Tim Olmsted is former director of Gampo Abbey, a Buddhist monastery in the Shambhala tradition. He has been a teacher and student of meditation since 1977, studying with many of the greatest masters of our time, including his first teacher, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. From 1981 to 1993, he lived in Nepal, serving as a psychotherapist for the international community, while he studied with meditation master Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and his sons.
After Tim Olmsted moved back to the United States in 1993, he founded the Buddhist Center of Steamboat Springs. In 2000, Pema Chödrön asked Olmsted to become the director of Gampo Abbey, where he lived and served for the next three years. After a visit by Mingyur Rinpoche to Gampo Abbey, Olmsted founded the Yongey Foundation and Tergar International to support and promote Mingyur Rinpoche’s activities in the West.
Tim Olmsted is president of the Pema Chödrön Foundation, which is dedicated to support Gampo Abbey and the monastic tradition in the West. He travels and teaches widely throughout the United States.