Three Jewels Faculty
These teachings have been handed down from teacher to student, who then becomes a teacher and so on, in a continuous stream of wisdom. Come drink from the fountain- then share your realization of the dharma with others- as your loving and kind heart manifests through action in the world.
The ACI courses were founded under the guidance of our revered spiritual teacher, Sermey Khensur Rinpoche Geshe Lobsang Tharchin. Khensur Rinpoche first came to the United States in April 1972; he continued to live and teach here for more than 30 years. He was one of the most senior Tibetan Buddhist masters to bring the holy teachings of Tibetan Buddhism to the west.Go to link
n 1993, near the end of his Geshe studies, Geshe Michael determined that he would try to make the entire Geshe program available to westerners in their own language. In that year he worked with Lama Thupten Pelma, a Tibetan Buddhist nun from the Caribbean, to open the Asian Classics Institute in New York. ACI's first classroom was around the table in a tiny, inexpensive room in the Hell's Kitchen area of Manhattan, a dangerous section of the inner city.Go to link
Lama Christie McNally started her formal course of study at Kopan Monastery in Nepal, in a program founded by Lama Thubten Yeshe that is now continued by his heart disciple Lama Zopa Rinpoche. She then went on to continue and deepen her studies, and enrolled in the Asian Classics Institute, where she met her root Lama, Geshe Michael Roach. She studied at the feet of her teacher for 15 years, going through the entire course of study needed to complete a Geshe degree. ...MORE, see link belowGo to link
Gabrielle Grace, born in Melbourne, Australia, had an early calling to yoga at the age of 12. At 17, she left for India to spend 10 years at the feet of her Mentor and Guru, Paramahansa Swami Satyananda Saraswati – a direct disciple of Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh. Gabrielle was initiated into the dasnami order of sannyasa dedicating her life to the teaching and practice of all aspects of yoga. Since 1977 she is known as Swami Muktibodhananda Saraswati. Swami was given the title Yogacharya.
Padma Yvonne and Roger Jaques are passionate about passing on to others the yogic science lineage they have received from their precious teachers—countless sacred beings. They completed a silent yoga and meditation retreat of just under three years in November, 2013. Padma & Roger each have more than 2500 hours of yogic study including yoga teacher trainings and studies in yogic philosophy from Baba Hari Dass’ Salt Spring Centre of Yoga, the Yoga Studies Institute & the Asian Classics Institute.Go to link
Douglas Veenhof is a former mountain guide, an award-winning journalist, and the author of White Lama. He has studied and practiced Buddhism for more than twenty years and graduated with honors from the seven-year program of advanced Buddhist studies at Diamond Mountain. www.douglasveenhof.comGo to link
Sherri Kajiwara, B.Comm. RYT is an art consultant, curator, certified yoga instructor, food stylist, Co-Director of Vantage Art Projects, and Project Manager at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre. She is a close senior student of Yvonne + Roger Jaques, a graduate of the Asian Classics Institute 18 courses, and is completing the 18 courses of advanced Buddhist study. More than 1500 hours of training in the areas of yoga philosophy, Tibetan Heart Yoga, and advanced meditation techniques
John Buchanan, RYT is a close senior student of Yvonne + Roger Jaques, a graduate of the Asian Classics Institute 18 courses, and is completing the 18 courses of advanced Buddhist study. He has completed more than 1,500 hours of study in yoga philosophy, Tibetan Heart Yoga, Buddhist philosophy, and meditation. He is passionate about helping others to recognize and live from their subtle body, and brings an organic approach to inspire students to embrace every aspect of their lives.Go to link
Deedee Poyner B.R. Ed., RYT, and Registered Professional Counsellor with C.P.C.A. has extensive training and experience in teaching and leading workshops in meditation, yoga and therapeutic touch energy healing work for over 30 years. She is a certified Body Rolling teacher and also a registered professional counsellor specializing in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy in combination with energy healing. Along with a private practice she leads a ‘Sigh of Relief’. www.deedeepoyner.com.Go to link
Floriana (PhD), a retired principal, completed the Asian Classic Institute foundational courses (Diamond Mountain University, US) and is receiving Tantric courses from her Holy Lamas, Roger & Yvonne Jaques. Her passion is applying Buddhist principles in real-life situations by giving workshops to restore physical and mental well-being. She is offering life coach and consulting services. Her background also includes Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Leyline, Energy Medicine,& Duality System Training.
