 and his direct dharma heir the Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin.
In 2012 Dzogchen Meditation Center expanded to include dormitories for staff and residents and a larger main shrine room. With this expansion Dzogchen Meditation Center began offering long-term and short-term residential training including an annual Three Month Summer Seminary , Winter Dathun and the Vajrayogini Druppa. These retreats form the core practice retreats at Dzogchen Meditation Center.
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 and his Dharma Heir the Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin. 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.