Shari began practicing meditation when she met the Indian Saint, Ma Yoga Shakti in 1975. This introduction inspired a long worldwide search for a teacher until she met His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1985. Since then, she has had the opportunity to learn about meditation and listen to teachings from some of the most revered Dharma teachers of our time, including Orgyen Tulku Rinpoche, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, Namkai Norbu Rinpoche, Dzongzar Khentse Rinpoche, Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche and Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche. She continues to practice meditation and bodywork and teach Qi Gung, meditation and Mindfulness Through Movement at Ratna Ling Retreat Center in Sonoma County California.
Tobin’s first memories of meditation are of sitting on his mother Shari’s lap in the quiet of morning. Later, he began the formal study and practice Buddhism in the Theravada tradition in 1992, first by reading the works of Thich Nhat Hanh, Jack Kornfield, and Ajaan Chaa, and then by traveling to Thailand to meditate and receive instruction at Wat Pa Nanachat. From there, he traveled to Nepal and began the study of Dzogchen Buddhism with Chogyal Namkai Norbu and Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. He studied Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives with Geshe Sonam and Ruth Sonam, and listened to the Lam Rim, Stages of the Path instructions with His Holiness the Dalai Lama for three seasons. Between periods of travel abroad, he studied Philosophy at Portland State University and Early Childhood Education at the Naropa Institute, a Buddhist university in the Shambhala tradition established by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Tobin is now a dedicated student of Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche.