OUR Instructors

Jalü emphasises the path of simple meditation practice rather than the path of scholarly study or elaborate tantric practices. Our instructors teach meditation, mindfulness and the core of the Buddha's message in an authentic and accessible way that is appropriate to our modern world. With decades of experience, practice and study behind them, they are well-versed in how to apply the Buddhist teachings in day to day life. Experienced as they are, our instructors are not Vajra Masters and so do not teach Vajrayana topics (sadhana or deity practices etc.) but are happy to refer those wishing to pursue the Vajrayana path to trusted, qualified masters of their own practice lineages (the Nyingma and the Drukpa Kagyu).

Pema Düddul (birth name: Dallas John Baker) is the Buddhist Chaplain in the University of Southern Queensland’s Multi-Faith Service and the C0-Director of Jalü Buddhist Meditation Centre. Pema has been a Buddhist for forty years, discovering at the age of eleven that his personal worldview and the tenets of Buddhism were in perfect accordance. Pema began practising in the Chan tradition in 1979. From the late 1980s he started practising in the Vajrayana, or Tibetan Buddhist, tradition. Pema considers Dudjom Rinpoche, Jigdral Yeshe Dorje (1904-1987) to be his Heart Lama. Over the years Pema has received teachings from masters in all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. In 2005 he received the tantric vows of a ngakpa, the Tibetan Buddhist equivalent of a non-monastic religious minister. He received these vows from one of his principle teachers, Ngakpa Karma Lhundup Rinpoche. It was around this time that he was given the Dharma name Pema Düddul. More recently, Namgay Dawa Rimpoche, one of Dudjom Rinpoche's grandchildren and Dharma heirs, kindly agreed to be Pema's Dudjom lineage guru. Pema has decades of experience as a Buddhist practitioner and has taught mindfulness and meditation in Buddhist, educational and corporate settings since 2007. Pema has a doctorate (PhD) in written communication and is completing a second PhD about the use of literature to disseminate Buddhist wisdom in the West. Pema describes himself as 'a completely run of the mill Buddhist, an extremely ordinary person. By no means a Buddhist scholar, certainly not a great meditator, not in any way masterful, just trying like every other Buddhist to integrate the path of Dharma into everyday life with all its routine challenges'. Pema was recently interviewed by Buddha Weekly. Read the interview HERE.

Pema Düddul (2006)

Martin Jamyang Tenphel is an Australian-born Buddhist practitioner, meditation instructor and Co-Director of Jalü Buddhist Meditation Centre. He discovered the dharma in 1995 and then studied and practised in Australia and India for the next decade, primarily in the Tibetan tradition. Since 2005 his focus has been on practice rather than study. His Guru is the late Togden Amtrin, a highly revered yogi of the Drukpa Kagyu lineage from Khampagar Monastery in Eastern Tibet. Jamyang was a monk for a few years during his twenties, but handed back his robes and later took the Tantric Ngakpa ordination with Ngakpa Karma Lhundup Rinpoche. Jamyang has also received teachings from masters in all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism, though practices in the Drukpa tradition. Despite a debilitating and sometimes life-threatening illness of seventeen years duration, Jamyang has maintained his meditation practice, using his sick bed as his retreat place. Jamyang’s heart practice is Guru Yoga and meditation on emptiness. Jamyang is considered by those close to him to be authentically modest, unflinchingly honest, deeply committed to the Dharma and a true renunciate. He lives in retreat most of the time, but is not completely cut off from the world. He occasionally reaches out to support fellow practitioners using modern technology such as social media. Jamyang is co-author, along with Pema Düddul, of Resting in Stillness, a book about meditation, compassion and the nature of the mind. A review of Resting in Stillness can be found HERE.

Martin Jamyang Tenphel with Togden Amtrin

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