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 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.


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.



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.



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.


Dr. Brian McCorkle

Dr. Brian McCorkle 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.

Esther Siebold

is a long time student and teacher of the Shambhala Buddhist teachings.  She was a member of the Famlies and Children working group and continues to teach meditation to teens and workshops on Mindfulness and the Art of Parenting to parents.  She is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing at UMass Boston and teaches pediatric nursing.


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.



Elizabeth Latchis

first met Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1973 at Karme Choling (then Tail of the Tiger). Co-founder of Durham,NH Dharma Study Group 1974. Appointed Member Board of Trustees Karme Choling 2001. Appointed Executive Director of Sky Lake Lodge 2005. Longtime teacher of Buddhist studies and currently Way of Shambhala classes. Director for Shambhala Training and Sacred Path. Currently the Representative of the Shambhala Office of Culture & Decorum to the Boston Center. Member of the Governing Council of Boston Shambhla Center.


Joseph Inskeep

Mr. Inskeep began study and practice with the Vidyadhara, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in Austin Texas in 1979 and has been directing Shambhala Training seminars since 1986. He was director of the Austin Shambhala Center in the 1980’s and Ambassador to the Boston Shambhala Center in the 1990’s. In Boston he also served as Warrior of the Center and as a member of the Board of Trustees. In 2004 he was appointed by the Sakyong to Shambhala’s international governing body, then called the Sakyong’s Council. While that Council was disbanded in 2010, Joe continues to serve in the role he held on it: Chair of the Mandala Structure and Governance Working Group. He lives in Boston with his wife of 32 years.