Jacqueline Mandell is A Founding Teacher of Samden Ling. She was fortunate to have met Adzom Rinpoche in 1996 at Samye Chimpu during a pilgrimage in the footsteps of the Longchen Nyingthig Lineage. Jacqueline began training with Rinpoche on the very day she met him in Tibet during Sagadawa.the month honoring the Buddha’s Enlightenment.
On December 25, 2003, while offering teachings on The Heart Essence of the Vast Expanse to a large audience, Adzom Rinpoche formally authorized Jacqueline to teach the Longchen Nyingthig Ngondro. Previously, in 1971 Jacqueline had traveled to India where she began Buddhist Meditation practice in Bodh Gaya, and received several authorizations to teach through the Mindfulness/ Vipassana systems of Buddhism.
Margaret first met Adzom Rinpoche in 1999 during public talks hosted byJacqueline Mandell. She knew immediately that she had met her root lamaand followed him to Tara Mandala in Colorado to receive Green Tara and Guru Rinpoche empowerments.
She began semtri with him that same year and was authorized to teach in 2003.
Margaret began her Buddhist training in 1979 and has also studied under Chagdud Rinpoche.