Former director of Gampo Abbey, Tim Olmsted has been studying Buddhism for more than 35 years. He met his first teacher, the late Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, in 1977 and, inspired by another master’s visit to the West in 1981, moved to Nepal with his family, where he stayed for 12 years to study Buddhism with Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and work as a psychotherapist serving the international community.
When he returned to the United States, Tim founded the Buddhist Center of Steamboat Springs in Colorado, an active community that follows the teachings of Mingyur Rinpoche another of Tim’s teachers. In 2000, he was asked by Pema Chödrön to direct Gampo Abbey, the largest residential Buddhist monastery in North America. Not long after, he founded two organizations to support and promote the nuns and monks of Mingyur Rinpoche’s monastic communities in Nepal, Tibet, and India: the Yongey Foundation, of which he is currently president, and Tergar International, where he is a lead instructor.
He is also president of the Pema Chödrön Foundation, which supports Gampo Abbey and the monastic tradition in the West. Tim teaches widely throughout the United States.