Don Thompson has been meditating and studying mindfulness for most of his adult life. He began his journey in meditation by completing the Self Realization Fellowship Lessons of Paramahansa Yogananda. Beginning in the early 1980s, he subsequently studied American Buddhism -- including mindfulness and meditation -- and in 1990s began studying Tibetan Buddhism with numerous Tibetan teachers, including the Dalai Lama. More recently, Don has studied mindfulness and vipassana meditation techniques with Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche of the Ripa International Center. Since 2020, Thompson has also studied mindfulness meditation techniques with Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, James Baraz, Judy Goodman and other teachers of the Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He is currently participating in the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program (class of 2023).
Don’s creative background in film and theater has often included Buddhist themes and subjects. His playTibet Does Not Existwas performed several times in New York (including Off Broadway), and the published version of the play included a foreword by Robert Thurman and the Dalai Lama. Don was also a producer on the Sundance award winning documentary Tibet in Song, and is the executive producer of the upcoming documentary film Tathagata: A Journey into the Buddha's Teachings by director Diego Benavente.
As a teacher, Don has given talks about meditation and mindfulness, and has an extensive background as a lecturer and mentor at the University level. Moreover, his essays have dealt with a variety of topics, including spiritual and Buddhist themes, and been read in over ninety countries.
Don has also had the privilege of traveling to numerous temples, monasteries, ashrams and other holy sites throughout India, Nepal and Japan and loves to share stories about those journeys and experiences.
You can read more about Don’s creative backgroundhere.
You can find Dharma-related books and films supported and/or produced by Don here.