Lama Tendar has been a Tibetan Buddhist monk since the age of 12. He received authentic teachings in the sacred practice of the Highest Yoga Tantra from his masters, who are part of an unbroken lineage of the Dharma. Lama Tendar studied at Gyuto Ramoche Monastery in Lhasa for eight years, where he trained with his teacher, an authentic Tibetan Medicine Healer. Lama Tendar then studied further in Gyuto Monastery in India for 16 years, where he became a qualified teacher in Mahayana Buddhism.
Lama Tendar is the founder of the Medicine Buddha Tantrayana Meditation Centre and Shantideva Buddhist Foundation. Since he moved to Melbourne in the early 2000s, he has been travelling throughout Australia, teaching Buddhist Dharma and providing healing for many individuals and community groups. He lives his life to benefit all sentient beings through the practice of wisdom and compassion.
Ani Dechen has a PhD in Economics of Development from the Australian National University and has worked as an academic for over 25 years. In seeking spiritual wellbeing, Ani Dechen learned Reiki healing with Martine Salerno from 2005 to 2006. Since 2007, she has been studying Buddhism under the guidance of Lama Tendar. While taking care of her father, who passed away in 2011, she discovered the power of Buddhist practice as a reliable source of spiritual care for people going through life–death circling. In 2014, she started to work professionally as a natural healing therapist. In searching for answers to mental and physical health issues for her clients, Ani Dechen discovered Buddhism to be a treasure trove for the science of living a fulfilling life. In 2017, she became an ordained Buddhist nun in the lineage
of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. This began her quest for mental transformation for the benefit of all sentient beings. She is very grateful to all her spiritual teachers for their compassionate guidance, care, and generous wisdom teachings.