Local Teachers

Shastri Carolyn Krusinski

met Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1978 in Los Angeles. Holding a PhD in biochemistry, she has had a 32 year career in business. Ms Krusinski is married and has a wonderful adult son. She has served as the Co-Warrior of the Center and on the Board of Trustees at the Boston Center. She has taught within the Shambhala Buddhist tradition for 25 years. In 2010, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche appointed her as a Shastri, a senior teacher.


Shastri Nick Kranz

has been a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche since 1997. He has developed an approach to cultural transformation in the practice of Social Meditation, and worked with Youth Leadership development in the Shambhala community for the last decade. He brings the wisdom of meditation practice to businesses and organizations with www.mindfulinthemidst.com, He is also a founder of a farm to table grocery delivery service somethinggud.com, which is a benefit corporation with the mission to provide holistically healthy options. He is interested in the intersection of social entrepreneurship, awakened intentional community, and collaborative right livelihood.


Shastri Diana Evans

has been a Shambhala Buddhist practitioner and teacher for over 35 years. She was a senior staff member and teacher at Shambhala Mountain Center and then the Director of Practice and Education at Shambhala International for many years under the direction of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. She has led residential retreats and taught at the Vajradhatu Seminaries as well as teaching and leading programs in Shambhala Centers in the US and Canada. She practices contemplative photography and Chinese brush painting.


Frank Ryan

first encountered the teachings of Shambhala Buddhism in Chicago, Illinois.  Since that time he and his wife Susan have served as senior teachers throughout the Midwest,  in Vancouver, British Columbia,  Karmé Chöling, and Boston.  He has served as both the Chair of the Board of Trustees and as Center Director of the Shambhala Center of Boston. Frank also works closely with the Shambhala Center of New Haven in Connecticut.


Susan Ryan

first met Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in Chicago in 1974 and has been teaching in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition for over 30 years.   She has served as a Director of the Chicago center, Ambassador to the Vancouver, B.C. center,  and member of the Board of Trustees in Boston.  She currently resides in both the Boston and New Haven, CT areas.  She is a businesswoman with a long career in banking and international trade.  She now runs a commercial real estate company with her cousins in New Haven.


Jim Rosen

has been associated with the Shambhala Community since 1976 and is a long time teacher in this community.  He holds degrees in Architecture from MIT and has spent his career in the software industry. He co-founded  two software startups and has held senior roles in some of the largest technology companies in the industry. Jim sits on the board of Naropa University and has been a member of the Shambhala Mandala Governance Council, the Shambhala International Board of Directors and the Boston Shambhala Center Board of Trustees.



is a senior student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and a second-generation Buddhist; his parents studied Zen Buddhism with Philip Kapleau Roshi beginning in the 1960s.  He has a PhD in Clinical Psychology, and is the Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Psychology at Boston University, where he held faculty appointments in the Division of Religious and Theological Studies and the School of Theology, conducted empirical research, and provided therapy in the clinic of the Danielsen Institute.  He also is responsible for the Dorje Kasung at Shambhala Centers throughout most of New England; the Kasung are a volunteer group responsible for the protection and well-being of the teachers, teachings, and the Shambhala community.


Charles Styron

has been a student of the Sakyong and the Vidyadhara for 35 years, and he has taught the Buddhadharma and Shembhala Dharma for over 30 years. He has been a clinical psychologist for 20+ years and is also a former architect. He is married to Nancy Frumer Styron, also a sangha member and psychologist, and has a 17-year-old daughter, Charlotte.


Mary Lang

is a photographer, artist and a long-time student of Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham, Rinpoche. She has taught at Shambhala centers throughout New England for more than 25 years. She is known for the clarity, warmth and humor of her teaching style.


Jill Blagsvedt

has been a Shambhala Buddhist practitioner for the past twelve years. She attended Shambhala Buddhist Seminary in 2004, and served as Executive Director of the Shambhala Meditation Center of Boston from 2008 to 2011. She is an authorized Shambhala Training Director and Shambhala Art teacher. Jill is also trained as a fine artist and a Librarian.