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Meet the CCN Team

The Office Team

Our team feel at home in the Buddhist tradition, but are strong supporters of a non-sectarian and inclusive approach, very much in tune with that of CCN.

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Dorje Gyalpo David Oromith

Operations Manager

David has kindly agreed to join our team in the role of Operations Manager. He lives in Wales and has been practising meditation since he was 18 years old, specifically in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for 9 years, and has been a student of Lama Alan’s for the past 7 years. It was during his time working in mental health services that he first trained as a meditation teacher. Alongside his work for CCN, David serves as a meditation guide and retreat leader in the UK through his organisation, Samadhi

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Marie Dimond (Tashi)

Office Administrator

Marie first came across Buddhism through the teachings of the Dalai Lama and after visiting various temples across Asia. She has been a part of the Samadhi community for several years, practising meditation and the teachings following our shared lineage. Experiencing the benefits to her mental health, she is very honoured to be able to share her skills and experience so others might also benefit from these contemplative practices. 

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Dr. B. Alan Wallace (Honorary President)

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Lama Alan Wallace serves as our Honorary President. He is a prominent voice in the emerging discussion between contemporary Buddhist thinkers and scientists who question the materialist presumptions of their 20th-century paradigms.
He left his college studies in 1971 and moved to Dharamsala, India to study Tibetan Buddhism, medicine and language.

He was ordained by H.H. the Dalai Lama, and over fourteen years as a monk, he studied with and translated for many of the generation’s greatest lamas. In 1984 he resumed his Western education at Amherst College, where he studied physics and the philosophy of science.

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Christopher Simpson (Chair)

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Christopher is the CCN Chair.

He is an actor with a wide-ranging creative practice. His work has encompassed radio documentary, song-writing, mask making, and film making. 

Embodiment, transformation and questions of presence have been a part of my enquiry for years, so perhaps it was only a matter of time before my engagement with the benefits of meditation became more focused.

Christopher is also a skilled TRE (Trauma Release Exercise) facilitator, with extensive experience guiding people from all walks of life. He is well-practised at leading groups and individuals through personal processes with warmth and sensitivity.

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Dr. Clara Seeger (Vice-Chair)

Clara Seeger (PhD) is an experienced coach, corporate facilitator, online course creator, speaker and author, with a PhD on Hermann Hesse, an M.Sc in “Mindfulness: Neuroscience and Clinical Applications” and a corporate background in investment banking. Her approach marries ancient contemplative wisdom and meditation with findings from neuroscience, emotional intelligence and psychology.

Clara works with corporate executives and private individuals either on a 1-2-1 or a group basis to help them realise higher levels of sustainable wellbeing by cultivating a balanced mind.

Since meeting Lama Alan in 2016 Clara has immersed herself in the study and practice of Buddhist thought and meditation and has made it her mission to share the Dharma with a wider audience. She now uses Alan Wallace’s framework of mental balance as the guiding principle in her coaching and training work, helping leaders re-assess their aspirations and priorities, refine their attention skills, transcend unconscious bias and cultivate emotional wisdom.

Clara has just launched her first two online courses on sustainable wellbeing and is currently working on three further online courses dedicated to different aspects of mental balance.

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Elizabeth West (Trustee)

Elizabeth was born in England in 1944, but spent most of her childhood in Southern Africa where she became a Catholic nun at the age of 18. After returning to the UK, she met two nuns of her order who taught yoga and Vedanta in a Christian context, which sparked her interest in Eastern religions and meditation. She spent nine months with them in India in Hindu and Christian ashrams.

This experience led to a transformation in her spiritual life, which eventually led her out of the convent and into Buddhism. During the transition period, Elizabeth worked for the Westminster Interfaith Programme in London and also gained an MA in World Religions. After this, she spent 10 years working for the World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM), during which time she led a number of Buddhist/Christian retreats. Meeting His Holiness the Dalai Lama during dialogues with Fr. Laurence Freeman, the head of WCCM, was the final step into Buddhism.

Dr Alan Wallace became her teacher in 2007, and this led to the founding of CCN which attempts to bring together the various strands of her life: Buddhism, Interfaith dialogue, and the interface between Buddhism, science and secular spirituality. Above all, her motivation is personal transformation through spiritual practice, and to help others by bringing these teachings to bear on the darkness we face in the world.

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Diego González (Trustee)

Diego has been studying Buddhism since 2008, and has been very fortunate to meet many wonderful teachers, with Lama Alan being his primary guide. 
 
Having learned about the value of sustained contemplative practice, he’s interested in helping to create conducive environments for long term retreat. 
 
A big fan of nature, he’s very passionate about caring for the environment.
 
With a career in software development at multiple technology companies, he’s often looking for ways to put those skills to good use.

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Natalia Bojanic (Trustee)

Natalia Bojanic has facilitated meditation sessions in a wide range of settings, from fitness studios to law firms and has worked with companies across different industries, such  as lululemon, Amex and CancerCare. Her teaching background is diverse, combining ancient wisdom from Tibetan Buddhism with secular mindfulness from Search Inside Yourself, a Leadership Institute born at Google and developed by thought leaders in emotional intelligence and mindfulness.

Natalia has learned from nuns and monks in Nepal and with business leaders in Silicon Valley. She is currently studying for a Masters in Psychology & Neuroscience of Mental Health at King’s College London.

Natalia is grateful to have studied and practised under the guidance of esteemed meditation teachers such as Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, Charles Knoles, Dr B. Alan Wallace and has qualified as a mindfulness and meditation instructor. 

She is also co-founder of Form Nutrition, a B Corp using business as a force for good and a startup described by The Telegraph as a ‘game-changing’ brand. Previously she was a PR Director in the luxury industry, working for brands such as LVMH and Land Rover.

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