Dorje Denma Ling Governing Council

The mandate of Dorje Denma Ling’s Governing Council (DDL GC) is to guide the strategic direction for the Centre in the coming years. Responsibilities of the Council include overseeing the annual budget and hiring and supervising the DDL Managing Director,
who is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations and programming.

The Council is currently recruiting for the position of Managing Director or Co-Directors. The full job description can be found here.

The Governing Council is responsible for maintaining the financial, administrative and organizational health of DDL in accordance with the Charter (Bylaws) and Affiliation Policies of Shambhala Global. The DDL GC also regularly relates to and supports constituent groups that are part of the DDL community, including Shambhala Global, Shambhala Halifax, Tatamagouche, other Centres and Groups in the Atlantic provinces, and Shambhala members around the world with a heart connection to DDL.

The GC is committed to a consensus basis for decision making. GC Members are normally appointed for a three-year term, however other term lengths are possible.

For a more detailed discussion of the Dorje Denma Ling Governing Council, visit this page. If you are interested in joining the Council, please contact Eric Ruby at [email protected].

Current Governing Council Members

David Flint

David became a student of the Vidyadhara in 1972. Over the years he has staffed at RMDC, Maitri, Karme Choling and DDL in between living in Boulder, Burlington VT, St. John’s NF and Halifax. He worked for many years as a house painter and renovator. He finished a PhD. at Dalhousie in 2003 and was a professor of sociology for the next eight years. After retiring he moved to Tatamagouche, coordinated the newly formed Tatamagouche Shambhala Mediation Group for 10 years, did volunteer work at DDL and a lot of renovating and gardening at home.

Nancy Huszagh

Nancy became a student of the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1979. In 2010, she completed the three-year-retreat at Söpa Chöling under the direction of Thrangu Rinpoche and subsequently assumed the role of Druppon (retreat master) for the latest retreat which ended in 2017. She has studied with a number of teachers over the years, and attended Scorpion Seal retreats with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Nancy attended the first dathun in 1981 when oryoki was introduced, and recently co-taught two mahamudra dathuns at Denma Ling, and served as meditation instructor at two CTR-style dathuns at Lerab Ling in France.

Acting Director

Eric Ruby 

Eric also became a student of the Vidyadhara in 1979. He attended Vajradhatu Seminary in 1986 with the Vidyadhara and Kalapa Assembly in 1994 with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He was Rusung of the Washington DC center in the early 1990s, and a lead administrator of the Profound Treasury Retreats from 2014-2017. Eric is committed to both the Shambhala teachings and the Kagyu/Nyingma Buddhist path presented by the Vidyadhara. He did a retreat in November 2022 at DDL and became inspired by the potential of DDL as a place where we can deepen our practice and study and propagate the precious teachings with which we’ve been entrusted.