tibet flags.jpg
Image by Priyash Vasava

Bill Magee, Ph.D.

zen sand_edited_edited.jpg

William Magee, Ph.D. University of Virginia; vice president, the UMA Institute for Tibetan Studies; faculty, Maitripa College; founder of the Dharma Farm. Dr. Magee is co-author with Elizabeth Napper of Fluent Tibetan: A Proficiency-Oriented Learning System for Novice and Intermediate Tibetan. He has published books on Indian and Tibetan philosophy. Recently, he has published four volumes translating Jam-yang-shay-pa's Great Exposition of the Interpretable and the Definitive. These translations as well as more information about Dr. Magee are available at the UMA Institute for Tibetan Studies (https://uma-tibet.org/). Bill is the director of the Dharma Farm.

Image by Priyash Vasava

Craig Preston, J.D.


Craig Preston, J.D. University of Virginia. Craig Preston received his Tibetan training from Jeffrey Hopkins, Elizabeth Napper, and Joe B. Wilson at the University of Virginia from 1978-1982, where he remains to this day the only undergraduate to major in Tibetan. He received a J.D. degree from the University of Virginia in 1987. After practicing law on the Eastern Shore of Virginia he began teaching Tibetan in 1993. Since then he has taught Classical Tibetan intensives in New York, New Mexico, California, and for six years at Maitripa College. He is the author of How to Read Classical Tibetan, Vol. I & II, and co-author with UVA classmate Daniel Cozort of Buddhist Philosophy: Losang Gonchok's Short Commentary to Jamyang Shayba's Root Text on Tenets. For the past ten years, Craig has worked with Jeffrey Hopkins on translations, available for free download at the UMA Institute for Tibetan Studies (https://uma-tibet.org/). Craig is chair of the Tibetan Department.

Image by Priyash Vasava

Paul Hackett, Ph.D.


Paul Hackett, Ph.D. Columbia University. Paul Hackett specializes in canonical Buddhist philosophy and Tibetan culture, as well as their influence on contemporary alternative religion in America. He is active in the field of applied computational linguistics and serves as the chair of the Tibetan Information Technology Panel for the International Association for Tibetan Studies. He previously taught Classical Tibetan language at Columbia and Yale universities.  Paul is the author, of, among other books, Learning Classical Tibetan: a Reader for Translating Buddhist Texts;  A Tibetan Verb Lexicon; and Theos Bernard, the White Lama: Tibet, Yoga, and American Religious Life. Paul is chair of the Sanskrit Department.

Image by Priyash Vasava

Jessica Perry, J.D.

Jessica Perry.jpeg

Jessica Perry, J.D. Lewis & Clark. Jessica Perry holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Oregon and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Lewis & Clark Law School.  Her long practice in tai ji led her to seek adventures in classical languages, and her lifetime love of grammar sealed the deal when she was introduced to Joe Wilson's system of classifying verbs. She has compiled several pamphlets of paradigms illustrating Wilson’s system. Like Craig Preston, she is a recovering defense attorney. Her legal training provides extra structure to her approach to Tibetan. Jessica is Dean of Students at the Dharma Farm and also teaches beginning Tibetan with Bill Magee at Maitripa. College.

Image by Priyash Vasava

Bertram Liyanage


Bertram Liyanage, M.A. Savitribai Phule Pune University. Bertram Liyanage is a Pandit from Sri Lanka, specializing in systems of logic in early Buddhism. After his Pandit degree, he earned an MA in Sanskrit and Post-Graduate Diploma in Indian Logic and Epistemology from Savitribai Phule Pune University, India. He serves as the Deputy Editor of the Encyclopaedia of Buddhism in Sri Lanka and has taught Mahayana Buddhism at the Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Peradeniya, and at the Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. He is currently teaching “History of Buddhist Philosophical Trends in India” and “Scholarly Controversies in Indian Buddhist Philosophy.”

Image by Priyash Vasava

Shahar Tene


Shahar Tene, M.Sc. in Physics and M.A. in Philosophy, London University. Shahar Tene has spent several years studying philosophy and debate full-time with various Geshes, and is a registered teacher of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition. A graduate of the Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo Translator Program, he teaches Colloquial Tibetan for Translators.