Mala Sikka started her career with a B.A in Theatre Design. Her interest in art and meditation led her to meet her first Zen meditation teacher, Roshi John Garrie, who later gave her his blessings to teach. In 1997 Mala deepened her Buddhist studies with the now late Namgyal Rinpoche. Since 2008 her main teachers are Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche and Myingyur Rinpoche. Mala has also received teachings and transmissions from HH.Dalai Lama, HH. Sakya Trizen, and Tsoknyi RInpoche. Each year she spends several months in retreat.
Mala is a qualified Shiatsu/Seiki – Soho Practitioner and Amerta movement teacher, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amerta_Movement,. She has led regular meditation and movement retreats for over thirty years. She always works with a basis of movement awareness, offering courses and retreats to all age groups. Mala’s subtle approach to body work and postural awareness gives participants a keen understanding of how the ‘mindbody’ link is integral to perception, presence and meditation.
Terry Hagan met his root teacher, Ven Namgyal Rinpoche, in his early twenties and soon became his principle attendant. For the next 27 years he was constantly at Rinpoche’s side as Rinpoche travelled the world giving teaching and empowerment. During this time Terry received intensive training in Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana teachings and practices. As part of his training, Terry was also fortunate to have received empowerment and teaching from many eminent masters including HH16th Karmapa, HH Sakya Trizen, HE Choegye Trichen Rinpoche to name but a few. Terry continued to attend and study with Namgyal Rinpoche right up to Rinpoche’s passing in 2003.
Shortly thereafter, Terry was requested to teach and he has continued to do so in a number of different locations and venues in various countries . He has been the co-resident teacher at the Dharma Centre of Canada for many years. Terry continues to deepen and refresh his studies and retreats, and since his root teachers passing he has taken empowerment and teachings from Mingyur Rinpoche and Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche culminating in a three retreat in India. He has also explored Amerta Movement, an integrative body movement meditatiion, working primarily with Suprapto Suryadharmo in many different parts of the world.
Terry uses his extensive buddhist training, his deep exploration of body awareness, and his love of nature to bring a fresh and alive approach to meditation .
Mala Sikka and Terry Hagan have been Resident Teachers of the Dharma Centre of Canada since 2007. In 2011 they took a sabbatical to undertake a 3 year retreat in India under the guidance of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. They completed their retreat in the foothills of the Himalayas in 2015. Mala and Terry are a married couple and often teach meditation and courses together.