Don Handrick


Thubten Norbu Ling Buddhist Center
Santa Fe, New Mexico



about don

For six months each year, Don Handrick serves as the resident teacher at Thubten Norbu Ling, in Santa Fe, NM, a center affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT). During that time, he also teaches at Ksitigarbha Tibetan Buddhist Center in Taos, NM, and volunteers for the Liberation Prison Project, teaching Buddhism once a month at a local prison. Since 2012 he has been an active member of the Interfaith Leadership Alliance of Santa Fe.

Don spends the other half of each year as a touring teacher for the FPMT, visiting centers around the world. In 2015, Don had the honor of being selected to lead the renowned November Course, a one month teaching and meditation retreat held annually at Kopan Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Don's study of Buddhism began in 1993 after reading The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche. Over the next two years he practiced with Sogyal Rinpoche's organization, until he began attending classes in 1996 with Venerable Robina Courtin at Tse Chen Ling in San Francisco.

Don left the Bay Area in 1998 to attend the FPMT's Masters Program of Buddhist Studies in Sutra and Tantra, a seven-year residential study program conducted at Lama Tzong Khapa Institute in Tuscany, Italy, taught by the scholar and kind Spiritual Friend, Geshe Jampa Gyatso. He successfully completed all five subjects of this program in 2004, receiving an FPMT final certificate with high honors. Don then moved to Santa Fe, serving as the Spiritual Program Coordinator for Thubten Norbu Ling before being appointed resident teacher in 2006.

Don has received teachings from many esteemed lamas in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Ribur Rinpoche, Choden Rinpoche, and Khensur Jampa Tegchok.

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Each year in the months of January through April as well as November and December, Don is the resident teacher at Thubten Norbu Ling Tibetan Buddhist Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. During those months, Don also travels to Ksitigarbha Tibetan Buddhist Center in Taos for regular teachings on Thursday evenings. Please refer to their calendars for information on his teaching schedule.

During the months of May through October, Don visits FPMT centers and study groups. Please refer to their calendars for more information on these events. Here are the centers and study groups that Don will be visiting in 2019:


May 3-8

Osel Shen Phen Ling, Missoula, MT

May 11-26

Thubten Kunga Ling, Deerfield Beach, FL

MAY 28-June 2

Land of Medicine Buddha, Soquel, CA

JuLY 26-28

Shantideva Meditation Center, Brooklyn, NY


Dharmakaya Center, Reno, NY


Vajrapani Institute, Boulder Creek, CA

September 18, 20-22

Tse Chen Ling, San Francisco, CA





September 19

Ocean of Compassion, Campbell, CA

September 23-29

Lama Yeshe House, Denver, CO

OCtOber 8-13

Gendun Drubpa, Williams Lake, British Columbia

OCtOber 15-17

Namdrol Ling Study Group, Miami Beach, FL

OCtOber 18-20

Shantideva Meditation Center, Brooklyn, NY

OCtOber 21-27

Lama Yeshe Ling, Burlington, Ontario




Audio Teachings

A large number of Don’s audio teachings have been uploaded and are available at

video teachings

At the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Santa Fe, NM
With Every Breath: Reflections on Mindfulness and Everyday Life
On Buddhism and Mystery

On “Words of the Prophets, Hosted by Rev. Phil,” Santa Fe, NM

At Gonpo Ludup Study Group, Laguna Beach, CA
The Power of Forgiveness


At Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center, San Jose, CA
What’s So Bad About Complaining
Using Work as a Spiritual Path


At Jamyang Leeds, UK
Mind in Buddhism




Thubten Norbu Ling Tibetan Buddhist Center
1807 2nd St #35
Santa Fe, NM 87505
 (505) 660-7056