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

Dawa Tarchin Phillips



Born in NYC, Dawa Tarchin Phillips grew up in a multicultural family in Europe and speaks English, German and French fluently.

A non-sectarian Buddhist practitioner for nearly thirty years, he teaches as an authorized teacher of the Kagyu School of Vajrayana Buddhism in the U.S. and abroad.

Dawa studied and trained as an ordained monk with the late Tibetan Buddhist meditation master Gendun Rinpoche and completed two 3-year meditation retreats at Dhagpo Kundreul Ling Hermitage in France, where he lived for 12 years.

Now a lay dharma teacher, researcher, educator, author, and social entrepreneur, Dawa’s secular work focuses on the benefits of mindfulness and meditation for school children, educational, and business leaders around the world.

He has done groundbreaking research with MIT, Harvard, Yale, UCSB, and the U.S. Office of Education on the benefits of mindfulness and meditation, and is a contributing author for Mindful magazine, Tricycle magazine, and Lion’s Roar .

Dawa is the resident teacher of the Santa Barbara Bodhi Path Buddhist Center and lives with his family in Santa Barbara, California.