Liana Pomeroy is blessed to have been born into the Tibetan Buddhist Kagyu lineage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, founder of Shambhala International and Naropa University. Exposed to Buddhist thought and practice at a very early age, she cant imagine what life would look without access to these powerful tools for working with mind and experience. More than 30 years since her first formal introduction to mindfulness practice, those early teachings still form the foundation of her daily practice following the breath, calming the body, observing the rise and fall of appearances, allowing things to be as they are, and remembering to let go again and again. While her journey has taken her into both intensive practice and away from practice all together over the years, the power of meditation and the Buddhas teachings has always brought her such joy and peace, she finds it impossible not to share these precious gifts with others. Having been introduced to Gen-la and the Summit Dharma community in 2010, she is honored to be able to participate with such a dedicated group of practitioners who are truly committed to seeing things as they are and spreading Dharma in a way that is accessible to everyone, regardless of education, background or situation.
Life and practice have taken Liana to retreat centers and monasteries in the United States, India, Nepal, China and Tibet over the years and she has had the good fortune to study and practice closely with Trungpa Rinpoche in her youth and Dzogchen master His Holiness Kusum Lingpa as an adult. Her background includes training in traditional Tibetan practices, Shambhala and more recently she spent a year in teacher training with Noah Levine of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society learning how to practice and teach American Theravada. She has attended numerous retreats over the years including 10 day, 30 day and three month long programs. She has also received teachings from many great teachers including His Holiness the 16th Karmapa, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Kalu Rinpoche, Thrangu Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche and Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, among others.
Liana believes mindfulness meditation practice to be one of the most joyful and practical experiences available to us as human beings and encourages everyone to make the time to honor our hearts and minds by looking deeply and cultivating awareness and bodhicitta for the benefit of ourselves and all sentient beings. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband and works professionally in residential mortgage finance.