Lama Christie McNally
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. (A Geshe degree is akin to a doctorate of Buddhism.)
Lama Christie during this same time also studied with Geshe Michael’s root Lama, Sermey Ari Khensur Rinpoche Geshe Lobsang Tharchin, at Rashi Gempel Ling Monastery in Howell, New Jersey.
Khen Rinpoche, as he is known to westerners, introduced Lama Christie to the higher secret teachings of Buddhism.
She was initiated into the secret mandalas of Bairava (The Frightener) and Vajrayogini (the Angel of Diamond). Lama Christie al so had the rare opportunity to study extensively at Sera Mey Monastic University in south India.
She was blessed to study with several teachers there, but her main Lamas were Geshe Thupten Rinchen and Gyalrong Khensur Rinpoche Geshe Trinley Topgye.
In ad dition to very deep and difficult teachings on emptiness, these two Lamas also furthered her study in the higher teachings.
After all of this, Lama Christie took these teachings into isolation, and completed a deep silent retreat of three years, three months, and three days in the Arizona desert.
When she and her teacher emerged from this retreat, they founded Diamond Mountain Buddhist University and Retreat Center, a place dedicated to advanced teachings in Buddhist philosophy and training in deep retreat, located in the foothills of the Chiricahua Mountains in southern Arizona.
At Diamond Mountain, Lama Christie developed and taught a series of 18 courses directed towards the study and actual practice of seeing emptiness directly.
In addition, she and her teacher taught an 18-course series on the highest secret teachings.
Lama Christie has also been a student of Indian traditions for the past 18 years, and has studied with great masters such as Swami Swaroopananda of the Sivananda lineage and the late Shri Pattabhi Jois.
She is well- versed in both the Sankya and Advaita Vedanta schools of thought, as well as the study of Hindu Tantra.
Lama Christie is thus a lineage holder of both Buddhism and Yoga philosophy.
She is also a translator of ancient Sanskrit and Tibetan.
Among her many translations are the Samadhi Raja Sutra (King of Concentration Sutra) of Lord Buddha; Master Kamalashila’s Bhavanakrama (the most well-known Buddhist text on the art of meditation); Master Pa Dampa Sangye’s Ngul Gong (The Silver Egg); Arya Nagarjuna’s famous text on emptiness, Mula Prajna (Root Text on Wisdom); the classic text on Mahamudra by the 1st Panchen Lama Yang Sel Drunme (Light of
Crystal Clarity); Je Tsongkapa’s quintessential text on the Recitation of Diamond Dorde Rinpay Zintri (Notes on the Steps of the Diamond Recitation); Chone Drakpa Shedrup’s treatise on the inner body Kelden Gye Je (A Book to Please Those with a Core of Goo dness); Master Dharma Rakshita’s famous lojong text Maja
Dukjom (Gobbling Up the Poison — the Heart- Opening Practice of the Peacock); and
Master Saraha’s Doha Kosha Giti (A Song from the House of Songs ).
All of these translations (with the exception of a few secret texts) can be found for free online at diamondmtn.org under Lama Christie’s Bokjinpa courses.
She has also written a number of books for mainstream audiences.
In addition to her first solo book,the Tibetan Book of Meditation, she is also the co-
author of several books written with Geshe Michael Roach: The Diamond Cutter, The Tibetan Book of Yoga, The Essential Yoga Sutra, How Yoga Works, The
Eastern Path to Heaven, and Karmic Management.
She is the co-author of the book Two As One: A Journey to Yoga. Lama Christie is also the co- founder of the Yoga Studies Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing yoga wisdom to the world, by offering worldwide courses in both asana training and yoga philosophy.
Within this organization, Lama Christie created Tibetan Heart Yoga, a practice of yoga
based on the Tibetan secret teachings which utilizes the principles of karma and meditation within the yoga practice.
In addition, Lama Christie and Geshe Michael have developed 10-day advanced
courses on famous yoga texts such as the Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, and the Bhagavad Gita.
Lama Christie has taught thousands of people throughout the world in places such as India, Japan, China, Singapore, Australia, Mongolia, Taiwan, Mexico, Canada, as well as many places throughout South America and Europe.