A Facebook Live conversation with Kallon Basquin, Alejandro Chaoul, Raven Lee, Gabriel Rocco, Laura Shekerjian, Marcy Vaughn and host Tenzin Wangyal
Ten years after the birth of The 3 Doors organization, founder Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche met with its senior teachers and director in an online broadcast. Kallon Basquin, Marcy Vaughn, Gabriel Rocco, Raven Lee, Laura Shekerjian and Alejandro Chaoul introduced The 3 Doors, shared insights about its flourishing programs, and gave a taste of the new in-person and online programs offered.
The 3 Doors is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming lives through meditation practices grounded in wisdom and compassion. Founded in 2010 by Tibetan meditation master Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, The 3 Doors is a vibrant, ever-expanding practitioner community committed to supporting one’s natural inclination to serve the well-being of others. Its signature program is The 3 Doors Academy, a series of retreats taking place over a 2½-year period that guide participants to explore the power of meditation and community in supporting self-discovery, personal transformation, and actions that benefit others. Additionally, The 3 Doors offers a wide variety of multi-length programs online and in-person to deepen and refresh your meditation practice.
More information: www.the3doors.org
About the Presenters
Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, founder and board president, is a Tibetan Bön Buddhist meditation master, an acclaimed author of multiple books and a highly respected teacher throughout the world. He is renowned for his depth of wisdom; his clear, engaging teaching style; and his ability to make the ancient Tibetan teachings highly accessible and relevant for modern living. His works have been translated into more than 20 languages. Three of his books provide the source materials for The 3 Doors meditation programs: Awakening the Sacred Body; Tibetan Sound Healing; and Awakening the Luminous Mind. Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche is also the founder and spiritual director of Ligmincha International, an organization with the mission to preserve Bön Buddhist wisdom in the world. He resides in California with his wife and son. Full bio
Kallon Basquin, director and board vice president, did post graduate work at the University of California, Los Angeles, and received his Ph.D. from Cambridge School of Psychology in developmental and clinical psychology, with post-doctoral work in gestalt and psychosynthesis. He is a therapist in private practice in Claremont, California, specializing in integral, contemplative, and cross-cultural psychology. Kallon’s purpose and imagination in life were strongly influenced by revelatory encounters with the forces of nature as a child while hunting for food in Appalachia and the Ohio River Valley. His vision was further shaped by encounters with people he came to realize were the embodiment of goodness, beauty, and truth: chance meetings with Thomas Merton at the Trappist monastery, walking with Dr. Martin Luther King throughout the South, studying with spiritual teachers from Tibet and India, and meetings with remarkable men and women in all strata of society while traveling the world. A sacred role in Kallon’s life is that of grandfather.
Alejandro Chaoul, senior teacher, has studied in the Tibetan tradition since 1989, and for more than 20 years with Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche and Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche. He holds a Ph.D. in Tibetan religions from Rice University and is the director of the new Mind Body Spirit Institute at the Jung Center in Houston, Texas. He teaches meditation classes and workshops nationally and internationally through The 3 Doors and Ligmincha International. Since 1999 he has designed and taught mind-body interventions for the Integrative Medicine Program of the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where he holds a faculty position and conducts research on the effects of these practices in people with cancer. He is an associate faculty member at the University of Texas’s McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, where he teaches medical students in the areas of spirituality, complementary and integrative medicine, and end-of-life care. In addition to teaching the Latin American Academy, Alejandro serves on the research committee of The 3 Doors and is a fellow at the Mind & Life Institute, Charlottesville, Virginia. Alejandro is the author of Chöd Practice in the Bön Tradition and Tibetan Yoga for Health and Well-Being. He lives in Houston with his wife, son, and daughter.
Raven Lee, senior teacher, is a Jungian based psychotherapist, meditation teacher, diplomate in energy psychology, and board-certified fellow in clinical hypnotherapy. She is a senior student of Bön Buddhism and teaches for The 3 Doors Academy in Europe. She holds a Ph.D. in transpersonal psychology from the International University for Professional Studies and a M.S.W. in clinical social work from the University of Southern California. The founder of Integrative Wisdom Path, Raven integrates Buddhist principles and shamanic healing practices with Western psychology and interpersonal neurobiology in her private practice in Pasadena, California, where she specializes in mind/body healing and the treatment of trauma.
Gabriel Rocco, senior teacher, has studied and practiced under the guidance of Tenzin Wangyal for 20 years. Gabriel earned his Master of Arts in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University in 1982. His personal meditation practice benefits from intimate study with leading meditation masters, spiritual teachers, and healing professionals from diverse healing traditions. Gabriel is a senior instructor for the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Program for Mindfulness where he teaches mindfulness-based stress management programs and advanced classes in meditation and leads group retreats. Gabriel served as the mind body specialist at the Wellness Community of Philadelphia for 20 years, where he facilitated an assortment of programs to support cancer patients and caregivers through the integration of mind, body, and spirit. His private practice of contemplative mentoring is conducted at the Contemplative Arts Studio in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, as well as via the Internet. He frequently teaches with his wife, Marcy Vaughn.
Laura Shekerjian, senior teacher, is a psychotherapist practicing in Berkeley, California, and a longtime practitioner in the Bön tradition. She holds master’s degrees in counseling psychology as well as Buddhist studies, and has worked for more than 20 years in individual, group, and classroom settings to actively engage her clients and students in the process of self-discovery. Laura utilizes a variety of therapeutic approaches, such as dream work, somatic awareness, and Western psychological insights, as she guides others towards the realization of their essential natures. For many years Laura served as an adjunct faculty member in the departments of somatic psychology and counseling psychology at John F. Kennedy University and the California Institute for Integral Studies. Currently, she teaches in The 3 Doors Latin American Academy as well as for Ligmincha International. Laura has participated in the translation of texts from Tibetan to English.
Marcy Vaughn, senior teacher, has been a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism for more than 40 years and is a senior student of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche. Marcy was in the first graduating class of the master’s program in contemplative psychotherapy at Naropa University. She is currently a therapist in private practice in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, where she offers meditation groups and retreats with her husband, Gabriel Rocco. Marcy works in close collaboration with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and served as editor for his books Tibetan Sound Healing, Awakening the Sacred Body, Awakening the Luminous Mind, and Spontaneous Creativity: Meditations for Manifesting Your Positive Qualities. She teaches throughout the United States, Mexico, and Europe for Ligmincha International and is a teacher in The 3 Doors U.S. Academy.