Emily Hsu taught at our center from 2006 until 2016, and was the resident teacher from 2012 until 2016.
She is a graduate of the organization's seven-year Master’s Program at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa in Italy, a full-time intensive study program modeled after the traditional geshe studies curriculum. In 2005, she subsequently completed a ten-month solitary retreat in Spain to integrate the material.
Prior to devoting herself to the Dharma full time, Emily worked as a management and information systems consultant in the Silicon Valley and around the country for ten years. She started to meditate in the Zen tradition during this period, then spent a year in Nepal and India in 1996-7, attending teachings and doing retreats before entering the Masters Program.
During her studies at Istituto Lama Tsong Khapa, Emily also worked on creating a study manual on the fourth chapter of the Ornament for Clear Realizations (Abhisamaya-alamkara), one of the more difficult subjects of the FPMT Basic Program. The 126-page manuscript that resulted from this project sets the Ornament teachings in perspective, introduces the subject of the fourth chapter – “the application in the complete aspects” – and presents each of the eleven topics that illustrate it together with their definitions, related root text, and commentary supported by various supplementary charts, quizzes, homework, and guidelines on how to meditate on these topics.
Venerable Losang Drimay has a B.A. in Asian Studies and has traveled extensively in Asia, but actually met her Tibetan lamas here in the United States. She has been studying, practicing and working with centers in the FPMT since 1984, receiving hundreds of hours of classroom instruction from the many qualified lamas and senior teachers that frequent our Dharma centers.
From 2001 to 2012, Ven. Drimay served as resident teacher at our center, also living and serving at Land of Medicine Buddha for part of that time. Since 2012, she is full-time at Land of Medicine Buddha, continuing to lead regular meditations and classes, as well as picking up some other duties.