Buddha Shakyamuni with Arhats (18th c) © Himalayan Art Collection

Bart Mendel

Bart has been a Buddhist practitioner and teacher for over 30 years and has taught the Dharma extensively throughout the US, Canada and Europe. From years of mixing the dharma with an endless stampede of worldly challenges, Bart's teaching style has evolved into a natural blend of eloquence, insight and humor.

Immediately upon meeting his first teacher Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1976, Bart embarked on an intense path of practice and study. Through accomplishment of numerous solitary and group retreats, Bart has spent over two years in retreat practicing the various teachings and empowerments he received from Trungpa Rinpoche. He served as Resident Director of Shambhala Training in both Austin and Halifax, the international seat of Trungpa Rinpoche's activity in North America, where Bart resided from 1986-1995.

Bart became the 14th Shamarpa’s student in 1995 and has edited and worked on his dharma teachings and translation projects since that time. In 1997, he accepted an invitation with his wife Suzan Garner to open a Bodhi Path Buddhist Center in Santa Barbara where he served as Resident Teacher for over ten years.  Bart and Suzan oversee a number of major dharma projects, including serving as Directors for Siddhartha Foundation International (www.sfi-usa.org), His Holiness Karmapa’s foundation in America, its project to build a Center for Karmapa in Central California, and serving as Construction Manager for Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche’s Milarepa Center (www.dharmakaya.org) in upstate New York.