Julia Tenzin has pursued her studies of Buddhism through a combination of Eastern monastic training and the Western academic approach. She began at age 22 with three consecutive three-year retreats at the Dhagpo Kundrol Ling meditation center in the Auvergne, France, as a disciple of the late master Gendun Rinpoche. She then taught for five years at the Dedrol Ling Lay Retreat Center in the Dordogne, France, and gave seminars at various Buddhist centers in Europe and the United States. In 2006, she accepted the 14th Shamarpa's invitation to join the Bodhi Path organization, and for two years was resident co-teacher in Pasadena with Khedrub Zangmo. During that time, she also earned a Masters of Arts in Religious Studies from the University of the West, Los Angeles, and served as a volunteer chaplain at the Los Angeles Children's Hospital. Her fields of interest are the Indian mystic Saraha and the Mahamudra tradition, as well as Buddhist chaplaincy.