Board of Directors

Darlene Tataryn  President  Embracing a dual lineage, Darlene Tataryn was ordained in 2014 as a Rinzai Zen Priest and for many years has been a student of many accomplished teachers in the Karma Kagyu Namgyal lineage in Canada. She teaches a Buddha Dharma relevant to the psycho-spiritual needs of the Western mind and culture. With a Ph.D in Expressive Therapy, she employs the techniques of Expressive Arts with psycho-therapeutic practices, guiding her students to experi- ence a more direct and less tumultuous unfolding into equanimity, bliss, and beyond. Darlene is the Managing Director of One Wisdom Many Dharmas (which she founded as Creative Learning Systems in 1993), a private centre for Healing, Education, and Contemplative Arts. The Centre offers discussion groups and teaching workshops on Integral Theory and Buddha Dharma as well as meditation training, individual and group therapy, movement therapy, and meditation retreats. Darlene has taught at The Hermitage, as well as various other locations in Canada and USA.

John de Jardin   Vice-President/Treasurer   John was a student of Ven Namgyal Rinpoche from 1974 until Rinpoche’s death in 2003, and he traveled with him extensively, sometimes serving as his attendant. He has also received teachings from a number of other teachers in the Namgyal lineage, as well as from HH The Dalai Lama, HH the XVIth Karmapa, HH Sakya Trezin, Kalu Rinpoche, Ayang Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Thich Nhat Hanh, Ven Sayadaw U Thila Wunta, Ven Sayadaw U Janakabhivamsa (student of Mahasi) and others. Between 1982 and 2003 John served regularly on the board of directors of Crystal Mountain Society, the Galiano Island-based Namgyal lineage Dharma group—sometimes as chairperson and for many years organizing the visits of Namgyal Rinpoche and other teachers to Vancouver. In 2005 John was ordained in Burma as a Theravaden bhikkhu for one Vassa (Rains Retreat). He has been attending retreats at The Hermitage since 2011.

John Munroe   Secretary/Fundraising   John is a Canadian entrepreneur, philanthropist, translator, and meditation enthusiast with a Dharma practice spanning four decades. In addition to his root lama Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche and several teachers in this lineage, John has studied with U Thila Wunta Sayadaw, U Pandita Sayadaw, HH Drukchen Rinpoche, Ayang Rinpoche, Dr. Thomas Verny, Anagarika Munindra, S.N. Goenka, HH the Dalai Lama, Dr. Daniel Ingram, Lama Shannon Stein, Pierre Zakarauskas and many others. John has devoted the fruits of his professional life to providing financial, logistical, and advisory support to teachers and centers in the Namgyal lineage. He helped establish and fund two Dharma centers in Japan and one in Canada, and twice invited/hosted Namgyal Rinpoche on teaching tours to Japan. CEO since 1998 of Tokyo-based environmental products and services company GaiaWorks Inc., John has ample non-profit and for-profit board experience in both Canada and Japan. Since 2000 he has taught regular meditation classes in the Namgyal tradition. John fell in love with the Hermitage during his first visit in October 2018.

Rebecca Routhier   Director at Large