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Elizabeth Callahan

United States

Elizabeth Callahan is a senior student of Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, translator and teacher. Elizabeth began studying Buddha dharma with Kalu Rinpoche and other lamas in 1977 and with Khenpo Rinpoche during the period of her two three-year retreats. She served as Khenpo Rinpoche’s interpreter for many years, as well as interpreting for other Kagyu and Nyingma teachers.


Based on the teachings of Khenpo Rinpoche, she translated the ninth Karmapa’s Mahāmudrā: Ocean of Definitive Meaning. As a Tsadra Foundation Fellow since 2002, she has translated The Treasury of Knowledge: Frameworks of Buddhist Philosophy by Jamgön Kongtrul and The Profound Inner Principles by the Third Karmapa Rangjung Dorje and Jamgön Kongtrul, and is currently completing a translation of Dakpo Tashi Namgyal’s Moonbeams of Mahāmudrā.

Elizabeth has been president of Marpa Foundation since 2011.