Tim Olmsted is former director of Gampo Abbey, a Buddhist monastery in the Shambhala tradition. For the past 11 years, he has been Pema Chödrön’s assistant teacher for her Omega programs.
Olmsted has been a teacher and student of meditation since 1977, studying with many of the greatest masters of our time, including his first teacher, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. From 1981 to 1993, he lived in Nepal, serving as a psychotherapist for the international community, while he studied with meditation master Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and his sons.
After Tim Olmsted moved back to the United States in 1993, he founded the Buddhist Center of Steamboat Springs. In 2000, Pema Chödrön asked Olmsted to become the director of Gampo Abbey, where he lived and served for the next three years. After a visit by Mingyur Rinpoche to Gampo Abbey, Olmsted founded the Yongey Foundation and Tergar International to support and promote Mingyur Rinpoche’s activities in the West.
Olmsted is president of the Pema Chödrön Foundation, which is dedicated to support Gampo Abbey and the monastic tradition in the West. For the past eight years, he has been Pema Chödrön’s assistant teacher at her Omega programs.
He travels and teaches widely throughout the United States. He also spends much of the year traveling internationally and teaching meditation in his role as a senior instructor for Tergar International, a worldwide meditation community under the guidance of the Tibetan meditation teacher, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche.