Thank you for inviting Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel to your center. There are several details regarding Elizabeth’s visit that we would like to bring to your attention.

Please sign Elizabeth’s copyright letter included in this packet and return to Elizabeth’s Secretary:

Katherine Teahen,

Please send the original MP3s of Elizabeth’s entire program at your center to our Recording and Archiving Director as soon as possible: 

Judy Montgomery • 350 Elmwood Dr • Pasadena, CA 91105 • (323) 377-2336

Please, also take a moment to review several more details that will help Elizabeth’s visit go as smoothly as possible:

Review Elizabeth’s biography, even if you are familiar with it, there may have been several changes.

Some centers ask for prayers; we have included several in a separate file. Please follow your center’s regular schedule of prayers during teachings and add what you feel is appropriate from these provided files. 

Many centers ask about Elizabeth’s seat. Elizabeth prefers a firm seat. Whether it be a chair or platform, the important thing is that it is firm. Any sort of cushion or soft surface is not good for her back. 

Please review Elizabeth’s food guidelines.

We have included a general fact sheet for information purposes, as needed.

If possible, please provide an extension cord close to Elizabeth’s seat during the teachings. This is for the MP3 back-up recording.

We thank you for your help and attention to these details.

Yours in the Dharma,

Katherine Teahen

Secretary to Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel



Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel has studied and practiced the Buddhadharma for 35 years under the guidance of her teacher and husband Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche. She is the retreat 

master of Samten Ling in Crestone, Colorado and has spent over six years in retreat. She holds a degree in anthropology and an M.A. in Buddhist Studies. She teaches throughout the U.S., Australia, and Europe. She is the author of The Power of an Open Question: The Buddha’s Path to Freedom and The Logic of Faith: the Buddhist Path to Finding Certainty Beyond Belief and Doubt.


Elizabeth is known for her use of inquiry as a means to reach a place of genuine practice and awakening. She asks audiences to engage in the practice of open questioning with her while she takes a fresh look at all the assumptions and beliefs we have about spirituality. In particular, Elizabeth is fascinated with the Buddha’s essential teachings on the natural principle of pratityasamutpada, dependent arising. Audiences repeatedly comment on how her approach has reinvigorated their meditation practice and the way they relate to their lives as a whole.


Below are some guidelines to help you cook for Elizabeth:

Elizabeth prefers to eat smaller meals throughout the day-she’s a grazer- and typically needs a hearty snack immediately after she teaches.  This can be a little meat and goat cheese with crackers or something like that.

In general:

Not a lot of carbs

Lots of veggies

Meat earlier in the day- especially fish or chicken, a little red

Minimal onion or garlic- a little is okay

Minimal sugar

Elizabeth loves a lot of salad and soups

Quinoa is good

Tofu twice a week…or so

Lots of salad, roasted vegetables…and some meat

Sometimes Elizabeth will eat some beans or bread but too much slows down her energy

Here and there she likes cookies

Elizabeth doesn’t mind a bit of cheese here and there

Occasionally she’ll eat eggs for breakfast as well

Favorite tea:

Gyokuro green tea

If Elizabeth is staying with you, it’s great to have some Protector cookies and tea she can use for her daily Protector offerings.

Thank you!