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


Born in Pennsylvania, Pamela Gayle White settled in France after completing her studies in horticulture there. A Buddhist practitioner since the mid-80s, Pamela spent several years working in parks and gardens before meeting – and being swept away by – the late great meditation master Gendun Rinpoche. She did two 3-year retreats under Rinpoche's guidance at Dhagpo Kundreul Ling in Auvergne, France.

As a Dharma teacher, Pamela has taught in Europe and the Americas and is one of the Bodhi Path and Dhagpo mandala translator/interpreters. She worked closely with many masters, including the 14th Shamarpa, in translating practice texts and commentaries from Tibetan. She also writes, and is a contributing editor at Tricycle, the Buddhist Review.

Pamela completed her training as an interfaith chaplain in Philadelphia and central Virginia and has worked in hospitals and hospices in both areas. Her shaggy canine sidekick Philémone, a.k.a. Moune, is a certified therapy dog. They live in Virginia.