Christine Buchanan, RYT, is Director of Specialized Vocational Services and Quality Assurance at Open Door Group. She studies advanced Buddhism with Yvonne + Roger Jaques and is a close personal student of John Buchanan. Christine is a yoga and meditation teacher and the Treasurer of the Board at Three Jewels Vancouver.
Mariska McLean is originally from Holland and has been living in Vancouver for over 8 years. As a mom of three, she knows all about living a hectic life and is an advocate of practicing yoga ‘off the mat’, using the chaotic outer world as a path to peace and happiness. Mariska has completed her 200 hr teacher training at Open Door Yoga Studio and is always continuing her studies, to enable her students to find their calm and grounded nature. Mariska is a close personal student of John Buchanan.
Earle has just completed a 3 year 3 month 3 day retreat at Diamond Mountain University. This was the culmination of a 14 year program in advanced Buddhist studies. During this period, Earle taught the yoga philosophy programs at Diamond Mountain, served on the board of directors, and led workshops and retreats in Mexico, the United States, and Canada. Earle has extensively studied the yogic scriptures from both the Buddhist and traditional Hindu perspectives.
Swami Muktibodhananda Saraswati
Gabrielle Grace, born in Melbourne, Australia, had an early calling to yoga at the age of 12. At 17, she left for India to spend 10 years at the feet of her Mentor and Guru, Paramahansa Swami Satyananda Saraswati – a direct disciple of Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh. Gabrielle was initiated into the dasnami order of sannyasa dedicating her life to the teaching and practice of all aspects of yoga. Since 1977 she is known as Swami Muktibodhananda Saraswati. Swami was given the title Yogacharya, yoga authority, from Paramahansa Swami Niranjanananda in 1993.
Swami Muktibodhananda was inspired to distil the yogic knowledge and experiences she gained in India into three extraordinary books. Her first book, Swara Yoga: The Tantric Science of Brain Breathing is a suitable text for advanced yoga practitioners and yoga teachers. The theory behind swara yoga – an ancient science of pranic energy body rhythms – is discussed. It explores controlling prana energy through the breath, traditionally a closely guarded secret that was taught only through direct transmission from guru to disciple. The last section of the book contains the original Sanskrit text of the Shiva Swarodaya with English translation.
Her second publication, Hatha Yoga Pradipika: Light on Hatha Yoga, consists of a thorough commentary on each Sanskrit verse with English translation. The original 15th century Hatha Yoga Pradipika is like a yoga ‘bible’ of this science written by Yogi Swatmarama on which modern day yoga practices are based. The writings elucidate the entire science of hatha yoga as it was conceived and practiced at the time, not for health and fitness only, but for awakening of prana, chakras and kundalini shakti. This book by Swami Muktibodhananda is complete, with drawings and diagrams. The text points out that hatha yoga is not just a physical practice but a process of cellular transmutation from gross to subtle to divine. The teachings of her Guru are the thread supporting these publications.
Hatha yoga is considered the foundation of all higher yoga practices. It is this book that forms the text and scriptural reference for the residential retreat.
Swami‘s third book, Energy: The Spark of Life & Universal Goddess a book about yoga and personal growth for men and women, is an eminently practical guide to these sometimes mystifying and esoteric practices. She filters them through her down-to-earth Western eye, making them accessible and useful for all. This book will serve as our text for the weekend urban retreat.