Mark Dugganfirst connected with the teachings of the Dorje Dradul in 1981 and attended seminary with the Varja Regent in 1988. He subsequently studied with Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamso Rinpoche and is now a student of the Sakyong. He has two magnificent adult daughters, one of which lives with him. In his professional life, he works as a software engineer in the field of cloud orchestration for an unnamed corporation. He also has a keen interest in Irish traditional and world music. He has possibly too much enthusiasm in following the world of politics, both national and international.