Ilsa Bartlett is a fully practicing Buddhist. As a
fourteen-year-old she had an epiphany upon hearing
the Buddha’s name.
She started a life-long study of the middle way. Since 1989 Ilsa has been a student of the Mahayana practice as a student of the Venerable Lobsang Samten. In 1984 Ilsa made a brief study of Tanka painting with Pema Wangal of Dolpa. In 1985 he took her by the hand and introduced her to the monk doctor, Ven. Lobsang Rampgay.
In 1986 she began a journey of healing and study with Dr. Rampgay. Under his able direction she touched on everything from cooking to urine analysis, including extensive relaxation practices.
She has studied at the Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center in Washington, NJ with Gesha Tupten Gatso and other teachers including Josh and Diane Cuttler, John Burzoskey, Robert Thurman and Glen Mullen. The Ven. Khensur Rinpoche, tutor to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, taught her the giving and taking practice.
Other instruction has been provided over the years by Tartung Tulku in Berkeley CA; Jetsuma in Poolesville MD; The Kenpo Chemee of Katmandu, Nepal. Dr. Paul Scharff and Bud Stone of the Anthroposophical Society; Lati Rinpoche, Of Guyto Monastery; His Holiness The Tenzen Sakya, supreme head of the Saykapa Lineage and Sakyapa School of Tibetan Buddhism; Gheshia Gelsem from Long Beach Ca.; Losang Chopel of Canada; Gashr Lobsang Donyo and Phuntske of Ganden Shartse Monastery, India; Trichang Rinpoche,Jr. Teacher to HHDL.