New Blue International Gakyil Assistants

Dear members of the Dzogchen Community,

We are happy to inform you about the new Blue International Gakyil Assistants that have joined our team!

We have prepared some brief information about the new Gakyil Assistants to share with you.

Miranda Shannon
A student of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu from the time she attended Rinpoche’s first retreat in Subiaco, Italy in 1976, Miranda has since remained actively engaged in the Dzogchen Community. She passed her SMS Base exam in 2017, and served on the Tsegyalgar East Blue Gakyil from 2017-2020.
Miranda earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in literature and music from Bennington College in 1984. Her professional experience includes event and program planning and management, communications, fundraising, and social media programs for educational and performing arts organizations.
She homeschooled her five children who are all either currently enrolled in college or college graduates. Miranda designed a curriculum and has taught workshops in the homeschooling community for 20 years.  She continues to manage a regional homeschool support group and provide college guidance to graduating homeschoolers.

Gabriella Schneider
Rinpoche’s student since 1998, blue and red Gakyil in Merigar East from 2007 to 2010, blue Gakyil in Dargyäling, Cologne from 2012 to 2015.
In 2016 Rinpoche authorized Gabriella as an instructor for SMS Base. She passed her SMS Base Exam in 2007 and the SMS Level I Exam in 2010.
She is a member of the International Publishing Committee for Romania and a member of the Scientific Committee of the Atiyoga Foundation.
She graduated as a Doctor for Internal Medicine and Angiology.

You can find more information about other International Gakyil members on our website –


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