Local Teachers

Dr. Dean M. Nelson

Dr Dean Nelson started studying with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1974 at Naropa Institute. He attended two 3-month seminaries with Rinpoche and took refuge and bodhisattva vows with Rinpoche in 1979.  Dr. Nelson started three Shambhala Meditation Centers and has taught extensively – not only at these Centers, but at hospitals, churches and schools. He has been a meditation instructor since 1981 and a director of Shambhala Training since 1983.

Dr. Dean Nelson, a holistic health care provider formerly at the WindHorse HealthCare, is dedicated to the integration of mind and body medicine, with mind training and compassion as the ultimate and most potent medicine.  Dean taught a class entitled “Luminous Healthcare”, from his recently published book entitled “Brilliant and Luminous Health – Ancient Teachings on Healthcare from the Kingdom of Shambhala”.  He and his family went on a 2-1/2-year retreat that enabled them to practice more, simplify their lives, and travel. Dean is available as a life coach – check out his website at:  www.thenextstepdrdean.com


Jaynine Nelson

Jaynine Nelson began studying with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1979.  She attended the Vajrayana Buddhist Seminary in 1983 led by Trungpa Rinpoche.  She studied Japanese Ikebana as a mindfulness practice for 12 years in Seattle and Minneapolis becoming a teacher in 1993. Jaynine and Dean Nelson were the Shambhala Training Directors of the Minneapolis Shambhala Center for 5 years before moving to Kailua in 1996.  They started the Kailua Shambhala Meditation Group using their home for meditation and weekend Shambhala Training intensives.  Jaynine has been a meditation instructor since 1987 and has served as assistant director of many Shambhala training levels at the Kailua Shambhala Meditation Center.  Jaynine is available as a meditation instructor to members.